Friday, 31 July 2009

Miss Arrested For Sex With Girl Pupil

A female teacher at a posh City of London girls school has been arrested and quizzed by police investigating a sex attack on and underage pupil.

Helen Goddard,26, taught at the Barbican's £13,000-a-year City of London School for Girls.

She was taken in to custody on suspicion of sexually activity with the child - aged under 16 - during an alleged "inappropriate" relationship.

Goddard (pictured right) has been suspended from teaching while police investigate.

A spokesman for the City of London Corporation, which owns the school, said: "A member of staff has been arrested following an investigation by police in to an allegation of an inappropriate relationship with one of our students."

Worried parents of the 700 pupils at the school were asked to read a letter posted on the school's intranet by headmistress Diana Vernon.

The letter read: "The school takes its responsibility for the safeguarding of our children extremely seriously.

"We were pro-active in reporting this allegation and have since been co-operating fully with the police and authorities.

"As always, the wellbeing of our students is our paramount concern."

Miss Vernon added that Goddard had been suspended as a "precautionary" measure.

The school, whose former pupils include pop star Dido and TV presenter Claudia Winkleman, is based within the Barbican complex in the City's Square Mile. Its pupils are aged between seven and 18

A City of London Police spokeswoman said: "A 26-year-old woman from South London was arrested on July 20 on suspicion of sexual activity with a child.

"She has since been bailed and inquiries continue."

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Death-Wish Hoaxer's 'Suicide By Cop' Bid

A suicidal graduate made 33 hoax 999 calls to police, claiming he was knifing a victim, in the vain hope armed marksmen would rush to the scene and shoot him dead.

Business Administrator Peter Adeyemo,25, of Bedwell House, Stockwell Park Road, Stockwell, pleaded guilty to making communications likely to cause annoyance, inconvenience or distress between June 17 and July 15.

City of London Magistrates Court heard after a series of similar emergency calls claiming a knifeman was in the act of stabbing a victim and needed to be shot police caught Adeyemo in Finsbury Circus making another call.

He told officers: "I want to kill myself. Why don't they shoot me in the chest. I wish the police would shoot me in the head."

Adeyemo, who has obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety was bailed unconditionally to return for sentencing on August 14. 

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

St. Paul's Boss Stamp Fraud Charge

The former manager of St. Paul’s Cathedral’s gift shop, accused of a  £58,000 collectable stamps fraud against her ex-employers, appeared at City of London Magistrates Court.

Alison Robinson,43, of 1a Wishings Road, Brixham, Devon is accused of ordering the valuable international stamps on the Cathedral’s account and putting them up for sale on eBay.

She is charged with dishonestly obtaining Worldwide postage stamps, worth £58,289.15, from St. Paul’s with the intention of permanently depriving the Friends of St. Paul’s by deception between January 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007.

She is also charged with fraud between January 15, 2007 and June 30, 2007 in that she dishonestly abused her position as an employee to make gain, namely £58,289.15, worth of Worldwide postage stamps.

Robinson was bailed unconditionally to return on September 17 when she is expected to be committed to Southwark Crown Court.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Canary Wharf Financial Analyst's Boozy KO Punch

A Canary Wharf financial analyst decked a man who annoyed him during a boozy night out in the City, leaving the victim lying in a pool of blood with a broken nose and a chipped tooth.

Stuart David Brown, 29, of 35 Abigail Crescent, Walderslade, Chatham, Kent downed five pints before felling the man with a single punch.

He pleaded guilty at City of London Magistrates Court to assaulting Simon Murray, causing him actual bodily harm, in Ludgate Hill on April 9.

Prosecutor Miss Varinder Hayre told the court it was 11.30pm on a Thursday night when police saw Brown punch the victim to the pavement near St Paul’s Cathederal.

Mr Murray was rushed to hospital where he needed seven stitches plus repairs to his broken nose and chipped tooth. 

He also suffered lacerations, bruising to his eye and concussion.

Brown, who had been out drinking with his brother and a group of friends, fled, but was caught by police and told officers: “I did it. He was annoying me.”

The court was told father-of-two Brown was arguing loudly in the street with his brother, following an earlier incident in a pub, then got involved in a verbal confrontation with Mr Murray.

“For no good reason Mr Murray, who was with a group of other men, got involved with what they were arguing about,” explained Miss Sarah Kelly, defending. “My client told him ‘leave us alone it has nothing to do with you’.”

Brown, who sat teary-eyed in the dock, admits he was frustrated by the interference and punched the victim in the face. When caught by police told them: “I did it. I’m sorry.”

“To say the defendant is ashamed is an understatement,” added Miss Kelly.”This moment of madness could cost him and his family dearly indeed.”

Sole breadwinner Brown’s children are 4 years and 18 months and he pays the mortgage. “If sentenced to imprisonment the resulting loss of his job would cause the whole family unit to disintegrate,” said Miss Kelly.

JP’s bailed Brown until August 12 for sentencing and the preparation of probation reports.

Monday, 27 July 2009

Child Psychologist Goes Psycho

A Lottery-funded psychologist – whose firm specializes in parent-child relationships – went berserk in front of her twin teenage daughters and bit a stallholder who tried to stop her raiding the till during a dispute over a pair of shoes.

Psychology and Sociology graduate Agnes Remice, 47, boss of 21 Century Parenting has ruined her reputation and career in child care, Inner London Crown Court heard.

“She behaved disgracefully in front of her two daughters,” said Judge Simon Gerald. “It strikes me the defendant needs some kind of anger management course.”

Mother-of-four Remice, of Brunswick Park, Camberwell, denied, but was convicted by a jury of causing actual bodily harm to Kevin Bishenden at Rye Lane Indoor Market, Peckham on June 24, last year.

Her website boasts: ‘Agnes’s project aims to support parents in building effective parenting skills.’

‘Agnes is keen to help young parents with the everyday aspects of raising their children as well as taking care of themselves. She hopes to empower parents and families with the necessary life skills, through a series of workshops.’

Her project is supported by charity UnLtd., of Whitecross Street, Shoreditch which is funded by the  £100m Millenium Awards Trust.

“You are a trained counselor with a degree in psychology and are trained in dealing with special needs children,” Judge Simon Gerald told Remice, (pictured above).“You are trained to deal with people in these situations.”

“It was a serious attack using weapons, namely your teeth. At any time you could have walked away or dealt with things calmly, but you chose not to do that.”

The court heard Remice and her twin 17 year-old daughters – later reprimanded by police for trashing the stall – began arguing over a pair of shoes they bought the day before with the defendant trying to get cash out of the till.

Another stallholder, Mr Bishenden, jumped in and was bitten on the left forearm by Remice. He told police : “She nearly bit through to the bone. I did not realize the pain until later.”

Sentencing Remice to three months imprisonment, suspended for twelve months, plus 175 hours community service work Judge Gerald told her : “I do not accept you have shown any degree of remource. You apologized to your daughters over your disgraceful behaviour, but there was no apology to the shopkeeper or victim.”

He also condemned her performance to the jury. “It was clear you just put on an act. You used your qualifications to add credibility to what you were trying to say.

“The victim intervened to try to stop you robbing the till when you bit him. You continued frantically trying to get into the till and stalked off with your daughters, trashing the shop in your wake,” added the Judge.

“Both your daughters were present and they behaved disgracefully. The public needs to be protected from behaviour like this.”

Her lawyer Paul Sharkey told the court : “It is unlikely she will be able to continue in this field. That moment of madness means all has come to nought.”

Remice was also placed under 12 months probation supervision and ordered to pay  £500 compensation to the victim plus  £500 costs.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Businessmen Accused Of Exporting Military Vehicles To Sudan

The Doncaster boss of a second-hand military vehicles company and an assistant, accused of shipping personnel carriers to blacklisted war-torn Sudan, were committed to Southwark Crown Court.

Andrew Jackson,46, owner of L Jackson & Co. of Rocket Site, Misson, Bawtry, and Steven Smithey,27, of Netherholme Epworth Road, Haxey, Doncaster appeared at City of London Magistrates Court.

The Revenue and Customs Prosecution Office have brought charges under the 2004 Trade in Controlled Goods order.

Both men are charged with being knowingly concerned on or about February 3, 2006 with exporting prohibited goods, namely fifteen Haggland BV306 Tract Personnel Carriers.

Jackson alone also faces two similar charges relating to seven Haggland Personnel Carriers on or about December 18, 2006 and eight carriers on or about January 30, 2007.

They were bailed unconditionally to appear on August 25.

L Jackson & Co., which occupies at sixty acre former military air defense missile site, prides itself on fifty years involved in the supply of used, refurbished and new ex-M.O.D and NATO vehicles, plant and machinery.

Friday, 24 July 2009

Self-Promoting Socialite's £17,000 Benefits Scam

A notorious ex-magazine editor – the daughter of a millionaire property tycoon – whose recently published autobiography details her life as a doyenne of the media and art world created a web of deceit in a £17,000 benefit fraud.

Mother-of-two Farah Damji, 42, claimed her infamous criminal exploits were behind her in book ‘Try Me’ launched less than 24 hours before her appearance in the dock at Blackfriars Crown Court.

Damji, of 12 Cardinal Mansions, Carlisle Place, Westminster, daughter of Asian property magnate Amir Damji, edited lifestyle magazine Another Generation, wrote for the Observer and New Statesman, was a Birmingham Post columnist and previously ran art galleries in Manhattan and East Hampton, New York.

“The prosecution’s case is this defendant orchestrated a planned fraud on landlords and then had the audacity to claim public benefits,” said Judge Aiden Marron QC. “She is a relatively sophisticated dishonest woman.”

The evening before, Damji partied the night away at the Guy Hilton Gallery, Shoreditch, venue of her book launch, before the celebration moved to the Golden Heart pub in trendy Spitalfields.

In a breathtaking display of self-promotion Damji even nominated herself for a New Statesman Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 Award - describing herself as an individual who has changed through her own diverse talents and created an enduring beauty “spreading light” as she goes.

The court heard she told landlords she was the £96,000 a year creative director of fashion company Moksa and owned a £3m Chelsea home with a non-existent husband who was a £100,000 per week property developer.

In fact the ‘husband’ was MySpace pal, American Francesco Miccolupo, who Damji had a fling with and used his bank account behind his back, claim the prosecution.

She pleaded guilty to dishonestly making false representations to landlords Alex and Alix Lentjes in relation to 73c Loftus Road, Shepherd’s Bush and to landlord Benjamin Hutton, owner of 2b Kilmaine Road, Hammersmith on or before October 3, last year.

She also admitted three counts of dishonestly making false representations to Hammersmith and Fulham Council in relation to both addresses, forging a Halifax Bank statement she gave letting agents ‘Lets’s Do Business’ and falsely representing Alex Lentjes was the holder of a specific account benefits were deposited in.

Damji will be sentenced following a Newton Hearing which will determine the extent of her dishonesty. Confiscation proceedings will follow.

She desperately tried to suppress reporting of the case, falsely claiming it would be contempt of court and when quizzed outside replied : “I don’t talk to scum.”

Prosecutor Miss Karen Robinson told the court £17,000 in housing and council tax benefit was paid to Damji, who left landlord Mr Lentjes £7,685 out of pocket and with a damaged flat following the defendant’s eviction on October 3, last year.

When Damji rented £350 per week 73c she claimed to be married Farah Miccolupo and was very edgy about providing reference details, explained Miss Robinson, even threatening a libel action against the letting agents she described as “liars”.

Eventually she was given the keys. “The landlord was left with the impression a couple were moving in and were in a position to pay for the flat.”

Rent was paid in a variety of ways and from a variety of sources, including Mr Miccolupo’s account, said Miss Robinson, adding an associate of Damji, Michael Hill, had his signature forged on one document he purported to witness.

Cheques bounced, one came from Moksa and another from an unknown source in relation to 73c which Damji even advertised for £400 per week on website Gumtree, behind her landlord’s back.

A similar fraud was hatched for the flat at 2b, but Damji was arrested by police on October 27, last year before the landlord suffered any loss.

Her lawyer, Nick Wrack, claimed his client was on income support at all times and entitled to housing benefit, but had to invent a new identity to hide her infamous criminal past.

She was hunting suitable accommodation to impress the Family Court she could house her son, Imran,12 and daughter Marina,6. “The intention was to obtain tenancy, not expose landlords to loss,” added the lawyer.

Four years ago she absconded from Surrey’s Downsview Prison – where she was serving a 3 ½ year sentence for a  £50,000 credit card fraud – and became Britain’s first on-the-run blogger.

After failing to return to prison when released to attend an Open University tutorial for a sociology degree she kept the world up to date with her exploits on her MySpace page until arrested five days later.

The controversial socialite first came to public attention over her dalliance with travel writer William Dalrymple plus a fling with a Guardian executive and in a revealing Daily Mail interview detailed the ups and downs of the affair.

In October 2002 she stole her nanny Milla Salminen’s credit card and ran up a £3,903 bill with 61 purchases, including a stay at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Birmingham.

In October 2004, while on bail, she did the same with marketing assistant Darshika Mahavir who visited her house for a sales pitch, and her credit card was stolen by Damji to buy clothing worth £1,030 from Harvey Nichols.

The following month she stole a credit card from Rakhee Gokani, who was organising a magazine photo shoot for Another Generation’s front cover and her card was used 34 times for purchases amounting to £2,630.

She audaciously telephoned top-peoples jewellers Boodle and Dunthorne, posing as Daily Mail showbiz correspodent Kiki King’s assistant, and conned them out of two diamond and platinum rings worth £10,550.

Freelance journalist Ambarina Hasan’s credit card was stolen by Damji and used to open a savings account in the reporter’s name and obtain a £18,000 Sainsbury’s loan.

She also stole two credit cards and a driving licence from a friend, Nazia Soonsara, in a bid to steal her identity.

She pleaded guilty to twenty-five theft and deception charges plus two counts of perverting the course of justice when she told a witness not to appear in court, asked a prosecution barrister to drop the case and posed as then Home Secretary David Blunkett’s assistant in a bid to convince the Crown Prosecution Service pursuing the case was not in the public interest.

Her New York art career ended in disgrace with a six-month stint in tough Rikers Island prison for padding a certified cheque with extra zeroes and forging a court document ordering the seizure of her property.

She was accused in New York of an extensive and pathological crime spree, employing several aliases to rip-off artists, associates and was said to terrorize ex-boyfriends and continued her criminal behaviour in posh East Hampton following her release.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Would-Be Copper Thief's Bribe Bid

A would-be copper thief caught breaking into an electrical company's depot told a neighbour who dialled 999:"Look, there's money to be made if you keep quiet."

Jobless driver Paul Amores, 36, of Croydon Road, Beckenham pleaded guilty to going equipped for theft with a hacksaw and two spare blades in King Henry's Walk, Islington on June 12, last year.

Blackfriars Crown Court heard it was the early hours of the morning when a local resident was disturbed by the sound of sawing coming from an EDF Energy yard.

He told two shadowy figures to clear off and the larger of the two (Amores) shouted over his offer to share the loot before he was arrested by arriving police.

Officers found the hacksaw on Amores' accomplice, who later skipped bail and is wanted, and two extra blades were found in the pairs' car along with copper tubing from an unknown source.

Amores (pictured above) is currently serving a twenty-month sentence for over one hundred raids on commuters' cars at railway stations at Sidcup, Petts Wood, Mottingham, Orpington and Barnehurst.

The court was told Amores had led a largely crime-free life until early 2008 when a descent into heroin and crack abuse triggered his offending spree.

Sentencing him to four months imprisonment to run concurrently with the twenty month sentence Judge Aiden Marron QC told Amores: "It is clear the advent of 2008 saw a marked decline in your fortunes and a degeneration of your conduct."   

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Eight-Day £10,000 Cashpoint Blitz Alleged

A Belfast French-Algerian accused of an ingenious £10,000-plus Transactional Reversal Fraud campaign on a building society's cashpoint machines appeared in custody at City of London Magistrates Court today (Tuesday).

Abdel Karim Redjel,30, of 25 Alveston Drive, Belfast was arrested by officers from the joint Metropolitan and City of London Police's Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit.

He faces twenty-three charges of stealing a total of £10,180 from the Coventry Building Society on various dates between May 25 and June 1, 2007 and attempting to steal an unknown sum from the society on June 2.

It is claimed Redjel has perfected a cashpoint technique whereby money is dispensed without the account being debited.

He will return to court on August 4 and is expected to be committed to Southwark Crown Court. 

Monday, 20 July 2009

M & S Sales Girl In £9K Fraud Charge

A Marks & Spencer's sales assistant, sacked following a probe by the firm's Fraud Investigation Department into missing money, appeared at City of London Magistrates Court today (Monday).

Chelsea Jefferies,22, of Larch House, Ainsty Estate, Rotherhithe is charged under the Fraud Act with dishonestly abusing her position, with intent to gain  £9,020.19, between February 6 and March 12 at the Fenchurch Street branch.

She was bailed unconditionally until September 14 when she is expected to be committed to Southwark Crown Court.

E-Pills Arrest For Graphic Designer Drop-Out

A graphic designer drop-out, with ambitions to join the Royal Marines, was caught by police with two ecstasy tablets when searched during the controversial G20 protest in the City of London.

Jobless James Metcalfe,36, who lives in a squat at 19 Avenue Crescent, Acton, pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing the two pink tablets on April 1 in Prince’s Street, near the Bank of England.

City of London Magistrates Court was told today (Monday) Metcalfe queued to be searched by police at a cordon and the pills, which he claims were left over from a party over a year ago, were found in his camera case.

Metcalfe, who last worked as a graphic designer two years ago, before dropping out of the profession told JP’s he hoped to join the Royal Marines and was concerned the conviction would hurt his career chances.

He was conditionally discharged for six months and ordered to pay £100 costs.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Wealthy Celebs, Sport Pros And Businessmen Duped In £80m Con

Wealthy sports stars, high-profile businessmen and celebrities are among 600 victims of a £80million Ponzi scheme uncovered by City of London Police.

Detectives launched an unprecedented offensive to break the spell of a gang of financiers suspected of masterminding the massive swindle.

Investigators suspect at least 600 people around the world have lost huge sums to the gang of fraudsters behind the bogus high-yield fund.

But investigators have been struggling to win the support of victims who refuse to believe their life savings are gone.

Two men from Virginia Water, Surrey, John Anderson,43 and Kenneth Peacock,40 and Kautilya Nandan Pruthi,38 from Knightsbridge, central London, have been arrested and remain on bail.

They have been questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud, money laundering and fraud by misrepresentation.

Officers remain in a desperate race to track down the missing money, some of which may be held in accounts in Dubai, the Cayman Islands and Thailand.

They have seized assets worth about £1million, including jewellery and watches, as well as £250,000 cash. 

But the finds are just a small portion of the missing cash and earlier this week police seized an £800,000 stable of eight prestige cars including a Lamborghini, two Ferraris - a 612 Scaglietti and F430 Spider - a Rolls Royce, Maserati and two Bentley's from a West Sussex dealership.

Senior officers took the unusual step of holding a series of meetings at the City force's headquarters for hundreds of people embroiled in the fraud.

During a series of highly-charged presentations they faced down angry claims that their inquiry is responsible for the collapse of the fund.

Officers outlined some of the evidence against the gang and asked victims to fill in statements and compensation claims.

Det Supt Bob Wishart, of City of London Police's fraud squad, said many victims cannot accept people they trust have cheated them.

"These victims have been totally hoodwinked. They have been befriended and groomed by the bad guys," explained the officer. "They think these people are friends and they have placed complete trust and have given over a lot of personal information and it is very difficult to break that link of trust.

"Consequently we get this situation where we find they do not believe us. That is the power of the fraudster. Even though they have been arrested and we have searched their homes and offices and closed them down, the victims still do not believe anything is wrong.

"It is only by taking this robust stance and seizing everything we can that you start to make inroads. It is a house of cards once you get a bit of momentum."

Many of the victims were introduced by family members, friends and business associates they met at wealthy sports clubs and upmarket West End bars.

Police said several victims have already lost their homes, others have been declared bankrupt and some have attempted suicide.

Two families lost huge sums of money they had saved from years of benefits to help pay for the long-term care of their disabled children.

The criminal investigation focuses on Knightsbridge-based finance firm Business Consulting International (BCI) of Relton Mews and several companies linked to it.

Police believe a gang of men ran a fraudulent and unregulated investment scheme offering returns of between 6 per cent and 13 per cent a month for up to four years.

Clients were told the money was loaned to 'distressed' companies who needed short term cash and were willing to pay for it.

But it began to unravel when some payments were missed and people alerted the financial authorities to their suspicions and officials at the Financial Services Authority (FSA) began examining regulatory breaches before referring the case to police.

Detectives found the fraud was similar to many Ponzi schemes where a small amount of investor money is used to pay returns This leads clients to believe their money is safely invested encouraging them to put more money in and encouraging others to follow them.

However, the vast bulk of the money disappeared overseas or is used to fund the lavish lifestyles of a small number of people behind the conspiracy.

Friday, 17 July 2009

Fourteen Month Rape Campaign Alleged

A Harrow man accused of a fourteen-month rape campaign against a woman allegedly attacked repeatedly in a Pimlico flat, appeared for the first time at City of London Magistrates' Court today (Friday).

Mohammed Nazrul Islam,34, of 183 Eastcote Lane, is accused of vaginal, anal and oral rape at Stubbs House, Erasmus Street and was sent in custody for trial at Southwark Crown Court.

He faces five counts of raping the woman on various dates between May 1, 2008 and July 11, this year and indecently assaulting her on July 15.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Loser Blames Miserable Life On Non-Whites

A jobless loser - who lived in misery with his mum and dad - trawled the internet for online romance and made homemade bombs in his lonely bedroom to arm himself in a white supremacy campaign of terror.

Unemployed Neil Lewington, 43, had not uttered a word to his father in ten years at the family home in Tilehurst, Reading where police found weedkiller, firelighters, three tennis balls with diagrams on how to convert them into shrapnel bombs, firework powder, electrical timers and detonators.

He was carrying components for two home-made bombs when arrested last October at Lowestoft Station, Suffolk for abusing a female train conductor en route to an internet date. 

"Neil Lewington clearly set out to make viable devices which could have seriously injured or possibly killed members of the public going about their daily lives," said Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner John McDowall.

A notebook labelled "Waffen SS UK members' handbook" included a "device logbook" of drawings of electronics and chemical mixtures was also seized by investigators.

Prosecutor Brian Altman QC told the Old Bailey, where Lewington will be sentenced later : "This man, who had strong if not fanatical right-wing leanings and opinions, was on the cusp of embarking on a campaign of terrorism against those he considered non-British.

"The defendant had in his possession the component parts of two viable improvised incendiary devices.

"He had the parts which, if assembled together, would have created devices which if ignited would have caught alight and caused flames and fire.

"Later searches of the house where the defendant lived, in particular his own bedroom, revealed nothing short of a factory for the production of many such similar devices."

DAC McDowall added: "Whilst our inquiries did not uncover any details about intended targets, we do not underestimate the impact that Lewington's actions and extremist beliefs may have had on communities nationwide."

His online chats did not always impress the ladies. He told one would-be date : "The only good paki is a dead paki."

The jury convicted him of seven of eight explosives and terrorism charges, rejecting his defence of being more of an oddball than a danger to the public.

Friday, 10 July 2009

"Gut 'Em" Knifeman Binned

A late-night knifeman, who armed himself with 10" blade to hunt down disrespecting youths with the rallying cry: "C'mon we're gonna gut 'em," was jailed for six months today (Friday).

Father-of-five Adrian Sandy,29, was high on a cocktail of booze and cocaine when he went hunting for the group who branded his girlfriend fat as the couple enjoyed an all-night drinking session.

Plasterer Sandy pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article in Putney High Street, Putney on June 13.

"You selected a very large and threatening weapon and went out looking for those who insulted your friend," Kingston Crown Court Recorder James Price QC told Sandy.

"You were looking for a confrontation and took with you a knife while intoxicated with alcohol and cocaine," added the QC. "You created a highly dangerous situation and it was highly unnecessary."

The court heard it was 2.30am when a delivery driver spotted an angry and aggressive black man wielding a large knife getting into a silver Vauxhall Cavalier.

He called 999 after hearing a shout from the vehicle of: "C'mon we're gonna gut 'em."

Officers stopped the vehicle and Sandy admitted the large kitchen knife was his, confessing he picked it up at his girlfriend's home minutes earlier after being abused in the street.

"Such situations end up with very young men seriously injured or worse," added Recorder Price.


Wednesday, 8 July 2009

City Party King's Job-Loss Leap Of Death

A young City star - 'living the dream' - leapt to his death from a landmark rooftop restaurant, dressed in his best suit and clutching a flute of champagne, two days after his suspension from a leading bank.

Anjool Malde,24, feared the axe from Deutsche Bank and fell to his death on on July 5 from the eighth-floor terrace of Coq d'Argent at No. 1 Poultry - near the Bank of England.

The Oxford-graduate was co-founder of AlphaParties - which specialised in organizing bashes for young professionals in Mayfair and Kensington - and had advertised his own upcoming 25th birthday at an exclusive Soho club.

Party-loving Malde (pictured with ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell at the Oxford Union) was suspended by bosses at 3pm on Friday July 3 following "an inquiry into an IT matter" and told not to return until called in.

Known as 'Jools' to pals Malde held more than twenty positions of responsibility in various societies, was a serial online entrepreneur, a teenage BBC arts and music reviewer, worked in editorial with Oxford's two newspapers and presented the news on student radio.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Shattered Oz Dream Sparks Revenge Fraud

An American Express rep whose Australian Dream was shattered when he lost his job to a native embarked on a  £67,000 revenge spending spree after claiming the credit card firm "ruined" his life.

Luke Colley,21, admitted blowing cash belonging to 14 of his clients within eight days of getting a job as a customer services representative and was jailed for 15 months at the Old Bailey.

The spree included a £5,000 deposit for an exclusive Wimbledon debenture pass, a club class BA flight to Amsterdam, mobile phones, computer games and dozens of concert tickets.

Bitter Colley's ill-gotten booty was shipped to his parents house in Sompting, West Sussex under a false name and to another address in nearby Ifield.

He told police he was angry with AMEX after being forced to reluctantly reurn to the U.K. after spending a year in Australia when the company axed him in favour of a local, but managed to get a customer service job with the firm on his return.

Over the next four months - while employed to look after corporate travel accounts - he used confidential information to access client accounts and fraudulently buy goods over the internet.

A total of 14 accounts were used and a total of £86,199 went missing but only £67,731.85 could be traced to Colley who bought a five-year All England Club debenture ticket which he put up for auction on eBay.

Colley pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of trust and possession of articles for use in fraud.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Football Thug Kills Rival With Fatal Blow

A Sunday league football thug who killed an opponent with a single punch, following a bed-tempered match, was locked-up for twenty-eight months today (Monday).

The post-match brawl kicked off after the final whistle was blown on Kingshill Town's 4-3 defeat by Old Greenfordians in the Hayes and District Sunday Football League Division One match.

Victim Stephen Ritchie,43, (pictured with grandaughter Isabella) had been sent off for shoving an opponent and the Brentford father-of-three was tragically killed by a single blow from behind delivered with such force his head twisted round, rupturing arteries.

Thug Darren Forwood,21, of Frays Avenue, West Drayton pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to manslaughter at Little Harlington playing fields, Sipson Lane, Hayes, Midlesex on November 30, last year.

Prosecutor Mr Timothy Cray told the hearing, attended by Mr Ritchie's partner Tracie, his mother, daughter and brother, that the victim was "utterly defenceless' to the violent blow delivered by booked Forwood who has previous for assault and affray.

Tempers flared as Kingshill Town, 3-0 up at half-time, crashed to a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Old Greenfordians - with Mr Ritchie singled out by some angry opponents as the reason for their loss.

"Some of the players from both teams were trying to form a physical barrier but this defendant Darren Forwood came round the back of the barrier," explained Mr Cray.

"He came up behind the victim and Mr Ritchie who couldn’t have sighted him was utterly defenceless as the blow was given. The blow was delivered with sufficient force to knock Mr Ritchie off his feet."

Judge Jeremy Roberts told Forwood : "This arose out of a football match which had degenerated into aggression and violence on both sides, which spilled over from the pitch and off the pitch.

"There is too much of this kind of violence around at the moment and it has to be made clear that people who behave in that way will receive severe sentences.

"These cases are always tragedies for everybody on both sides. You have ruined not just somebody else's life by what you have done, but you have also seriously damaged your own and your family's. We see this all too often here - mindless violence."