, News reports and pictures on London crown courts, General Medical Council and other courts en-us Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:04:19 GMT COOPER: NURSE DUBBED DELUSIONAL PATIENT 'ABU HAMZA' LEEDS A nurse who nicknamed a delusional Syrian patient 'Abu Hamza' as he ranted like comic Roy 'Chubby' Brown on a medical ward has been struck off. Christopher Cooper allegedly referred to a second patient as a 'fat lazy b*****d' and shouted 'Why the f**k should I make your bed' to a third man at the Newsham Centre, Leeds. He also racially abused a Zimbabwean colleague behind her back, saying 'We should all club together and get her a one way ticket back to the f*****g country she came from', the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:21:00 GMT SPENCE: HOTEL HAMMER HORROR ATTACK ACCUSED IN COURT CENTRAL LONDON, ALPERTON, ISLINGTON, STROUD GREEN, ENFIELD A man accused of bludgeoning three wealthy tourists in a horrific hammer attack has appeared in court. Philip Spence, 32, allegedly targeted three sisters in their room at the upmarket four-star Cumberland Hotel near Marble Arch, central London. One of the alleged victims, Khalood Al Muhairi, 36, has been left with just five per cent brain function and lost her left eye. She suffered life-threatening head and facial injuries and lost a significant amount of blood. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:57:00 GMT CHIRE: PHOTOGRAPHER SNAPPED UP BOGUS EXPENSES HOXTON A fashion photographer took £3,500 worth of free taxi trips across London and fraudulently claimed them on business expenses, a court heard today. (THU) Diana Chire, 27, allegedly invoiced property firm Segro PLC for 65 rides across the capital while she was their administrator. Segro, a property investment and development company, had recruited the part-time model on a temporary basis between December 12 and January 17 this year. Wearing heavy makeup and a dark grey suit in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, Chire spoke only to confirm her name and plead guilty to a charge of fraud by abuse of position. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:41:00 GMT HENDON: SO BORED HE ALMOST CAUSED A PILE-UP ISLINGTON A yob who blinded drivers by shining a torch into their faces was today (THU) told by a judge that he will be behind bars on his 25th birthday so that he is ‘taught a lesson’. Andre Hendon, 24, almost caused three cars to crash in Manchester Square, central London because he was ‘bored’. Appearing via videolink from Pentonville Prison, Hendon spoke only to confirm his name and address and admit three counts of vehicle interference. Prosecutor Birgitte Hagem told Westminster Magistrates’ Court that Hendon has a series of convictions relating to car crime. District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe said that she will sentence Hendon on May 9 and that he may face a prison sentence for the offences. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:38:00 GMT ROGERS: ROBBER OPTED NOT TO SHOOT 'NICE' CABBIE ROMFORD, ESSEX An electrician who decided not to shoot a cab driver during a robbery because he was 'nice' to him' has been jailed for four and a half years today (Thurs). Luke Rogers, 26, pulled a shotgun on unsuspecting cabbie Dewan Ashrafi after he was asked to stop at a cash machine to get some money. After Rogers claimed his card was not being returned Mr Ashrafi got out of the cab and the robber shoved the gun into his chest. Rogers said: 'You've been very nice to me which is why I am not going to shoot you,' before demanding £100. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:19:00 GMT CLARKE: JAIL FOR THE AGING 'BONNIE AND CLYDE' SOUTHEND A middle-aged 'Bonnie and Clyde' who tried to steal £54,000 from a Post Office security van were caught by a Flying Squad bug, a court heard. Patrick Claydon, 49, tried to storm a security van while lover Sandra Clarke, 45, sat waiting for him behind the wheel of a getaway car. But elite robbery squad officers had been keeping the gang under surveillance for months, Snaresbook Crown Court heard. They were able to listen in as the partners in crime plotted the robbery with Tommy Aitken, 39, in their Ford Escort - thanks to a hi-tech listening device secretly planted in the car. Clarke was also pictured watching security van staff depositing cash to the Belfair's Post Office in North Leigh-on-Sea, Southend, Essex. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:45:00 GMT