, News reports and pictures on London crown courts, General Medical Council and other courts en-us Sat, 01 Nov 2014 08:44:18 GMT KAREN CARBERRY: JAIL FOR THE WOMAN WHO STOLE FOR SHOES EPSOM A finance director who stole more than £300,000 from recruitment giant Reed to indulge her 'love of shopping' for designer shoes and handbags was jailed for four years today (FRI). Karen Carberry, 45, plundered the company accounts to splash out on high street stores, buy a hot tub and shower presents on her disabled 14 year-old daughter. She got away with the fraud for more than three years before one of her junior staff became suspicious at errors in the accounts. Bosses at Reed only then discovered that she was not even a qualified accountant and had used a forged certificate to get a job with them eleven years earlier. When she was arrested by police, Carberry told officers: 'I knew this was going to happen. I'm so sorry. I did this for Charlotte [her daughter]. My husband is going to kill me.' Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:11:00 GMT HALLIBURTON: HANDYMAN STABBED TO DEATH BY GANG IN ABUSE ROW HAYES; UXBRIDGE A handyman was hacked with an axe and stabbed to death when he confronted a gang of youths who taunted and spat at his girlfriend, a court heard today (FRI). Paul Thrower, 46, became 'absolutely enraged' after hearing about the abuse hurled at his partner by the troublemakers hanging around their block of flats in Hayes, west London. 'He had reached a tipping point and he ran out of the flat and after them,' prosecutor Peter Finnegan QC told the Old Bailey. 'He had trouble with groups of youths before and he wasn't going to put up with it again. He'd had enough.' Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:49:00 GMT PYATT: READING ABOUT SUICIDES COULD MAKE A PRISONER KILL HIMSELF CAMBRIDGESHIRE A former governor of a maximum security jail told a court that just reading about prisoner suicides in a newspaper could make other inmates kill themselves. Tony Jones, former governor of HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire was questioned as to why a story concerning a convicted hitman hanging himself in his prison was not in the public interest. Mr Jones said: 'From our perspective it is difficult to oversee the detrimental effects the leaking of stories of prisoners has on the population. 'You work in an environment with a number of men who are of interest to the press and the outside world. 'And in a prison environment a lot of what we achieve is based on having trust in the staff you work with. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:46:00 GMT ROBINSON: NURSE FACES BEING STRUCK OFF AFTER 'NONCE SQUAD' STING BIRMINGHAM A Ministry of Defence nurse was sexually motivated when he arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl only to find he had been set up by vigilantes, tribunal decided today (fri). Bernard Robinson, a psychiatric nurse based in Norfolk, met the girl over the internet dating site 'Plenty of Fish,' the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. He arranged to meet her at the Raddison Blu Hotel in Birmingham and sent her £50 to cover her train fare as he booked a double room in a hotel. When he arrived at the hotel room, he found that the girl did not exist, and he had in fact been speaking to the vigilante gang known as 'The Nonce Hunters'. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:59:00 GMT VIG: FRAUDSTER CONNED HOUSE HUNTERS OUT OF THOUSANDS ILFORD A fraudster conned house hunters of thousands of pounds deposit money by claiming his parents’ home address was up for rent, a court heard today. Sumreet Vig, 27, milked £13,750 from seven different victims by putting his mum and dad’s house at 8 Sandringham Close, Ilford, on advertising site GumTree. The gambling addict would wait until his parents were out of the house before taking hopeful tenants to look round the property, telling them that all the stuff in the house belonged to the current residents. Vig would repeatedly delay the moving date for each family, saying that work needed to be done on the property, or that they previous tenants had not left yet. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:58:00 GMT BOJANG: CUSTOMERS QUEUED UP FOR SMUGGLED TOBACCO AT THE GAMBIAN EMBASSY KENSINGTON A group of non-smoking Gambian diplomats who cheated the British taxpayer out of £5m requested tax-free rolling tobacco by the kilo had customers queuing up to buy it, a court heard. Yusupha Bojang, 54, the Deputy Head of the Gambian Diplomatic Mission in Kensington, and his colleagues allegedly ordered 32 metric tonnes of tobacco in just three years. They abused a scheme which granted duty-free style tax exemption on goods for personal use and used delivery drivers to send them more than half a million 50g pouches, it was said. In some cases they were ordering tobacco worth more than their annual salary but there is no evidence the eight defendants even smoked, Southwark Crown Court heard. Deliveries to the Gambian High Commission were usually taken and signed for by Audrey Leeward, 48, who sat on the front desk, it is said. Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:04:00 GMT