Category Archives: Crime

Boyzone founder: I 'never ever' knew murdered French nanny

Former band member Mark Walton tells court he first heard of Sophie Lionnet from police

A founder member of Boyzone embroiled in the murder case of his ex-girlfriend’s French nanny told jurors he “never ever” had any contact with the victim.

Mark Walton, who is based in Los Angeles, was allegedly at the heart of his former partner’s campaign of torture against Sophie Lionnet.

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Parsons Green tube bomber was referred to Prevent programme

Concerns raised after disclosure that Ahmed Hassan had taken part in deradicalisation scheme

A teenage Iraqi asylum seeker who planted a bomb on a crowded London underground train had been involved in the government’s Prevent deradicalisation programme for more than a year, it emerged at the end of his Old Bailey trial.

Ahmed Hassan was found guilty on Friday of attempted murder after his homemade device partially detonated at Parsons Green in west London during the morning rush hour in September.

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London teenager jailed for 10 years over moped acid attacks

Derryck John, 17, carried out series of ‘despicable and cowardly’ attacks using acid ‘at the strongest end of the scale’, judge says

A teenager has been jailed for more than 10 years for carrying out a series of “despicable and cowardly” acid attacks against moped riders in a spell of less than 90 minutes last year.

Derryck John, from Croydon, south London, targeted six riders in a bid to steal their vehicles in the north and east of the city on 13 July.

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England cricketer Ben Stokes pleads not guilty to affray

All-rounder appears in Bristol courtroom via video-link along with two other defendants

The England cricketer Ben Stokes has appeared in crown court via video-link from New Zealand and pleaded not guilty to affray.

Dressed casually, Stokes greeted the recorder of Bristol, Judge Peter Blair QC, with a casual: “Hi judge,” before being told he would face a trial during the height of the British cricket season.

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How do 11 people go to jail for one murder?

Can you be convicted of a killing if you were there when somebody else dealt the fatal blow? The law says so – especially if you’re young and black. By Harry Stopes

At 5.13pm on Thursday 12 May 2016, a young man named Abdul Wahab Hafidah was seen on CCTV cameras running westward through busy traffic across Princess Road in Moss Side, a crowded, diverse, working-class neighbourhood two miles south of Manchester city centre. He was pursued by two young men on foot, and another on a bicycle. As traffic slowed at the junction of Princess Road and Moss Lane East, Hafidah tried desperately to open the door of a passing car, before turning to face his pursuers, waving a knife. They stepped back, and he ran off down Moss Lane East. Someone threw a hammer at him, but missed. The chase went on, joined – or followed – by seven other young men who made their way across Princess Road over the next 45 seconds.

Hafidah was drunk, and he was scared. He knew some of the boys who were chasing him, and he knew they were angry with him. On Moss Lane East, he tried once more to get into a passing vehicle. As he ran across the street, he was hit by more than one car, one of which was a Vauxhall Corsa, driven by a friend of some of those pursuing him. A pathologist later found that he had suffered leg injuries suggesting “a glancing blow” at low speed.

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MI5 agents can commit crime in UK, government reveals

Secret order on authorised criminality by spies made public after legal battle by rights groups

MI5 agents are allowed to carry out criminal activity in the UK, the government has acknowledged for the first time.

The prime minister was on Thursday forced to publish the text of a direction to the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office, the spying watchdog, on governing “security service participation in criminality”.

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Emotional Ben Stokes says he is privileged to play for England again

  • Stokes named man of the match as England beat NZ in second ODI
  • ‘It was very satisfying, I was quite emotional walking off at the end’

An emotional Ben Stokes spoke of his “relief” and “happiness” after leading England to victory in the second ODI against New Zealand. A five-month absence brought about by his arrest on the morning of 25 September has seen the allrounder miss seven ODIs, four T20Is and an Ashes series.

A star turn in his second match back with the national side has underlined Stokes’ worth as a player but also what playing for England means to him: “Walking off tonight made me understand how much of a privilege it is to represent your country.”

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British woman jailed for 28 years for 'bucket list' murder in Australia

Jemma Lilley boasted she had ‘ticked off’ crime by garrotting and stabbing autistic teenager

A British woman who had an “obsession” with serial killers has been jailed for life for garrotting, stabbing and burying the body of an autistic teenager in Western Australia.

Jemma Lilley, previously of Stamford, Lincolnshire, murdered 18-year-old Aaron Pajich at her home in Perth, burying him in a shallow grave in her garden and covering it with concrete and tiles.

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Harpist who performed for the Queen jailed for sexually abusing boy

Danielle Perrett and ex-fiance found guilty of separate indecent assaults on teenager in 1980s

A renowned harpist who has performed for the Queen and several prime ministers has been jailed for sexually abusing a schoolboy in the 1980s.

Danielle Perrett was sentenced alongside her former fiance Richard Barton-Wood. They were found guilty of indecently assaulting the boy in separate incidents while he was in his early teens.

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Knife crime has left London’s young people reeling. We need action now | Seraphima Kennedy

Parts of London are in a state of emergency after a spate of stabbings. Cuts to services have fractured community cohesion

At 11pm last Tuesday, I said goodnight to a friend outside a pub in Kentish Town in north-west London. By the time we both got home – about a mile in distance – each of us had passed a murder scene: four young men were stabbed that evening, in at least three different locations. Two of them died.

At the police cordon by the junction of the nearby Islip and Bartholomew Road and the Peckwater estate, a large group of Somali women spoke anxiously into their phones. It felt like so many of the scenes we’ve seen in London over the past year: a shocked community coming together from different backgrounds to deal with tragedy. A young boy, now known to be Abdikarim Hassan, 17, had been fatally stabbed outside a corner shop.

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