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February 06, 2013

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DI STEFANO: 'DEVIL'S ADVOCATE DID NOTHING TO HELP ME'

CANTERBURY, KENT A self-styled lawyer dubbed the Devil's Advocate did 'nothing' to help a prisoner win his freedom despite charging more than £8,000, a court heard today (WED). Giovanni Di Stefano, 57, took a payment of 10,000 Euros from the family of 43-year-old convicted drug smuggler Laurent Penchef. It is claimed Penchef’s mother and father are just one of ten sets of victims who lost almost £1m to the Italian.
  January 29, 2013

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STEFANO: DEVIL'S ADVOCATE DEFRAUDED CLIENTS OUT OF £1M

CANTERBURY, KENT; DUNDEE, SCOTLAND A former director of Dundee FC dubbed 'The Devil's Advocate' defrauded clients out of £1m by falsely claiming he was a qualified lawyer, a court heard today (tues) Giovanni Di Stefano, 57, netted the money from ten victims after he claimed he was a trained Italian 'avvocato' between 2004 and 2012. Prosecutors claim he was no more a qualified lawyer than he was a 'surgeon qualified to perform surgery or pilot qualified to fly an aeroplane'.
 
January 22, 2013

MAHMUDOV:SEX TRAFFICKER ADMITS SMUGGLING WOMAN INTO UK FROM BULGARIA

WOOD GREEN, NORTH LONDON A human trafficker today (Tues) admitted smuggling a woman into the UK for the purposes of sexual exploitation. Mehmed Mahmudov, 35, is accused of acting as a pimp for the girls at a brothel in in Wood Green, north London. Police tracked him down after one of the girls he was holding captive escaped, Westminster Magistrates' court heard.
  January 18, 2013

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BURGLAR RAIDED LEGAL CHAMBERS

CENTRAL LONDON A brazen burglar who swiped computers and cameras from one of London's ancient Inns of Court is facing jail today (Fri). Robert Smith, 27, also stole a designer bag and a pair of sunglasses after creeping into historic Middle Temple Hall. He raided the Elizabethan building - home to one of four barristers' Inns of Court - last July 28 and made off with a haul totaling £5,500.
 
January 16, 2013

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GOODWIN: PCSO PASSED POLICE DATA TO CROOKS

ORPINGTON, LONGFIELD, MOTTINGHAM, KENT A crooked PCSO netted thousands of pounds selling confidential information about drug factories to criminals, a court heard. Oguz Batmaz, 27, passed on the locations of suspected cannabis farms and ran hundreds of illegal checks on police computers, it is alleged. He also helped an escaped prisoner evade capture and scoured intelligence records for mentions of associates, Southwark Crown Court was told.
  January 14, 2013

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JOHNSON:PRISON DRUGS COUNSELLOR FOUND GUILTY OF MISCONDUCT

ISLINGTON, NORTH LONDON A drugs counsellor accused of smuggling wraps of cannabis into jail in a tin of rice pudding is facing jail after he was found guilty of misconduct. Daryl Johnson, 26, abused his role as a CARAT (Counselling, Assessment, Referral Advice, Through care) worker while based at HMP Pentonville. Prosecutors allege he passed drugs to an inmate despite his role being to help prisoners cope with their drug addictions while in jail.
 
January 09, 2013

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JOHNSON: DRUGS COUNCILLOR SMUGGLED POT IN RICE PUDDING

ISLINGTON A drugs counsellor tried to smuggle wraps of cannabis into jail in a tin of rice pudding, a court heard. Daryl Johnson, 26, allegedly abused his role as a CARAT (Counselling, Assessment, Referral Advice, Through care) worker to pass the drugs to an inmate at HMP Pentonville. As a CARAT worker his job was to help prisoners cope with their drug addictions while in jail. Johnson was caught after he acted suspiciously moments before a search was carried out on the staff at the prison on May 11 last year.
  November 20, 2012

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TAYLOR-BAREFOOT: FUGITIVE FRAUDSTER BROUGHT TO JUSTICE

SHIFNAL, SHROPSHIRE; CITY OF LONDON A City conman who spent investors' savings on a 'lavish' lifestyle and fled to Australia was finally snared after he was arrested for drink driving. Robert Taylor-Barefoot, 34, skipped bail and fled his home days before he was due to stand trial over the £250,000 scam last year. The high spending broker's travel documents had not been seized, nor was he made subject of a financial surety, as part of his bail conditions.
 
November 01, 2012

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FRAY: PRISON CHEF DENIES SMUGGLING DRUGS AND PHONES

BELMARSH, SOUTH NORWOOD, SOUTHEAST LONDON; MUSWELL HILL, NORTH LONDON A prison chef has denied smuggling drugs, mobile phones, and phone chargers into a young offenders' institution. Mick Fray, 45, allegedly plotted with inmate Glen Lawrence, 22, to bring the items into HMP Isis, based within maximum security Belmarsh jail, over a five month period. Prosecutors claim the pair conspired with Lawrence's sister Nikki Nash, 29, and mother Carolyn Dylan, 46.
  September 25, 2012

KHAN ACCUSED REFUGEE RAPIST IN COURT

MAIDA VALE An Afghan asylum seeker accused of clamping his hands over a woman's mouth as he tried to rape her appeared in court today (tues). Mohammadullah Khan, 19, allegedly tried to force himself on the 26-year-old woman after groping her bottom in the street on July 2 last year. The teenager is accused of covering her mouth in a bid to stop her screaming during the alleged night-time attack in Shirland Road, Maida Vale, west London.
 
August 30, 2012

LAWSON: PRISON GUARD ON DRUGS CHARGES

WEST MOLESLEY, SURREY; STREATHAM, BATTERSEA, WANDSWORTH, SOUTHWEST LONDON A prison officer today (Thurs) denied entering a 'corrupt relationship' with a serving inmate and his mother. John Lawson, 43, is charged with misconduct in a public office following contact with Jordan Burree, 25, and Sharon Burree, 49, while working at HMP Wandsworth. All three appeared in the dock at Southwark Crown Court today (THUR) for a plea and case management hearing.
  July 09, 2012

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JOHNSON: DRUGS COUNSELLOR 'SMUGGED DRUGS TO INMATES'

ISLINGTON, NORTH LONDON A drugs counsellor tried to smuggle wraps of cannabis into jail inside a tin of rice pudding, a court heard today (Mon). Daryl Johnson, 26, allegedly abused his role as a CARAT (Counselling, Assessment, Referral Advice, Through care) worker to pass the drugs to inmate Duran Braithwaite, 31, at HMP Pentonville. As a CARAT worker his job was to help prisoners cope with their drug addictions while in jail. Johnson was caught out after acting suspiciously moments before a search was carried out on the staff at the prison, on May 11 last year.

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