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IVAN LAWRENCE: TOP BARRISTER CAUGHT WITHOUT INSURANCE


zzcourtroom2.jpgCENTRAL LONDON

One of Britain's most well known barristers has earned himself an embarrassing criminal conviction after failing to notice a change in the law on car insurance.

Sir Ivan Lawrence QC, 77, was illegally at the wheel of a Ford Focus when he was stopped by police in central London in May this year.

The legendary criminal defence barrister thought he was insured on the car, which had been loaned to his wife while her usual vehicle was being repaired.

However, he was forced plead guilty to driving without insurance when it transpired the laws had been changed.

He issued a groveling apology to magistrates as he was hit with fines and costs totaling £525 and six points on his licence.

Sir Ivan, who was an MP for 23 years and advised a string of Home Secretaries on legal matters, confessed he was 'embarrassed' by the conviction.

But he blamed it on changes to the law that meant he was not automatically insured on the new car.

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July 24, 2014

LIYANAGE: PAEDOPHILE WHO STREAMED LIVE CHILD PORN FROM THE PHILIPPINES WALKS FREE


child_abuse_copy3.jpgBARNET, NORTH LONDON

A paedophile who streamed and directed live child abuse from the Philippines over the internet has walked free from court.

Thishan Liyanage, 36, paid as little as $15 to watch adults rape and abuse local Filipino children live on his webcam.

The married father-of-one would then begin online negotiations and direct how he would like the child abused, typing requests that the adult would perform.

Southwark Crown Court heard that victims were sometimes even abused by their own parents, who would take online fees over PayPal.


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  July 24, 2014

EVANS: NOTW REPORTER WHO HACKED MORE THAN 1,000 VOICEMAILS OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS IS SPARED JAIL


cnl_dan_evans_web.jpgKILBURN, NORTHWEST LONDON

A crooked News of the World reporter who hacked more than 1,000 voicemails of the rich and famous has been spared jail after testifying against his former editor Andy Coulson.

Dan Evans, 38, was poached from the Sunday Mirror by Coulson after becoming infamous throughout Fleet Street for phone hacking.

Coulson, who is now serving 18 months in prison, recruited Evans over a scrambled eggs and smoked salmon breakfast at the exclusive One Aldwych Hotel.

Evans was a prized asset for the ambitious editor, helping to increase the hacking operation at the News of the World to industrial scale with daily attacks on celebrities, politicians, and sports stars.


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July 24, 2014

NOBEL MARARA: LIBEL DAMAGES FOR INNOCENT NURSE


CENTRAL LONDON

An innocent Rwandan accused being 'wanted for genocide' has accepted substantial libel damages from The Times after an editing mistake left him afraid to leave his home.

Noble Marara, the former chauffeur and bodyguard of Rwandan president Paul Kagame, was defamed in the headline: ‘Driver wanted for genocide says he fears for his life’.

The Times accepted the headline was ‘published entirely in error and is false’ and apologised to Mr Marara, who now works as a psychiatric nurse in Kent

Athalie Matthews, Mr Marara’s solicitor, said: ‘The matters which led to the publication of the article in question, and the erroneous headline, are as follows.

‘On Tuesday 11 March 2014, the Claimant gave evidence as a witness in an extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court in London in support of the defence case of Vincent Brown, one of the men whose extradition is sought by Rwanda.

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  July 24, 2014

GORBUNTSOV: MAGNATE FACES EXTRADITION


CENTRAL LONDON

A Russian tycoon who was gunned down in front of his luxury London flat two years ago will face an extradition hearing in September over an alleged plot to assassinate a rich banker.

German Gorbuntsov, 48, who was shot six times in a murder attempt in March 2012, is wanted in Moldova to stand trial over the claims.

He was discharged from hospital today after having surgery treatment for his injuries.

Gorbuntsov is accused of ordering the contract killing of businessman Renat Usatiy, in a fight for control of a bank worth more than £5?million.


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