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April 29, 2015

KATISO TLHABANELO: NURSE STOLE FROM HELPLESS 98-YEAR-OLD

PURLEY A nurse who targeted a 98-year-resident in a crime spree at a care home has been kicked out the profession. Katiso Tlhabanelo withdrew cash and bought goods using credit cards belonging to two pensioners at Sunrise Senior Living, Purley, Surrey. He was only caught when the daughter of his 98-year-old victim spotted irregular spending activity on her mother's dormant account. Tlhabanelo was convicted of four counts, two of theft and two of fraud, between December 2013 and February 2014. He was handed a suspended six month jail term suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 260 hours of unpaid work at Croydon Crown Court.
  April 29, 2015

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MEDHURST:ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY FLEECED OUT OF £700,000

NOTTING HILL, WEST LONDON; CAMDEN, NORTH LONDON The world famous Royal Horticultural Society fell prey to a £700,000 fraud orchestrated by three employees, a court heard. Stuart Medhurst, 54, who was the charity's head of operations, diverted tens a fortune to two accomplices, it is claimed. He also withdrew £43,895 for his own 'personal use' between 2007 and 2014, Southwark Crown Court heard. Medhurst is facing years behind bars after he admitted two charges of conspiracy to steal and one of charge of fraud.
 
April 29, 2015

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SARAO:HOUND OF HOUNSLOW FAILS TO RAISE £5M BAIL

HOUNSLOW, WEST LONDON The 'Hound of Hounslow' who is said to have made £27 million in stock market spoofs is facing months in jail after failing to raise £5m to get bail. Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, masterminded a scam which triggered the 2010 Wall Street 'flash crash,' it is claimed. He is said to have perfected his technique - known as 'dynamic layering' - from a modest semi-detached home in west London. Sarao faces extradition to the US over allegations of wire fraud, commodities fraud and market manipulation.
  April 29, 2015

AZHAR KHAN: THE 'CROOKED' SOLICITOR AND THE 'BENT' MORTGAGE BROKER

HILLINGDON/HARROW A solicitor specialising in criminal law teamed up with an old university friend to get a mortgage by faking his own pay package, a court heard. Azhar Khan, 43, allegedly inflated his salary by almost £30,000 after turning to mortgage broker Asim Hussain, 42, for help with the application. Hussain, who owns Lifestyle Mortgages in Southall, west London, 'routinely' lied for his clients by exaggerating their salaries or jobs to live up to his boast 'every lender, every mortgage, every time', jurors heard. When he was hauled in for police questioning, Khan returned the favour by offering legal assistance from his firm, but 'chose to remain silent' about his own involvement, it was said. Hussain denies 13 counts of furnishing false information while Khan denies a single charge of furnishing false information.
 
April 29, 2015

ANIBABA: CONWOMAN BLAMES GAY ROW FOR PHONES SCAM

BOURNEMOUTH/WANDSWORTH A 'foot soldier' who used a stolen credit card to buy mobile phones for use in a lucrative text message scam has been jailed for nine months. Latifat Anibaba, 28, claimed she only turned to crime after she fell out with her conservative Christian family when she became a lesbian. She travelled all the way to Bournemouth from London to buy three mobile phones using a debit card in the name of Chelsea Etienne on 23 July last year. She was arrested after staff at the Carphone Warehouse became suspicious, but not before she had passed the phones on to a third party. A few weeks later, Ms Etienne received a bill for more than £8,000 after one of the phones churned out thousands of texts to mobile numbers in Italy.
  April 28, 2015

MITCHIE: BUSINESSMEN ON TRIAL FOR £4.3M LAND FRAUD

ORPINGTON, NEW ELTHAM Two businessmen duped investors out £4.3m by selling them plots of agricultural land they promised would soar in value, a court heard today (tues). Ricky Mitchie, 26, and Adam Hawkins, 30, allegedly lured clients to part with huge sums and encouraged them to remortgage their homes or cash in their pensions to invest in the scheme. Land banking company Plott UK bought land for just £361,000 but hoped to make up to £7m by selling small plots to clients who were duped into believing it would be granted planning permission. Smooth salesmen boasted of the investment potential and boosted their credibility by name-dropping industry giants Tesco and Honda into their pitches.
 
April 28, 2015

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HONEYTRAP MODEL GETS 16 YEARS OVER DEATH OF HIGH-ROLLING GAMBLER

HITHER GREEN; GILLINGHAM; CATFORD; BARKING; LEWISHAM An aspiring model who lured a professional poker player to his death in a 'wicked and pitiless' honeytrap robbery was jailed for 16 years today (Tues). Care assistant Leonie Granger, 25, seduced high-rolling gambler Mehmet Hassan, 56, after spotting him at an exclusive casino in London's Mayfair district. The flirtatious 'party girl', who worked at a care home for dementia sufferers, agreed to go back to Mr Hassan's flat on their second date and was seen kissing him passionately as they waited for a cab. But within minutes of arriving she made her excuses and walked out leaving the door open for two robbers, her boyfriend Kyrron Jackson, 28, and his friend Nicholas Chandler, 29.
  April 28, 2015

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ADEMILUYI:FRAUDSTER CAN 'GO HOME TO SEE HER BOYS'

WELWYN GARDEN CITY, HERTS A fraudster who gave birth to five children in the UK while living here illegally with her bigamist husband was spared jail and told: 'You will be going home to see the boys.' Nigerian Yemi Ademiluyi, 39, used fake documents to become an NHS nurse while her 43-year-old husband, Solomon Ademiluyi married a French woman to avoid deportation. Officers found snaps of the happy couple along with a Valentine's Day card to 'my darling husband' when they visited the house they shared in Welwyn Garden City, Herts. But the pair, who live with their five sons, insisted they had never been married despite the collection of family photos found in their home.
 
April 28, 2015

SEYMOUR:BENEFTIT CHEAT HAD £67,000 IN HER BANK ACCOUNT

ILFORD, EAST LONDON A mum-of-two who pocketed more than £37,000 in benefits after being left a susbstantial inheritance was spared jail. Mandy Seymour, 51, carried on claiming housing and council tax benefits after her partner left her a lump sum in his will in June 2007. Officials from the London Borough of Redbridge found £67,000 in her account when they began investigating Seymour in 2012 but it was unclear how much she had originally been left. Seymour claimed £37,662 between 2007 and 2012, and blew the money on gifts for her 21-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
  April 28, 2015

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MOTE:FORMER UKIP MEP USED CAMPAIGNER'S DETAILS IN FRAUD

ALTON, HANTS A former Ukip MEP used the personal details of a campaigner who believes him to be a 'hero' to cheat £16,000 from the European Parliament, a court heard. Ashley Mote, 79, allegedly falsely claimed almost £500,000 in Parliamentary Assistance Allowance, said to be for political research and legal and constitutional advice. The politician is facing a series of charges for an all dating between 2004 and 2009, when he represented South East England in Europe. He was elected as a member of Nigel Farage's party but was kicked out of Ukip after being taken to court.
 
April 27, 2015

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ANEET:CROOKED BANK MANAGER KEPT INVISIBLE INK DIARY

CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX; CENTRAL LONDON A senior Barclays Bank manager who kept a secret diary using invisible ink while siphoning more than £14,000 from a customer's savings has been spared jail. Vaijawanthi Aneet, 37, kept meticulous notes of more than 20 withdrawals while raiding the customer's account between May and November 2013. At the bottom of the diary entries, she wrote: 'To pay back with good interest asap'. Indian-born Aneet, a premier relationship manager at Barclays branches in Holborn and Fenchurch Street, set up a new savings account for customer William Giles to carry out the fraud.
  April 24, 2015

SOLDER: CONMAN FACING JAIL FOR FAKE INSURANCE CLAIMS

ILFORD A conman who pretended he had been burgled twice and lost his baggage four times in a year to cash in on his insurance cover is facing jail today (fri). Jay Solder, 28, made more than £35,000 from six bogus insurance claims for lost items and break-ins. The fraudster swindled his travel insurers, Professional Travel Insurance and Ace European Group, four times by making false claims while he was abroad, some for items he had never even owned. He also collected a total of £34,557.51 from Hiscox Insurance by stating that his home had been burgled twice in three months.

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