, News reports and pictures on London crown courts, General Medical Council and other courts en-us Sun, 01 Mar 2015 20:51:51 GMT CHELLAH: DISGRACEFUL PENSIONER WHO SCAMMED £1,000S HOUSING BENEFIT TOO OLD FOR JAIL REDBRIDGE, NORTHEAST LONDON A 'disgraceful' pensioner who raked in thousands of pounds in housing benefit while staying in her daughters' homes has been spared jail because she is too old. Sisters Maralyn Jeevabalaramani, 45, and Jacqueline Keneston, 47, took turns housing 70-year-old Mercy Chellah, who was claiming to live in privately rented accomodation. The 11-year scam, committed across the London Borough of Redbridge, netted the family almost £70,000 between 1999 and 2010, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard. But the greedy trio were today (Fri) spared jail after the judge said Chellah was too old to go to prison. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:41:00 GMT OPPONG: PARTY-GOER STABBED AND BEATEN BY GANG IN 'VENOMOUS, HATE-FUELLED' KILLING LEYTON, EAST LONDON A party-goer was fatally stabbed after he was brutally beaten by a gang who attacked him with 'venomous, hate-fuelled force', a court heard. Ashley Latty, 25, was kicked, punched and battered in the head with a bottle outside a private party in Dagenham on 18 May 2014. The reveler, from Leyton, was then stabbed five times in the back and chest before slumping to the floor. Nana Oppong, 34, Kestrel Dyer, 25, Daniel Agyeman, 24, Nicholas Terrelonge, 28, Jerome Joseph, 28, Damien Carnegie and Tyler Burton, both 29, are standing trial for his murder. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:37:00 GMT MARSH: DRUNK RADIOGRAPHER STRUCK OFF MAIDSTONE, KENT A radiographer has been struck off today after showing up to work drunk three times. Jane Marsh worked scanning pregnant women for problems at the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Ultrasound Department in Maidstone Hospital, Kent, from April 2006. But in December 2011, colleagues became suspicious she was turning up for work under the influence of alcohol. Failings on her scans saw them falling below national standards and Marsh was later found to have gone to work drunk on 13 April 2012, 10 October 2012 and 21 May 2013. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:35:00 GMT MEE: SERGEANT IN COURT ACCUSED OF RAPING RECRUITS CROYDON A serving British army sergeant due to stand trial for raping and molesting young female recruits appeared in court today (fri). Edwin Mee, 45, allegedly targeted 11 victims, aged between 15 and 25, on military bases in Cheam, Surrey and Croydon, south London. The soldier, now living in Scotland, has already denied 20 sex charges from dates between November 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011. He appeared in the dock at Southwark Crown Court today to enter a plea to a fresh charge of rape made against him. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:31:00 GMT BLAKE: SUN REPORTERS 'HUNG OUT TO DRY' MORTLAKE, SLOUGH, WEST NORWOOD Sun journalists allegedly paying public officials were 'hung out to dry' by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp to save the media giant, the Old Bailey heard. Serco guard Mark Blake, 42, was caught selling stories to The Sun when evidence of his contact with reporter Tom Wells was handed to police. Blake said the disclosures to police were to 'save News Corps' a***', according to Wells, but was reassured he would not face jail as the leaks were in the public interest. The officer has admitted taking nearly £8,000 from The Sun for a string of leaks from inside Colnbrook immigration centre. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:14:00 GMT GLITTER: GLAM ROCK KING GETS 16 YEARS CENTRAL LONDON Pop paedophile Gary Glitter could die behind bars after he was jailed for 16 years today (fri) for sexually abusing three schoolgirls almost four decades ago. The 'King of the Glam Rockers' tried to rape an eight-year-old girl while at the height of his fame and popularity in 1975. Two years later the 70-year-old lured a 'besotted' fan to the Holiday Inn in Leicester where he subjected her to a night of champagne-fuelled sexual abuse. Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, attacked a second young fan, aged 13, after meeting her at a Watford nightclub. The bewigged pervert's spectacular downfall began in 1997 when he was caught with 4,000 sickening images of children being sexually abused on his laptop. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:15:00 GMT