Saturday, 30 April 2016

Sky TV Pirate Set-Top Box Accused In Court

A man accused of making £19,200 from selling pirate set-top boxes to customers wanting cheaper Sky TV has appeared in court.

Scott Aldridge, 36, of Petersham Drive, Orpington allegedly sold the twelve-month subscription for £59.99 via eBay.

He did not indicate a plea at Bromley Magistrates Court.

Aldridge is charged that between September 27, 2014 and July 29, 2015 he supplied articles for use in fraud, namely satellite boxes and software.

He is also charged with concealing or transferring criminal property between the same dates.

Aldridge was bailed to appear for a preliminary hearing at Croydon Crown Court on May 25.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Flare Fan's Double Liverpool FC Misery

A Liverpool FC fan, who discharged a flare during this season's League Cup final and had cocaine and cannabis on him when searched by police has been sentenced.

Josh Flood, 26, of Liddell Avenue, Melling had travelled to Wembley to watch the February 28 match, but was ejected at the start of extra-time.


Liverpool went on to lose a penalty shoot-out with Manchester City 3-1 after the game finished 1-1.


He had pleaded guilty at Hendon Magistrates Court on to possessing a firework at a sporting event, namely a distress flare.


He also pleaded guilty to possessing a small amount of cocaine and cannabis.


Flood received a twelve-month community order, which includes 80 hours community service work.


He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.


Prosecutor Miss Katrina Rennalls told the court: “It was 6.15pm when Flood was seen to release the flare and he was ejected from the stadium.


“He was arrested and when he was searched a wrap of cocaine and a wrap of cannabis was found on him.


“In custody he was further searched and another wrap of cocaine was found on him.”


When quizzed by police about the flare he said: “I didn't know I couldn't let it of.”

Thursday, 28 April 2016

NOT GUILTY: Chinese Medicine Expert Cleared

A traditional Chinese medicine expert has been cleared of groping a female patient's breasts.

She was being treated for backache with massages and reflexology at the Natural Health Centre, Old Brompton Road, South Kensington.

Dr. Hui Li, 54, had taken over the £40-an-hour sessions, where the woman, aged in her thirties, sought help for a protruding disc.

Li said the woman made up the allegations after receiving an "accupressure" massage between the breasts and a head massage.

The clinic's manager told the Isleworth Crown Court jury Li also administers acupuncture and prescribes Chinese remedies.

He said the defendant has little command of english and UK customs and does tell women they are "beautiful" in an attempt to develop "rapport."


Li, of Valiant House, Plevna Street, Docklands was found not guilty of one count of sexual assault on April 11, 2014.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

NOT GUILTY: Fresher's Week Student Is Innocent

Not Guilty: William Harrison
A new student at the UK's oldest catholic university has been cleared of sexually assaulting two young women minutes apart during drunken freshers week introductions.

William Kelsey Harrison, 21, had only been at St. Mary's University, Twickenham a week when he was arrested.

Harrison, of Victoria Street, Littleport, Ely, Cambridgeshire always denied the allegations and was found not guilty by a jury at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court.

He was cleared of one count of assault by penetration and one count of sexual assault on September 27, 2014.

Harrison was accused of following a 19 year-old into her room and forcing himself on her then grabbing another student, 20, minutes later.

The teenage student admitted she found the defendant attractive and was happy to kiss him as the pair sat on the edge of her bed late at night.

She had downed five vodkas, five Jagerbomb shots and two alcopops that evening before ending up at the halls of residence in Waldegrave Road at 2.30am.

She was also new to St, Mary's and had spent her first week getting to know her fellow-students and was part of group that had invited Harrison to join them.

When questioned by police he did not deny there was consensual physical contact with both young women.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Cannabis Grower Gets Five Years

Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court
A South Wales man, who organised the production of cannabis in London is starting a five-year prison sentence.

Peter Larter, 34, of Cromwell Road, Newport originally appeared on bail at Wimbledon Magistrates Court and stood trial at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court.


He was originally charged with being concerned in the production of 256 cannabis plants between June 26 and August 19, last year at 97 Gascoyne House, Gascoyne Road, Homerton, east London.


It was alleged Larter had a connection to the property, which was raided by police who arrested the 'gardener' present who later received eight months imprisonment.


Larter was also charged with being concerned in the production 60 cannabis plants between August 11 and 29, last year at 52 Priory Close, High Path, South Wimbledon.


The prosecution say it was a sophisticated operation using hydroponic equipment, lamps, ventilators and fertilizers.


Police confiscated £2,000 from Larter, which he was ordered to pay as a contribution towards court costs.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Chinese Medicine Expert Denies Fondling Female Back Patient's Breasts

Hui Li: Denies Claims
A traditional Chinese medicine expert, treating a woman's backache with massages and reflexology at a South Kensington clinic, groped her breasts, a jury heard today.

Dr. Hui Li, 54, had taken over the £40-an-hour sessions at the Natural Health Centre, Old Brompton Road, where the woman, aged in her thirties, sought help for a protruding disc.

As usual she had stripped down to her knickers and a full-length towel was protecting her modesty when the defendant suggested an abdominal massage to relieve tension.

"I said yes and he snatched the towel off," she told the Isleworth Crown Court jury. "He was staring at me, staring at my breasts.

"I covered my breasts with my hands and he said: 'Relax, I'm a doctor' and held my wrists and moved my hands down.

"Then he grabbed my nipples, they were between his fingers, each hand on each breast and started moving his hands in a circular motion.

"There was some force and he was staring like he wanted to touch me. He then stroked my back as I sat up and then stroked my cheek and said: 'You're beautiful.'

"I was so shocked and covered myself with the towel and he kept staring at me until I left the room. I trusted him as a doctor."

She continued her course of treatment with a female practitioner and only reported Li when she bumped into him at the clinic four months later.

"He was sneering at me and waved in a patronising way as if to say: 'I know what I did and got away with it.'

"I did not have the courage to speak up about it, but when he waved at me I got the anger and the courage."

Li says the woman made up the allegations after receiving an "accupressure" massage between the breasts and a head massage.

The clinic's manager told the jury Li also administers acupuncture and prescribes Chinese remedies.

He said the defendant has little command of english and UK customs and does tell women they are "beautiful" in an attempt to develop "rapport."

Li, of Valiant House, Plevna Street, Docklands, has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault on April 11, 2014.

Trial continues……………

Sunday, 24 April 2016

NOT GUILTY: Headmaster Cleared Of Assaulting Pupil

Wandle Valley School
The headmaster of a special needs school has been cleared of assaulting a disruptive seven year-old pupil he was accused of grabbing by the arm.

Maldwyn Fjord-Roberts, 37, is the head of Wandle Valley School, which sits in the middle of St. Helier Estate, Carshalton and specialises in teaching youngsters with social, emotional and mental health needs.

He was found not guilty at Croydon Magistrates Court of assaulting the boy on April 28, last year following a contested trial.

The court heard Fjord-Roberts, of Henley Avenue, Cheam, Sutton took action when the boy refused to go inside the school building.

Earlier that day he had thrown himself to the ground outside the school when arriving with his mother and repeatedly kicked a door.

He was proper like grabbing me,” the boy told the court. “He dragged me and then let me go in the office.”

Inside the office the youngster began throwing objects around while shouting and swearing and repeatedly kicked a wall plug socket until it began coming away.

A District Judge praised Mr. Fjord-Roberts' professionalism and work in difficult circumstances.

Supporters of the defendant – known within the school as 'Mr. Roberts' – believe the child's family are using the case to get the boy transferred to another school.

They also believe the local authority are exploiting the case to bring the school under their control.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Finance Chief's £215K "Revenge" On Boss

She Striped Her Employer: Carly Hughes 
 A female finance chief, who stole nearly £215,000 from a small plastics firm to spite her boss, has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Carly Hughes, 34, fell-out with the owner of Arrow Plastics Ltd., 52 year-old Mark Wombwell and took her "revenge" by creating false invoices and transferring huge sums into her bank account.

"The only real reason she took this course was to get at Mr. Wombwell," her lawyer Nick Goss told Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court.

"The two of them do not like each other.

"The money is still sitting there and was stolen as an act of vengeance rather than Carly Hughes wishing to enrich her life or to fritter it away."

She believed promised bonuses had not been paid and she had been overworked by the company.

The finance and payroll manager, of Pennyfield, Cobham, Surrey pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position, namely the processing of fake invoices to gain £172,523.99p between October 15, 2013 and May 8, last year.

She also pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position in regard to a £583.33 salary increase on March 31, last year and transferring criminal property, namely £22,898.56 between October 29, 2013 and May 19, last year.

Hughes was employed by the company, based in Hampden Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, in a senior position until her departure last year.

It was only after she left financial irregularities were spotted.

Pocketed Money: Carly Hughes
Prosecutor Mr. Bill McGivern told the court: "She was raising invoices in the names of other companies and then transferring the funds into her own account.

"The total loss is two hundred and fourteen thousand nine hundred pounds.

"For a relatively small company these were considerable sums.

"To keep the company afloat Mr. Wombwell loaned it one hundred and sixty-five thousand pounds and the next day the defendant stole eleven thousand pounds.

"As a result there has been a massive loss to the shareholders and the fifteen staff have had a two-year pay freeze."

When initially questioned by police Hughes made no comment, but during a second interview claimed £100,000 sitting in her bank account was the result of selling her house.

She had also enjoyed a £4,000 holiday to Mexico, another £1,000 vacation and spending sprees in department stores.

Judge Susan Tapping told the first-time offender, who has now moved in with her mother: "It is sad to see someone like you in court.

"You are from a good family, a decent background with a work history and you have thrown it all away.

"You grew to dislike your managing director and systematically took revenge for the wrongs you thought had been done to you.

"Your financial revenge was very personal against the managing director and by bleeding the company every month it was less profitable.

"Three times he had to put loans into the company to keep it afloat, loans you asked for."

Hughes has agreed to repay £172,523.99p. 

Friday, 22 April 2016

Excommunicated Jehovah Witness Jailed For Sex Crimes

A Jehovah's Witness, thrown out of the church for spying on a naked young woman with a secret camera, was jailed for three years and four months yesterday.

Insurance claims handler Andrew Fulker, 43, lost his job and home and was excommunicated from the church even before more historic sex offences came to light.


The father-of-two, of Woodlands Road, Isleworth denied, but was convicted of nine counts of voyeurism for sexual gratification between January 1, 2013 and September 16, 2014.


He pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent assault committed in the late 1980's and early 1990's against a girl when she was aged nine to twelve years-old.


Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court heard the secret camera was set-up at an address in Mill Farm Crescent, Hounslow, where Fulker recorded the 21 year-old woman.


Much of the footage captured her naked when getting in and out of the shower and using the toilet.


Fulker also stored a vast amount of images of the young woman on his computer.


When aged between fifteen and eighteen years-old Fulker groped another female between the legs and encouraged her to touch him intimately.


His lawyer Mr. Gavin Pottinger, referring to the voyeurism offences, said: “He says he may be hiding something from himself.”


Before the police were informed Fulker was reported to church elders, who decided he was no longer welcome.


“He lost his job, he lost his house and moved in with his parents. He is only allowed to communicate with his parents on non-religious matters.”


Prosecutor Miss Georgina Coade told the court the victim of the voyeurism offences was getting ready for work on September 16, 2014 when she discovered the recording equipment.


“As she sat down on the toilet she heard a noise behind her that sounded like a camera focusing and saw a USB-type device on the window ledge behind her.


“Further footage had also been taken from an i-phone positioned on the floor near the bathroom cabinet.


“She plugged the USB device into the home computer and found varying video clips that showed intimate footage of her using the bathroom.


“In some of the footage she is naked, getting in and out of the shower and was horrified at what she had found.”


Fulker was confronted and there were discussions with his Jehovah Witness elders and he admitted setting-up the camera.


“He said he admired her body and curves,” added Miss Coade. “He said when he recorded her in her underwear it sparked his interest.”


The police were informed and found further moving images on his computer, with some transferred from the i-phone.


Fulker was sentenced to two years imprisonment for the indecent assaults, plus sixteen month consecutive for voyeurism.


He must sign the sex offenders register for life and was made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

New Student Denies Sexually Assaulting Two Young Women During Drunken Freshers Week

A new student at the UK's oldest catholic university sexually assaulted two young women minutes apart during drunken freshers week introductions, a court heard yesterday.

William Kelsey Harrison, 21, had only been at St. Mary's University, Twickenham a week when he followed a 19 year-old into her room and forced himself on her, the jury heard.

"He said: 'Don't be boring' and kept saying: 'You love it,' again and again," she told the Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court jury.

She said she did not want to go any further than kissing Harrison. "He was alright, a decent-looking lad, but he was forcing his tongue into my mouth and I closed my eyes and was shaking my head.

"He got on top of me and that's when I started to worry. He was kissing me down my neck and it was becoming forceful and he bit me and I flinched.

"He put two fingers into me and he is a lot stronger than me. He continued to the point I was flinching in pain.

"He started undoing his trousers and I unlocked the door and went out."

She admitted drinking five vodkas, five Jagerbomb shots and two alcopops that evening before ending up at the halls of residence in Waldegrave Road at 2.30am.

She was also new to St, Mary's and had spent her first week getting to know her fellow-students and was part of group that had invited Harrison to join them.

Prosecutor Mr. James Dawson told the court: "All the parties in this case had been drinking quite heavily and the first complainant had pre-drinks before going to the Student Union."

When she fled her room she told other students on the landing: "You've got to get rid of him," added the prosecutor. "It was plain she was very upset and very tearful."

Harrison returned to collect his coat and another female student, 20, went into the room to get it.

"He followed her in and put his hand over her mouth and started trying to kiss her and she resisted and said: 'What are you doing?'

"She pushed her way out of the room and now there were two very upset girls."

The police were called and officers arrested Harrison in his room.

When questioned he did not deny there was physical contact, insisting both young women were consensual.

Harrison, of Victoria Street, Littleport, Ely, Cambridgeshire has pleaded not guilty to one count of assault by penetration and one count of sexual assault on September 27, 2014.

Trial continues……………

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Ex-Spurs Vice-Chairman Denies Harrods Assault

The former Vice-Chairman of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club appeared in court yesterday, accused of a violent attack on another man at world-famous Harrods department store.

Businessman David Julian Buchler, 64, of Brook's Mews, Mayfair pleaded not guilty at Isleworth Crown Court.

He was bailed to return for a trial on November 7.

He is charged with assaulting James Birrane, causing him actual bodily harm, at the Knightsbridge store on December 31, last year. 

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Road-Rage Van Driver Used Vehicle As Weapon Against Cyclist

Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court
A road-rage driver, who reversed at speed towards a cyclist he had clipped with his wing mirror after colliding with the bike, received a suspended prison sentence yesterday.

John Graham, 39, was behind the wheel of his van, which came into contact with the cyclist, who thumped the vehicle's bonnet in temper as a result during an ugly confrontation three years ago.

Recorder Ann Mulligan told the father-of-two at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court: "You accelerated and drove over the bike and your wing mirror clipped his head.

"The cyclist says if he had not moved your van would have hit him.

"You drove off a considerable distance then reversed at speed and deliberately used your van as a weapon and it is a miracle this was not more serious."

Graham had used cocaine the day before the incident and now claims he no longer uses the drug.

He was sentenced to nine months imprisonment, suspended for eighteen months, and was ordered to pay 200 hours community service.

He must also pay £200 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.



Monday, 18 April 2016

Axe Charges Dropped Against Sisters Accused Of Targeting Family

L to R: Josephine & Barbara McFadyen
Two young sisters, accused of going to a rival family's home to attack them with an axe, had the charges against them dropped today.

Barbara McFadyen, 20, and Josephine McFadyen, 23, of Hounslow Road, Hanworth, Feltham, Middlesex appeared at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court.

They were accompanied by a large group of relatives.

The Crown Prosecution Service had no option but to offer no evidence when their witnesses failed to appear.

The sisters were both charged with aggravated burglary at an address in Starling Walk, Hampton on November 4, last year when after entering the property as trespassers they attempted to inflict grievous bodily harm upon multiple members of the Pender family while armed with an axe.

They each faced an alternative charge of attempted aggravated burglary.

Both sisters pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Punter Wanted For Bookies Wrecking Spree

An angry punter caused £6,000 worth of damage to a pair of gambling machines at an east London bookies.

Detectives investigating the criminal damage caused have issued CCTV footage of a man they wish to identify and speak to in connection with the incident.

On Wednesday, October 14, last year police were called at around 1.00pm to a report of criminal damage at Betfred Bookmakers in High Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford.
As the suspect was playing a fixed odds terminal he became angry that he was not able to recover his losses and started to rock the machine.
When the machine did not dispense his money the suspect picked up a nearby stool from the shop floor and, using the base, smashed both the machine he was playing and the one adjacent.
The suspect then walked out of the shop and along the high street.
CCTV has captured the moment the machines were damaged.
The suspect is described as a white man in his late thirties, 5ft 6ins in height and wearing a grey blazer with black patches on the elbow and blue jeans.
Police are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise the man shown on CCTV.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the police non-emergency line on 101.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

"Vicious" New Year Attack: Teenage Girl Hospitalised

Police are hunting a “vicious” New Year's thug, who left a young woman in critical condition hours into 2016.

Detectives have released this CCTV image of the man they want to speak with following the serious assault in Deptford, south-east London.

Police were called to a south London hospital at around 6.20am on Friday, January 1 after a woman had been brought to the hospital by family members.
The victim, in her late teens, had been subjected to a vicious assault that left her in a critical condition.
Following treatment she is now in a stable condition.
Detectives are appealing for help to identify and trace a man seen on CCTV.
They are also appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time of the offence to contact them with what they saw or heard.
In particular, they would like to speak to two potential witnesses who would have been in the immediate vicinity of Creekside, at the junction with Deptford Church Street, between 4.50am and 4.55am.
At this stage officers retain an open mind as to any motive and enquiries continue to establish the circumstances.
Detective Sergeant Donna Caesar, of the Met's Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: "This was a vicious attack on a lone woman and we urgently want to find the man responsible.
"Were you in the area of Creekside and Deptford Church Street between 03:00hrs and 06:00hrs on Friday, 1 January? Did you see anyone acting suspiciously or running in the street?
"Do you know the man in these images? If you are this man in the images we would like to speak with you.
"Are you one of two witnesses who would have been in the immediate vicinity of Creekside junction with Deptford Church Street between 04:50hrs and 04:55hrs?
"If you can assist our investigation please contact us."
Any witnesses, anyone who can identify the man in the CCTV, or anyone with any information or who saw anything suspicious, are urged to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4617 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Brit Denies Racist Outburst At Heathrow Passport Control

Bust Up: Heathrow Airport
A Rickmansworth chartered engineer, accused of racially abusing Border Force staff at Heathrow Airport during problems scanning his UK passport, appeared at Ealing Magistrates Court for the first time today.

Timothy Wynne-Jones, 53, of Beechcroft Avenue, Croxley Green indicated not guilty pleas and elected trial at Isleworth Crown Court, where he was bailed to appear on May 13.

He is accused of telling one female officer: “You're going to let all the terrorists into the country. I know your kind,” and telling fellow-passengers: “You're not British, you've got a Mickey Mouse passport. You're all terrorists.”

Wynne-Jones pleaded not guilty to two counts of racially aggravated harassment towards Border Force officers Raja and Yaqub at the airport on January 22.

Wynne-Jones is then said to attempt to push through the gate, but is prevented by Border Force staff.

They wanted to ensure his passport was not a forgery, but the defendant is accused of continuing: “Look. Terrorists protecting our border.

There are far too many Indians protecting the border.”

Wynne-Jones is then accused of telling staff: It's not a border. You wouldn't know what one was.” 

Thursday, 14 April 2016

"Arrogant" Christian Holidays Boss Sentenced For £26K 'Bible Lands Cruise' Fraud

A disgraced Christian-themed holidays travel agent, who secretly used £26,000 in 'Bible Lands Cruise' bookings on a disastrous Turkish hotel venture, received a suspended prison sentence yesterday.

Bob Fleming, 62, didn't use the fees he charged friends and long-standing customers to secure berths on the 'Thomson Spirit', but ploughed the money into his new pet project.

He lied to and encouraged his customers to fork out extra cash to extend their holiday to include a stay at the hotel he had leased and repaired.

Fleming, the boss of Living Sun Holidays, of Selwyn Road, New Malden denied, but was found guilty of two counts of fraudulent trading between January 1 and November 30, 2014.

He was sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to pay £15,000 costs in six months and banned from being a company director for ten years by Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court Judge Paul Dodgson.

"The world should be spared any possibility of you offending in that function," said the judge, who also fined Fleming's company Kyrilios Ltd £2,000 after it was convicted of engaging in misleading commercial practise.

He advertised the ten-day eastern Mediterranean cruise to his existing customers, which was due to begin in Turkey and conclude in Israel.

It would visit such historical destinations as the site of the Colossus of Rhodes; Byblos, Lebanon and the tour would also visit Jerusalem's Garden of Gethsemane.

The brochure claimed the cruise would include full-board, three meals a day, transfers and be led by Biblical experts Rev. Brian Fishel and Fleming himself.

Fleming, who was convicted of illegal trading in 2010 was told by the judge: "You are an arrogant man, who having had this warning decided you would conduct your affairs in the way you know best, regardless of anyone else's interests.

"You had had a number of successful holidays to the Middle-East and genuinely proposed a new one. 

"When it all started you were acting honestly, but you decided to invest in this hotel in Turkey and that was a disastrous decision and that's when your arrogance took over.

"You had the twenty-six thousand pounds your customers invested in this cruise……you sent it to Turkey because you knew best.

"You were inviting these friends and customers to invest in Turkey, little did they know that like it or not they had already done so.

"The arrogance snowballed when you realised the Turkey project was beyond redemption and you started telling some unpleasant lies."

The customers were never ATOL protected, but have been compensated by Fleming, who sold his £355,000 house and moved with his wife to a £250,000 flat in Cornwall.

"You abused the trust of your friends and customers and you know it," Judge Dodgson told him. "You told blatant lies to cover it up."

The judge said Fleming only compensated his customers to avoid prosecution.

"At this point you started talking about selling houses because you were hoping that by paying money you may persuade Kingston council not to prosecute you.

"You were trying to wriggle out of the situation you created and even now you don't accept you were dishonest.

"You leave this court as a convicted fraudster and your friends and customers will now know you were taking their money to put to your own purposes.

"When you encountered trouble you turned to crime."

One unhappy customer, 81 year-old Gospatric Home, who planned a break with wife Diana said: "It is a crazy saga. 

"The money we all paid was not held in an escrow account. If it had been, then he could have repaid it all to everyone."

Fleming told the court today: "I'm still shocked that a thirty-year career in travel has ended this way. It's hard to take."

He said he used £70,000 from his house sale to pay debts and compensation and would need a "number of years" to pay the £15,000 costs.

"I've had no income for two years, the company has no value. I was hoping to sell it, but it has zero goodwill."

Prosecutor Mr. Richard Hallam told the jury: "Mr. Fleming was a travel agent and tour operator, who for thirty years arranged holidays in the UK and abroad.

"His specialism was Christian holidays and he was the director of Kyrilios Ltd and Living Sun Ltd., which traded under the name Living Sun Holidays.

"There was improper use of customers funds who had booked the cruise and he carried on the businesses for a fraudulent purpose."

Fleming was investigated by Trading Standards from the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames after receiving a complaint on October 17, 2014.

There was already an existing complaint from tour operator Thomson about Fleming using their name on his brochures.

"Mr. Fleming presses Thomson again and again for a free place for himself and by the time of the cruise his business is on the verge of failing."

Trading Standards traced fifteen customers who paid £26,000 to Fleming. "They thought they were securing a berth on a cruise ship.

"He should have paid for the cruise with that twenty-six thousand, but he didn't.

"It was channeled to his other business, a hotel he had leased in Turkey and he asked his customers to stay in that hotel.

"He used the money to renovate that hotel. It is dishonest, but Mr. Fleming said he did not see it as fraudulent," added Mr. Hallam.

Customers started asking for refunds when the cruise itinerary was changed because of trouble in the Gaza strip.

"Refunds were chased, but there had been no protection in place in the eyes of the law and he had lied that flights were ATOL-covered."

"Mr. Fleming never paid or confirmed the bookings with Thomson.

"He had to invent reasons why there were delays in refunds, including blaming Thomson's trading standards investigation.

"He had no right whatsoever to plough the money into the hotel in Turkey and quite incredibly some customers were invited to loan money to the hotel.

"He misused and lost their money in the business venture and had to fabricate why he had to cancel a cruise he had never booked.

"Two weeks before the cruise Mr. Fleming purported to cancel the cruise on the basis of an unsatisfactory itinerary. The cruise went ahead."

When questioned by Trading Standards Fleming blamed the Gaza re-route for wrecking the cruise, but conceded he: "Screwed up."

"It all started to unravel," he explained. "Money just vanishes."

Despite his financial troubles the prosecution accept Fleming did eventually take care of customers.

"Refunds were made to some people many moths later," said Mr. Hallam.

Fleming told the jury no customer had been left out of pocket.

"There are no debts, no one's owed any money.

"Yes, we made mistakes, but did not intend to mislead, deceive or defraud people.

"I don't believe I am guilty of an offence."

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Sports Coach Who Lives With His Parents Jailed For Webcam Sex Acts With 14 Year-Old Schoolgirl

A children's football and P.E coach, who encouraged a 14 year-old girl to perform webcam sex acts on herself with hot wax, clothes pegs and lipstick, received four years yesterday.

Philip William Boore, 36, told the teenager to address him as 'Sir' and play the role of a naughty schoolgirl submissive to his commands.

The qualified coach, who lives with his parents in Dover Street, Chippenham, Wiltshire, is attached to the town's award-winning Stanley Park Sports Ground and worked with five to eleven year-olds.

He was found guilty at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court of three counts of inciting the girl to engage in sexual activity on or before August 5, 2014.

He was cleared of possessing two indecent photos of a child, namely two topless images of the girl.

Boore was described by his lawyer Mr. Nicholas Bleaney as: "A lonely inadequate man with no history of relationships and a minimal sexual history.

"This man has been more idiotic than wicked," he said of the defendant who a probation officer assessed as a medium-risk of serious harm.

"You preyed on this child online and encouraged her to act in a way that was corrupt and depraved for your own sexual gratification," Judge Michael Hopmeier told the first-time offender.

He also made Boore subject to a ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and he will be barred from working with children and must sign the sex offenders register indefinitely.

"You were the adult, she was the child. There was only one victim in this case, the child named in the counts.

"I find as a fact there was grooming in the areas of sexual activity you had a particular interest.

"You were employed as a school sports coach, working with children, at the time.

"The risk that your victim might have been a child must have been obvious to you, but you took that risk and continued." 

Prosecutor Mr. Martin Hooper told the court the sexually-active Wimbledon teenager responded to Boore online when he listed one of his interests as fetish sexual activity on the 'Omegle' website.

"They got chatting and the defendant got her involved in various sexual activities," he said. "There's no doubt about this.

"He instructed her to insert a lipstick tube into her vagina, to clip clothes pegs to her breasts and pour hot candle wax over her breasts."

They first chatted online for four hours and exchanged their names and phone numbers, with the girl lying to Boore and claiming to be sixteen years-old.

"She said the second time they spoke he said he was into BDSM (bondage and sadomasochism) which she thought was disgusting, but wanted to stay communicating with him.

"He said they would role-play with her as the naughty schoolgirl and him as the dominant," explained Mr. Hooper. "He'd be the teacher.

"He is a sports coach and works in schools and knows ages, uniforms and exam times.

"She could see him on her laptop screen and once noticed he had an erect penis when showing her some sex toys.

"He told her he was a teacher and that concerned her and she told her counsellor, who encouraged her to tell her mother and the police were contacted."

Boore was arrested on August 5, 2014 and taken to Melksham Police Station by officers who also seized his computer, mobile phone and sex toys.

He told police: "I can't say that I did take her age. She said she was at school and that could be up to eighteen years-old, I took her to be sixteen.

"I should have stopped, but I got over-excited."

Mr. Hooper told the jury: "He agreed knowing she was still at school, but given her interest in fetish and being sexually active he thought she was sixteen.

"He said he let himself down and should have made some checks and said he was shocked to find out she was two years below sixteen."

The girl told Boore she had not even started her GCSE's and she told police during a video interview his hand was motioning under the table as she played with herself.

As for the lipstick she said: "He told me to lick it and insert it," also telling officers about the clothes pegs: "He wanted me to do twenty, but I did two. It was painful and I couldn't sustain it."

She also poured hot candle wax on herself at his request. "I poured it on my chest. He wanted me to cover my nipples, which was quite painful."

Boore is a Football in the Community Coach, who has a Bsc degree in Bsc Sports & Exercise Science and hold coaching certificates for Football Level 2 and Cricket Level 2.

He also holds Level 1 certificates in hockey, rugby, badminton, tennis, emergency first aid, child protection and disabled football.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Couple Charged With Nicking £73K Of Stock From Boots Sentenced

Sentenced: Edem & Elizabeth Boni
A couple charged with stealing thousands of pounds worth of expensive beauty products from the Boots store where they worked have finally been sentenced.

They were said to have helped themselves to approximately £73,000 worth of cosmetics, perfume and aftershave from the large branch in Westfield Shopping Centre, Shepherd's Bush.

Both Edem Kofi Boni, 36, and Elizabeth Exonam Akosua Boni, 34, both of Tidworth House, Dog Kennel Hill Estate, Dulwich have now received suspended prison sentences.

Yesterday at Isleworth Crown Court Elizabeth received four months imprisonment, suspended for six months.

Edem had previously received a twenty-four month prison sentence, plus 240 hours community service work and was ordered to obey a curfew for three months, monitored by an electronic ankle tag.

Both were originally charged with theft by employee, namely stealing the beauty products between August 9, 2010 and November 19, 2012.

Elizabeth was also charged with fraud by false representation, namely dishonestly completing false documentation to a bank for a business loan purporting she was in full-time employment on August 23, 2011. 

Monday, 11 April 2016

Leg-Rubber Wanted For Late-Night Bus Grope

Police are hunting a bus passenger who rubbed a woman's leg for twenty minutes after sitting next to her on the late-night service.

Officers from the Roads and Transport Policing Command are appealing for help in identifying the man after the sexual assault in east London.

The incident occurred on October 12, last year at about 12.30am on a Route N8 bus travelling on Gales Gardens towards Bethnal Green.
The suspect sat next to the victim and repeatedly rubbed her leg, leaving her frightened and scared.
The suspect is described as a tall, white man, with light brown coloured hair.
He wore a dark coloured top and trousers.
Officers are releasing a CCTV image of the man and are asking anyone with any information to contact Detective Constable Teresa Moore on 07920 590261 or Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111, quoting reference 194662.