Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Blackmailer's £10K Benefit Threat Bid Against Ex-Mum-In-Law

A penniless dad, who tried to blackmail his ex-mother-in-law out of £10,000 by threatening to report her for benefit fraud, received a suspended prison sentence today.

David Ward, 32, had a “sense of entitlement” to the 60 year-old woman’s cash, feeling she had done little to financially assist him and his family.

He sent his ex texts including: ‘I want £10,000 off your mum or I’m taking her to the cleaners’, ‘I’m not greedy, she’s got a lot of money’ and ‘If you call the police your mum will go to prison.’

Ward, of Lyham Road, Brixton pleaded guilty to one count of blackmailing Christine Anne Gullefer on May 13 at her home in Felmersham Close, Clapham.

“You must have known you were not entitled to that ten thousand pounds even though it’s said you had a sense of entitlement,” Recorder of Southwark Judge Usha Karu told him.

Inner London Crown Court heard Ward, who has since obtained a welding job, owed £2,600 in rent, plus council tax.

Prosecutor Mr. Peter Lancaster told the court Ward had a seven-year on-off relationship with the victim’s daughter and the couple have a three year-old son.

The court heard they split in May due to the daughter’s infidelity and Ward turned up on the widow mother’s doorstep a week later.

“The victim has health issues, depression and asthma and receives income support a disability living allowance.

“He said he wanted to speak about her daughter and naively she let him in and said she did not want to get involved.

“He raised his voice and said he wanted ten thousand pounds and gave her until six pm or he would contact social services and say she made false claims.

“He said she had not financially supported him, her daughter or their child.”

The victim immediately contacted the police. “When the officers arrived at her house she was in fear and felt intimidated.”

She revealed Ward previously accompanied her to the bank and knew she had savings.

His lawyer Mr. Robin Ghosh told the court: “The complainant was fairly well to do in his eyes and he felt this was unfair.”

Judge Karu sentenced Ward to twelve months imprisonment, suspended for two year and ordered him to complete 150 hours community service work.

“This lady has some significant health issues and you took advantage of that by threatening to report her for making a false claim,” she told him.

“You had been to the bank with the mother and knew she did have some savings. 

“She must have been shocked and frightened when in her distressed state a young man turned up on her doorstep and demanded money.”

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Drinker Beaten Unconscious After Leaving Pub

Colin Flett Suffered Serious Injuries
A middle-aged man was beaten unconscious by three violent thugs after leaving a pub, where he had just bought a bike from a passer-by.
Police are appealing for witnesses and information to the unprovoked attack, which left him hospitalised and temporarily unable to speak.
Colin Flett, 52, was found unconscious in Skardu Road, Camden at around 11.30pm on Friday, July 7.
The assault was not reported to police by his family until several days later - and Colin spent several weeks unable to speak to either his family or officers waiting to interview him.
His sister told officers that her brother had been drinking in the Beaten Docket, Cricklewood Broadway that night.
While sitting outside the pub he bought a blue Reebok pedal cycle from man who he had not met before.
He left on the cycle and turned into Skardu Road, he remembers encountering three white men who pushed him off the bike.
He was unable to recall any more details.
Colin sustained a spinal injury and medical staff assessed him as needing a long period of recovery in hospital.
Detective Sergeant Richard Greenwood from the Central North Area Command said: "This was a vicious attack that has left Colin with life-changing injuries, in a very vulnerable state, and has had a devastating effect on his family.
"We would urgently ask any person with information, however inconsequential they may think it is, to come forward and pass this to us directly or via a third party. They will be treated in complete confidence."
The men who attacked Colin are all described as being white and aged between 20 to 30 years-old.
Anyone with information can call the unit's CID number on 0766 781 861 on or 101 or Tweet @MetCC.

Information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

More Detention For Paedo Ex-Schoolteacher

A schoolteacher serving time for preying on young boys four decades ago has received an additional two years after another victim came forward.
Harvey Franks, 76, pleaded guilty to three further offences of gross indecency with a boy under the age of 14 years of age in 1974.
He is already serving 15 years’ imprisonment for rape and sexual assault offences against young boys.
At Croydon Crown Court he was sentenced to the further period of custody.
The victim came forward in March, last year and reported that Franks abused him at Sedgehill Secondary School in Catford, south-east London.
He had abused him multiple time for around twelve months, starting in November 1974, when the victim was 11 years-old.
An investigation by one of the Metropolitan Police's Child Abuse Investigation teams then began and Franks was arrested.
The court heard Franks was already facing trial for other offences of sexual abuse for which he was later convicted of and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in August, last year.
His new sentence will run consecutively.
Detective Constable Tony Roper said: “Franks stole the victim's childhood, causing him extreme distress and pain throughout his life.
He bravely came forward to report the crimes to the police.
Franks had continued with his life as normal, but he has now been brought to justice.
"This case highlights that no matter the length of time that has passed, the public should feel reassured that the Met will thoroughly investigate non-recent offences and support and work with victims throughout.”

Friday, 11 August 2017

"Ruthless" Robber Locked-Up

A “ruthless career criminal” is starting a long prison sentence for terrorising staff at bookies shops during a series of armed raids.
Marcus Moore 33, received 17 years and 4 months after he pleaded guilty to seven charges of possession of an imitation firearm, four charges of robbery, three of attempted robbery and one charge of theft.
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police's Flying Squad arrested Moore on February 16 after analysis of CCTV footage linked him to a series of robberies and attempted robberies.
Moore armed himself with an imitation gun to carry out the crimes at bookmakers in Bromley, Newham and Essex.
A robbery was also carried out at a Post Office in Bromley.
The total amount of cash stolen by Moore was £4,818.
During his police interview, Moore said he had committed the offences to fund his heroin addiction.
Detective Constable Katie Scott said: "The recent spate of robberies posed a serious danger, not just to the employees of the bookmaking industry, but to the people of London as a whole.
"Marcus Moore is a ruthless, career criminal who carried out these acts of violence to fund his drug addiction.
"As a result of this prosecution Moore is now behind bars for a significant period of time.
"I would like to pay tribute to the victims and witnesses of these frightening offences who had the bravery to support the investigation."
Moore pleaded guilty to the following charges:
Attempted robbery at a bookmakers in Sidcup on 1 February.
Attempted robbery at Post Office in High Street, Sidcup on 6 February.
Robbery at a bookmakers in Newham on 10 February.
Robbery at a bookmakers in Newham on 13 February.
Robbery at a bookmakers Essex on 13 February.
Attempted robbery at a bookmakers in Newham on 15 February.
Robbery at a bookmakers in Newham on 15 February
Seven charges of possession of an imitation firearm relating to each of the robbery offences.

Theft of ID cards and a TV from an address in Bromley on 9 February.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

NOT GUILTY: Woman Who Pawned £175k Violin Is Cleared

Not Guilty: Dawn Henry
A woman, who tried to pawn a stolen £175,000 violin snatched outside Brixton Underground Station, has been cleared by a jury today.

The three hundred year-old instrument, owned by 56 year-old Krysia Osostowicz, was taken when she cycled off after unlocking her bike and left it behind.

Two days later Dawn Henry, 37, tried to pawn the violin, its £600 brown case and three bows worth a total of £24,500 at a Streatham Cash Converters.

She always insisted she did not know it was stolen and was simply trying to help a former jailbird, known as ‘Paul’, who gave her the instrument to pawn.

She was found not guilty at Inner London Crown Court to knowingly handling the stolen violin and fraud by false representation on July 28, last year.

In a statement Krysia, a professor at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, told the jury: “I am a professional musician. It is my livelihood and vocation.

“Every violin has a different sound and personality and the owner of a violin becomes very close with the instrument and it is the only one I own.

“I have performed hundreds of concerts with this violin. It has been my personal companion for twenty-one years.

“Losing it was like losing a child and I blamed myself for leaving it. I was tired and it was a disastrous absent-minded moment.

London-born Krysia was taught by legendary Yehudi Menuhin and the violin was manufactured in Venice in 1720 and can be heard on over thirty of her albums.

It was stolen as she travelled to her Herne Hill home after a Radio 3 performance.

Prosecutor Mr. Matthew Bainbridge told the court it was 7pm when Krysia began unlocking her bike outside the tube station.

“She was carrying a violin case and put it down to make it easier to unlock her bike and rode off.

“A few minutes later she realised she had left it behind and despite only being gone a few minutes when she returned the violin had been taken.

“It was her existence, her passion, her livelihood and was irreplaceable to her and the next day she visited local pawn brokers  and asked them to keep an eye out for her violin.

“Two days later Dawn Henry tried to sell the violin at Cash Converters and the manager suspected it was the one  he had been warned about.

“The case was locked and the defendant said the key was in her car, but came back a few minutes later and said she could not find it.”

The jury were shown CCTV footage of Henry outside the store chatting with an unidentified white male.

“The manager anticipated this was a stolen instrument and called Ms Osostowicz and she gave him permission to break open the case and he sent her pictures of it from her phone.

“The police were called and the defendant was arrested at the store,” added Mr. Bainbridge.

“She said she got it from someone called Paul and he asked her to sell it because he had just got out of prison and had no proof of address and told her she’d get some money.

“She said she did not steal the violin or know it had been stolen.”

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Woman Pawned £175K Violin Left Behind By Classical Musician Cyclist

Henry: Pawned Violin 
A woman tried to pawn a stolen £175,000 violin snatched outside Brixton Underground Station, described as “like losing a child” by its classical musician owner, a court heard today.

The three hundred year-old instrument, owned by 56 year-old Krysia Osostowicz, was taken when she cycled off after unlocking her bike and left it behind.

Two days later Dawn Henry, 37, tried to pawn the violin, its £600 brown case and three bows worth a total of £24,500 at a Streatham Cash Converters.

She has pleaded not guilty at Inner London Crown Court to knowingly handling the stolen violin and fraud by false representation on July 28, last year.

In a statement Krysia, a professor at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama, told the jury: “I am a professional musician. It is my livelihood and vocation.

“Every violin has a different sound and personality and the owner of a violin becomes very close with the instrument and it is the only one I own.

“I have performed hundreds of concerts with this violin. It has been my personal companion for twenty-one years.

“Losing it was like losing a child and I blamed myself for leaving it. I was tired and it was a disastrous absent-minded moment.

“The practical implications were huge. I would have had to perform concerts with a borrowed instrument and it would have had an effect on my play.”

London-born Krysia was taught by legendary Yehudi Menuhin and the violin was manufactured in Venice in 1720 and can be heard on over thirty of her albums.

It was stolen as she travelled to her Herne Hill home after a Radio 3 performance.

Owner: Krysia
Prosecutor Mr. Matthew Bainbridge told the court it was 7pm when Krysia began unlocking her bike outside the tube station.

“She was carrying a violin case and put it down to make it easier to unlock her bike and rode off.

“A few minutes later she realised she had left it behind and despite only being gone a few minutes when she returned the violin had been taken.

“It was her existence, her passion, her livelihood and was irreplaceable to her and the next day she visited local pawn brokers  and asked them to keep an eye out for her violin.

“Two days later Dawn Henry tried to sell the violin at Cash Converters and the manager suspected it was the one he had been warned about.

“The case was locked and the defendant said the key was in her car, but came back a few minutes later and said she could not find it.”

The jury were shown CCTV footage of Henry outside the store chatting with an unidentified white male.

“The manager anticipated this was a stolen instrument and called Ms Osostowicz and she gave him permission to break open the case and he sent her pictures of it from her phone.

“The police were called and the defendant was arrested at the store,” added Mr. Bainbridge.

“She said she got it from someone called Paul and he asked her to sell it because he had just got out of prison and had no proof of address and told her she’d get some money.

“She said she did not steal the violin or know it had been stolen.”

Trial continues………… 

Monday, 7 August 2017

Ten Years For Knifeman Who Tried To Kill Woman

A knifeman has received ten years imprisonment for repeatedly stabbing a woman he knows at a north London address.
Taleh Habibzade, 48, of Colyton Way, Upper Edmonton was convicted of attempting to murder the 49 year-old after a trial at Wood Green Crown Court.
Detective Sergeant Darrensing Bheekoo, from Enfield Borough, said: "Habibzade launched a vicious assault on his victim.
She has recovered from her injuries, but the memory of that day will always remain with her.
"Habibzade is beginning a lengthy prison sentence and will have time to reflect on his actions."
Habibzade called police at around 3.20pm on Friday, February 3 to report that he had attacked the victim - who was known to him - at a residential address on Seaton Street, Edmonton.
Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended, finding the woman with multiple stab wounds.
She was taken to an east London hospital for treatment and has since been discharged.
Habibzade was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder.
He was taken to a north London police station and charged the following day.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Boozy Guest Stabbed Pal In Throat

A drunken guest, who stabbed a pal through the Adam's apple after demanding cash, has been locked-up for four years and four months.
Toader-Marius Morosan, 38, of Marsh Lane, Stanmore, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on the 53-year-old man at an address in Constable Gardens, Edgware.
Harrow Crown Court heard Morosan had visited relatives at the address on May 27, where the victim also lived.
Morosan was drunk and demanded a sum of money from the victim.
The victim told Morosan he did not have any cash.
Later that day, at around 5.30pm, Morosan entered the kitchen where the victim was washing up and suddenly picked up a knife and stabbed him in the throat.
The London Ambulance Service was called, and paramedics treated the victim's wound.
He was taken to hospital and received stitches. He has since recovered from his injuries.
A witness in the kitchen grabbed Morosan as he lunged with the knife, potentially preventing more serious injury.
Morosan fled the scene but was later arrested at his home address.
When interviewed Morosan tried to play the attack off as a joke that went too far.
Detective Constable Amin Kohzadbayat of Barnet CID said: "Morosan's violent tendencies were brought out by his alcohol consumption.
“On this occasion the victim is lucky to be alive as the knife penetrated his Adam's apple, and was only stopped as a witness intervened."

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Brute Gets Six Years For Jealous Frying Pan Attack On Girlfriend

A jealous boyfriend has been caged for six years for a brutal frying pan attack on his partner after he caught her texting in the middle of the night.
Hugh Nelson, 53, of Mayfield Road, Hornsey, was convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
The court heard Nelson became enraged when he realised his 35 year-old girlfriend had texted someone at 5.30am on Sunday, March 12.
He demanded to know who she had messaged and unsatisfied by her response, began slapping her before pinning her to the ground.
As the victim desperately tried to break free, Nelson grabbed a ceramic frying pan and struck her with full force over 20 times.
This caused the victim to bleed, swell and be in pain in all the attacked areas.
Nelson then carried on hitting her on the head and also stamped on her legs and ankles, repeatedly asking her who she had been texting.
He left the property in Tower Hamlets, east London after the attack and was arrested by police the next day.
The victim was taken to hospital and treated for her injuries and has since been discharged.
The investigation by police would also uncover two other assaults in November 2016 when Nelson had slapped the victim.
Nelson was found guilty of these two offences also and was jailed for eight months which he will serve concurrently with the GBH sentence.
Detective Sergeant Robert Brown from Tower Hamlets said: "Nelson proudly exhibited many of the signs of a highly successful life whilst hiding a violent, abusive and controlling character.

“He behaved savagely towards his long term partner on a regular basis for many years, she has been left traumatised by the experience, but I hope this sentence goes some small way to aiding her recovery."

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Benefit-Cheat Somalian Refugee Sent Daughters To Private School

A Somalian mother-of-five used some of the proceeds of a £102,000 benefit fraud to send her two eldest daughters to a private boarding school.

Refugee Shukri Yusuf, 45, of Waterside Close, Southall claimed she was a struggling single-mum while living with her bus driver husband Omar Jama Tarabi.

She protested her innocence, but on the first day of her trial eventually pleaded guilty to three counts of failing to notify a change in her circumstances between June, 2008 and April, 2014.

The counts relate to dishonest claims for income support, housing benefit and council tax.

Yesterday at Isleworth Crown Court she was sentenced to twenty-six weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years and ordered to complete 175 hours community service work.

Yusuf entered the UK in 1999 and complains that during the swindle she was forced to raise her family in one room accommodation.

Two of her daughters enjoyed a private education and the eldest is now at teacher training college, with her younger sister completing sixth-form studies.

“Your husband is a bus driver and his income was never declared. These crimes funded a lifestyle, big luxuries like a car and private school fees,” Judge Jonathan Ferris told her.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Woman Hunted For Vicious Attack On Dog-Walking OAP

A pensioner using her mobility scooter to walk her dog was attacked and left with horrific facial injuries by a female mugger.

Catherine Smith, 82, was strangled with the pet’s lead inside the doorway of her Streatham Hill home in south London four days ago and police are still hunting the suspect.

As she arrived home at 1.00pm after walking the dog in nearby Palace Road Nature Gardens she was confronted by a five-foot five black woman, wearing a khaki-coloured coat and sporting multi-coloured trainers.

It is believed the suspect has followed the lone lady from the park.

The suspect sat Catherine’s wall and repeatedly asked for money and kept saying: “Where’s Tracey?”

The OAP does not know any Tracey and did not hand over any money and shut her front door on the woman.

However, the suspect asked to use the toilet and became even more aggressive when refused, pushing open the door, which caused Catherine to fall back and strike her head.

The suspect wrapped the dog lead around the pensioner’s neck and started strangling her before fleeing in an unknown direction.

Shocked witnesses responded to Catherine’s calls for help and dialled 999 when they saw her covered in blood.

She was rushed to hospital with serious injuries and has been discharged.

The suspect is also described as being of slim build with slicked-back black hair and wearing tights.

Detective Constable Vicky Vincent of Lambeth CID said: “This was a vicious, unprovoked attack on an elderly vulnerable woman’s own front door. The attack has left her very distressed.

“We believe the suspect spotted Catherine in Palace Road Nature Gardens and for unknown reasons decided to follow her home, harass her and then brutally assault her.

“We would encourage anyone with information or any witnesses to contact us as a matter of urgency so we can bring the person responsible for this heinous crime to justice.”

Anyone with information or witnesses should contact Lambeth CID on 07785774447 or 101 or tweet to ©MetCC.

Information can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800555111.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Torturer Who Poured Boiling Water Over Girlfriend Caged

A vicious thug, who tortured a young woman with boiling water during a “savage and cruel attack” has been locked-up for fifteen years.

Fiston Onyumbe, 32, inflicted horrific injuries on the 20 year-old victim, who was left with burns, a fractured skull, jaw and eye socket and damaged pelvis and spine.

He tied her up and ripped her clothes off at his home in Pymmes Close, Tottenham after the pair went to a nightclub that evening.

Onyumbe was originally charged with attempted murder, but pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to the lesser charge of causing grievous bodily harm, with intent.

During the attack on January 21 the woman jumped from Onyumbe's first-floor window as he re-filled the kettle, but he dragged her back inside, beating her as he did.

Police were called to reports of a violent domestic at 8.17am and in a bedroom they found the victim lying on the floor covered with a blanket, semi-conscious, injured and asking for help.

Onyumbe immediately became violent and assaulted the officers and it eventually took six officers to restrain and arrest him.

The victim, who had also lost a lot of blood, was taken to hospital suffering extensive injuries, including 35% third-degree burns across her body.

The victim told detectives she had gone to a nightclub in Dalston with Onyumbe.

His attack on her started outside the club after he strangled her following an argument.

Onyumbe then took her to the flat in Pymmes Close where he tied her up and ripped her clothes off.

Over the course of the next three hours - until police arrived - he proceeded to torture her; burning her with cigarettes and boiling water from a kettle, and punching her head, face and body.

After she tried to escape he repeatedly banged her head on the communal stairs and pushed his fist into her mouth until she lost consciousness.

Detective Inspector Fareed Mirza, from Haringey CID, said:“This was a particularly savage and cruel attack undertaken by a violent man who has preyed on and abused a weak and vulnerable young woman for a protracted period of time.

“Onyumbe’s actions were calculated, brutal and shocking.

“The sentence he has received today reflects this, but the physical and psychological injuries to the victim will still take a long time to heal."

Saturday, 29 July 2017

NOT GUILTY: Mum-Of-Three In Custody Fight Cleared Of Breaching Court Order

Cleared: Clare Gregg
A mum-of-three involved in a bitter child custody dispute with her sister has been cleared of breaching a court order after her sibling failed to appear for the trial.

Freelance writer Clare Gregg, 55, of Stockton Road, Hartlepool continues to protest her sister has any right to have custody of the twelve, fourteen and sixteen year-old.

She appeared at Croydon Magistrates Court charged with breaching a non-molestation order on April 21 be texting her sister Kathryn McAdam-Freud, who lives in Peckham.

Gregg is prohibited from making any contact with her sister following a Family Court ruling.

However, Mrs McAdam-Freud did not appear to give evidence and Gregg – who has always denied the charge – was found not guilty when the prosecution failed to proceed.

The alleged text was made a few weeks after Gregg was fined £180, with £450 costs for assaulting her sister near her £1.3m south London home.

She admitted shoving Mrs McAdam-Freud and taking off her spectacles.

The non-molestation order remains until November 20, 2022.

Gregg maintains the court order is unlawful and believes her children should live with her.

Friday, 28 July 2017

PTA Treasurer Was Caught Pinching Thousands.....And Did It Again!

The treasurer of a primary school’s PTA, who was caught stealing £19,625 and then did it again, has received a suspended prison sentence.

Jennifer Carribon, 49, was also employed at Streatham’s Hitherfield Primary School as a breakfast and after-school helper.

Over a period of three years she stole cash and cheques entrusted to her, but after being forced to resign her role and offered counselling she took another £1,375.

First-time offender Carribon, of Goodhew Road, Woodside, Croydon pleaded guilty to stealing a total of £21,000 between October 1, 2013 and December 21, last year.

At Inner London Crown Court she was sentenced to twelve months imprisonment, suspended for two years and ordered to perform 150 hours community service work.

Carribon, who is the sole carer for two young relatives and receives working tax credits and child benefit, must also pay £7,800 compensation to the PTA over the next three years.

“It was her responsibility to bank both cash and cheques, but she began stealing very soon after she took on the role,” said prosecutor Miss Emily Watts.

An internal investigation was launched after an £8,000 PTA cheque bounced , resulting in Carribon paying-back £5,100 and admitting she was stealing.

The school did not inform the police, instead offering the defendant counselling.

“She was given a chance, but stole again when given a bag containing cash and cheques for the PTA,” added the prosecutor.

Carribon told the court: “It’s nothing I’m proud of and I am embarrassed and upset.”

Recorder Alex Gordon said: “You were appointed treasurer and were in charge of funds and immediately started stealing funds over three years.

“You further stole monies rather than right your wrong and that aggravates your offending.

“You breached a high degree of trust. You were given responsibility to look after these funds and instead stole them.

“That’s stealing from children. Their welfare and education.”

Thursday, 27 July 2017

NOT GUILTY: Intellectual Pal Of French President Macon Cleared Of Assaulting Ex-Wife

Mathieu and new wife Alix
A leading entrepreneur and liberal intellectual - who is a confidante to new French president Emmanuel Macron - has been cleared of assaulting his ex-wife and a 10 year-old boy at his £7.7m Kensington home.

Qualified lawyer Mathieu Laine, 42, was accused of grabbing the arm of former wife Eleanore Salin, 40, and pulling her during a Boxing Day domestic last year.

Father-of-three Laine, of Palace Gardens Terrace was found not guilty at Hammersmith Magistrates Court of two counts of assault on December 26, 2016.

The founder of consultancy firm Altermind and UK sister company Hypermind arrived at court with new wife Alix Foriel-Destezet, the daughter of French billionaire Philippe Foriel-Destezet.

Mother-of-two Ms Salin, also a qualified lawyer, had arrived at the property in a Uber cab with the young boy, who was due to go on holiday to Morocco with Laine the next day.

Laine, who has lectured in economics and political philosophy at Sciences Po, Paris - known as Paris Institute of Political Studies - claims his ex has an agenda for bringing the charges.

Ex: Eleanore
Prosecutor Mr. Ciaran Cronin told the court: “He pulled Ms Salin forcefully away by the arm.”

The young boy was carried into the house by Laine, the court heard. “He was hit on the back of his legs with an open palm while the boy was running about while calling him a: ‘Little shit’ or words to that effect.”

Laine’s lawyer Miss Orla Daly told the court: “There is a motivation behind what we say is a false allegation.”

The court announced it found Laine to be a “credible” witness, contrary to his ex-wife and dismissed all claims he assaulted the boy.

Eleanor had exaggerated the domestic incident, describing it as "like a move scene".

She claimed she was forced to flee along the street, desperately calling out for help from neighbours and passers-by.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

BBC Manager Who Defrauded £155K Jailed For Three Years

A BBC manager has been jailed for three years for planning a £155,000 fraud because he felt “overworked” and “undervalued”.

Lee Richardson, 52, was a Frameworks Contracts Manager, responsible for awarding work to firms tasked with the upkeep of the broadcaster’s huge property portfolio.

However, the school governor, who also served with Ofsted, founded Sentinal Services and paid himself for non-existent work - signing-off twelve separate invoices.

The married father-of-three, of Alexandra Drive, Surbiton pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by abuse of position between October 6, 2009 and February 22, 2011.

Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court heard an audit after Richardson had left the BBC exposed the fraud.

“He was responsible for work to be carried out to the BBC estate and it was his job to select these tendered contracts,” said prosecutor Mr. Stephen Apted.

Sentinal was registered on September 9, 2009 and almost immediately Richardson was paying the company for work never carried out.

“That company was set up and registered for the sole purpose of committing these frauds.”

Richardson was Sentinal’s director and his wife Debra the company secretary and he twice refused to answer police questions after his arrest on November 15, 2015.

He has now fully repaid the BBC and after paying tax originally is now £25,000 down on the fraud.

“He has taken full responsibility. He felt aggrieved, overlooked, overworked and undervalued and saw gaps in the system and took advantage,” said his lawyer Anna McKenzie.

“He fully accepts what he did was wrong and bitterly regrets what he has done.”

Richardson has a construction and engineering background. “He has ruined his personal and professional reputation and is deeply ashamed of what he has done.”

Judge Sarah Plaschkes QC told bearded Richardson, whose wife and mother were in court: “You were employed by the BBC, a public body.

“You were promoted and were required to be independent and impartial, but these invoices were bogus.

“No work has been carried out and that company was created at the same time you were promoted.

“This was a sophisticated fraud in setting-up the company and using it to produce and submit invoices, it required planning.

“This was a calculated, sustained and sophisticated fraud, abusing your position to defraud a public institution.”

Monday, 24 July 2017

Carer Convicted Of Ill-Treating Vulnerable Adult

Swan Court
A carer convicted of ill-treating his vulnerable client has received a suspended prison sentence.

Roy Celaire, 29, of Sir Francis Way, Brentwood, Essex fought the case, but was convicted by a jury.

He was charged that between November 14 and 16, 2014 at a flat in Swan Court, High Road, Whetstone he neglected Michael Cohen, a person who lacked mental capacity.

At Harrow Crown Court Celaire was sentenced to five months imprisonment, suspended for eighteen months and ordered to complete 170 hours community service work.

The jury found him not guilty of causing actual bodily harm to Mr. Cohen at the flat on November 15, 2014.

Celaire may now be subject to inclusion on the barring list, prohibiting him from working with young and vulnerable people and must also pay an £80 victim surcharge.