Saturday, 31 March 2012

St. Valentine's Day Murder: CCTV Released

Police investigating the St. Valentine’s Day killing of a North-West London man have released CCTV images of a suspect they wish to identify and a car they want to trace.

Omer Jama Abdi, 35, ( suffered fatal head injuries in the early hours of February 14 in St. John’s Road, Wembley during a domestic incident.

Two men of Somali appearance were involved and one of them (pic.middle) - who is believed to be in his thirties – is still wanted.

Police are also keen to trace a silver three-door Vauxhall Corsa, which was captured on CCTV leaving nearby Elm Road at 2.20am.

Detective Inspector Mark Lawson of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said: “We are urging anyone who recognises the silver Corsa and man captured on CCTV to come forward and speak to us.

“This was a vicious attack on a man who lost his life in a relatively quiet residential road in Wembley, over a what we believe is a domestic dispute. 

“We believe that the male suspect frequents the Wembley area and I am particularly keen to hear from anyone within the Somali community who can help us identify him.

“All calls will be treated with the utmost confidence, and we have a dedicated number for any Somali speaking witnesses who wish to speak to us.” 

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0200; for the dedicated Somali speaking line dial 020 8358 1241; or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A 39-year-old-man was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday February 14 at an address in Wembley on suspicion of murder.

He has been bailed to return on a date in early April pending further enquiries.

Friday, 30 March 2012

Teen Convicted Of Mobile Phone Killing

A teenage murderer, who stabbed another youth after robbing him of his mobile phone in South London, has begun a 14-year minimum sentence.

Nathan McLeod, 16, ( of Thornton Heath stabbed 15 year-old Temidayo Ogunneye (pic.bottom) at the rear of Calais Gate, Cormont Road, Camberwell on May 11, last year.

He was also convicted of two counts of robbery along with co-defendants Kieron Carew-Donaldson, 19, and Darius Kwakye, 19, who received 20 and 24 months respectively.

Police were called at 4.15pm to reports of an injured boy and on arrival officers found Temidayo – known as Temi - who had suffered a stab wound.

Hw was taken to Kings College Hospital but he was pronounced dead at approximately 10.30pm. 

At 2.40pm earlier that day Temi and his friend were both robbed of their mobile phones by the three defendants in Cormont Road.

Temi returned to the area with some friends to retrieve his phone, but was taunted by McLeod, and a fist fight began.

The victim backed off when McLeod pulled a knife, but slipped on a patch of grass as the defendant chased him and was stabbed.

Detective Chief Inspector John McFarlane of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “Temidayo was only fifteen years old when he was killed by a boy not much older than him.

“His murder was a tragic and pointless death. He did nothing other than try to retrieve this property from a group that had robbed him and his friends a short time earlier.

“However, his attacker thought nothing of arming himself with a knife and stabbing Temidayo to death.

“This boy will now spend a lengthy stretch in prison where he will have plenty of time to think about the consequences of his actions and the damage he caused when he took Temidayo’s life and ultimately ruined his own life.

“I would like to commend Temidayo’s father and family who have attended court each day.

“They have maintained composure and dignity throughout the trial, hearing evidence over and over again regarding Temidayo’s last moments before his murder.”

Temidayo’s father, Babajide Ogunneye, said: “I have listened and watched the news every now and then and offered prayers to the victims families, however it is my family’s turn to suffer this devastating experience.

“I must acknowledge the over-stretched work and effort of the emergency services, most especially the Metropolitan Police personnel who worked diligently on Temidayo’s case.” 

Temi’s uncle, Prince Adebisi Olukoga, said: “I will like to seize this opportunity first to thank all the police officers delegated to handle this case.

“I would not like to mention names in other not to aggravate any of them in case of any omission. 

“With much exuberance, dedications and diligences they all have done a marvellously great job right from the beginning to the end of the case.

“The officers displayed very high and speedy experience being able to arrest all the people involved in the killing of my nephew within a very short time and also collecting and contacting the witnesses including a courageous nine-year-old old girl.

“It is an excellently executed job. 

“My thanks go also to the prosecutor and his team of legal luminaries. They have done superbly well. Also, I will like to thank the Jury having done their best by acting as directed by Judge Gordon.

“Temidayo, now of blessed memory; a young lad with a very brilliant, promising and vibrant future, had been wickedly and callously taken away from us by immoral souls.”

Thursday, 29 March 2012

X-Factor Reject Cleared Of Bar Glassing

An X-Factor reject has been cleared by a jury of deliberately smashing a wine glass over a young woman's head and knocking her unconscious.

George Gerasimou, 20, (pic.l.) of Giesbach Road, Archway, who famously flopped twice on the talent show in 2009 and last year, became involved in a spilled-drinks row.

"My head was cut open," 25 year-old Samantha Vohmann (pic.r.) told Wood Green Crown Court. "I had to have a scan and they took glass out of my skull and stitched me up."

She and three friends were at the end of a five hour pub crawl at the Maze Inn, Southgate on September 4, last year and complained Gerasimou didn't buy them replacement drinks he spilled.

"I was having an argument and got hit on the head," Miss Vohmann told the jury. "I must have fallen down the steps on to the floor, but I don't remember anything else because I was unconscious."

She admits being "drunk" and "unsteady on her feet" after consuming approximately eight drinks during the evening.

Gerasimou's lawyer Mr. Graeme Wilson suggested his client had been "abused" and "ribbed" by customers telling, the victim: "You and your friends were hurling abuse at Mr. Gerasimou."

Prosecutor Mr. Nana Owusuh told the jury it was 2.30am when the girls left their drinks on a table while they danced.

"They noticed the defendant sit on that table and because of his appearance on X-Factor they recognised him and moved towards the table to be nearer the drinks.

"As one of them approached this defendant stood up and the drinks got knocked over.

"They asked him to apologise and an altercation ensued. There was no apology from Mr. Gerasimou or replacement drinks offered."

Bar staff offered replacement drinks, but the row continued.

"The complainant was close to Mr. Gerasimou and in a second the defendant, who was holding a wine glass, used it as a weapon and hit her over the head with the rim," added Mr. Owusuh.

"She fell to the floor and was knocked unconscious and police and an ambulance were called.

"Mr. Gerasimou ran away from the incident, but security took him back into a holding room and the police spoke to him."

When quizzed the defendant answered "no comment" to officers.

Before the trial Recorder Brian O'Neill QC told the jury: "You will hear the defendant has appeared on X-Factor on two occasions and a number of witnesses recognised him from the television programme.

"You must not attempt to find out any information about his appearances on X-Factor."

Gerasimou was found not guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, with intent, and a lesser charge of wounding.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Commuter's 'Escalator Rage' Attack On Underground

An Underground commuter was pushed out of the way and repeatedly kicked by a Bracknell man during a drunken ‘escalator rage’ attack at a busy station.

Heating and ventilation engineer Thomas Staunton-Lambert, 30, of Bucklebury was fined and ordered to pay compensation to the victim when he appeared at City of London Magistrates’ Court today.

He pleaded guilty to assaulting barman Charles Pashby-Taylor at Liverpool Street Underground Station on November 12, last year.

Prosecutor Mr. Joe Sentence told the court: “It was nearly 10pm and the victim, a young man, had just got off a Central line train and was changing at Liverpool Street.

“He was going up the escalator when he heard the defendant running up fast behind him.

“The victim was pushed so hard he was knocked down and then received a number of kicks to his body and his face.

“He felt the defendant (pictured) was trying to kick him out of the way.

“Later the defendant said he was drunk and was appalled at what he had done and just wanted to get past.

“The victim had no lasting injuries, the worst was a bruise when he fell over and some burn marks when he grabbed the handrail.

“He had to take a week and a half off work and his loss of earning was five hundred pounds.”

Staunton-Lambert’s lawyer Miss Sandra Bonner told the court: “He had been out that evening and had some drinks, which he is not used to doing, and it had a serious effect on him.

“His recollection is non-existent and he is extremely sorry. He does not understand why it happened.

“He is extremely remourseful and accepts the prosecution case as it stands.”

The father-of-one was fined £300, ordered to pay £500 compensation, plus £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Councillor's Sordid Sex Stash Found By Estranged Wife

A local councillor had over 18,000 extreme pornographic images on his computer when police - tipped off by his estranged wife's discovery of a sick magazine - raided his home, a court heard yesterday.

Art gallery owner Andrew Francis Lamont, 53, who continued representing the residents of Norland ward on Kensington and Chelsea council after the raid, claims the images - depicting bestiality, sadism and underage girls - were planted by his ex during their bitter divorce.

Partially-sighted Lamont, (pictured) of The Organ Factory, Swanscombe Road, Notting Hill, who eventually resigned his seat on the eve of his first court appearance, has pleaded not guilty to possessing indecent photographs of a child in a magazine on or before November 3, 2010.

He also denies four counts of making indecent photographs of a child; namely 112 at level one; 34 at level 2; 34 at level three and 27 at level four.

Lamont has also pleaded not guilty to nine counts of possessing extreme pornographic images - six involving animals and three involving serious injury.

Prosecutor Mr. Gino Connor told Isleworth Crown Court Lamont's ex-wife Sue, a successful interior designer, found a magazine on July 20, 2010 in the master bedroom of their home, from where they ran their businesses.

"They were going through a divorce and Mrs Lamont found a pornographic magazine amongst her husband's belongings on top of a shoe box.

"It contained an image of a juvenile, aged around ten, on the cover and she is naked. There were more photographs of the juvenile in the magazine in various poses."

Lamont's ex-wife, now known by her maiden name of Sue McGregor, told the jury: "There were four magazines, but I did not really see the others after I saw that one.

"It was child pornography and it was of a very young girl and the fact that she was only as old as his brother's daughter, my Godchild, I found very distressing.

"I just remember going very cold and put it in an envelope. I just did not want to look at it, I did not want to touch it and it took me a couple of days to digest this."

She told the jury that in August, 2008 she stumbled upon more underage images belonging to her husband on his office computer.

"When I touched the keyboard an image came up that I found really shocking. Enough for me to run out of the house in tears. It was young girls clad in lingerie, they were early teens."

She later confronted the defendant about her discovery. "He was angry and we had an argument about it. He said that it was a 'one off' that it was a mistake."

She put the magazine she found in with her divorce papers and the discovery was later reported to police, who raided the address.

"Magazines of a sexual nature were found, titilation and pornographic magazines and magazines containing sexual acts between animals and females were found," explained Mr. Connor.

"Also found were an Apple computer, a hard drive and a black box. The computer was connected to a larger screen so the images could be magnified.

"This computer was used to view pornographic material and also assisted the defendant in his work as an interior designer," added the prosecutor.

"Contained within the computer were existing and deleted pictures and movies of erotic posing, non-penetrative sex involving children, sexual images and extreme pornography, which included acts between females and animals."

The hard drive with the sole account user of 'Andrew Lamont' was not connected, but when examined it contained over 18,000 images and movies depicting extreme pornography.

In the black box police found pornographic magazines. "One of the magazines, which contained forty-seven pictures, included females with dogs and that sort of thing."

Lamont said nothing when questioned, but during a second interview on July 26, last year claimed the original magazine his ex-wife found had been purchased by him in Amsterdam 25-30 years ago.

"He said he walked into a sex shop in Amsterdam, selected a few things not knowing what they were due to his severely impaired eyesight, and said it was a bit of a guess to him what the images were," added Mr. Connor.

"Well he spent a long time trying to guess what those images were," the prosecutor told the jury.

"He said he obtained sexual gratification from the internet, particularly since the relationship had broken down with his wife.

"He said he had trouble viewing images on the screen and would have to zoom in so much the pixilation would make it impossible to know what it was.

"He said everything he had ever seen was a guess."

Lamont also told police his ex-wife's brother also had access to his computer.

"He believed it was possible she was in collusion with others and had planted the images on the computer.

"You have to decide if that may be true or if it is the act of a desperate man, who viewed and made these images, but can't face up to it."

The trial is expected to last five days.

Monday, 26 March 2012

No Room Inn Here: Xmas Stranger's Throat Slashed

A confused stranger was killed outside the front door of Bedford knifeman's flat, which was emblazoned with the words 'Danger of Death. Keep Out' - a jury has heard.

Alcoholic Inderjit Singh, 36, - known as 'Raj' to pals - had his throat slashed on a freezing Christmas night as a struggled to find a friend's flat and bled to death.

Sheet metal worker David Folley, 35, of 28 Calshot Walk has pleaded not guilty at Croydon Crown Court to murdering Mr. Singh (pictured) in the early hours of December 25, 2010.

"The prosecution say this defendant took a knife from his flat and cut the throat of Inderjit Singh, leaving him to die on the staircase of the block of flats," prosecutor Mr. Stuart Alford told the jury.

"The defendant's flat was searched by the police that night and they found a large stash of knives and other weapons.

"They found hunting knives, a crossbow, baseball bats, swords and a rifle of some sort.

"There was also a t-shirt with a British National Party logo on it, which read: 'Fuck off. We're full.'

"There was also a BNP poster or flyer and one of the knives had a Nazi swastika emblem on it."

After riding the buses all day to keep warm and attending the late-night carol service at Brick Hill Baptist Church Mr. Singh tried to find his friend's flat at 82 Exeter Walk.

"Mr. Singh had a flat in Bedford, but often slept rough and slept in hostels or enjoyed the charity of friends. He was an alcoholic and lived a chaotic and disorganised life," said Mr. Alford.

However, he ended up outside Folley's flat drinking a bottle of whisky.

"The next thing we know is that he was outside that address dead."

Meanwhile, Folley had left the nearby Bluebell pub after an all-day drinking session in which he consumed up to fourteen pints and arrived home just after 1am.

He called the police at 1.55am and the recording was played to the jury in which Folley tells the operator: "There is a bloke lying in my hallway, I think he is dead.

"He is lying in a pool of blood, he's not moving. There is blood everywhere."

Police searched the area and a kitchen knife inside a carrier bag, which had the defendant's fingerprints on it, was recovered from Folley's allocated dustbin in the communal area.

There were no fingerprints or bloodstains on the knife, but a pathologist identified it as the potential murder weapon.

Folley's clothing was analysed and tiny spots of airborne blood from the victim were found on his jeans.

"The blood of Inderjit Singh was airborne only at the time he was killed," added Mr. Alford.

Folley was arrested the same day and denied stabbing Mr. Singh.

The jury are due to visit the scene today.

Trial continues...............

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Schoolgirl Rape: E-Fit Released

Police hunting a rapist, who attacked a teenage girl in South-East London last summer, have released this e-fit of the suspect.

The 15 year-old girl was walking home along Prince Imperial Road, Chislehurst after midnight on July 10, last year.

At the junction with Wilderness Road she was approached by a man with a local accent asking for directions to Sundridge Park.

Shortly afterwards she heard footsteps approaching her from behind and the suspect dragged her into bushes and raped her.

He is described as white, with blonde collar length hair parted to the side. He is of medium build, approximately six-feet tall and in his twenties.

He was wearing a long-sleeved plain navy blue top and beige chinos and was driving what is believed to be a dark blue Chevrolet Cruze saloon car.

A full DNA profile has been obtained from the scene.

Do you recognise the man depicted in the e-fit? Were you in the area at the time? Did you see or hear anything suspicious?

If you have any information please contact the incident room on 020 8721 4670 or alternatively to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Dishonest Nurse Jailed For Employment Scam

A Romford nurse, who concealed a benefit fraud conviction when securing two care home management jobs, was jailed for thirteen months today.

Caroline Anochili, 45, of Hathaway Gardens, who has a degree in mental health, collapsed in the dock at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court (pictured) when told she was going to prison.

She secured a £30,000 p.a. position at Gibson’s Lodge Nursing Home, Streatham, which she held for three years, but lied to the home and the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

Anochili was sacked and arrested, but while on bail lied again to secure a better-paid job with Trees Park East Ham Ltd. of High Street South at their Cherrycroft Care Home.

The prosecution dropped charges that she stole £1900 at Cherrycroft and allegations of theft from vulnerable residents were never fully investigated.

She pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation between August 29 and 31, 2007 by failing to tell Gibson’s Lodge she had a criminal record and telling the CRB she had never been known by any other name.

She similarly pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation on November 10, 2010 by failing to tell Trees Park East Ham she had a criminal record and fraud between March 22 and 27, 2009 by representing she had never been known by any other names.

Prosecutor Mr. Michael Hall told the court Anochili was convicted of four counts of deception at Snaresbrook Crown Court in 2002 in relation to benefit fraud in one of her former names.

She successfully applied for the Gibson’s Lodge management position on August 29, 2007 and was subject to a CRB check.

“On the form she wrote an incorrect date of birth and an incorrect history of her various names, allowing no link to her previous criminal history.”

Anochili was arrested on July 9, 2010, but answered “no comment” and obtained employment with Trees Park East Ham in November by again using a fake date of birth and history of names.

She was arrested again on January 6 and February 24, last year. “She said she was completing the forms honestly as the conviction had been spent.”

Anochili later claimed her motivation was to finance her daughter’s private school education.

Judge Fergus Mitchell told the tearful defendant: “That conviction had to be declared if you were applying for jobs that involved trust and you knew that.

“In a well thought out and organised fraud you obtained employment and when you came before the police as an accused person you seem to have deceived them.

“What is really serious is that while on bail for the first charges you went ahead and did exactly the same thing, falsifying your application for employment.

“The word should go out that those who falsify forms in relation to employment that involves trust will be treated seriously.

“Cynically you went ahead with the same fraudulent procedure at a place where trust is paramount.”

Friday, 23 March 2012

Gang Caged For Kidnapping Ex-Aide To Queen Mum

Three members of a brutal car-jacking gang - who kidnapped and robbed a former royal aide to the Queen Mother - have been caged.

The victim was beaten by the gang, who tied him up and forced him to strip naked in a lock-up, while demanding his bank PIN numbers.

Ex-Army Captain Niall Hall, 50, ( of Great Munden, Hertfordshire suffered a fractured left eye socket, plus damage to the eye, bleeding to the brain, a broken tooth, swelling and abrasions to his face and cuts to his knees.

He was attacked by three men armed with a machete on February 1 after parking his Land Rover Freelander in Bridge Lane, Battersea at 11.20pm and driven to the lock-up with his coat over his head.

Last month at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court two of the gang were found guilty by a jury of kidnap and robbery and last week received indeterminate sentences for public protection - equivalent to 16 years.

They are: Derwen Ellis, 30, (pic.2nd top) of Westbridge Road, Battersea and Martin Dias, 29, (pic.3rd top) of nearby Parkham Street.

Also jailed was 21 year-old Arron Miller, (pic.bottom) of Eccles Road, Battersea, who pleaded guilty to the same two counts before the trial and received 10 years.

Brian Gilbert, 19, of Cranmer House, Surrey Lane, Battersea was cleared on both counts and Dias's ex-girlfriend Kizzy Miller, 33, of Surrey Lane, Battersea was cleared of encouraging or assisting the offences of kidnap and robbery.

"As he was collecting items from the rear seat he realised he was surrounded by three men," prosecutor Mr. Bill McGivern told the jury.

"Believing he was about to be attacked he started to run off, but was quickly caught, overpowered and brought to the ground. One of them men came up close to his face and threatened him with a mini-machete if he did not co-operate.

"The male then demanded his expensive watch, which he handed over. He was also forced to give up his wallet.

"Mr. Hall was bundled into his car, his head covered with his coat, and the car driven off. As it was travelling he was threatened with a knife, which was held against his upper chest and groin."

The victim was tied and forced onto the lock-up's concrete floor behind a steel door until he gave the gang his bank PIN numbers at knife-point and cash was withdrawn at a Tesco's ATM in Battersea Park Road from two accounts within minutes.

He was stripped naked and forced into a change of clothes and dumped in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea with a wet towel over his head.

His vehicle was found on May 25 in Francis Barber Close, Streatham and police later identified the lock-up as an electrical shed splattered with Mr. Hall's blood and with items of his clothing still inside.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Sex-Charge G.P. Acquitted

A G.P. accused of groping his receptionist and a young female patient was cleared of all ten charges against him by a jury this week.

Dr. Ayoola Makanjuola, 53, (pictured) of Page Street, Mill Hill has now been cleared by the General Medical Council of misconduct and all criminal charges.

He was found not guilty at Wood Green Crown Court of six counts of indecently assaulting the 43 year-old receptionist between March 31 and June 4, 2002 at the 'Harmoni' surgery in Borehamwood.

He was also cleared of sexually assaulting a 25 year-old patient at his surgery in Bell Hill, Bicknoller, Barnet between October 27, 2008 and January 20, last year.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Internet Banking Fraud: Man Sentenced

A greedy Pole, who allowed his bank account to be used to funnel nearly £5,000 looted from individuals’ savings, has narrowly dodged prison.

Rafal Kasprzak, 29, was tracked by police via his computer’s IP address, which was identified as the destination of funds taken from internet accounts.

He pleaded guilty to fraud at Wood Green Crown Court (pictured) and was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for twelve months, and ordered to complete 150 hours community service and 12 one-hour probation sessions.

There were a total of 15 illegal bank transfers, totalling £4,829, and customers’ details and passwords were used.

Courier Kasprzak, who arrived in the UK in 2008, claims he would have received a 15% commission for allowing his account to be used.

Judge Shaun Lyons told him: “This offence was professionally planned and involved multiple frauds over a few days.

“Your activity meant the loss to real people, members of the community, who have their own problems and a need for that money.

“You are not proving to be a model citizen and you have committed other minor offences.”

All the victims have been reimbursed.

“You came very close to going to jail today,” Judge Lyons told Kasprzak, who will not have to pay any costs or compensation.