Saturday, 31 October 2009

Train Commuter Spit Nicked

A London commuter has been left counting the extra cost of tube-train travel, after being hit with a £260 bill for SPITTING, when reported by specialist transport cops.

David Burrell, 36, of Ariel Court, Kennington Lane, Kennington, was summonsed after the Crown Prosecution Service gave the thumbs-up to proceed with the case.

Prosecutor Mr. Joe Sentence, shaking his head and branding the decision “pathetic”, proved the allegation to JP’s at City of London Magistrates Court.

“It’s spitting on the platform at Elephant and Castle Station. He did it twice and said it was an accident and he had made a mistake,” explained Mr. Sentence.

The British Transport Police originated the prosecution.

“An expensive spit,” commented the Bench Chairman, fining absent Burrell £175, with £90 costs.

Friday, 30 October 2009

Alleged 'Ponzi' Fraudster's Bolthole Revealed


A foreign exchange dealer, accused of a ‘Ponzi’ scheme that left 800 investors £17m out of pocket, was forced to reveal his top-secret address at City of London Magistrates’ Court.

Terence Freeman, 61, of King’s Road, Horsham, West Sussex, formerly of Whitehall Lane, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, is the former boss of City-based GFX Capital Markets Ltd.

Freeman, who was investigated by the City of London Police’s Economic Crime Department, unsuccessfully applied for his new address to be kept secret and has abandoned a Judicial Review of the JP’s decision.

The application was made after Freeman (pictured) claimed his tyres were slashed outside his former home and vehicles were daubed with roofing paint by disgruntled investors who have their own civil action group.

Freeman is charged that between June 1, 2006 and September 30, 2007, within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court, he was knowingly a party to the carrying on of a business, namely GFX Ltd., for a fraudulent purpose, namely the inducement of persons to invest in a ‘Safe’ exchange scheme by making false representations and statements as to the protection and profits of investments.

He is also charged that between October 1, 2007 and February 9, 2009, within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court the business of GFX Ltd. was carried on with intent to defraud creditors by similarly making false representations and statements.

He also is also charged that between January 1, 2006 and February 9, this year, being an undischarged bankrupt, acted as a director of GFX Ltd.

Between the same dates he is charged with failing to disclose to business associates his former name, under which he was made bankrupt.

Freeman is further charged with stealing £120,590 between November 7 and 30, 2007, belonging to investors in GFX Ltd and between the same dates acquiring, using or possessing criminal property, namely a diamond bespoke ring and gentleman’s signet ring.

Police began investigating GFX Ltd. on February 4, this year after Freeman himself complained of threats from investors.

Thirty investors are alleged to have lost over £130,000, with one individual said to have lost £1.5m.

Freeman was bailed to return on November 18, on conditions he reside at his address, surrenders his passport, reports weekly to local police and does not handle investments for trading.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Eagle-Eyed Cop Nabs Cheque Crook


A cheque thief, who was arrested in the City of London, after an off-duty policeman spotted him acting suspiciously near a branch of Barclays Bank, was conditionally discharged on Wednesday.

Jobless warehouseman Vitalis Mudzviti, 29, of Windsor Street South, Birmingham, was a passenger in a Mercedes and the stolen cheques were later found during a search of his home.

“We are concerned about these offences. The provenance of these cheques seems rather mysterious,” Bench Chairman Mr. Alex Stewart told the defendant at City of London Magistrates’ Court.

Zimbabwe-born father-of-four Mudzviti pleaded guilty to stealing a £3,169 Royal Sun Alliance Insurance cheque and a £94.00 Macfarlane Labels Ltd. cheque on or before April 22.

Prosecutor Miss Alexa Morgan told the court on a previous occasion the car was stopped in Old Broad Street on April 21 when an off-duty police officer noticed the occupants paying particular attention to the Barclays branch (pictured).

The vehicle was stopped and a search turned up a Barclays Connect card in a different name to the defendants and both were arrested on suspicion of theft.

The driver, Zimbabwe-born Norbert Mapunde, 32, of Powell Street, Wolverhampton, an International Business Management student at Wolverhampton University, was originally charged with possessing Barclays Bank sort codes and the Connect card for use in the course of or in connection with fraud, but charges were dropped on October 28.

“Mudzviti’s home was searched and officers found the two cheques,” added Miss Morgan.

Mudzviti’s lawyer Miss Romana Khan told the court: “The cheques were never cashed and there was no loss to these companies.

“My client says these offences took place when he hired a VW Golf car for a family event and by the handbrake found the two cheques in an envelope.

“It was his fault he did not return them to the owner. He kept the cheques in his property for six months and intended to return them, but never got round to it.”

Mudzviti was conditionally discharged for 18 months and ordered to pay £75 costs.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Black Beverly Hills Finance Guru Admits Race-Hate Attack


A globetrotting Beverly Hills financial guru – in London for a consultancy contract – confessed to a vicious race-hate attack on an Indian mobile phone shop worker and now faces a date with the Old Bailey.

Consultant Roger Robinson, 39, of Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, had to be pulled off the victim by customers, after beating him to the floor while delivering a tirade of racist abuse.

A second consultancy position in Moscow, starting next month, is in ruins after Magistrates remanded Robinson in custody to appear for sentencing on November 24.

“You were racially abusive to a member of staff and became more intimidating,” Bench Chairman Mr. Terry Rogers told Robinson at City of London Magistrates’ Court.

“You went round the counter for a face to face confrontation and you struck the victim, knocking his glasses to the ground and then threw him to the floor.”

Robinson, who has been staying in King’s Cross Road, Clerkenwell since arriving to work in London on September 2, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated assault on Viraj Raval, by beating, at St. Pancras International Station (pictured) on Sunday, October 25.

He also pleaded guilty to racially aggravated threatening behaviour towards a total of five people, including the assault victim, at the same time and place.

Prosecutor Mrs. Alexa Morgan told the court Mr. Raval, a part-time worker at the Vodaphone shop in the station, angered the defendant when he began chatting with the sales assistant selling African-American Robinson a mobile phone charger.

“The defendant asked why he was talking to his colleague and when Mr. Raval began chatting again the defendant said:’ Why don’t you fuck him in the ass then’.”

Robinson stood and stared at Mr. Raval in an intimidating manner then rounded the counter shouting: “Make me leave the store.”

The victim admits he told Robinson to “fuck off” twice before the attack began.

“He swung a punch at me, striking me on the right cheek, causing my glasses to fly off,” Mr. Raval told police.

A flurry of punches followed, explained Mrs. Morgan, with Robinson throwing the victim to the floor while hurling abuse.

Witnesses heard Robinson shout: “You sand nigger,” at Mr. Raval, adding: “I would stamp on you if these people were not here. I would kill you.”

He also called the victim a “Middle-Eastern fuck” and repeatedly screamed “Nigger” also shouting: “Go back to your own country.”

Security staff eventually escorted Robinson out of the shop and British Transport Police arrested him.

Robinson, who graduated in Southern California has a diploma and MBA in finance and owns his own consultancy firm.

He was due to begin a 6-9 month Moscow contract in November.

“Mr. Robinson took great concern at Mr. Raval’s intervention and accepts he overreacted. He felt threatened and paranoid when making the abusive comments,” explained Mr. Shivalkar Sanjeev, defending.

“This is not behaviour that will be repeated here or anywhere else in the world,” added the lawyer.

Robinson, who has been in custody since his arrest, was denied bail by the JP’s because of his lack of community ties.

They agreed their powers of punishment – limited to twelve months imprisonment – were insufficient to deal with the case and committed Robinson to the Central Criminal Court.

“Due to the sustained violent nature of the offence we cannot deal with the case,” Mr. Rogers told Robinson.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Jewish Schoolteacher Denies Child Sex Charges


A French and Latin schoolteacher, accused of a two-year fondling campaign involving an eleven year-old and twelve year-old boy pupils pleaded not guilty to fourteen charges at Southwark Crown Court today (Tuesday).

Bearded and bespectacled Michael Anthony Gordon, 55, of Thrush Green, Harrow, a member of Pinner and Northwood Liberal Synagogue was bailed to January 25 when the seven-day trial is due to start.

Gordon faces fourteen specimen charges of sexually touching the boys, contrary to the Sexual Offences Act 2003 on various dates between September 1, 2007 and April 9, 2009.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Serial Knifepoint Mugger Who Killed Caged For 30 Years


A brutal knife-wielding mugger, whose late-night reign of terror claimed the life of a Knightsbridge store boss – stabbed through the heart yards from his front door – was caged for a minimum of thirty years today (Monday).

Andrew Pratt, 43, of Southwell Road, Camberwell, South-East London, appointed permanent manager of Sloane Street’s Emilio Pucci boutique – part of the Louis Vitton group - the day before, was walking home carrying a Gucci bag when targeted in nearby Northlands Street, on August 2, last year.

Jobless crack and heroin addict Errol Clarke, 44, of Rutford Road, Streatham, had recently been freed from a five-year sentence for a mugging a 64 year-old woman, and killed Mr. Pratt when he resisted.

Gay Mr. Pratt (pictured) was the youngest of five sons and his 75 year-old widowed mother Yvonne was informed of his death at her Norwich home.

“Andrew Pratt was 43 years-old when he met his untimely death,” Judge Roger Chapple told Clarke at Inner London Crown Court, sentencing him to life with a thirty year minimum recommendation.

“I have been deeply moved by the statements I have read from those that knew him, talking of his easy charm, great sense of humour, style. A kind, funny man with a zest for life who enriched the lives of those that knew him.

“He was very successful in life, in his chosen career and was appointed store manger on August 1, the day before he was murdered. His death is a terrible tragedy.”

Dreadlocked Clarke, trapped by mobile phone records and a positive id, pleaded guilty to murdering Mr. Pratt on August 2 and robbing two other men on June 8 and July 28, and attempting to rob another on August 4.

“He collapsed virtually outside his front door, fatally wounded, still holding his wallet and phone,” prosecutor Mr. Aftab Jaferjee QC told the court.

“His courageous refusal to submit to this attack cost him his life,” added the QC. “He was yet another blameless human being preyed upon by Errol Clarke. He did not stand a chance. He was stabbed in the heart and above the groin.”

Witnesses reported seeing the hooded attacker rifle through Mr. Pratt’s pockets as he lay bleeding to death from a single stab wound at 10.45pm. He was pronounced dead an hour and a half later at Kings College Hospital.

“This was a serial robber who preyed on four targets in two months during summer, 2008,” explained Mr. Jaferjee.

“He was always armed with a knife with a substantial blade and his victims were either cut or stabbed and one was stabbed yards from his front door.

“This defendant is a vicious predator.”

An eyewitness heard a “loud pained scream” the night Mr. Pratt was stabbed, added the prosecutor.

Outside Clarke was seen standing over the bleeding victim who was crying, “help me, help me,” as his attacker then jogged away.

The court heard a victim impact statement from Mr. Pratt’s brother Christopher, who ironically recalled a prophetic family alert.

“Mum had warned him to be careful after a spate of knife crimes,” adding,” We know Andy had a full life, but he should have had more.”

Clarke was living with drug-addict pals in Longman Grove, Camberwell, at the time of his mugging spree and routinely armed himself with a kitchen knife before hunting for victims late at night.

He boasted of his crimes – he was charged with eight further similar robberies – and the fear he put victims in, picking on lone pedestrians and drunks.

His June 8 victim, returning to his home in Newark House, Camberwell, tried to fight knife-wielding Clarke off with his suitcase, before his wallet and phone was snatched.

On July 28 a lone Chinese man in nearby Rush Green was stabbed in the stomach by Clarke for only having a little over £3.00 in loose change.

On August 4 a late-night shopper was left with wounds to his chest and hands after Clarke attacked him on his doorstep in Shakespeare Road, Herne Hill, again demanding cash.

He has three convictions for carrying knives, receiving community penalties twice and a fourteen-day jail term.

Clarke, who had a £60 per day drug habit, only pleaded guilty on day one of his trail after learning an employee at the ex-offenders hostel he was living at after the crime spree would give evidence of his telephone confession to relatives.

Clarke’s QC Helena Kennedy, who read an open letter from her client to Mr. Pratt’s relatives in court said: “He says he thought Mr. Pratt was going to put up some kind of struggle and thrust the knife at him.

“He just wanted what cash people had to get his next fix. He is full of genuine remorse and self-loathing.”

Sentencing Clarke to three concurrent terms – not exceeding six years - for protection of the public on the two robberies and attempted robbery Judge Chapple told him: “You were a very dangerous man.

“One who would stop at nothing, even death, to get what you wanted.

“Your victims were random. Whoever had the misfortune to be alone and looked vulnerable would be a victim when you thought the time was right.

“It is plain you are a danger to the public.”

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Pair Jailed For Kiwi Royal Park Rape


Two rapists, who subjected a 21 year-old New Zealand woman to a two-and-a-half hour rape ordeal in the shadow of Buckingham Palace, have been locked-up for the shocking attack.

The Kiwi – who had chosen London as the destination for a working holiday - had missed the last tube train after enjoying an evening drinking with pals and in the early hours was taken to historic St. James’ Park by three men she met on the night bus.

She was raped and robbed by Ismail Acar, 21, (pictured l.) and Callem Fearnehough, 21, (pictured r.) both of Millfield, Six Acres Estate, Finsbury Park.

Acar was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment after pleading guilty to raping the victim three times, assault by penetration and robbing her of jewellery and a handbag containing cash, bank cards and an ipod on August 25, last year.

Fearnehough was jailed for 10 years after a jury convicted him of raping her twice and robbing her of the same items.

The third man, jobless Dimitri McKenzie-Saunders, 21, of Holloway Road, Upper Holloway was acquitted of three rape counts and robbery.

She attempted to escape her assailants in famous St. James’ Park, but was recaptured and the ordeal continued.

The attackers demanded her PIN number so they could empty her bank accounts, but Acar was foiled at a Charing Cross cashpoint, after the victim gave a bogus number.

A park security guard detained McKenzie-Saunders just before 5am and Acar and Fearnehough were arrested two hours later on Horse Guards Road after two PCSO’s identified them from a circulated description.

The victim was taken to a Haven centre where she received medical care and counselling from specially trained staff who guide victims of sexual assaults through the immediate aftermath of the trauma.

Afterwards DS Ivon Beer (Westminster Sapphire) said: "We are very pleased with today's sentencing, which reflects the seriousness of the attack.

“We hope this acts as a deterrent to prevent such horrific attacks in future. I would like to convey my appreciation for the courage and dignity displayed by the victim throughout."

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Lexus Motorist Caught Drink-Driving Again



A security guard, collecting a colleague after a night shift in the City of London, was caught drink-driving after police stopped his Lexus in the early hours and hit with a three-year road ban.

Zimbabwe-born learner driver Nhamo Cecil Matowe, 41, of Belgrave Road, Ilford, Essex, clocked up his second such conviction while driving without L-plates and a qualified passenger.

Matowe pleaded guilty at City of London Magistrastes’ Court (pictured) to driving with excess alcohol on his breath in St. Boltoph Street on October 15. His reading was 44 microgrammes of alcohol – the legal limit is 35.

He also admitted driving otherwise than in accordance with his provisional licence.

The court heard Matowe failed a roadside breath-test when pulled over by officers at 5am. In April 2001 he was banned for two years after being caught driving while nearly double the limit.

“Without thinking I agreed to help when someone asked me to pick them up from working nights,” he told the JP’s. “I assumed I was not over the limit at the time.”

He was also fined £360, plus £90 costs.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Song And Dance Man's Champagne Drink-Drive Rap


One of the country’s most-loved and respected musical theatre artists – who has starred in a string of hit West End shows – was caught drink-driving by police after quaffing champagne at a dinner party.

Actor and singer Robert Meadmore, 54, of Rokeby Road, Brockley, has appeared in ‘Phantom of the Opera’ ‘Brigadoon’ ‘My Fair Lady’ ‘Bless the Bride’ ‘The Gondoliers’ ‘Oklahoma!’ ‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ ‘Metropolitan Mikado’ and ‘Camelot’.

Romford-born Meadmore (pictured) pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on his breath in Farringdon Street, Central London on October 14.

Prosecutor Mrs. Alexa Morgan told City of London Magistrates’ Court it was ten minutes to midnight when police – routinely checking documents – stopped the Saab driven by Meadmore.

“There was a smell of alcohol on his breath and his speech was slurred,” added the prosecutor. “He told officers he had two glasses of champagne at a bar and he then failed the roadside breath test.”

At the police station Meadmore was breath-tested and gave an alcohol reading of 53 microgrammes of alcohol – the legal limit is 35.

“I went to a dinner party, not a bar,” Meadmore told the JP’s. “I am so sorry about this. I am devastated by this, it is so bizarre, I am not a big drinker.”

The driving ban will effect Meadmore’s career. “I am in the theatre business. I drive to a lot of concerts around England.”

Meadmore has appeared with stars all over the world and led over 50,000 people singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ in the Mall during the Queen’s 2002 Golden Jubilee and sang ‘All I Ask of You’ with Charlotte Church at the 2001 Royal Variety Performance.

He released his first classical album ‘After a Dream’ in 2005, reaching No.2 in the UK Classical Charts and gaining a Brit Award nomination.

He is also a regular radio broadcaster, appearing on BBC Radio 2 and 4 on numerous occasions – often singing show tunes.

His producer is music legend Mike Batt and the pair teamed up with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to perform the official anthem of the Channel Tunnel opening ceremony before the Queen and France’s President Mitterrand.

Meadmore is a product of London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the son of a pianist mother and opera-singing father.

The magistrates fined him £360, with £90 costs and disqualified him from driving for twelve months.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Hoodie Knifeman Kills Knightsbridge Shop Boss


A brutal hoodie mugger – who stabbed a gay Knightsbridge store boss through the heart yards from the victim’s front door – will be sentenced this Monday.

Andrew Pratt, 43, manager of Sloane Street’s Emilio Pucci, was walking home carrying a Gucci bag late at night when targeted in Northlands Street, Camberwell.

Killer Errol Clarke, 44, of Rutford Road, Streatham, pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to murdering Mr. Pratt on August 2, plus a further 3 robberies.

Witnesses reported seeing the hooded attacker rifle through Mr. Pratt’s pockets as he lay bleeding to death from a single stab wound at 10.45pm.

The victim staggered towards his front door and was later rushed to nearby Kings College Hospital, where he was pronounced dead an hour later and a murder enquiry was immediately launched by the Homicide and Serious Crime Command.

Mr. Pratt (pictured) had been appointed store manager two months earlier, after being employed as assistant manager for several years.

Following the murder security guard Tony Tuck, 46, who works next door at Chanel but had worked for Mr Pratt, said: "I'm devastated. This is awful, he was such a fun-loving guy.

“I used to go for a beer with him and he seemed very happy with life, he had a long-term boyfriend and everything was going well."

One witness, who asked not to be named, said the robber calmly walked away after the attack.

He said: "I heard some shouting and went outside and saw the victim walking down the street.

“It was a robbery. There was blood on the pavement and he was walking up to his house but not in a good way. He was injured in his chest. There was a guy with his hood up who just walked away."

Another neighbour said the attack was over the Gucci bag. She said: "It is absolutely appalling. I have lived here 25 years and the area has changed hideously in terms of violence."

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Lesser-Spotted City Trader Seen In Dock


A secretive foreign exchange dealer, accused of a ‘Ponzi’ scheme that left 800 investors £17m out of pocket, appeared for the first time at City of London Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday).

Terence Freeman, (pictured) 61, formerly of Buckhurst Hill, Essex, is the former boss of City-based GFX Capital Markets Ltd.

Freeman, who was investigated by the City of London Police’s Economic Crime Department, unsuccessfully applied for his new address to be kept secret, but is now seeking a Judicial Review of the JP’s decision.

The application was made after Freeman claimed his tyres were slashed outside his former home and vehicles were daubed with roofing paint by disgruntled investors who have their own civil action group.

Freeman is charged that between June 1, 2006 and September 30, 2007, within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court, he was knowingly a party to the carrying on of a business, namely GFX Ltd., for a fraudulent purpose, namely the inducement of persons to invest in a ‘Safe’ exchange scheme by making false representations and statements as to the protection and profits of investments.

He is also charged that between October 1, 2007 and February 9, 2009, within the jurisdiction of the Central Criminal Court the business of GFX Ltd. was carried on with intent to defraud creditors by similarly making false representations and statements.

He also is also charged that between January 1, 2006 and February 9, this year, being an undischarged bankrupt, acted as a director of GFX Ltd.

Between the same dates he is charged with failing to disclose to business associates his former name, under which he was made bankrupt.

Freeman is further charged with stealing £120,590 between November 7 and 30, 2007, belonging to investors in GFX Ltd and between the same dates acquiring, using or possessing criminal property, namely a diamond bespoke ring and gentleman’s signet ring.

Police began investigating GFX Ltd. on February 4, this year after Freeman himself complained of threats from investors.

Thirty investors are alleged to have lost over £130,000, with one individual said to have lost £1.5m.

Freeman was bailed conditionally to return on October 28, on conditions he reside at his address, report to local police and does not handle investments for trading.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Notorious Internet Bad-Boy Jailed For £60k F.T. Scam


A former Financial Times employee who used secret passwords to transfer £60,000 cash to a string of accounts – funding foreign trips to millionaires playground Dubai – was jailed for two years today (Tuesday).

Ex-telesales executive Amir Massoud Tofangsazan, 22, of Staten House, Rillaton Walk, Milton Keynes previously billed the F.T. for £3,511 in taxi rides after becoming “seduced by an extravagant lifestyle”.

“You proceeded over three months to obtain £60,000 from the F.T. and spent it on goodness knows what, living a luxurious lifestyle wholly beyond your means while on bail,” Southwark Crown Court Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith told Tofangsazan.

Newly married Tofangsazan’s 23 year-old nurse wife, who is five weeks pregnant, was in court with the defendant’s parents and other relatives and burst into tears after her husband was jailed, fearing for his safety in prison.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing criminal property namely £26,578.56; £9,058.81; £8,900.64 and £15,479.57 between April 1 and June 30 last year, contrary to the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Tofangsazan also pleaded guilty to possessing two electronic documents purporting to have originated from the Financial Times, stating he was authorized to receive those funds, on July 17, last year at his former home at Hollow Lanes, Snodland, Kent, Contrary to the Fraud Act.

He also rose to Internet infamy after a disgruntled customer posted personal details of Tofangsazan on the web after buying a broken laptop on EBay and briefly became the poster-boy of dodgy online dealers.

Prosecutor Mr. Tim Clark said: “The defendant was employed by the Financial Times (pictured) in 2007 as a temporary contractor, a telesales executive.

“In June 2008 a number of suspicious refunds had been made from internal bank accounts dealing with conferences.

“Further investigation showed these accounts were paid into the defendant’s bank account or into credit card accounts held by his girlfriend Karen Roberts, which he had a second card for and was able to spend money on the accounts and withdraw cash.”

There were 13 transfers to an MBNA account, 4 to a Barclays and 4 more to a Capital One, all belonging to his ex-girlfriend and 9 into a Lloyds TSB controlled by the defendant.

“The defendant logged on to a F.T. database using genuine details of an employee out of hours and instructed that these funds be sent to these accounts,” said Mr. Clark.

“As part of their investigation the F.T. identified two computer addresses in the UAE and the UK. He was spending money in Dubai at the time these instructions were being received.

“The defendant sought to withdraw large cash sums from banks and credit cards and he was in contact anxiously asking if the money had been paid.”

Tofangsazan even told the banks’ own fraudbuster teams he was entitled to the payouts in the form of a refund for conference tickets he cancelled.

When arrested by City of London Police on July 17 he tried to bluff it out, telling officers he had no idea where the money came from.

Detectives seized his laptop and it contained two forged letters from the F.T’s Company Secretary Alison Fortescue. “ The letters were instructing others to pay him sums of money. It’s hard to see if they were to be used for future fraud.”

Tofangsazan’s previous crimes against the F.T. include billing them for taxi rides, including a round trip to Aberdeen for which he received 200 hours community service at Wood Green Crown Court.

He also duped a national recruitment agency into believing he worked closely with ex-Microsoft chief Bill Gates on who’s behalf he was taking over a U.K. business the agency placed him with.

The agency was then duped into providing interview facilities, female interviewees and a PA.

His lawyer Warwick Aleeson told the court: “He became embroiled in debt and involved with friends who lived a lifestyle beyond his means. He became seduced by an extravagant lifestyle.”

Police recovered £30,000 of the F.T’s money – half the total taken – and the remainder will have to be pursued via the civil courts.

“He understands the folly and arrogance of what he did,” added Mr. Aleeson. 

“He has flirted with offences of significant gravity and has been caught doing it twice.

“He is an intelligent young man who could succeed significantly in life.”

The previous four weeks on remand were Tofangsazan’s first taste of custody. 

“His Middle Eastern appearance has given rise to jibes in custody,” added Mr. Aleeson.

“He is in solitary confinement for his own safety and has found it a harrowing experience. He has had a punishing taste of the effects of his criminality.”

Judge Loraine-Smith said: “It is all lavish living. He embarks on a spree using information he fraudulently obtained.

“This was theft from employer of a stark kind and all while awaiting sentence for similar offences.”

Monday, 19 October 2009

Dr Death Tried To Poison Pregnant Lover



A married doctor, who twice spiked his pregnant girlfriend’s drinks with powerful drugs in a bid to trigger a miscarriage, faces being locked up when he returns to the Old Bailey next month.

Dr Edward Erin, 44, of Gratton Road, Kensington, was convicted today (Monday) of attempting to administer poison with intent procure a miscarriage, contrary to section 1 (1) Criminal Attempts Act 1977 on February 7 and 8, last year.

Erin, a father of two, spiked 32 year-old Bella Prowse’s coffee in Starbucks, Paddington Station and the following day offered her drugged orange juice at their workplace.

Lambeth police were contacted on Friday February 8, last year after Bella became concerned about a mysterious powder she found in two drinks Erin had given to her, after she informed him that she was pregnant with his child.

Erin (pictured) had already purchased drinks at the coffee shop having previously asked what she would like.

It was obvious the lid had been removed and replaced, so when she got the opportunity, Prowse transferred the contents into a bottle.

The contents of the coffee were examined and found to include Diclofenac and Methotrexate.

Erin tried again the next day when he offered Bella a bottle of orange juice.

Noticing the seal had already been broken and that the liquid contained a powdery substance, she chose not to drink the juice.

Traces of Diclofenac were found in the liquid.

Later that day Bella attended Streatham police station with a cup and liquids that she had preserved and reported her suspicions to officers.

As a result of investigations and forensic tests, Erin was arrested at the Royal Brompton Hospital, Chelsea on Thursday February 14.

A search of Erin's residential address led to the discovery of the medication including traces on a pestle and mortar.

A further search of Erin's office resulted in the seizure of numerous tablets and powdered substances.

Detective Chief Inspector Mickey Gallagher, said: "Edward Erin is a consultant physician, pharmacologist and honory senior lecturer.

“He has been a medical professional for over 20 years, yet having failed to persuade his girlfriend, Bella Prowse, to have an abortion, he has abused his profession and position of trust, used his medical knowledge to try and bring on a miscarriage.

"This was not a morality trial, but the nature of this case in unusual in that it is only the second of it type to be brought before the courts in the last 40 years.

Erin has been judged on evidence and the jury have applied good sense and fairness. I would like to state that this prosecution has been brought on behalf of Bella Prowse and my thoughts are with her at this time.

"Thankfully, Erin failed in his attempts and Bella has a healthy child."

Bella Prowse, said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Metropolitan Police Service and Crown Prosecution Service.

"I am especially grateful for the support of my friends, family and daughter during this very difficult time."

Erin will be sentenced on 15th November.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Huge Ink Cartridge Burglary Alleged


The former employee of a prestigious City bank, accused of tricking his way into the building by purporting to still be a member of staff, and helping himself to £40,000 worth of ink cartridges appeared in court last week.

Johnstone Peter Otaigbe, 42, of Roycraft Avenue, Barking, Essex, is charged with entering BNP Paribas, 55 Moorgate, between November 12, 2008 and January 28, this year, as a trespasser, and stealing the printer cartridges.

He was bailed by City of London Magistrates’ Court unconditionally to return on November 23 for Crown Court committal.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

CCTV Exposes More Alleged Troublemakers


Three G20 protestors, arrested after police examined CCTV footage of the demonstration which took place in the City of London earlier this year, appeared in court for the first time last week.

Neale Christopher McDermott, 38, of Babbacombe Road, Bromley, pleaded not guilty at City of London Magistrates’ Court to assaulting PC Darrah on April 1 near Bucklersbury House.

McDermott, accused of punching the officer in the face, was bailed unconditionally to return for a trial on February 2, next year.

Francis Jose Medina, 41, of Upper Caldy Walk, Islington, is charged with criminal damage to the Wellington Statue, near the Bank of England, by graffiti on April 1.

He was bailed unconditionally to return on November 12.

Joseph Booth, 21, of Grateley House, Dilton Gardens, Roehampton, pleaded not guilty to assaulting PC Wood in Bishopsgate on April 1.

Booth, accused of throwing an apple in the officer’s face, was bailed unconditionally to return for trial on February 5.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Ban For Beer And Brandy Booze-Up

An Oxford drink-driver, arrested next to the Bank of England after enjoying beer and brandies with an old friend, was fined and banned from the roads for a year on Wednesday.

Tiler Arthur Silva, 36, of Kersington Crescent, pleaded guilty at City of London Magistrates’ Court to failing to provide a breath specimen on July 9.

Prosecutor Miss Alexa Morgan told the court it was just after midnight when police stopped Silva driving his van in Threadneedle Street.

Officers noticed a smell of alcohol on his breath and he failed the roadside test, but despite three attempts at the police station he was unable to give any reading on the official intoximeter.

“Mr. Silva traveled to London for work. He is the owner of his own tiling business,” said Miss Nadia Khan, defending.

“He went for dinner with his assistant and then went for a drink with a friend he had not seen for twenty years.

“The friend encouraged him to stay, promising to put Mr. Silva up for the night so he went to the pub and carried on drinking,” added Miss Khan.

“He had two pints with the earlier meal and two pints and two brandies in the pub, but the friend did not follow-through with accommodation.

“He found himself stranded in London and made the foolish decision to drive because he felt he had no choice, but to drive.”

The JP’s fined Silva £300, with £115 costs and disqualified him from driving for twelve months.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Southwark Council Fined For OAP Scooter Death



Southwark Council were fined the maximum £20,000 yesterday (Wednesday) after a disabled 67 year-old man plunged to his death from the back of a welfare bus, after his motor scooter suddenly shot backwards.

The local authority had taken the pensioner and others from the Aylesbury Day Centre, Walworth, on a day out to Alexandra Palace, (pictured) Haringey, but tragedy struck in the car park when Mr. Delaney fell from a tail lift, suffering fatal head injuries.

Southwark were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive and admitted at City of London Magistrates’ Court to failing in their duty to carry out a risk assessment and draw up safe procedures for loading those in motorized scooters on September 20, 2006.

“This was a vulnerable person who died as the direct result of a breach by Southwark Council,” prosecutor Mr. Zameer Bhunnoo told the court.

The authority was criticized for having no official risk policy in place despite a warning circulated by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in 2005, following similar fatal incidents across the country.

The group, made up of local residents with mobility issues, who otherwise would be confined to their homes, had just enjoyed the Independent Living Exhibition.

Mr. Delaney was sitting in his motorized scooter as it was raised on the rear tail lift.

“The motorized scooter went backwards over the tailgate plates and he fell,” explained Mr. Bhunnoo. “We don’t know if Mr. Delaney put it in reverse or if gravity and the weight of bags hanging from the scooter caused him to go backwards.”

Later tests showed the scooter was too large to be safely secured in place by the tailgate plates.

The JP’s also ordered Southwark to pay £4,466 costs.

Afterwards Mr. Bhunnoo said:” Had basic health and safety measures been carried out, this loss of life could've been prevented.

“A suitable risk assessment and safe procedure should have been drawn up covering the loading and unloading of people who use motorised scooters, who are loaded on and off welfare buses."

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Surveyor's Time Sheet Scam


A building surveyor, who forged time sheets and pocketed an extra £1,725 from recruitment specialists who placed him with a charitable housing association, was fined for his “opportunistic” moment of greed.

Matthew Tompkin-Kenward, 35, of Atlas House, 466 London Road, Isleworth, was on the books of recruitment specialists Morgan Hunt, of New London House, 172 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, who have branches in Russia and Dubai and pride themselves on expert headhunting services for leading global businesses.

They placed him with Accent Peerless, a registered social landlord, who have offices at Pembroke Broadway, Camberley, Surrey; Broad Street, Cuckfield, West Sussex and Stourside Place, Ashford, Kent.

He pleaded guilty to false accounting in that he dishonestly falsified documents, namely Morgan Hunt time sheets, with a view to gain for himself, between April 14 and 18 and April 21 and 25, last year.

Prosecutor Miss Neelam Sharma told Blackfriars Crown Court Tompkin-Kenward’s skills were employed as a maintenance supervisor for the housing association on a contract, which ran from July 2007 until April 11, last year.

“Accent noticed notwithstanding the contract had expired this defendant was still putting forward time sheets and was claiming for work,” said the prosecutor.

It’s quite clear what this defendant did,” added Miss Sharma. “He was given a bone fide time sheet and using tipex or some other alteration forged the next two time sheets.”

Tompkin-Kenward repeatedly cancelled meetings with Morgan Hunt to discuss the irregularities and was eventually arrested on October 27 when he attended a police interview.

He initially claimed the time sheets were genuine and reflected work he performed off-site at home in a bid to complete a project.

The first-time offender later repaid Morgan Hunt the full £1,725. He is now employed by another housing association on £630 p.w.

His lawyer Mr. Gregory King-Underwood told the court: “It was the heat of the moment.”

Judge Aiden Marron QC, fining Tompkin-Kenward £2,500, plus £765 costs, told him: “I regard this to be a rather opportunistic theft with a measure of breach of trust.

“You were very wise to plead guilty to these offences. It is out of character, you are a decent individual, but do this again and you will lose your liberty.”

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

DNA Traps Rapist Twenty Years On


A Scottish rapist, who dodged justice for two decades, was locked-up for nine years after tell-tale DNA evidence eventually caught up with the beast, who had returned home following his reign of terror south of the border.

Stephen Johnstone, 50, of Montrose, Angus, specialized in breaking into homes occupied by lone, vulnerable women, raping them and making off with valuables.

Johnstone,(pictured) caught by the Metropolitan Police’s Sapphire Cold Case Rape Investigation Team, was jailed at Southwark Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty to raping a 62 year-old widow in Bexleyheath, Kent, on September 13, 1989 and raping a 25 year-old woman in Barnet, Hertfordshire, on October 23.

He broke into the first victim’s home as she slept and after raping her stole jewellery, including her late husband’s wedding ring.

He again forced himself into a victim’s home the following month, raping the younger woman and helping himself to cash and jewellery.

A police probe was launched immediately after the first rape and DNA samples taken from the scenes showed a link between both crimes.

However, despite an appeal in the local press and e-fits provided by the victims, no suspect was identified.

The trail went cold until, in 2008, a review of the crimes by the Cold Case Team prompted the Forensic Science Service to upgrade the DNA samples.

One from the first crime scene matched a sample on the national DNA database, given by Johnstone when he was arrested for drink driving, while a further one taken after the second offence also showed a match to Johnstone.

He was arrested on April 21, this year and taken to London for questioning, where he denied the offences.

After Johnstone was jailed Detective Constable Jenny Thrower of the Met's Cold Case Team said: "Johnstone's offences were particularly brutal leaving both victims badly traumatised and suffering significant after-effects even until today.

"It is right that he should be held to account for his crimes and that a clear menace to society should be taken from our streets.

"This case shows that the Metropolitan Police will do everything possible to make sure offenders are brought to justice - regardless of when their crimes were committed."