, News reports and pictures on London crown courts, General Medical Council and other courts en-us Sun, 01 Feb 2015 07:02:53 GMT TAPPENDEN: PENSIONER SPARED JAIL FOR KILLING CYCLIST WITH PEDAL BLUNDER WOODFORD GREEN A pensioner who mowed down a cyclist in east London when she accidentally hit the accelerator rather than the brake at a junction avoided jail today (FRI). Marjorie Tappenden, 73, hit and killed 52-year-old Kevin Lane on 9 February last year as she was turning right into Woodford Green High Road from Forrest Approach. Cycling enthusiast Mr Lane, a semi-professional cyclist in his youth, had been on a 70-mile training ride when he was hit by Tappenden’s Nissan Pixo. Tappenden, who had been out with her husband, could not regain control of the botched manoeuvre and hit Mr Lane from behind before sliding into a U-turn with the victim caught beneath the car. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:38:00 GMT MITCHELL: PLEBGATE MP FAILS IN BID TO CUT HUGE LEGAL BILL SUTTON COLDFIELD Disgraced Tory MP Andrew Mitchell was hit with a huge legal bill today after a judge ruled he should pay the legal fees for a police officer and The Sun in the aftermath of the ‘Plebgate’ trial. Mitchell, who was found to have used the insult ‘pleb’ as he tried to cycle out of the Downing Street gates, was not present at the bruising costs hearing today (FRI) at the High Court. The 58-year-old, who had denied using the word ‘pleb', is facing a massive bill following proceedings that cost an estimated £3m. After suing The Sun for breaking the 'Plebgate' story, the MP for Sutton Coldfield was himself sued for calling an officer on duty at the time, PC Toby Rowland, a 'serial liar'. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:40:00 GMT DHARMASENA: FGM VICTIM TELLS OF ORDEAL HIGHBURY The female genital mutilation victim stitched up at the hands of a British doctor today described in agonising detail being re-sewn just hours after giving birth to her first baby. The young mother, who was 24 when she gave birth in a UK hospital, told a court she 'did not remember' being offered pain relief during the illegal procedure. Scarring from the horrific ordeal still brings her pain to this day, she said, and vowed 'never' to let any daughter of hers be circumcised. Giving evidence today, the victim condemned FGM - a highly dangerous procedure which risks the health of tens of millions of women worldwide - as 'difficult' and riddled with 'problems'. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:41:00 GMT NARINKEVICIUS: WOMAN 'GANG RAPED BY THREE MEN' AT HOTEL NORTH WOOLWICH A Lithuanian woman was gang raped by three of her countrymen who acted like 'animals' after taking her to a hotel, the Old Bailey heard. Edgaras Narinkevicius, 32, is standing trial for raping the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in January 2006. The alleged attack happened at the McCreadie Hotel, in Romford, east London after she agreed to get into their car. The case was closed in 2008, but reopened last year after DNA evidence linked Narinkevicius to the crime, the court heard. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:37:00 GMT ALI: STUDENT JAILED FOR BURGLING BEST FRIEND'S FLAT BARKING A student who burgled his best friend’s flat and made off with more than £600-worth of gadgets was jailed for nine months today (FRI). Ahad Ali, 18, broke into Jayden Stone’s flat at The Foyer on Wakering Road, Barking, and helped himself to an X-box, games, an iPad and two iPhones on 16 November last year. He also pinched various other electrical goods, along with Mr Stone’s passport, wallet and a bank card, before returning to his own flat in a different part of the building. Before entering at about 1.30pm, Ali had tried to deactivate the CCTV camera immediately outside by setting it alight, but only managed to singe and blacken the glass. The camera continued filming, and caught Ali aiming several kicks at his friend's door and pausing a couple of times to play on his phone or pretend he was knocking when other residents passed. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:26:00 GMT HOPE: KING POPPER GETS 7 YEARS FOR £5.5M SCAM CANARY WHARF; BOURNE END, BUCKS; A foreign currency trader dubbed 'King Popper' after he spent £32,000 spraying himself with champagne was jailed for seven years today for a £5.5m Ponzi scam. Alex Hope, 26, boasted he was a financial wizard while swindling unsuspecting investors to fund a playboy lifestyle of gambling and exclusive nightclubs. He blew vast sums in casinos, hotels and clubs around the world in an 'hedonistic' £2m binge. Hope was promoted as a 'successful and talented' trader by 'mentor' Raj Von Badlo, 57, who lured investors into parting with £4,292,820 with PR stunts and smooth sales patter. Fri, 30 Jan 2015 15:21:00 GMT