, News reports and pictures on London crown courts, General Medical Council and other courts en-us Tue, 07 Jul 2015 03:44:58 GMT SIRRELL:CONVICTED KILLER WHO PUNCHED BARMAN WALKS FREE SEDGFIELD, CO DURHAM; SHEERNESS, KENT; DAGENHAM, ESSEX A convicted killer who punched a barman in the face during a comedy night after being asked to leave was spared jail today (mon). Former Royal Engineer Alan Sirrell, 47, was jailed for six years in 2003 for beating grandfather Patrick Ronan, 61, to death after he danced too close to his young daughters. Sirrell, known as Geordie Alan, was back in court for punching Henry Ward – a barman on the Tattershall Castle floating bar moored at Embankment – three times to the face last December. The defendant and his mates were on board the ship to watch a comedy night, but instead stood at the back talking loudly over the acts. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 13:04:00 GMT FAMILY OF MURDERED SCHOOLGIRL DEMAND ANSWERS HANWELL, WEST LONDON The family of murdered schoolgirl Alice Gross 'just want answers' about the events leading to her death, a court heard today (MON). They pleaded for a wider inquiry into 'what lessons can be learned' after Latvian suspect Arnis Zalkalns, 41, was allowed to move to the UK despite killing his wife. Alice, 14, was found in the River Brent, west London, on September 30 last year, after her body had been deliberately weighed down, while Zalkalns was later found hanged in nearby woodland. Scotland Yard said they made no checks on Zalkalns' criminal record because it was not their policy to do so. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:38:00 GMT RING:NURSE WHO TOLD MUSLIM TO REMOVE HEAD DRESS STRUCK OFF WALTHAMSTOW, EAST LONDON A senior nurse who bullied a Muslim student by demanding she remove her head dress has been kicked out of the profession. Mooneshwari Ring bombarded pupil Salha Alsaadi with insulting comments including saying her husband would have several wives following him around. Ring, also known as Sheila, sabotaged her student's work by telling a colleague not to give her a job at the end of her training, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. Last year a panel found Ring guilty of a string of charges while a lead mentor for operating department practitioner students at Whipps Cross Hospital, Walthamstow, east London. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:44:00 GMT URQUHART:NURSE CAUGHT SMUGGLING IN WEED FROM AMSTERDAM EDINBURGH A nurse caught smuggling cannabis into Scotland from Amsterdam inside a sock has been struck off. Amanda Urquhart, who worked with drug addicts and alcoholics, was caught with 72g of the drug when she flew back to Edinburgh International Airport with her partner. She claimed to have brought a small amount of herbal cannabis for personal use and said she was unaware that there was so much in her luggage when she was searched on 3 December 2011. The drugs were stashed in seven 'dealer bags' and a sock containing three bags in a smaller plastic container, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:26:00 GMT WANG: BABY MILK GANG IN £30,000 WAREHOUSE ROBBERY EDMONTON; TOTTENHAM; BROOKMANS PARK, HERTS Armed robbers brandishing crowbars and metal rods stole £30,000 worth of baby milk powder destined to be shipped to China, the Old Bailey heard today (Mon). Terrified staff were bound with parcel tape and stripped of their valuables as up to 20 hooded men stormed the warehouse in Barking, east London. The robbers were targeting 300 cases of baby milk powder destined for China, which they loaded on to three vans waiting outside. Manager Jin Ma was ambushed as he arrived at work, beaten with metal bars, and stripped of his £18,000 watch and a bag containing that week's takings of £20,000 in cash. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 14:25:00 GMT SUAREZ: TEEN KNIFEMAN TRACKED DOWN VIA FACEBOOK JAILED FOR 6 YEARS BRIXTON A teenager who stabbed a clubber in a bar brawl has been jailed for six years after he was tracked down by his victim on Facebook. Alexander Suarez, 19, knifed 17-year-old Christiano Chaves twice during a bust-up at the Latin-American El Penol Bar in Brixton, south London. As the victim lay in hospital for eight days, recovering from injuries to his kidney and spleen, he turned detective to track down his assailant. Suarez, who was born in Bolivia, was arrested on 27 November 2013, then picked out of a police line-up and identified as the culprit. Mon, 06 Jul 2015 16:21:00 GMT