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February 18, 2015

EVANS:MAN ACCUSED OF ROBBING FRAIL 93-YEAR-OLD IN CUSTODY

SOHO, CENTRAL LONDON; CARDIGAN, WALES A man accused of robbing a frail pensioner for just £5 was remanded in custody today (weds). Stanley Evans, 93, was dragged to the ground for his wallet by a mugger who followed him into the communal entrance to a block of flats in Soho, central London, where he lives alone. Bearded Solomon Bygraves, 29, of no fixed address, appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court today (weds) charged with robbery. Wearing a red fleece top and black tracksuit trousers in the glass panelled dock, he did not enter a plea and stood and spoke only to confirm his address, date of birth and name.
  February 18, 2015

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GRANGER: 'HONEYTRAP' KILLERS DODGED ARREST BEFORE THE KILLING

BARKING, LEWISHAM, GILLINGHAM The 'honeytrap' killers who kicked a high-rolling gambler to death for his winnings were nearly arrested after a bungled robbery six weeks earlier, the Old Bailey heard today (WEDS). Kyrron Jackson and Nicholas Chandler, both 28, allegedly murdered 56 year-old Mehmet Hassan at his home after he was seduced by glamorous care worker Leonie Granger, 25. Film footage found on Granger's phone showed all three smiling and laughing while handling wads of £50 notes stolen from Mr Hassan in the early hours of 24 March last year. Jackson and Chandler are said to have robbed the Grosvenor Casino in South Kensington of just over £10,000 two months earlier on 12 January. They tried again in the early hours of 9 February with the help of accomplices Damien Edwards, Steve Gibson and Chiervez McClarren, it is claimed. But when they tried to hi-jack a minicab in the street the driver 'screamed his head off' and the police were called, jurors heard.
 
February 18, 2015

SANDS:WOMAN DENIES KILLING PENSIONER

SILVERTOWN, EAST LONDON A woman accused of killing a pensioner two weeks after he appeared in court charged with child sex offences denied murder at the Old Bailey today (weds). Mike Pleasted, 77, was knifed in the chest at his third floor flat in an eight-storey block in Drew Road, Silvertown, east London. Sarah Sands, 31, wept in court as she denied murdering Mr Pleasted on November 29 last year. A fortnight before Pleasted had appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court charged with two charges of sexual assault on a child under 18.
  February 18, 2015

ZAHARIA:TRUCKER DENIES SMUGGLING TERROR SUSPECTS OUT OF UK

DOVER, KENT A Romanian lorry driver today (weds) denied attempting to smuggle five terror suspects out of the UK. Laurenitu-vasilica Zaharia, 38, was arrested for alleged people-trafficking at Dover Port in Kent on 30 November last year. Zaharia denied attempting to breach immigration law and conspiracy to commit the offence at Southwark Crown Court. Speaking with the aid of a Romanian interpreter, the trucker further denied possessing 'a quantity' of criminal money.
 
February 11, 2015

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ALLEN: ALLEGED GUNMAN IN WEST END CLUB SHOOTING ON BOXING DAY IN CUSTODY

WEST END, LONDON A second alleged gunman accused of shooting a man dead at a West End nightclub on Boxing Day 2013 was remanded in custody at the Old Bailey today (WEDS). Gavin Allen, 31, is charged alongside Danny Walker, 33, with the murder of 31 year-old Hassan Isman Omer at the Avalon venue on Shaftesbury Avenue. Hassan, from Poplar, suffered multiple injuries when he was gunned down in a hail of bullets at a private party in the early hours of the morning. Walker was arrested on 9 January 2014 and was charged with murder the following day.
  February 11, 2015

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HENRY: ACTRESS CLEARED OF CALLING WARDEN A NIGGER

SOUTHWARK An Eastenders actress racially abused a town centre warden shouting: 'Do you know who I am?' when she was stopped for dropping a cigarette butt, a court heard today (weds). Linda Henry, who plays barmaid Shirley Carter in the long running soap, allegedly racially abused the woman outside a Jamie Oliver restaurant, it is claimed. The 55-year-old actress is accused of saying 'f**k off nigger' when she was confronted after throwing her cigarette end outside Jamie's Italian in Nelson Road, Greenwich, se London. The warden and her colleague stopped Henry and her partner as part of their duty to hand out fixed penalties for litter droppers, Bexley Magistrates' Court was told.
 
February 11, 2015

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KAY: BROOKS BEGGED SUN REPORTER NOT TO LEAVE

ACCRINGTON, LANCASHIRE; AYLESFORD, KENT; CRANBROOK, GOLDERS GREEN, FELSTED, ESSEX Former Sun editor Rebekah Brooks repeatedly emailed chief reporter John Kay begging him not to leave the paper, the Old Bailey heard today (weds). Kay, 71, is one of four Sun journalists on trial accused of paying public officials for stories. The paper published a string of stories about army scandals, including one with the headline 'Chief's 'Sex attack' on Teen Army Girl', by the newspaper veteran. Bettina Jordan-Barber, 42, was allegedly paid large sums by the tabloid while working as a strategy officer and briefed the Defence Secretary.
  February 11, 2015

ALI: FORMER BANK ADVISER FACES JAIL AFTER HELPING STEAL £123K FROM WEALTHY CUSTOMERS

FINCHLEY, NORTH LONDON A former bank adviser who claimed she helped steal £123,000 from a wealthy customer after conmen threatened to publish naked pictures of her online is facing jail today (weds). Anisyah Ali, 25, who worked at Halifax's North Finchley branch, passed confidential details to her then fiance Salim Hussain, 29, and others who looted Julian Masters' bank account. She abused her position as a personal banker to order a new debit card and PIN number, which fell into the hands of the crooks. The dodgy card was then used to make fraudulent purchases, such as cars and gold jewellery, and withdraw cash, the Old Bailey heard.
 
February 04, 2015

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DHARMASENA: FGM DOCTOR CLEARED AFTER JUST 30 MINUTES

ARCHWAY A doctor accused of carrying out female genital mutilation on a young woman who had just given birth were cleared of the charge in less than 30 minutes today (weds). Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena, 32, was accused of performing the procedure on the woman shortly after helping deliver her first child at Whittington Hospital in Archway, north London. He was the first person to be charged with FGM and stood trial alongside Hasan Mohamed, 41, who was accused of encouraging him to commit the offence. But today the pair were acquitted by a jury after a 13 day trial at Southwark Crown Court.
  February 04, 2015

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MAYOR FALSIFIED PETITION CLAIMING MP WAS PLANNING ANTI ISLAMIC LAW

TOWER HAMLETS, EAST LONDON Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman falsified a petition by convincing Muslims a local Labour MP was planning an 'anti-Islamic law', the High Court heard today (weds). Rahman allegedly tricked members of the East London Mosque into signing the document at the behest of the Islamic Forum of Europe, a controversial group which has been described as a 'a secret society'. According to a statement sent to the Labour Party's National Executive Committee in 2010, Rahman had been 'nobbled' and 'brainwashed' by members of the group and 'arranged' the petition at the IFE's request. Worshippers at the East London Mosque are said to have been told they were signing up to protest against Jim Fitzpatrick MP 'passing an anti-Islamic law'.
 
February 04, 2015

SCOTT:PSYCHOLOGY STUDENT'S SEX GAMES WITH SLASH VICTIM

MAYFAIR, CENTRAL LONDON; HULL A psychology graduate accused of slashing the throat of his rich friend at a luxury Mayfair apartment enjoyed kinky sex games and bondage, the Old Bailey heard today (Weds). Darren Scott, 26, plunged a kitchen knife into his victim's neck during a massage as rap music blared in the background, it is said. He inflicted 21 injuries on the man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, leaving the plush master bedroom soaked in blood 'like something out of a horror movie', it is said. Scott is said to have screamed: 'You're going to die' as the victim cowered in the en-suite bathroom begging him to call an ambulance.
  February 04, 2015

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DHARMASENA:JURY ASKED: 'IS FGM DOCTOR IS SCAPEGOAT IN SORRY SAGA'

ARCHWAY, NORTH LONDON; ILFORD, ESSEX A jury trying a doctor accused of carrying out Female Genital Mutilation on a young mum were today (weds) asked to consider whether he is a scapegoat in the 'sorry saga.' Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena, 32, allegedly carried out the procedure on the woman moments after helping deliver her first child at Whittington Hospital in Archway, north London. He is the first person in the UK to be charged with FGM and is standing trial alongside Hasan Mohamed, 41, who is accused of encouraging him to commit the offence. But jurors were invited to consider if Dharmasena had been made a scapegoat following a catalogue of failures at the Whittington.

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