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May 21, 2014

MICHELIN: RUBBER CARTEL LATEST

CENTRAL LONDON Tyre giant Michelin was today (weds) accused at the High Court of 'telling the whole world' that it passed on increased production costs to customers during the 'rubber cartel' period. The manufacturer is one of a handful of tyre firms pressing for a multi-million pound sum over the inflated price of rubber. The European Commission fined Dow Chemical, Bayer, Eni, Shell, Trade-Stomil and Unipetrol for operating a cartel in 2006.
  May 21, 2014

SOMAIA: 'I WAS HONEST WITH MY CLIENTS'

BAYSWATER A businessman accused of conning wealthy investors out of millions of pounds insisted today (weds) they were legitimate loans and said he never broke his agreements. Ketan Somaia, 52, gave the impression of being a successful multi-millionaire leading a lavish jet-setting lifestyle, the Old Bailey has heard. In reality he was a 'confidence trickster on a grand scale' and 'almost shameless in his exploitation' of his victims, it is claimed. Somaia swindled several of his victims out of millions with 'gobbledygook' contracts and 'smoke and mirrors', the court heard.
 
May 21, 2014

MATTHEWS: CURRY NURSE COULD NOT HANDLE PERSONAL PROBLEMS

BRADFORD A nurse accused of telling an expectant mother to hurry up so she could eat her takeaway curry was unable to cope with her parent's illness, a tribunal heard today (weds). Jeanette Matthews threatened to 'cut' the mother if she did not give birth at the Airedale General Hospital, in Steeton, near Keighley, west Yorks, the Nursing and Midwifery was told. Matthews also put the mother in stirrups without a clinical reason and told her to stop using gas. When the incident took place Matthews had problems in her private life, but had been refused when she asked not to work the night shift.
  May 21, 2014

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT WHO THREATENED TO KILL MINISTER JAILED AGAIN

BARKING, ESSEX An illegal immigrant who threatened to kill former government minister Margaret Hodge was jailed for nine months today (weds) for breaching a restraining order. Maxwell Maundy, 33, also warned he would detonate petrol bombs at two Home Office buildings, the Crown prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police HQ. Maundy also threatened to carry out a terrorist attack on Westminster Underground Station. In a series of letters to Ms Hodge, he referred to 'stupid white people' and threatened to kill the Barking Labour MP in a 'Raoul Moat-style' rampage.
 
May 21, 2014

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HARRIS:ACTRESS DENIES SHE WAS TRYING TO MAKE A QUICK BUCK

MAIDENHEAD, BERKS An aspiring actress who endured a 16-year eating disorder after she was repeatedly molested by Rolf Harris denied she was trying to make a 'quick buck' today (weds). Tonya Lee - who has waived her legal right to anonymity - told jurors how she ditched her dreams of being a performer after Harris, 84, sexually assaulted her in a packed London pub. Australian-born Ms Lee was 'petrified' when the veteran entertainer pounced on her, aged 15, at the start of a theatre tour of Britain in 1986, Southwark Crown Court heard. The former Animal Hospital star laughed and joked as he fondled his teenage victim before cornering her again outside a toilet moments later, it is claimed.
  May 21, 2014

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PENNINGTON:ALLEGED VIAGRA CONMAN HIT BY LORRY OUTSIDE OLD BAILEY

BRIGHTON; HULL, GRIMSBY, HUMBERSIDE An accused conman was hit by a delivery lorry outside the Old Bailey on the second day of his trial for selling counterfeit Viagra. Seth Pennington, 41, was involved in a collision with a DPD delivery lorry as he was crossing the road outside the court in central London. He is charged with selling fake drugs in a £11m scam and was walking to the court for his ongoing trial when the crash happened. The collision took place in front of horrified lawyers and jurors on his trial who were queuing to get inside the building.
 
May 21, 2014

DAVIDESCU:NURSE LIED TO GET SENIOR CARE HOME JOB

STROUD, GLOUCESTERSHIRE; EXETER, DEVON A nurse who lied about her employment history to secure a senior job at a care home is due to hear her fait today (weds). Gabriela Davidescu claimed she worked as a nurse for two agencies between 2003 and 2007 on her application form to the Cotswold House Care Home, Stroud, Gloucestershire. But she was not qualified to practice as a nurse until 2007, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. Davidescu held the post at the care home for more than two years before her employers were alerted to her deception by an anonymous letter sent to the human resource manager.
  May 14, 2014

TAYLOR: BOSS ACCUSED OF FRAUD

THATCHAM, BERKSHIRE The former chief operating officer of a financial think tank is to stand trial in September accused of stealing nearly £600,000 from its coffers. Charles Taylor, 54, allegedly defrauded the International Centre for Financial Regulation (ICFR) out of £589.705.45 on 16 March 2011. He denied two charges of fraud and one of false accounting when he appeared at the Old Bailey today (weds). The ICFR was launched in 2009 with the backing of Gordon Brown and received millions in government grants before it went bust in 2012.
 
May 14, 2014

HOLBOLL: ACCUSED KILLER SON IN COURT

KENTISH TOWN A son accused of stabbing his pensioner mother to death and setting fire to her flat appeared in court today (weds). Tamara Holboll, 68, was found dead after a fire at her home in Kentish Town, north London. Her son Peter Holboll, 44, is accused of knifing her to death before setting the ground floor flat ablaze. Holboll appeared in the dock at the Old Bailey and spoke only to confirm his name during the short hearing.
  May 14, 2014

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UCHENYI: MANAGER WHO SLAPPED AN ELDERLY WOMAN ACROSS THE FACE AS SHE LAY DYING IN A HOSPITAL BED SUSPENDED FOR JUST NINE MONTHS

EAST LONDON A deputy manager who slapped an elderly woman across the face as she lay dying in a hospital bed has been suspended for just nine months today (weds). Josephine Uchenyi approached the patient’s bed and slapped her cheeks to 'rouse her' at Mile End Hospital, east London. The elderly woman managed to tell her two daughters about the abuse before she died the next day. Hospital nurse Susan White said: ‘I was sat in a room with two bereaved daughters and a family
 
May 14, 2014

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GOODMAN:EX ROYAL EDITOR RECOVERS FROM PNEUMONIA

CHIPPING NORTON, OXFORDSHIRE; ADDLESTONE, SURREY; CHARING. KENT Former News of the World Royal editor Clive Goodman today (weds) continued his evidence to the phone hacking trial after recovering from pneumonia. The 56-year-old journalist returned to the Old Bailey for the first time in nearly nine weeks after treatment for a heart condition which was complicated by the pneumonia. He was taken away in an ambulance on March 21, just moments before the court was due to sit, after complaining of chest problems. He was diagnosed with a new heart condition and his evidence was 'parked' to give him time to recover.
  May 14, 2014

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HARRIS:ENTERTAINER DUBBED A 'DIRTY OLD MAN' BY ALLEGED VICTIM

MAIDENHEAD, BERKS Veteran entertainer Rolf Harris was branded a 'dirty old man' by a woman who claims he indecently assaulted her 36 years ago, a court heard today (Weds). Harris, 84, molested the school girl twice when she was 13 in 1978, the start of a 16-year campaign of grooming, jurors heard. The alleged victim told how years of abuse had sent her into a spiral of 'self loathing' and alcoholism, Southwark Crown Court heard. She confided in a school friend how Harris used to 'touch her up'.

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