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July 31, 2013

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SIMMONS:GEMS DEALERS DUPED INVESTORS IN £1M DIAMOND SCAM

PEVENSEY, EASTBOURNE, EAST SUSSEX A gang of crooked gems dealers made £1 million by duping investors into buying diamonds at hugely inflated prices, the Old Bailey heard today (Weds). The boiler room fraudsters cold-called scores of unwitting victims and promised them sky-high returns, it is alleged. One retired customer used up the last of his savings buying gems for £140,000 - but the precious stones were worth little more than £10,000, jurors were told. Alleged mastermind Adam Simmons, 27, is on trial alongside his father Michael, 53, and brother-in-law Adam Leach, 29.
  July 31, 2013

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MAXINIANU:WOMAN WHO HELPED BROTHEL LET OFF BY JUDGE

LEYTON, WALTHAMSTOW, EAST LONDON A Romanian prostitute who helped run a brothel walked free today (weds) after a judge said it was not her choice to become involved in the sex trade. Christina Maxinianu, 23, charged punters up to £90 an hour for her services while organising other girls at the bordello in Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, east London. Police raided the sex den last 1 February after concerned residents raised concerns about the activities taking place there. Maxinianu, known by her clients as Bianca, was given a warning notice but officers returned on March 8 and found a number of scantily dressed women.
 
July 31, 2013

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WEDDING CAKE SHOP CHEF CLAIMED DROPPINGS WERE CHOCOLATE SPRINKLES

CENTRAL LONDON A chef at a mice-infested wedding cake shop tried to claim droppings found in his food were chocolate sprinkles, a court heard today (Weds). The filthy basement of Bake and Cake in Edgware Road, central London, was covered in rodent mess alongside discarded food piles of saw dust and filthy machinery. But when an inspector found equipment used for icing cakes 'embedded' with mouse droppings, the chef insisted it was actually chocolate vermicelli used for icing buns. The shop's former manager Hussein Hassan, 43, was today hauled before Westminster Magistrates Court to answer for the squalid conditions.
  July 31, 2013

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DOCTOR BROKE LOVER'S NOSE WHEN SHE TRIED TO STOP HIM DRINK DRIVING

BRISTOL; TOTNES, DEVON A doctor broke his lover's nose and assaulted her friend when they tried to stop him drink driving, a hearing was told today (weds). Dr Christopher Peter Morris, 29, lost his temper when the two young medics took his keys from the ignition when he attempted to drive away from a festival in Totnes, Devon, in June 2011. He grabbed his partner's friend by the throat, then when his girlfriend intervened, banged their heads together. The doctor's lover at the time, referred to as 'victim A', suffered a broken nose, swollen face and black eyes, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard.
 
July 30, 2013

ELNARI: SURGEON FACES BOOT FOR £820K CON ON ELDERLY WIDOW

CHELSEA; WESTMINSTER A top surgeon who conned a wealthy widow out of £820k of her fortune faces being struck off today (Tues). Dr Ashraf Elnazir, a leading colonic specialist based at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, befriended Gabriella Adler-Jensen after her husband Harry died, leaving her a £1.4m estate. The father-of-three persuaded her to buy property, land and 'invest' money in joint bank accounts between 2003 and 2006, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service has heard. Dr Elnazir also suggested she transfer large sums of cash into foreign bank accounts then misappropriated the funds for his own gain.
  July 24, 2013

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MALINSKA:FACTORY WORKER SPENT HOTEL CHIEF'S MONTHLY SALARY

SOUTHAMPTON A factory worker who spent a hotel chief's £29,000 monthly salary after it was fraudulently funnelled into her bank account is facing jail today (Weds). Iwona Malinska, 25, splashed the cash on home repairs and bill payments when she was erroneously paid wages meant for Richard Solomons, chief executive of Intercontinental Hotels. Fraudsters had duped Mr Solomons' PA with bogus paperwork asking for the money to be paid to an account belonging to Ms Malinska. She spent the cash, in November last year, and then closed down the NatWest bank account before anyone had noticed it was missing.
 
July 24, 2013

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HARRY:STAFF WERE OVERJOYED WHEN CHIEF NURSE QUIT HER JOB

STAFFORD Staff were overjoyed at Stafford Hospital when their 'intimidating' and 'aggressive' chief nurse quit her job, a tribunal heard today (weds). Jan Harry, 60, the most senior nurse overseeing the so-called 'Horror Hospital' is accused of reducing staff to tears and failing to ensure basic standards were met. The former director of nursing denies any knowledge of the catastrophic problems at the hospital where up to 1,200 patients are said to have died needlessly. But William Davis, for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, said that Harry's claim that she only oversaw nursing from a 'strategic' rather than 'operational' was incorrect. untrue.
  July 24, 2013

JEX: NURSE GOT TATS FROM JUNKIE

EAST LINCS A nurse who romanced a recovering drug addict and allowed him to tattoo her was booted out of the profession today (Weds). Nicola Jex, 34, began a relationship with the man, known only as Service User B, while he was placed in her care. Jex was rumbled for the fling after she updated her Facebook status as 'in a relationship', the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. The married rehab nurse eventually admitted she had fallen head over heels for her patient and asked colleagues to take over his care.
 
July 24, 2013

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DEWANI: EXTRADITION FOR ACCUSED HONEYMOON KILLER

CENTRAL LONDON Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani will be sent to South Africa to face charges that he organised the killing of his new bride, a judge ruled today (weds). Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle today approved for Dewani, 33, to be extradited over the alleged 2010 plot to kill his wife Anni whilst on honeymoon. But the judge warned he would not face trial until his mental health is deemed to have sufficiently improved. Protracted hearings have looked into whether Dewani iswell enough to be sent to South Africa.
  July 24, 2013

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TURNER:STAFFORD NURSES FAILED PATIENTS' DIGNITY AND RESPECT

STAFFORD Two nurses who faked records to meet targets at scandal-hit Stafford Hospital were today (weds) slammed for failing to treat patients with 'dignity and respect.' Up to 1,200 people died unnecessarily at the 'horror hospital' as managers put benchmarks above patient care. Sharon Turner and Tracy White falsified Accident and Emergency discharge times to avoid missing a government goal for patients to be dealt with within four hours. Stephen Redmond, chair of the hearing, told Turner she had 'failed to provide adequate care to a number of patients and failed to treat them with dignity and respect'.
 
July 24, 2013

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JACOBS:PC BLAKELOCK MURDER SUSPECT TO STAND TRIAL AT OLD BAILEY

TOTTENHAM, HACKNEY A man accused of murdering PC Keith Blakelock during the infamous 1985 Broadwater Farm riots appeared in court today (Weds). Nicholas Jacobs, 44, is accused of killing the 40-year-old Haringey Borough officer as he tried to protect firefighters tackling a supermarket blaze. The 40-year-old PC became separated from colleagues during the unrest and suffered dozens of stab wounds. Jacobs appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court this morning (Weds) charged with murder.
  July 23, 2013

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HARRY: HORROR HOSPITAL BOSS DEMANDED TO KNOW WHEN PATIENTS WOULD DIE

STAFFORD The former chief nurse at Stafford Hospital today (tues) admitted she demanded to know when patients would die and their beds would be free. Jan Harry, 60, a senior manager at the so-called 'Horror Hospital' denied asking which patients were 'going to heaven.' 'It does seem very hard, but if there was someone who in the period of time was known to be dying, at the end of the day I am in no doubt that the care that person would have would be absolutely as it should be, but we needed to know if we could have the capacity of that bed,' Harry said. Asked about the phrase 'going to heaven' she said 'I cannot remember saying it.

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