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April 01, 2015

NOT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO RETRY EX NEWS OF THE WORLD REPORTER

CENTRAL LONDON A former News of the World journalist whose conviction for paying a prison guard for stories was overturned on appeal will not be tried again because it is not in the public interest, a court heard today (weds). The reporter, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office in November last year. But after verdict was overturned on appeal last week, when the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, ruled the trial judge had misdirected the jury. Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC today (Weds) told the High Court the reporter would not face a retrial.
  March 23, 2015

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FRIEDLANDER:RETIRED CAR SALESMAN WANTED TO MEET THREE YEAR OLD

MANCHESTER; BROMLEY, SOUTH LONDON A retired car salesman caught in a police sting taking Haribo sweets and a lamb cuddly toy to meet a three-year-old girl for sex has been jailed for five years. David Friedlander, 63, arranged to abuse 'Holly' after emailing and chatting online with an officer posing as the child's mother Sarah. In one message he said he wanted to 'let her play with me', the Old Bailey was told. He was arrested when he turned up with his gifts to meet the pair in Bromley, south London, on 26 March last year.
 
March 13, 2015

MORTLAKE; SLOUGH; WEST NORWOOD; SOUTH CROYDON A Sun journalist accused of paying an immigration centre guard for stories denied 'prompting' his contact to come up with new information, the Old Bailey heard. Tom Wells, 34, paid nearly £8,000 to Colnbrook immigration centre guard Mark Blake for a string of tips on detainees awaiting deportation. Blake, 42, was the source on Sun articles exposing gourmet food served to detainees, bingo games, fancy dress parties, and a gruesome attack at the centre. Wells said the stories always came from Blake contacting him first, and denied ringing him up looking for a new tip.
  March 12, 2015

BUTLER: REMOVAL MAN IN COURT OVER DAUGHTER KILLING

SUTTON A removal man accused of murdering his six-year-old daughter will stand trial in May. Ben Butler, 35, is said to have caused a fatal head injury to Ellie Butler at the family home in Sutton, southwest London. Paramedics were called to the house in Westover Close on 28 October 2013. The Avenue Primary School pupil was taken to hospital but nothing could be done to save her.
 
March 05, 2015

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JAVEED:SIX YEARS FOR TEACHER WHO PLANNED TO JOIN ISIS IN SYRIA

MANCHESTER; BOLTON; LIVERPOOL A chemistry teacher who planned to commit mass murder with ISIS in Syria was jailed for six years today (thurs). Jamshed Javeed, 30, who befriended former Guantanamo suspect Moazzam Begg in Belmarsh jail, quit his job teaching secondary school children to fight Jihad. Javeed was among a group of young Muslim men from Manchester who became radicalised and determined to join the terrorist group in Syria. He helped his younger brother Mohammed, 21, and two other men by providing money for flights as well as clothing and equipment, Woolwich Crown Court heard.
  February 27, 2015

BRENNAN: MOTHER JAILED FOR TRYING TO GET RELATIVES OFF MURDER RAP

PLUMSTEAD A mother of three who hatched a plot to get her three brothers and a childhood friend cleared of murder has been jailed for 27 months. Kerry Brennan, 31, coached killer Daniel Burgess on his bogus defence story while he waited trial for killing Marcus Innocent. She told her pal from childhood: ‘Say you don’t know who else was there’ and instructed him to ‘put the blame’ on one of the co-defendants. Brennan offered to buy Burgess a new set of trainers while ‘forcefully’ asserting the bogus story to tell in court.
 
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 17, 2015

RANA:BRITISH MAN DENIES GUNNING DOWN MOTHER IN LAW IN PAKISTAN

BIRMINGHAM; WOLVERHAMPTON A British man today (Tues) denied gunning down his mother-in-law in Pakistan. Tariq Rana, 31, appeared at the Old Bailey by videolink from Belmarsh prison charged with the murder of 49-year-old Gulam Asia. She died after being shot several times outside her home in Lahore on July 27 last year. Wearing a black sweater, Rana spoke only to confirm his name and enter a not guilty plea to a single count of murder at today's brief hearing.
 
February 02, 2015

SARDAR:TERROR SUSPECT DENIES MURDERING AMERICAN SOLDIER

WEMBLEY, NORTHWEST LONDON A terror suspect denied the murder of an American soldier in Iraq in 2007 at the Old Bailey today (Mon). 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.
  January 30, 2015

HASSANE: TERROR SUSPECTS IN COURT OVER DRIVE-BY ASSASSINATION PLOT

PADDINGTON; NOTTING HILL; NORTH KENSINGTON; ST JOHN'S WOOD Four terror suspects accused of plotting to assassinate British soldiers and police on the streets of London in a moped drive-by shooting appeared in court today (fri). The gang allegedly used Google Street View to research the layout of Shepherd's Bush police station and White City Territorial Army Barracks. They are also said to have sourced a Baikal handgun with a silencer and ammunition and a moped scooter. Instagram photos of two Metropolitan Police officers and two Police Community Support Officers were found on their phones, it is claimed.
 
January 22, 2015

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COULSON:FORMER NEWS OF THE WORLD EDITOR FACING JUNE RETRIAL

CHARING, KENT; ADDLESTONE, SURREY Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson is to face a retrial in June over claims he bought Royal phone directories from corrupt police officers. The 46-year-old tabloid supremo, who became David Cameron's head of communications, is accused of approving payments for the phone books in 2003 and 2005. The books contained details of the Royal household, and were allegedly sold to the paper's Royal editor Clive Goodman, 57, in 2003 and 2005. Coulson, who edited the News of the World from 2003 to 2006, was jailed for 18 months last July for overseeing a culture of phone hacking at the Sunday tabloid.
  January 09, 2015

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SMALL: BOXING CHAMPION FACES JUNE TRIAL OVER ISLAMIC STATE JIHAD PLOT

BECKENHAM; SHADWELL; EAST HAM A former British boxing champion accused of helping two men flee to Syria to fight with Islamic State will stand trial in June. Anthony Small, 33, who won both the British and Commonwealth championships in 2009, appeared at the Old Bailey alongside four other men to face terror offences. Small allegedly helped Michael Coe, 33, and Simon Keeler 43, in their attempt to travel to Syria. Coe and Keeler were arrested at Dover on 30 November.

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