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February 20, 2015
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MATTHEWS: SON SPARED JAIL FOR NEGLECTING MOTHER WHILE SPENDING HER PENSION

BROOME A callous son who left his elderly mother wallowing in her own filth while he spent her pension on himself was spared jail today after the court was told stopping him going to the pub would be enough punishment (FRI). Brian Matthews, 75, left Winifred Matthews, now 98, without hot water, central heating, a telephone or even a working toilet even though he was her legal guardian. The floors of her home Cranham, Upminster, were coated in urine and excrement, as was her bedding, and she had started using torn newspaper as toilet roll. Matthews escaped with a two-year sentence suspended for two years after being convicted of two counts of fraud for spending his mother’s pensions and savings on himself and while spending next to nothing on her.

 
February 20, 2015

SARDAR: TERROR SUSPECT IN COURT FOR MURDER OF US SOLDIER

WEMBLEY A terror suspect accused of murdering an American soldier in Iraq in 2007 appeared at the Old Bailey today (fri). Anis Abid Sardar, 38, is charged with killing Sgt 1st Class Randy Johnson, 34, who died when a makeshift bomb detonated near his vehicle in Baghdad. Sardar is also accused of plotting to murder British and American forces in Iraq with roadside bombs between January and November 2007. He was arrested by anti-terror police after they raided his home in northwest London in September last year.

 



 
February 20, 2015

MARCHMENT: BUSINESSMAN DENIES CONTRACT RIGGING

FARNBOROUGH, SURREY A businessman today (Fri) denied plotting to rig international energy sector contracts. Graham Marchment, 57, allegedly accepted cash for showing favour to companies bidding for work on one of the world's largest oil and gas projects in Sakhalin, Russia. He is also accused of corruption relating to the QASR Gas Gathering Project in the Western Desert of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and the Singapore Parallel Train Project. Marchment worked as an agent for engineering firms including Staines-based JP Kenny and at multinational Fluor's office in Farnborough, Surrey at the time of the allegations, it is said.

 
February 20, 2015
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MUNIR: MUSLIM EXTREMIST FACING JAIL FOR POSTING ISIS VIDEOS ON FACEBOOK

BRADFORD A Muslim extremist who posted a picture of murdered hostage Peter Kassig on his Facebook page with videos of Islamic State terrorist attacks is facing jail today (Fri). Hassan Munir, 27, uploaded a string of videos and pictures supporting the terrorist Islamic State, including a picture of so-called Jihadi John with Mr Kassig before he was brutally beheaded. Munir commented under the picture: 'He is next, former US army ranger did a tour in Iraq and now is back in Iraq to be beheaded.' His Facebook page also had videos of IED explosions, a picture of a murdered hostage, and a video of a woman being stoned to death, the Old Bailey heard.

 
February 20, 2015
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PICKETT: RENOWNED MUSICIAN JAILED FOR SEXUALLY ABUSING PUPILS AT GUILDHALL SCHOOL

CHIPPING NORTON, OXFORDSHIRE A former teacher at the renowned Guildhall School of Music has been jailed for 11 years for sexually abusing three pupils more than three decades after the mother of one victim reported him to his bosses. Philip Pickett, a prominent figure in London's early music scene, used his fame and influence to attack two teenage schoolgirls and a 26 year-old woman in the late 70s and early 80s. He preyed on the young women in the soundproofed music rooms so no-one could hear if they cried out. One of the girls sexually assaulted by Pickett complained to her mother in 1984 and she wrote to the principal at the Guildhall but no further action was taken, the Old Bailey heard.

 
February 20, 2015
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YADAV:DRIVER TWO KILLED AFTER SMOKING WEED

ILFORD A stoned driver is facing years behind bars after killing his two best friends and seriously injuring a woman in a high-speed crash. Amit Yadav, 24, was driving his red Honda Civic up to 25mph over the speed limit when he span out of control and smashed into an oncoming Renault Cleo. Yadav's two passengers, brothers Haider Kayani, 20, and Taimur Kayani, 17, were killed in the collision on Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, Essex. Taimur, who had been travelling in Yadav's front passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Haider died later in hospital.

 
February 19, 2015

SEYMOUR-HAMILTON: VET FAILS TO GET BACK ON THE REGISTER - AGAIN

ORPINGTON A vet who has failed for 20 years to be officially restored to the profession has had his latest application rejected. Warwick Seymour-Hamilton was first thrown out of the profession in 1993 after showing 'a total disregard of basic hygiene and care for animals' at his practice in Orpington, Kent. His practice was closed down after it was ruled it presented 'a constant risk of infection to animals undergoing surgical procedures.' Since then Seymour-Hamilton has failed on two occasions, in 1995 and 2010, to be restored to the profession, and now his latest application has also been dismissed, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons heard.

 
February 19, 2015

HOWSNEGO: CROSSRAIL LORRY DRIVER TRIAL DELAYED

MILE END The trial of a Crossrail lorry driver accused of killing a cyclist by driving carelessly has been delayed after new evidence was put before the court today (THURS). Anthony Howsego, 58, denied he was driving without due care and attention when he hit hospital porter Brian Holt, 62, on the Mile End Road, East London on November 5. Mr Holt was attempting trying to cross the road, which is part of Mayor Boris Johnson's CS2 superhighway, as he was heading for work at Mile End Hospital. Howsego was an employee of lorry company Gordon that had been sub-contracted to shift rubble from the £15 billion Crossrail project.

 
February 19, 2015
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LAW STUDENT WHO KEPT EVERY ISSUE OF INSPIRE MAGAZINE FACING JAIL

PLAISTOW, EAST LONDON A law student who kept every issue of an Al Qaeda's terrorist propaganda magazine on top of her parents' wardrobe is facing jail today (Thurs). Afsana Kayum, 22, stored all ten parts of 'Inspire' on a USB stick along with several Youtube videos praising Muslim extremism. Kayum hoped to find a husband through an extremist institution called the Bayyina Foundation and had filled out an 'Islamic Marriage Form' found on the USB stick. In the 'About me' section of the form she wrote: 'I like to keep up to date with current affairs and what's happening to Muslims around the world, and I like to write letters to Muslim prisoners.'

 
February 19, 2015
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ZIAMANI: TEEN TERRORIST IS LOOKING AT LEAST TEN YEARS BEHIND BARS

CAMBERWELL A teenage Muslim convert who was arrested on his way to behead a British soldier in a copycat Lee Rigby style terror attack is facing years behind bars today (thurs). Brustholm Ziamani, 19, planned to emulate his heroes Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale by decapitating an army cadet and posing for a photograph with the severed head. His mission was foiled by chance when an anti-terrorist police officer spotted him in the street and found a 'toolkit for terror' - a 12-inch knife, a hammer and a black Islamic flag - in his rucksack. Ziamani, who wanted to install sharia law in the UK under the Islamic State of Ireland and Britain, was on police bail for suspected terror offences at the time. He was living with members of the banned extremist group Al Muhajiroun set up by Anjem Choudary and used his Facebook account to encourage friends to fight jihad. During his trial at the Old Bailey he claimed he never intended to carry out a terror attack and was only joking when he boasted about it to his ex-girlfriend.

 
February 19, 2015
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BURNS:TEENAGER GUILTY OF KNIFING PLUMBER TO DEATH

HACKNEY A teenager who stabbed a trainee plumber to death in the street after he demanded the payment of a £150 cannabis debt was facing jail today (Thurs). The 17 year-old boy, who cannot be named, knifed 19 year-old Charlie Burns four times in the chest and back after chasing him down in his car. The confrontation started after Mr Burns, who was known as Chucky, spotted the lad by chance while driving around Hackney, east London, on 18 August last year. He pulled alongside the Vauxhall Astra driven by Ashan Crosdale and blocked them off before getting out of his car with a wheel brace, the Old Bailey heard.


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