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April 17, 2014

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.

  April 17, 2014

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.

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April 17, 2014

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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.

  April 17, 2014

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.

  April 17, 2014

AL-ABED: OVARY DOC 'OUT ON LIMB'

ROMFORD, ESSEX A bungling junior doctor was ‘left out on a limb’ to operate on a pregnant woman who died after he removed her ovary instead of her appendix, a tribunal heard. Yahya Al-Abed was ‘working in a vacuum’ when he performed surgery on Maria De Jesus, 32, at Queen's Hospital, Romford, Essex, after she was admitted with abdominal pain. The fifth-year trainee surgeon, who had worked at the hospital for less than three weeks, made a series of catastrophic errors. The mother-of-three died on the operating table 19 days later after suffering a miscarriage and undergoing a second procedure to remove her appendix.

 
April 17, 2014

MACLEOD: NURSE IGNORED HEADLOCK ON PATIENT

BECKENHAM, KENT A nurse who saw a colleague holding a patient in a headlock and waited five months to report the assault is facing an anxious wait over the future of his career today (thurs). Duncan Macleod witnessed a fellow nurse assault the woman on the Gresham 1 ward - an acute mental health facility at the Royal Bethlem Hospital, Beckenham, Kent. But he kept silent throughout the ensuing police investigation while his colleague claimed the patient had attacked her. Five months later Macleod confessed he heard the nurse threaten the woman and said he had seen her climb on the sofa to get on the patient's back and put her in a headlock.

  April 17, 2014

MCHUGH: LYING NURSE BOOTED OUT

SOUTHPORT, A nurse who claimed he was popping in to see his brother-in-law after he was caught repeatedly visiting a former patient's house has been struck off. Jeffrey McHugh began providing one-to-one treatment to for the patient after she was admitted to an acute mental health unit in the Hasketh Centre, Southport, Merseyside. Their relationship developed and months after her care was transferred, McHugh was spotted visiting her home, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. McHugh also bought her presents but when a senior nurse challenged McHugh he denied the relationship and said he parked outside her house because his nearby brother-in-law had 'too many cars.'

  April 17, 2014

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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.

 
April 17, 2014

MONK: NURSE WATCHED PENSIONER COLLAPSE ON FLOOR

OLDHAM A care home nurse accused of watching a frail pensioner having a fit on the floor for 15 minutes faces an anxious wait over her career. Juliet Monk claimed the elderly woman was 'seeking attention' when she collapsed on the ground in an apparent fit, it is said. She told a care assistant to leave her alone and said 'she can get up off her own steam' after finding the fragile pensioner struggling to lift herself up from her bedroom floor, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. Monk also forced a quiet man into communal areas against his will, pushed residents around and twisted the ankle of one elderly man, it is alleged.

  April 17, 2014

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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.

  April 16, 2014

VITHAYATHIL: WIFE-BEATER DOCTOR WHO RULED HOME WITH 'ROD OF IRON' BANNED FROM PROFESSION

CAMBRIDGE A wife-beating doctor who ruled his home with a 'rod of iron' has been banned from the profession for a year. Dr Empee Vithayathil left his wife in a plaster cast for eight weeks after braking her ankle when he assaulted her in 2007. The Cambridge-based psychiatrist also slapped her after a row over a library book. The argument erupted again the following evening when he slapped his wife across the face, bent her fingers back, grabbed her hands then hit her in the chest.


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