, News reports and pictures on London crown courts, General Medical Council and other courts en-us Sat, 01 Aug 2015 02:22:32 GMT SHAFIQ: WANNABE JIHADI BRIDE FACES JAIL HOUNSLOW A would-be Jihadi bride who encouraged her terrorist Facebook-fiance to travel to Syria to fight in the country's brutal civil war is today (Fri) facing jail. Angela Shafiq, 22, trawled the social networking site for people with 'Muslim-sounding names' to find postal worker turned extremist Mohammed Nahin Ahmed, 23. The pair, who have never met, discussed marriage and travelling to war-torn Syria, where Ahmed hoped to join an Islamist terrorist group called 'Kataib al Muhajireen'. Shafiq, who claims never to have been a practicing Muslim, told the Jihadi to get a first aid certificate so he could pretend to be an aid worker and helped him to renew his passport before he left the UK with childhood pal Yusuf Zubair Sarwar, 23, in May 2013. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:03:00 GMT PIZZA EXPRESS FINED £200k AFTER KITCHEN PORTER LEFT PARALYSED UXBRIDGE; SOHO Popular high street chain Pizza Express was fined £200,000 today (FRI) after a kitchen porter was left paralysed from a fall through a first floor window. Kamil Pisarek plunged five metres to the ground while trying to carry a 26-stone ‘hot cupboard’ upstairs without any lifting equipment or training. The Polish national spent 11 months in hospital after breaking his arm, knee and back, causing permanent damage to his spinal cord. He is now permanently paralysed from the waist down and has mobility problems to his torso and arms. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:42:00 GMT KOCIK: POLISH MAN DENIES BODY IN SUITCASE MURDER MAIDA VALE; HARLESDEN A Polish man denied the 'body in a suitcase' murder of his girlfriend when he appeared at the Old Bailey today (Fri). Tomasz Kocik, 38, allegedly killed 23-year-old Marta Ligman and dumped her in the Grand Union Canal in Little Venice, west London. The black case was spotted by a member of the public near Delamere Terrace at around 2.30pm on 10 May. It is thought Miss Ligman, who worked in a Polish delicatessen and lived in Harlesden, northwest London, had been dead for up to two weeks. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:29:00 GMT VIRDI: POLICE OFFICER CLEARED OF SEX ATTACK ON BOY HOUNSLOW A Met police officer and former Labour election candidate was cleared today (Fri) of abusing a 16-year-old boy with a truncheon in the back of a police van. Gurpal Virdi, 56, was said to have racially abused the teen, asking him "What kind of name is that for a n*****?" following his arrest for pulling a knife during a street scuffle in Clapham in 1986. The complainant, now aged 44, claimed Virdi then launched a physical attack, punching and pushing him to the floor before indecently assaulting him through his shell suit. Today (FRI) a jury panel unanimously acquitted the former CID officer of indecent assault and a further charge of misconduct in a public office after just 50 minutes of deliberations. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:21:00 GMT MEANZA: MAN IN COURT OVER CARE WORKER MURDER ACTON A man accused of murdering a care worker at a hostel in west London appeared at the Old Bailey today (Fri). Michael Meanza, 47, is accused of killing Jenny Foote, 38, who died from a head injury. Her body was discovered at a hostel in Perryn Road, Acton, shortly after 6.30am on Monday 27 July. She is thought to have worked at the hostel, which is believed to be a supported living service for vulnerable people. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 11:56:00 GMT NOTARKI: LANDLORD GETS SEVEN YEARS FOR IRONING BOARD KILLING TWICKENHAM; HAMPTON A pub landlord who used an ironing board to push an eccentric millionaire to his death under the wheels of a van was jailed for seven years today (Fri). Rostam 'Ross' Notarki, 53, rammed Charles Chatterton Hickox Jr into the road with the makeshift weapon after chasing him out of the award-winning Cardinal Wolsey gastropub. The publican had written the grey-bearded American off as a drunken pest after catching him drinking expensive wine from the bottle while talking to two ornamental mice, named Pinky and Perky. But despite his dishevelled appearance, Mr Hickox, 53, was part of a wealthy New York family and even had his own personal banker. Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:08:00 GMT