Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Serial Rape Duo Convicted

Two rapists who carried out "horrendous sexual attacks" while allegedly encouraged to humiliate one terrified victim by a young woman who filmed the ordeal on her mobile phone, are facing lengthy prison sentences after being convicted.

Jermaine Kraftner, 27,(pic.top) of Berkley Manor, 317 Poole Road, Branksome, Poole and his cousin Corrie Pinney, 35,(pic.middle) of Yardbridge Close, Sutton, South-West London were found guilty of multiple counts relating to two separate victims and will be sentenced on August 1.

Cassie Webb, 20,(pic.bottom) may be retried on a charge of aiding and abetting rape, in relation to the second victim after the jury failed to agree a verdict.

"Kraftner and Pinney launched a series of horrendous sexual attacks on both victims at Yardbridge Close," prosecutor Miss Hannah Llewellyn-Waters told the Croydon Crown Court jury.

"The attacks were designed to degrade and instil terror in both women for the defendants sense of power and self-gratification."

The second victim - a 21 year-old mini-cab controller - had arrived at the address on April 20, last year for an alcohol and cannabis party and was introduced by the defendants to Webb, who is known as 'Mercy'.

"She was sexually and physically attacked and vaginally and orally raped and Cassie Webb encouraged the male defendants," explained Miss Llewellyn-Waters.

"She was subjected to prolonged violence and sadistic behaviour designed to humiliate, punish and petrify."

The victim was beaten with a belt and repeatedly punched in the face and head after Kraftner had accused her of "disrespect."

"Cassie Webb began to fan the flames by saying the victim was bringing bad vibes into the flat," added the prosecutor.

Webb remained as the defendants demanded the victim strip naked and was beaten when she initially refused.

She also watched as the victim was ordered to insert a broomstick into her vagina.

"Casie Webb was watching and filming the attack at this time on her mobile phone," added the prosecutor.

The female defendant egged on the attack as Pinney raped the victim, the jury were told.

"She was told if she was sick they would kill her and Kraftner was laughing," said Miss Llewellyn-Waters.

Webb then left the room as both Pinney and Kraftner raped the victim, who was left with black eyes and bruising to her chest and arms.

Both men also denied, but were convicted of an earlier rape on a 17 year-old girl at the address on July 29, 2009.

"On that occasion Pinney and Kraftner simultaneously engaged in oral and vaginal rape."

Webb pleaded not guilty to aiding and abetting rape; two counts of aiding and abetting sexual activity and aiding and abetting false imprisonment.

Both male defendants were convicted of raping both women plus charges of sexual activity and false imprisonment.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Police Hope 20K Reward Will Solve Murder Mystery

Police have offered a £20,000 reward in a bid to solve the murder riddle of a South Lambeth man whose flat was set on fire after he was battered to death.

Leroy Burnett, 47, (pictured) of Crichton Street was discovered in his maisonette in the early hours of November 13, last year after the London Fire Brigade extinguished the blaze.

A post-mortem gave the cause of his death as head injuries.

Mr. Burnett was last seen on November 12 at around 8:00pm walking his brown Staffordshire terrier dog in nearby Wandsworth Road.

Detective Inspector Gary Arthur of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command, said: “We believe the area in and around Mr Burnett’s flat was quite busy with people coming and going, late into Friday evening and in to the early hours of Saturday.

“It was also fairly noisy with reports of fireworks being let-off in the immediate area.

“I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious from the premises, as they may hold vital information that could assist the investigation.”

Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4868 or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

On November 19 police arrested a 37 year-old man and later a 23 year-old man who remain on bail.

Sunday, 29 May 2011

"Fat Slag" Insult Ends In Knife Murder

Two men have been locked-up for killing a drinking-acquaintance when an all-day session turned ugly after one of them insulted the other’s girlfriend.

Victim Stephen Ramsey, 33, (pic.top) suffered fatal multiple stab wounds after agreeing to back-up his aggrieved friend at a clear-the-air meeting arranged after the row.

Ricky Fogden, 28, (pic.middle) of The Vale, Acton, West London received a life sentence – with a 24-year minimum – after he was convicted of murder and grievous bodily harm.

Paul Moles, 32, (pic.bottom) of Layton road, Brentford received nine years for manslaughter and grievous bodily harm.

The victim was stabbed on November 28, last year in Brook Lane North, Brentford along with his friend Scott Jennings, 31, who was upset about Fogden calling his girlfriend a "fat slag."

Initially Mr. Ramsey and Mr. Jennings – who suffered wounds to his back - did not realise they had been stabbed during the midnight showdown and walked a short distance before calling 999.

Mr. Ramsey died at the scene and Mr. Jennings received treatment for his injuries in hospital and was discharged.

Earlier in the day all four men were drinking in the Princess Royal pub, Brentford when Forgden insulted Mr. Jennings’ girlfriend and he phoned the defendants later to sort things out.

Fogden and Moles arrived armed with knives and stabbed both victims.

A few hours after the killing Paul Moles gave himself up at Hounslow police station and was arrested.

He made no comment in interview but later claimed to have acted as peacemaker.

Detective Inspector John McQuade of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command said: “The two defendants went to this meeting armed with weapons and with the joint intention of using violence to sort out a problem.

“This case demonstrates that nobody wins in this situation, and, that with the dedication and skills of specially trained detectives, you will get caught.”

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Where Are Yao?

Police are hunting this suspect who they say launched a sex attack on a 16 year-old girl as she slept at a home in South-West London seven months ago.

The Ghanaian man – known only as ‘Yao’ – had already fled his address without forwarding details when the girl reported the offence, which occurred in Manor Road, Mitcham.

He may be in the country illegally, but police believe he may still have family and friends in the local area, who may have information as to his whereabouts.

He is described as a black man, approx 5’ 4", with short afro hair.

Police have information that he may have been seen in the Thornton Heath, Croydon area in December and January but have no reported sightings since.

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who has information.

Detective Constable David Gadsby of Sapphire Command, said: “It is really important that we find out where this man is and who he is.

“We urgently need to speak to him regarding this allegation and we want to ensure that no other young women are vulnerable to attacks.

“We appeal to the local and Ghanaian community to give us information, or for this man to come forward and talk to us.”

If you have information please call the Sapphire incident room on 020 8649 4009 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Friday, 27 May 2011

Prostitute's Remains Buried In Allotment: Ex Charged

A man has been charged with murdering his ex-girlfriend – prostitute Julie Dorsett, 33 – whose remains were found buried in an allotment nearly three years ago, following a six-year search.

Sinclair Lewis, 54, was arrested in Teignmouth, Devon on May 17, appeared at Hendon Magistrates’ Court the next day and will appear at the Old Bailey on August 24.

Julie,(pictured) of Wren Park House, Warwick Grove, Clapton, East London was last seen at a family friend’s home in Benthal Road, Stoke Newington on October 3, 2002.

Police were called to reports of human remains found at Lower Hall Allotments, Bridge Road, Walthamstow on August 28, 2008 and recovered a large quantity of bones from the upper body, including the skull, wrapped in a duvet.

Following extensive forensic examination and DNA testing, the remains were identified as Julie’s.

A post-mortem examination at East Ham Mortuary on September 12, 2008 failed to confirm the cause of death.

Her disappearance had previously been treated as suspicious and unexplained and following extensive enquiries and forensic examination, the case was declared a murder investigation.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Black Race-Hate Killer Gets Joke Sentence

A vicious race-hate knifeman, who killed a teenage Pole as he celebrated his girlfriend’s eighteenth birthday with a group of pals, could be back on the streets in just four years.

Dutch-born Alphonse Serges Kruizinga, 34,(pic.top) who lived in a squat in Clapton, East London plunged a blade into 19 year-old Marcin Belaszweski’s back after threatening the group on a bus.

He screamed: “Hitler should have killed more Polish people” before stabbing the victim outside Finsbury Park Underground Station, North London on May 8, last year.

Kruizinga was cleared of murder by an Old Bailey jury and given an indeterminate sentence for manslaughter – with a five-year minimum.

The year he has already spent on remand awaiting trial will be deducted.

Kruizinga had rowed outside his squat with friends of Marcin and followed the twenty-strong group on a bus – armed with a kitchen knife up his sleeve - goading them into a confrontation.

He followed them off the bus despite their requests to leave them alone and when Marcin’s girlfriend stepped forward to stop him he punched her in the face.

Construction worker Marcin – who lived with his family in Stamford Hill since moving to the UK five years ago - jumped in to protect the girl and was fatally stabbed by Kruizinga.

When arrested several days later he had a knife hidden up each sleeve and received a concurrent thirty-six month sentence, which will not add any additional custody time.

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

'Pushchair Rage' Duo Sentenced For Frenzied Bus Attack

A couple who violently attacked a mum-of-two when their pushchairs bumped on a North London bus – throwing the terrified passenger off the vehicle by her hair – have been sentenced.

The victim was sworn at, spat at and her head was banged against metal bars, leaving her with a cut ear, a bloodshot eye and soreness and bruising all over her body.

Nathaniel Pope, 21,(pic.top) of Derwent Rise, Kingsbury received four months imprisonment for the assault on the number 83 bus in Vivian Avenue, Hendon on January 17.

Amy Boyle, 19,(pic.middle) of Wynford Avenue, Islington received three months imprisonment, suspended for a year, was ordered to perform 100 hours community service, attend a women’s centre for 36 hours and banned from the number 83 bus route for twelve months.

After the pushchairs collided Boyle spat at the victim and Pope threw her around the packed bus, struck her head repeatedly against the bars, dragged her by the hair to the doors and threw her off.

She was thrown off a second time when she tried to rescue her two children who were still on board.

The entire incident was captured on CCTV both inside and outside (pic.bottom) the bus and show the victim being hit as well as recoiling in horror from being spat at.

After the attack she also felt nauseous, had disturbed vision and a headache and was unable to raise her arm or stand for long without feeling tired.

The oldest daughter who witnessed the attack also suffered from nightmares.

After a public appeal Pope and Boyle were charged on April 12.

Following the hearing at Hendon Magistrates Court Detective Sergeant Brad Crossley from the Barnet Beat Crimes Unit said: “I think this sentence is well merited as it was a sickening attack on a lone woman with children.

“Neither of the convicted showed any remorse for their actions either in interview or in court.

“The CCTV on the bus provided compelling evidence of the despicable nature of this attack.

“In cases like this is important that a strong message is sent that this sort of behaviour is totally unacceptable and the consequences will be a prison sentence.”

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Equine Bosses Convicted Of Illegal Vet Med Scam

A stud farm boss and a riding school owner accused of dealing in illegal veterinary medicines - playing a key role in a £6m scam - have both been convicted on all counts.

They are: Management consultant Richard Jones, 60,(pic.top) of Winchcombe Road, Sedgeberrow, Evesham, Worcestershire - founder and owner of Henry Field Stud, Naunton Beauchamp, Pershore.

Road haulage boss Peter Lock, 53,(pic.bottom) of Knaves Hall, Warren Lane, Doddinghurst, Brentwood, Essex - owner of Colmar Farm Riding School, Colmar Farm, Weald Park Way, South Weald, Brentwood, Essex.

Both defendants were bailed until for a three-day sentencing hearing, which will also include another seven co-defendants.

The Croydon Crown Court jury today convicted Jones on nineteen charges and Lock on fifteen charges of illegally importing and distributing unauthorised or prescription-only veterinary medicines.

A DEFRA investigation revealed the illegal trade in veterinary medicines including anti-inflammatories, anabolic steroids, tranquillisers, antibiotics, sedatives, painkillers and other miscellaneous products administered to horses, household pets and farm animals.

They came from married couple Ronald Meddes, 72, and Regine Lansley, 61, - nicknamed 'Ronnie and Reggie', the bosses of France-based 'Eurovet'.

The court heard Lock's 18-horse school received deliveries of up to half a ton of medication.

Lock was accused of buying £155,000 of veterinary medicines between January 2004 and September 2008 and Jones £61,000 worth from January 2004.

The sentencing was adjourned after Lansley's QC told the court during an earlier hearing a Welsh vet was "offering a breath of fresh air" on the issue of unauthorised veterinary medicines.

The defence team produced a report compiled by the vet, which they claim shows the unauthorised medicines cause no harm to animals.

DEFRA were granted time to study and respond to the report.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Predator Strikes In The City

Police have released this E-fit of a man who launched an unprovoked attack on a lone woman walking through the Square Mile – described by the investigating detective as “disturbing.”

The 35 year-old was in Duke’s Place, Aldgate at 9:45pm on May 2 when she was suddenly attacked from behind by the mystery assailant.

The woman, who had been visiting a friend and her new-born baby in hospital said: “It was so frightening and it all happened so fast.

“The man had a lot of room to walk around me, I noticed a shadow behind me. Suddenly I felt a hard sharp pain in my back, and then the man just walked off.”

City of London Police are keen to identify the man featured in the e-fit, and are also asking for anyone who was in the area at the time and may be able to help to contact them.

Detective Inspector Edelle Michaels said: “This was an unprovoked and disturbing attack. There would appear to be no motive and we do not know whether this man will strike again.

“What we do know is that we need to catch him. Moments after the attack a female member of the public walked past and then two men shortly afterwards.

“I would urge these potential witnesses to come forward as they may hold a vital clue to solving this crime.”

The officer also looked to reassure the public that crimes of this type of very rare in the City: “I would reassure the public that we are doing everything we can to identify the suspect and extra patrols are being conducted.”

Anyone with information should contact Detective Constable Lee Drury at Bishopsgate Police Station on 0207 601 2662 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Nightclub Shooting: Police Hunt Gunman

Operation Trident officers – who investigate violent black-on-black crime – are appealing for witnesses after a man was shot outside an East London nightclub in the early hours.

The 26 year-old was blasted in the leg outside ‘Envy’ (pictured) in Exchange Street, Romford at 3:15am on May 13 and remains in hospital in a stable condition.

He had been approached by a man walking from a nearby car park who shot him with a handgun.

The suspect was wearing a white or light grey hooded top with a small black motif on the left breast and wore black trousers and black shoes.

Detective Inspector Scott Cowan from Trident, said: “We are appealing for any witnesses who saw anyone hanging around the area or acting suspiciously before or after the shooting.”

Officers are keeping an open mind regarding motive at this stage.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call police on 020 7230 9831 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Two teenagers were arrested at addresses in Dagenham on Monday, May 16 and taken to east London police stations.

They were subsequently bailed to return pending further enquiries.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Olympic Shooting Starts A Year Early

Police are appealing for witnesses to yet another black-on-black East London shooting – this time a mile from the 2012 Olympic stadium.

The risks of building the stadium in the middle of a crime blackspot were highlighted yet again when a teenager was blasted at midnight.

The 18 year-old was walking home with a pal in Abbey Road, Stratford (pictured) when he saw an armed man in a car park who shot him in the right arm.

He was rushed to Newham General Hospital and transferred to another East London hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Operation Trident North shootings team - which specialises in investigating violent black-on-black crime - on 020 8217 7377 or Crimestopppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Escape-Bid Burglar Binned For Ten Years

A late-night home-invasion burglar – who tried to escape justice by dramatically fleeing a North London courthouse – has been locked-up for ten years.

Homeless Luke Nseki, 27, who was involved in a terrifying raid on a middle-aged mum, her two sons and a lodger, fled on foot from Wood Green Crown Court (pictured).

He was being sentenced on May 5 for burgling the house in Hertford Road, Enfield on November 10, last year snatching cash, laptops, watches and mobile phones.

At noon he vaulted the court dock and was pursued by security staff and a police officer, who happened to be outside waiting for another case.

Police Constable Trevor Wright, of Barnet police, saw Nseki crash though the front doors of the court, and after a lengthy foot chase managed caught the defendant in Vincent Road.

He was returned to the court and sentenced for the burglary on the 52 year-old woman and her sons aged 23 and 26, who were forced to lie down and threatened with violence.

Their 26 year-old lodger managed to escape through his bedroom window and called police.

The victims were asleep when a brick wrapped in a towel was used to smash rear patio windows at 2:30am.

The mum had a towel placed over her head and her 23 year-old son’s hands were taped behind him and he was threatened with being shot and having his fingers cut off if he did not hand over cash.

He was then stabbed in the arm with a hand-held garden fork.

When police arrived they caught Nseki in nearby Broadlands Avenue with some of the stolen items found in nearby gardens.

PC Wright, a response team officer based at Colindale police station said: “I saw this man was making an attempt to escape from justice.

“I gave chase and was able to detain him. I am just glad that my action has helped ensure that justice could be served.”

Detective Constable Colin James, the investigating officer from Enfield police, said: “This was a serious offence with a family subjected to a terrifying ordeal. I’m glad this has been reflected in the ten-year jail term given to Nseki.”

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Southall Stabbing: Local Man Charged With Murder

A man has appeared in court charged with murder after a fatal dawn stabbing in West London last weekend.

Saqib Asif Khan, 30, of Beech House, Derley Road, Southall appeared at Feltham Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged with the murdering the unnamed 24 year-old male victim.

A post-mortem at Uxbridge mortuary confirmed the deceased suffered a single fatal stab wound to the chest at 6am on May 14 in Spikes Bridge Road, Southall (pictured).

A 21 year-old woman was also arrested, but released by police with no further action.

An incident room was opened under Detective Inspector Richard Ambrose of the Metropolitan Police's Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC).

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 0208 358 0400 or anonymously on Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Bad Santa Gets Three Years For Pointing Gun At Teen Girl

A Father Christmas look-a-like who pointed a gun in the face of a taunting 15 year-old girl outside his suburban home - and pulled the trigger - after she shouted: "What's up Santa Claus" was jailed for three years today.

Hugh Vipond, 60, of Crichton Road, Carshalton - the long-standing chairman of Carshalton Fields Residents Association - was woken by four noisy girls and put on his dressing gown and armed himself with an unloaded German-made 5.5 calibre cartridge-loading air-gun.

"Four giggling teenage girls were was passing your house making a noise and that behaviour irritated you to the point of rage," Croydon Crown Court Judge Simon Pratt told tearful Vipond.

"You took your father-in-law's old gas powered cartridge revolver and went out to confront those girls, one of whom made the mistake of making fun of you. She called you Father Christmas.

"You pulled the gun out of the pocket of your dressing gown, held it to her face within a foot and said: 'Look what I can do,' and pulled the trigger.

"That terrified the life out of her as well as having a serious psychological effect on her."

First-time offender Vipond,(pictured) who needs two walking sticks due to severe arthritis, was recovering from a painful hernia procedure that day and had taken a cocktail of painkillers and whiskey to help him sleep.

He was convicted by a jury of possessing a firearm, with intent to cause fear of violence, on December 4, 2009 and avoided the usual five-year minimum due to 'exceptional circumstances'.

He maintains his innocence - claiming to have no recollection of the incident outside his CCTV protected house - and told the jury he would never be upset by being called Santa Claus.

"I have been called Santa lots of times. At work I used to dress up and turn the operations room into a grotto," said the former London Underground Inspector. "I got told off for it, but that didn't bother me."

Vipond's lawyer Mr. Anthony Bell told the court: "His home in Carshalton is somewhere he loves more than he can explain. His award-winning garden is a place he has devoted hours to.

"It is a gun that could have been used to fire pellets, but there were no pellets and no gas to fill the cartridge," added the lawyer. "It was used over a short period of time as a threat, rather than anything else.

"This was not pre-meditated, but used on the spur of the moment, there was no prolonged use and it was over in a couple of minutes.

"The gun was kept in a safe and there is no evidence the gun had ever been fired," said Mr. Bell. "There was no ammunition found that could have been fired using that gun.

"The effect of any prison sentence is likely to be far more significant than on a normal able-bodied man of his age.

"He is a popular man that gets involved in the community. He is honest, good company, reliable and hard-working when he is able to."

In his twenties Vipond helped rescue a woman from a burning building and suffered a fractured skull and ribs when assaulted on the Underground.

"It is clear that her life has been difficult since this incident and her school work and grades have dipped alarmingly to the point she has to have a school counsellor," said Judge Pratt.

"There has never been an apology from you and you made her relive the experience in court. You tried to bluster and charm your way out of this case."

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

"Nothing To Do With Me" Claim Equine Bosses Accused Of Illegal Vet Med Scam

A stud farm boss and a riding school owner accused of dealing in illegal veterinary medicines - playing a key role in a £6m scam - have told a jury they had no knowledge of the illicit trade.

Management consultant Richard Jones, 60, of Winchcombe Road, Sedgeberrow, Evesham, Worcestershire - founder and owner of Henry Field Stud, Naunton Beauchamp, Pershore - insisted he never bought veterinary medication.

His co-accused, road haulage boss Peter Lock, 53, of Knaves Hall, Warren Lane, Doddinghurst, Brentwood, Essex - owner of Colmar Farm Riding School, Colmar Farm, Weald Park Way, South Weald, Brentwood, Essex, also claims the purchases had nothing to do with him.

Jones told Croydon Crown Court his partner June Connelly, 68, who has pleaded guilty to similar charges, was responsible for buying the medicines and the welfare of the horses.

"It's her money. It has got nothing to do with me or the Henry Field Stud," said Jones. "We have different accounts and banks.

"June did not tell me about it, it was her business. I had never seen one of these cheques used or raised. I did not know what they were for."

Connelly's name is on all the paperwork regarding the purchase of illegal medication from French-based 'Eurovet', but the prosecution insist Jones must have been aware of the trade.

"She was supplying to friends, I never saw any money changing hands," Jones told the court. "I was never involved. I did not know what June was buying.

"My involvement was not in the horses but to finish the buildings as quickly as possible. I have not had time to be running around worrying about a box of wormers."

However, the DEFRA investigation revealed the veterinary medicines included anti-inflammatories, anabolic steroids, tranquillisers, antibiotics, sedatives, painkillers and other miscellaneous products administered to horses, household pets and farm animals.

"I am amazed at the list. I cannot believe it," claimed Jones. "I believed June just bought wormers, I did not see volumes of medicine everywhere. We are not talking about warehouses and marketing."

The fifty-horse stud is Jones' retirement plan and he insisted his animals and those of his clients were not given illegal medicines.

"You are saying the horses were drugged up to the eyeballs, but they would not have been. To my knowledge we did not do it, I certainly did not."

Lock told the jury he bought the riding school, but was not involved in the day-to-day running of the business since 2002.

He is the named company secretary for the school and his ex-wife Michelle - who was not arrested - is the listed company director.

"I had nothing to do with it at all," insisted Lock. "It is a mystery to me, it has nothing to do with me."

When asked why his name appears on a Eurovet client list along with his phone number, Lock replied: "I can't answer that.

"I never went down the stables a great deal. My wife's words were: 'You run your business and I'll run mine'."

He suggested a mystery man known only as J Hawkins, who rented a stable at the school, may have been responsible for ordering the illicit shipments, but this individual has never been traced by the police or DEFRA.

The fact his mobile number pops up in Eurovet client lists does not mean he was importing medicines, insisted Lock. "My wife could have taken my phone and used it at any time."

The court heard the 18-horse school received deliveries of up to half a ton of medication.

Both defendants have pleaded not guilty to a combined total of 34 charges of illegally importing and distributing unauthorised or prescription-only veterinary medicines.

Lock is accused of buying £155,000 of veterinary medicines between January 2004 and September 2008 and Jones £61,000 worth from January 2004.

Married couple Ronald Meddes, 72, and Regine Lansley, 61, - nicknamed 'Ronnie and Reggie' - were the bosses of France-based 'Eurovet' and sold the medicines - many of which originated in Australia and India - and they will also be sentenced later.

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