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January 19, 2015
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SISSON:BOGUS INVESTMENT BROKERS CONNED PENSIONERS OUT OF £1.2M

KENSINGTON, SOUTHWEST LONDON; KINGSTON UPTON THAMES, SURREY Two bogus investment brokers who conned wealthy pensioners into spending £1.2m on worthless shares were jailed for a total of four years. Mark Sisson, 35, and Alexander Pratt, 29, cold-called vulnerable victims from Spain and persuaded them to hand over their life-savings. Their victims included an 88 year-old man who lost £44,000, a 76 year-old teacher and a 75 year-old bricklayer. Pratt continued to target one investor for more cash to fund his luxury lifestyle after leaving the 'boiler room fraud'.

 
January 19, 2015
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JURY SWORN IN FOR SEX TRIAL OF GLAM ROCKER GARY GLITTER

MARYLEBONE, WEST LONDON A jury was sworn in today (mon) for the trial of glam rocker Gary Glitter who is accused of a string of sex assaults on three girls dating back to the 1970s. Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, is accused of trying to rape a child and an alternative count of indecently assaulting her when she was under the age of 13 in the mid-1970s. He also faces a claim of getting a 12-year-old drunk to have sex with her. The ageing singer denies the charge and a further charge of unlawful sexual intercourse.

 



 
January 19, 2015

PHARO:JOURNALISTS' TRIAL ADJOURNED AFTER JUROR FALLS ILL

WAPPING, EAST LONDON; WINDSOR, BERKS; BRENTWOOD, ESSEX The trial of four Sun journalists accused of paying public officials for stories was adjourned today (mon) after one of the jurors fell ill. Head of News Chris Pharo, 45, his former deputy Ben O'Driscoll, 38, managing editor Graham Dudman, 51, and reporter Jamie Pyatt, also 51, are accused of corrupting police officers and a Broadmoor nurse. It is said they offered 'wheelbarrows of cash' for inside information on celebrities, notorious criminals, and victims of crime. But one of the jurors called in today (Mon) complaining of a cough and a sore throat.

 
January 19, 2015
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DHARMASENA:JURY SWORN IN FOR FIRST EVER FGM CASE

ARCHWAY, NORTH LONDON; ILFORD, ESSEX A jury was sworn in today (mon) for the trial of a doctor accused of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the first prosecution of its kind in the UK. Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena, 32, allegedly mutilated the woman shortly after she gave birth at Whittington Hospital in Archway, north London, on 24 November 2012. He is standing trial at Southwark Crown Court alongside Hasan Mohamed, 41, who is accused of encouraging him to commit the offence. Dharmasena, of (41) Rushden Gardens, Ilford, Essex, denies one count of carrying out FGM under section 1(1) of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.

 
January 19, 2015

STALKER SPARED JAIL FOR HARASSING TV PERSONALITY

LONDON A 'sad' loner who stalked a TV personality and made sinister references to the murder of Jill Dando was spared jail today (MON). The middle-aged fantasist bombarded the terrified presenter with 517 Tweets and scores of emails, text messages and phone calls declaring his love. He dreamed of sweeping the woman off her feet on 'a white charger' before getting her 'happily pregnant'. The stalker - who described himself as 'cheeky' - even tried to bring hand-warmers to her office as a gift and sent her an inscribed edition of romantic novel The Scarlet Letter for Christmas.

 
January 19, 2015
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STINGEMORE:ACCUSED PAEDOPHILE DIED WHILE AWAITING TRIAL

HOUNSLOW, WEST LONDON; PEASE POTTAGE, WEST SUSSEX The death of a former children's home manager found dead weeks before he was due to stand trial for historic sex offences was formally announced in court today (mon). John Stingemore, 72, was accused of attacking youths at Grafton Close Children's Home in Hounslow, west London. He was due to stand trial at Southwark Crown Court with Catholic priest Father Tony McSweeney, 67, who officiated at the 1990 wedding of boxing legend Frank Bruno and his ex-wife, Laura. McSweeney is accused of targeting children while wheelchair-bound Stingemore was in charge of the council-run home between February 1980 and July 1981.

 
January 19, 2015
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LOWE:FORMER PUPIL REPORTED TEACHER AFTER SAVILE STORY BROKE

BRISTOL; YORK A 10-year-old boy subjected to 'bizarre' sex assaults during piano lessons only plucked up the courage to report his teacher after reading about paedophile Jimmy Savile, a court heard. David Lowe, 61, allegedly molested ten boys, aged between seven and 13, at the prestigious Westminster Cathedral Choir School and Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire between 1978 and 1984. The English teacher bribed his alleged victims with sweets and told them it was 'our little secret', Southwark Crown Court was told. One former Ampleforth pupil, who gave evidence from behind screens, said he remembered Lowe as having a 'mad scientist look' with a 'European football arty haircut' and a 'strange nasal voice'.

 
January 19, 2015
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AHMED:HUSBAND WHO DECAPITATED WIFE FACES LIFE BEHIND BARS

NORTHOLT, WEST LONDON A husband who decapitated his wife after a row faces life behind bars after admitting murder at the Old Bailey today (MON). Naveed Ahmed, 41, knifed mother-of-two Tahira Ahmed, 38, to death at their home in Northolt, west London. Mrs Ahmed was found dead at the house in Merton Avenue after neighbours called police to the house on 27 May last year. Prosecutor Jonathan Polnay told an earlier hearing her head was connected to her body by only 'a small amount of skin'. She had also suffered two broken arms.

 
January 19, 2015

LANCASTER:,MASSEUR COULD NOT HAVE TOUCHED WOMAN INTIMATELY

EAST DULWICH, SOUTHEAST LONDON A massage therapist denied sexually assaulting a client whilst treating her at a health club and insisted he could not have touched her intimate areas accidentally. Mark Lancaster, 54, allegedly told her 'it's good to go deeper' after groping her breasts, bottom and groin at the Hamlets Health Club in East Dulwich, southeast London. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, 'froze' when Lancaster attacked her after switching off the lights, the Old Bailey has heard. She was later physically sick when she recounted the incident to a friend before telling police, a jury was told.

 
January 19, 2015

ANEET:BANK MANAGER SYPHONED £15,000 FROM CUSTOMER'S ACOCUNT

CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX A Barclays Bank business manager is facing jail for syphoning off nearly £15,000 from a customer's account. Vaijawanthi Aneet, 36, pulled off the fraud between May and November last year while working at branches in the City of London. She stole £14,300 from customer William Giles while working at Barclays branches in Fenchurch Street and Holborn. Aneet denied the fraud last year, but changed her plea at Kingston Crown Court.

 
January 19, 2015

DEACON:ACTOR DENIES HARASSING NOEL CLARKE

BETHNAL GREEN, EAST LONDON Award winning actor and Babylon star Adam Deacon cracked a can of Red Bull in the dock today (Fri) as he denied harassing fellow actor Noel Clarke. Deacon, 31, last appeared on TV screens as Robbie, an unstable Met Police firearms officer in Danny Boyle's satirical police drama, featuring James Nesbitt. The Londoner, famous for his rapid-fire patois, won his first break playing troubled teenager Jay in Kidulthood, a film written by Mr Clarke. The pair acted alongside each other in the film, which told the story of youths growing up on London's most deprived estates.


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