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May 30, 2014
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MORRIS: REJECTED MATHS GENIUS GETS 23 YEARS FOR CHEF MURDER

BATTERSEA A Cambridge-educated actuary who murdered a chef with a spear gun and a carving knife because the victim's sister dumped him was jailed for at least 23 years today (FRI). Andrew Morris, 30, was a brilliant mathematician who landed a £120,000 a year job after university and believed himself superior to other people. But when Michelle Stangroom finished with him he blamed her brother Henry, 21, a talented chef working at the Criterion restaurant. Psychiatrists who examined him believe arrogant and selfish Morris may have wanted to hurt his former partner by murdering the young cook.

 
May 30, 2014

DYER: MURDER SUSPECT ACCUSED OF STABBING MAN TO DEATH OUTSIDE PARTY IS BEHIND BARS

DAGENHAM A third murder suspect accused of stabbing a man to death outside a private party was remanded in custody today (FRI). Kestrel Daniel Dyer, 25, allegedly killed 25 year-old Ashley Latty during a mass brawl in Dagenham, east London. It is claimed he was one of six men involved in a 'targeted attack' on Mr Latty at The Beaver Centre in Selinas Lane at around 5.35am on 18 May. The victim suffered five stab wounds to the chest and died in hospital at 7.15am.

 



 
May 30, 2014
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BROOKS: PHONE HACKING SCANDAL IS 'POLITICAL HOT POTATO'

CENTRAL LONDON The phone hacking scandal is a ‘political hot potato’ which has been blown out of proportion because police and prosecutors failed to deal with it earlier, the Old Bailey heard. Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and Stuart Kuttner have been on trial for nearly eight months for conspiring to hack phones at the News of the World. Jonathan Caplan QC, defending Kuttner, the former managing editor, urged the jury at the Old Bailey to ignore the intense media spotlight that has been shone on this ‘unusual’ trial. He said seemingly limitless resources had been thrown at prosecuting Kuttner, 74, and former editors Brooks and Coulson, both 46, for hacking at the now-defunct tabloid.

 
May 30, 2014
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PELLY: PRINCES' PAL CLAIMS IPHONE CAUSED HIM TO FAIL BREATHALYSER TEST

PIMLICO A close friend of princes William and Harry accused of drink driving claims radio waves from his iphone may have influenced the breathalyser test. Guy Pelly, 32, was pulled over by police as he drove his £50,000 sports car through upmarket Belgravia in central London. He repeatedly refused to blow into a breathalyzer after he was suspected of driving his black Audi R8 GT V10 Coupe while over the limit. When asked to take a breath test Pelly simply replied: 'I don't want to'.

 
May 30, 2014
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DSOUZA: CONWOMAN BEHIND BARS FOR POSING AS WITCH DOCTOR WITH HEALING POWERS IN £1M SCAM

HAMPSTEAD One of Britain's most successful conwomen who made over £1 million posing as witch doctor with powers to cure the sick and help women conceive was jailed for ten years today. (Fri) Juliette D'Souza, 59, was told by the judge she acted out of 'pure greed' in the worst case of confidence fraud he had ever seen. D'Sousa persuaded 11 susceptible people to hand her £1m to cure terminal illnesses, help disabilities and for fertility treatment. She promised the cash would be hung from a 'magical tree' deep in the Amazonian rainforest by shamans 'Pa' and 'Oma', Blackfriars Crown Court heard.

 
May 30, 2014
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PIGGIN: TEEN CLEARED OF PLOTTING COLUMBINE-INSPIRED TERROR ATTACK AFTER SECOND JURY FAILED TO REACH VERDICT

LOUGHBOROUGH A teenager accused of plotting a Columbine-inspired massacre has been cleared of preparing an act of terrorism today (Fri) after a second Old Bailey jury could not reach a decision. Michael Piggin, 18, outlined detailed plans of deadly attacks on two schools, the local mosque, council offices and Loughborough University in his diaries. The A-level student, now 18, wrote about arming himself with guns, bombs, and knives in a deadly assault inspired by the Monster of Oslo Anders Breivik. But he claimed the details of his 'Operation' were a way of venting his anger rather than serious plans.

 
May 30, 2014

DOVE: TWO MEN ACCUSED OF STABBING A LAW CLERK TO DEATH IN A MISTAKEN REVENGE ATTACK DENY MURDER

SOUTHWARK, SOUTH LONDON Two men accused of stabbing a law clerk to death in a mistaken revenge attack have denied murder today (fri). Father-of-one Chris Foster, 34, was knifed in the back outside a south London pub on 29 November last year while he was smoking a cigarette. He was stabbed to death by a group of hooded youths in an alleyway next to the St Christopher's Inn on Borough High Street at around 11.45pm. Billy Dove, 29, and Aytach Lisani, 33, appeared at the Old Bailey charged with the murder.

 
May 30, 2014
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MCELVENNA: POLICE OFFICER USED FORCE DATABASE TO HELP DRUG-SMUGGLER FRIENDS IMPORT NARCOTICS

MILTON KEYNES A police officer accessed the force computer system to give his drug-smuggler friends the all-clear as they imported narcotics from Europe, a court heard. Martin McElvenna, 54, is said to have accessed the database to provide tip-offs to a gang accused of importing large quantities of drugs into Britain, Southwark Crown Court was told. McElvenna, an ex-Thames Valley Police officer, carried out a string of checks on behalf of a ‘close relative’ and co-defendant in an alleged drugs ring, members of which cannot be named. The eight-strong gang allegedly managed to import vast amounts of drugs with the inside assistance of McElvenna.

 
May 30, 2014
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GWIRIRI: ELDERLY PATIENT FELL TO HIS DEATH AFTER NURSE FAILED TO PUT HIS BEDRAILS UP

SHREWSBURY, SHROPSHIRE A nurse who did not bother to rearrange an elderly patient’s bedrails after he fell to the floor may have contributed to the second tumble that killed him, a tribunal heard today [THURS]. Memory Gwiriri, an agency nurse with Healthcare Capital, was working at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Shropshire failed to carry out a routine risk assessment which may have saved the 88-year-old’s life, it is alleged. Gwiriri is accused of simply putting the man back under the covers. She would have been required to carry out a risk assessment, but David Kivlin, a Health and Safety inspector who conducted the investigation, said she had not been told where the forms were.

 
May 30, 2014
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VIRDI: FORMER DETECTIVE AND LABOUR ELECTION CANDIDATE FACING SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES

HOUNSLOW, WEST LONDON A former detective and Labour election candidate appeared in court over sex abuse allegations today (FRI). Gurpal Virdi, 55, allegedly molested a 15-year-old boy while he was held in custody in 1986, Westminster Magistrates Court was told. The ex detective sergeant, who was known for his outspoken attitude to racism, also faces an allegation of misconduct in a public office. Virdi retired in 2012 after 30 years in the force and now serves as an independent councillor in Hounslow, west London.

 
May 30, 2014
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MAO-AWEYS: DOCTOR STRUCK OFF FOR FGM OFFER

BIRMINGHAM/HARINGEY A disgraced doctor who was secretly filmed offering to assist in arranging the female genital mutilation (FGM) of two children was struck off today (Fri). Dr Ali Mao-Aweys was snared in a Sunday Times sting masterminded by 'Fake Sheikh' Mazher Mahmood in April 2012 to catch doctors willing to perform the outlawed operations. The Somalian national, who has private clinics in Birmingham and Haringey, north London, was recorded discussing the barbaric practice with an unknown female investigator on a camera hidden in her handbag. Mao-Aweys told the reporter he could help and gave her advice along with the phone number of another Birmingham doctor who could perform the procedure after she posed as a patient who wanted her 10 and 13-year-old nieces circumcised.


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