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August 21, 2014

ABDULLAH: ILLEGAL IMMINGRANT 'MISREAD THE SIGNALS' WHEN HE RAPED GIRL

WOOLWICH A Somalian asylum seeker who raped a 16-year-old girl and claimed it was his first sexual experience has been jailed for four years. Abubaker Abdullah, 19, befriended the teenager in a park in Woolwich, southeast London, and invited her back to his flat. The victim had been drinking with a group of friends prior to the attack on February 16 last year. Abdullah, who came to the UK from Somalia three years ago, denied raping the girl after he was arrested and said it was the first time he had ever had intercourse.
  August 19, 2014

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BISHOP: THE 'DIAMOND DOG' FACING YEARS BEHIND BARS

FELIXSTOWE A crooked gem dealer who conned elderly investors into buying over-priced diamonds with their life savings as part of a £1m fraud is facing jail. John Bishop, 32, cold-called scores of victims from his sales office in sunny Marbella in Spain to promise sky high returns on their money. The year-long scam was masterminded by Bishop's friend Adam Simmons, 28, and was based at the No.1 Gems firm in Hove, East Sussex. One of their victims was a retired police officer who spent £140,000 on coloured stones worth little more than £10,000.
 
August 18, 2014

YASMIN:SCHOOL SECRETARY STOLE PROJECTOR AND IPAD

NORTH WOOLWICH, EAST LONDON; ISLINGTON A school secretary who stole a £1,000 projector and an iPad from classrooms was spared jail on her 21st birthday today (MON). Henna Yasmin was working as admin assistant to deputy head Wendy Quail when she took the equipment and stashed it under her bed at home. She also ordered another three iPads using the account of the Storey Centre School in North Woolwich, east London. Equipment had started to go missing within months of Yasmin's employment in January 2009, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
  August 12, 2014

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OGUN:BANK CLERK HELPED FRAUDSTERS FLEECE WEALTHY CUSTOMERS

ACTON, WEST LONDON; WOOLWICH, CATFORD, SOUTHEAST LONDON A Santander bank clerk who helped fraudsters steal nearly £43,000 from the accounts of wealthy customers is facing jail. David Ogun, 27, was offered cash to hand over confidential information to a criminal gang while working at a branch in Acton, west London. The crooks used the details to order a new credit card and PIN for two accounts. Police also found the personal details of a number of ther customers on Ogun when he was arrested.
 
August 04, 2014

OGUN: FRAUDSTERS 'RECRUITED BANK CLERK'

ACTON A gang of fraudsters recruited a Santander bank clerk to help them hack into wealthy customers' accounts, a court heard today (mon). David Ogun, 27, allegedly gave the conmen access to confidential information while working at a branch in Acton, west London. Fraudster Christian Salako, 26, approached Ogun at the gym and offered him cash in exchange for private information on customers, the Old Bailey was told. The gang used the details to order a new credit card and PIN for two accounts.
  July 25, 2014

BURGESS: FORMER SOLDIER GETS 28 YEARS FOR GUN MURDER

KIDBROOKE A former soldier was jailed for 28 years today (thurs) after gunning down a salesman who was caught in the middle of a gang feud. Daniel Burgess, 33, shot Marcus Innocent, 35, in the stomach after he was dragged into a car park by the gang from Kidbrooke, in south east London. Mr Innocent was in the 'wrong place at the wrong time' when he met the 20-strong posse who had gone to avenge the vandalism of a friend's car. He was set upon by the mob as he tried to walk away and left bleeding to death in the street.
 
July 18, 2014

SOUAAN: STUDENT IN COURT OVER SYRIA JIHAD PLOT

BLOOMSBURY A student accused of plotting to travel to Syria to fight jihad was refused bail at the Old Bailey today (FRI). David Souaan, 20, was arrested at Heathrow Airport on 31 May this year before he took a flight to his home country of Serbia. He was charged with preparing for acts of terrorism earlier this month. Souaan, the son of a construction boss based in Serbia, appeared in court by video link from prison.
  July 04, 2014

IQBAL: 'FATHER OF TERRORISM' FACES JAIL FOR TWITTER EXTREMISM

CARDIFF The self-titled 'Father of Terrorism' is facing years behind bars today (Fri) for posting more than 800 links to extremist videos on his Facebook and Twitter pages. Muslim student Khuram Iqbal advertised videos and articles which glorified terrorism for sale on six different Facebook pages. Woolwich Crown Court heard the 21-year-old posted the links using the moniker 'Abu Irhaab', Arabic for Father of Terrorism. In interview, Iqbal claimed it was 'just a name he thought of' and said he had never checked its meaning.
 
July 04, 2014

THOMAS: PENSIONER JAILED FOR ABUSING NINE YEAR-OLD GIRL

LEWISHAM A pensioner who repeatedly sexually abused a young girl during the 1970s was jailed for four years today (Fri). Hugh Thomas, 78, molested the victim between the ages of nine and 14 after telling her it was 'our secret'. It was only in a sex education class at school that she realised the horrific truth about her ordeal. Thomas was convicted of three counts of indecent assault and one count of indecency with a child after a trial at Woolwich Crown Court.
  June 27, 2014

ATKINS: MAN 'SENT COMBAT TROUSERS TO TERRORISTS'

WILLESDEN; WALWORTH A man accused of sending a pair of combat trousers to terrorists appeared at the Old Bailey today (fri). Anton Atkins, 30, and Hana Gul Khan, 22, allegedly sent £2,700 to fund terrorism in June and July last year. Atkins alone is accused of sending a pair of combat trousers to extremists. The pair both face two terror charges.
 
June 27, 2014

CATTON:TRUCKER CLEARED OF CAUSING LAD'S DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVING

SOUTHWARK A trucker who knocked down and crushed a five-year-old boy has been cleared of causing his death by dangerous driving. Schoolboy Hichame Bouadimi was dragged under the wheels of a skip lorry after slipping from his mother's hand and dashing into the road. Lorry driver Lee Catton, 48, was driving at 42mph along a 30mph stretch of road when he hit the runaway boy. But a jury cleared Catton of causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving after a three-day trial at Woolwich Crown Court.
  June 24, 2014

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CATTON: LORRY HORROR DEATH OF FIVE-YEAR-OLD

ROTHERHITHE A speeding skip lorry driver ran over and killed a five-year-old boy after the lad slipped from his mother's hand, a court heard. Lee Catton, 48, was allegedly driving at 42mph along a 30mph stretch of road when he hit Hichame Bouadimi, dragging the boy under the wheels of his truck. Hichame, who had been walking with his mother and older sister, had run into the St Georges Road near the Elephant and Castle roundabout, after slipping away from his mother Jacob Hallam, prosecuting, told jurors: 'This is a tragic case; it involves the sudden death of a little boy, Hichame Bouadimi.

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