Monday, 29 February 2016

Young Woman Molested During Early-Morning Bus Journey

Police are hunting this suspect after a young woman was sexually assaulted while travelling on a bus in south-east London.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police's Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC) are appealing for help in identifying the man.
On Monday, March 23, last year, at about 8.30am, the 21-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a man as she travelled on a route 320 bus along Bromley Road, Bromley.
The suspect is described as a black man, who wore a grey flat cap, black jacket, dark coloured jeans and was carrying a laptop bag.
Officers are releasing these CCTV images of the man they would like to speak to in connection with this incident.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Constable Sue Chalmers of the RTPC on 07826 535 575 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference 175880.

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Late-Night Bus Stop Sex Assault: CCTV Released

Police have released these CCTV images of a suspected bus stop pervert, who groped a woman just after midnight.
Officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Roads and Transport Policing Command are appealing for help in identifying the man.
On Wednesday, October 14, last year at about 00.40am, the 43-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a man as she waited at a bus stop outside Costcutter on Norwood Road, West Norwood, Lambeth, south London.
The suspect is described as a white man, aged between 40 and 45 years old.
He wore a green cap, dark zip-up jacket, jeans and white trainers.
Officers have released a CCTV image from a Route 68 bus, which the victim boarded after the incident.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police Constable Michael Halifax on 07826 536146 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference 192949.

Saturday, 27 February 2016

Hard Rock Cafe Bus Stop Predator Wanted By Police

Police are hunting a bus stop pervert, who held down and tried to kiss a young woman outside a landmark Mayfair nightspot in the early hours.
This image of the suspect has been released by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Roads and Transport Policing Command.
The 20 year-old woman was waiting for a bus outside the Hard Rock Cafe, Old Park Lane at 5.30am on October 12, last year.
Suddenly the man approached and forcibly held her down, while trying to kiss her.
The suspect is described as an Asian man aged between 30 and 35 years-old, with short dark hair and a short beard.
He was wearing a blazer, a white T-shirt, a green cap, dark zip-up jacket, jeans and white trainers.
Officers have released this CCTV image from a Route C2 bus, which the suspect boarded after the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Constable Matt Poore on 020 3054 5401 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference 190444.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Solicitor In Early Morning School-Run Road-Rage With Two Mums

John McLarney
A road-rage solicitor angered by having to stop for two school-run mums doing a three-point-turn with their three children grabbed and dragged one alongside his car, a court heard today.

John McLarney, 64, a partner with 100 year-old Dodd Lewis Solicitors, gave the mums the finger in response to a two-fingered gesture as the vehicle occupants screamed and shouted at each other.

The three children in the back seat, aged eleven, eight and six years-old, were screaming in terror, Bexley Magistrates Court was told.

McLarney, of The Landway, Kemsing, Sevenoaks has pleaded not guilty to assaulting Lyndsey Gunning near St. Olave's Preparatory School in Southwood Road, Eltham on March 13, last year.

He also denies driving his blue Vauxhall Astra without due care and attention and failing to stop after an accident.

McLarney, who works in Blackheath, was forced to stop during his 8.40am journey when a vehicle, driven by Mrs Gunning's sister Jane Green, blocked the road.

Black cab driver Mrs Gunning was a front seat passenger and told the court: "This car came from nowhere, racing up the road. 

"It was so quick we could not get out of the way. I thought it was going to hit us.

"It came to a stop within a feet of our vehicle. Everyone was gasping, we all thought: 'This is going to be a crash.'

Jane Green & Lyndsey Gunning
"Everything got a bit heated. My sister was motioning to him and he was quite aggressive.

"There were some choice words and some finger gestures as well.

"I remember the gentleman putting one finger up and I think it was a response to my sister putting two fingers up.

"My children were going crazy in the back, they thought the car was going to hit us. They were screaming.

"I got out of the car and did swear: 'What the f*** do you think you're doing?'

"There is a school within fifty yards and a lollipop lady.

"He was very angry, very angry towards me.

"He got hold of my fleece and his wheels started screeching, it was so loud and he was staring at me.

"I was thinking: 'What's going to happen?' and he just put his foot down.

"I said to him: 'What are you doing?' and tried to run to keep up with the car.

"He let go of me and sped off up the road. I was in a lot of shock.

"I went to the doctor and had a mild whiplash injury. I was aching because of the position my body was put into.

"The back of my neck and top of my shoulders were aching."

She admitted starting the row by saying: "I'm not having this," but added: "I'm a five-foot nothing woman and my seven year-old still asks me about it."

Her sister Jane, who was driving her eight year-old son along with Lyndsey's kids, told the court: "He had his window wound down and said I was a 'f***ing idiot.'

"He used the word: 'c***' to me and stuck his middle-finger up."

Jane admitted swearing at McLarney and watched as her sister approached his open window.

"I thought he was going to hit her. He sort of lunged forward and I realised he grabbed her coat up high.

"I just heard the screech of the wheels and she was dragged along and was running alongside the car.

"There was a noise and it just sped. She was trying to keep up with the vehicle so she didn't fall over."

She estimated her sister was dragged two car lengths.

McLarney denies speeding as he approached the women's car and speeding away with his wheels screeching.

Trial continues………….

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Evangelical Pastor Spanked Female Followers Bottoms To Instill "Spiritual Discipline"

A "charismatic and dynamic" evangelical pastor administered "spiritual discipline" by spanking female members of his congregation's bare bottoms with his hand, a jury have been told.

The spankings, which were also dished-out to children, were to satisfy 73 year-old self-styled Reverend Howard Curtis's "desire for power and sexual satisfaction," Croydon Crown Court heard.

The father-of-three, of Bloxworth Close, Wallington ran the Coulsdon Christian Fellowship (CCF) as a cult, said prosecutor Mr. Toby Fitzgerald. 

He ordered one woman to strip naked before putting her over his knee to slap, continuing the beating when she collapsed to the floor - with one of the dozen or so sessions in front of her husband.

Curtis has pleaded not guilty to two sample counts of sexually assaulting her between January 1, 2009 and July 15, 2013 and one count of assault by digital penetration.

He introduced the student nurse to his version of "Christian domestic discipline" - following Bible teachings  of keeping women in their place.

"She trusted him completely as a man of God," said Mr. Fitzgerald, explaining the first disciplining - for untidiness - occurred in the defendant's office at the church.

"She pulled down her trousers and underwear and lay across his lap. He hit her hard about twelve times until she ended up on the floor.

"She'd become, in effect, a rag doll in the defendant's hands."

Subsequent discipline sessions were for "lacking femininity" and having a "frigid spirit," the jury were told.

"The defendant told her to strip completely naked and she lay across his lap and he slapped her. 

"He also smacked her not  only on her bottom, but between her legs for not recognising her femininity."

Curtis also took naked pictures of her on his mobile phone and fondled her between her legs, once inserting a finger, the jury were told.

When arrested he did not deny the spankings, insisting they were consensual.

Another woman was told it was "God's will" she be punished and she agreed to his form of discipline, which took place in another follower's house, next-door to the Chipstead Valley Road church.

"She leaned over a bannister in the hallway and took her trousers and knickers down so he could spank her bare bottom.

"She was told it was important not to tell him when to stop, he would decide when it was time to stop and he continued to beat her forcefully.

"There were twenty to thirty strikes with his bare hand and she felt it was going on forever and was crying. She was black and blue and told all these actions were in God's name."

Curtis has pleaded not guilty to two counts of sexual assault against the woman between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2009.

He also denies one count of child cruelty between March 1, 2007 and February 28, 2008 in relation to the woman's nine year-old daughter.

She was put over his knee and beaten "very hard" until she started crying, explained Mr. Fitzgerald.

A third woman, a 51 year-old mum-of-three, received so-called "healing sessions" from Curtis, who claimed her could help her come to terms with historic sexual abuse.

"She feels she was almost put into a hypnotic trance by the defendant, who quite deliberately preyed on the fact she had been abused to get her to relive it while he performed the acts her abuser did.

"Her reactions was often to scream and try to fight him off, but the defendant said this told him she needed more healing, allowing him to commit more abuse.

"The sessions were so physical and violent her clothes would be ripped and the defendant was so hot and sweaty he'd remove the top half of his clothing."

She was even attacked by Curtis with the help of other worshippers in the family room of a hospital her daughter was being treated at for a life-threatening illness.

"The defendant pinned her down to the bed and got on top of her while holding the Bible.

"Others had gone up there, supposedly to pray, and they assisted in pinning her down.

"The angrier she got the more the defendant said it was the evil spirit coming out."

Curtis denies two counts of indecently assaulting her between August 1, 1991 and April 1, 1996.

He also denies two counts of child cruelty between January 29, 2004 and January 28, 2006 in relation to a young boy, aged approximately eight years-old he spanked "very hard" up to five times.

Curtis has also pleaded not guilty to causing actual bodily harm to a thirteen year-old girl he spanked a dozen times with a slipper for disobedience until she was "black and blue" some time between January 4, 1969 and January 3, 1971.

He denies another child cruelty charge relating to a worshipper's baby, whose bottom he is accused of pinching, some time between January 1, 1986 and January 3, 1989.

Curtis was ordained in 1988 under the umbrella of the Elim Pentecostal church.

"He presented himself as an inspirational man of God," said Mr. Fitzgerald. "The Crown say the church was run for this defendant and he cloaked himself in the trappings of a religious leader.

"In reality he was nothing of the sort. He deceived his congregation, including children.

"He said he was going to cast out evil spirits from people and that discipline had to be administered by striking bare flesh with the bare hand."

The trial is expected to last four weeks. 

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Care Agency Couple Convicted Of Running Multi-Million Pound Firm That "Exploited" Illegal Workers

A couple who ran a multi-million pound care agency, which employed "exploited" illegal workers who flouted and overstayed their visas, were convicted of breaching immigration law yesterday.

The Mauritian-born husband and wife team had a lucrative contract with Sutton Council that alone was worth £500,000 to their illegal operation and in just three years their bank account was swelled by payments totalling £2.5m.

Police chief's daughter Saraspedy Caussyram, 54, and her husband, nurse Mahendrasing Caussyram, 51, of Burdon Lane, Sutton were the bosses of CareFirst 24 Limited, which provided round the clock healthcare to the sick, disabled and elderly.

Prosecutor Mr. Andrew Evans told the Croydon Crown Court jury: "Their company employed overseas workers as self-employed contractors who worked as nurses and carers in order to service the company's lucrative private and public sector contracts.

"A significant number of these workers were working illegally beyond the terms and conditions of the visas that permitted them entry to the UK.

"The Caussyram's were responsible for ensuring those working under their remit were doing so legally. Instead they facilitated illegal working practises by continuing to allow them to work once their visas had expired"

Mrs Caussyram, a former midwife oversaw domestic care and Mr. Caussyram the nursing side of the business.

They were arrested after a Home Office investigation, which discovered the London Borough of Sutton paid their company half a million pounds for care provision between June 1, 2007 and January 13, 2013.  

The company's annual profits were between £123,585 and £393,793 and was run day-to-day with the assistance of Mauritian and Filipino managers.

"The rates of pay were not very good nor were the hours in particular instances. Some workers were live-in carers working twenty-four hours per day seven days a week," added Mr. Evans.

"There was a significant mark up in the rates charged to public sector clients when compared to the rates paid to carers"

Mr. Caussyram was described as "forceful" when insisting to his managers the work was lawful.

The investigation found 54 carers - mostly Filipino's - under CareFirst 24 were overseas nationals subject to visas and were working illegally either overstaying or not permitted to work a self-employed.

None of them paid tax or National Insurance contributions.

"The fact that tax was not paid on earnings was something foreseeable by the defendants as a consequence of the arrangements they put in place for their illegal workers," added Mr. Evans.  

CareFirst 24 provided services for Woking and Walton hospitals in Surrey, Surrey Primary Care Trust and Surrey County Council as well as Merton and Sutton councils.

"If local authorities had known that CareFirst 24 was providing services via carers not working lawfully in the UK…..those services would have been terminated and no further payment made."

The company was registered with regulator The Care Quality Commission, but the organisation was not told workers were all self-employed.

After their arrests the couple told investigators it was up to the company's management team to check the immigration status of the workers.

"There is clear compelling evidence that CareFirst 24 was engaging migrant workers on a self-employed basis in breach of their visas and or after their visas had expired.

"Equally clear is that the directors of CareFirst 24 undertook an active role in the recruitment of such workers and in controlling the company's position as regards the legality of their working on its behalf.

"CareFirst 24 provided Mr. and Mrs Caussyram with a significant income and it may be that for the exploitation of these overseas workers, who often worked long hours and were paid considerably less than the rates at which the services were charged, their income would not have been so great."

The couple were both convicted unanimously by the jury of facilitating breaches of immigration law between January 1, 2011 and January 6, 2013 by engaging visa overstayers to work in the UK.

Mr. Caussyram alone was convicted of breaching immigration law between the same dates by engaging self-employed workers contrary to their visa restrictions.

Their accountant, Omid Nabbey, 37, of Hartley Down, Purley - boss of Apple Payroll Solutions - who the prosecution claimed assisted the couple laundering their profits - was acquitted halfway through the trial. 

The couple were bailed until April 8 for sentencing and Judge Peter Gower QC told them: "I want to make absolutely clear I have not determined the type of sentence I have to impose.

"It may be immediate custody for one or both of you or it may not."

There is no suggestion of sub-standard care provided by their staff.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Business Manager Of Catholic Education Trust Admits Defrauding Charity Of £245K

The business manager of a catholic educational trust, which runs four private schools, admitted defrauding the organisation out of £245,000 when she appeared in court for the first time last Friday.

Melanie Goodwin, 57, of Bath Street, Abingdon, Oxfordshire appeared on bail at Croydon Magistrates Court.

She pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud by abuse of position against PACT (Parents, Children & Teachers) on various dates between February 1, 2010 and August 29, 2014.

The sums in the individual charges are £28,632.21; £61,948.63; £66,843.38; £51,024.92 and £37,274.13.

Goodwin still maintains £20,000 of the total was made up of legitimate travel expenses.

PACT runs Oakwood School, Purley; Oliver House Preparatory School, Clapham and Croydon's Cedars Secondary School and Laurels Secondary School.

Her lawyer, Mr. Jake Taylor, told the court she has been paying back the money.

Goodwin's fraud was discovered after she left the charity and financial reports for 2013/14 were being prepared. 

Goodwin was committed on bail for sentencing at Croydon Crown Court on a date to be fixed.

District Judge Andrew Sweet ordered a probation report and announced: "My sentencing powers are not sufficient for the amounts involved here."

Monday, 22 February 2016

Ex-Scout Leader Accused Of Sexually Abusing Four Boys In The 1970's

A former scout leader, accused of molesting four boys aged between ten and twelve years-old four decades ago, has appeared in court for the first time.

Terry Figg, 67, of Cook Road, Chells, Stevenage, Hertfordshire faces sixteen separate charges of indecent assault.

The offences are said to have occurred in Orpington, south-east London between October 18, 1971 and December 2, 1980.

Bromley Magistrates Court declined jurisdiction and Figg was bailed to appear at Croydon Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on March 3.

He was released on condition he has no unsupervised contact with a child under the age of sixteen years-old.

If convicted he faces a maximum of ten years imprisonment.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Legendary 60's Fashion Photographer Sentenced For Groping Women

A sixties photographer who carried around his portfolio of work - which included an iconic picture of the model Twiggy - to help him sexually assault women, has been placed on probation.

Legendary fashion and style photographer Barry Lategan, 81, approached his victims mainly on buses, engaged them in conversation about his pictures of the rich and famous and groped them.

He was placed on a two-year supervision order when he was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court.

He claimed to miss "skin on skin" contact and touched them both over and under their clothing, rubbing their breasts. legs, thighs, backs, arms and hair.

He had been ruled unfit to enter a plea to eight counts of sexual assault allegedly committed between February 1, 2013 and June 18, this year.

The jury heard Lategan, of Grosvenor Park, Camberwell has "evolving dementia" and they had to decide if the offences occurred.

Two of his photographic portraits of Twiggy hang in the Victoria & Albert Museum and he has photographed among others HRH Princess Anne, Paul and Linda McCartney, Iman, Germaine Greer, Margaret Thatcher and Salman Rushdie.

Prosecutor Miss Teresa Hay told the jury four of the eight women reported Lategan, whose c.v. includes front pages of fashion magazines Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, after reading press reports of sexual allegations against him.

The first woman was walking to Virgin Active, Fulham Road when she smiled at fellow gym member Lategan. "He grabbed both her arms and gave her a firm kiss on both cheeks."

The second woman, 44, was on a 211 bus in Fulham when Lategan began showing-off his portfolio. "He was touching and stroking her forearm and said: 'It's so lovely to be able to touch someone.

"He asked if he could hug her, but she felt the embrace was too firm and lasted too long and he swiped his hand over her breasts," explained Miss Hay.

Referring to his erect penis Lategan told her: "Look what you've done to me."

The third woman, an artist, was persuaded by Lategan to leave Cafe Nero and go to her flat in Redcliffe Square, West Brompton to take photos for a project.

"He asked her to recline on her sofa and pose and open her legs wider. He sat newt to her and started rubbing her thigh and put his hand on her breasts over her clothing."

The fourth woman was approached on a 211 bus. "He put his hand inside the arm of her coat. He said: 'I do miss skin on skin.'

"He put his hand on her leg under her trousers and also stroked her hair and head."

He gave most of the women his business card, which allowed police to easily trace him, and the fifth woman was also approached on 211 bus and shown his portfolio of work.

"He touched the hem of her dress and moved his hand up her leg to her thigh."

The sixth woman was an a route 68 bus. "He showed her pictures of Twiggy and other photos from his portfolio and ran his hand down her hair.

"He followed her off the bus and put his hand up her back under her clothing and said: 'I'm sorry, my wife died. Can I have a hug?'

"The seventh woman, a former art student he gave an autographed picture of Twiggy to, was on a 211 bus in the evening. 

"He put his hand up the back of her top and stroked her skin," explained Miss Hay. "He asked her if he could kiss her."

The final woman was on a bus travelling towards Camberwell. "He told her about his now legendary portraits of Twiggy and she used her phone to look him up on the internet.

"Mr. Lategan touched her thighs over her jeans and said: 'At the gym they're into tits, but I'm into legs.'

"He slid his hand between her legs, up her thighs and towards her groin."

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Civil Servant's £280K Housing Benefit Swindle

A housing benefit officer with the London Borough of Ealing, who reopened thirty-four dormant claims and paid £280,000 of taxpayers money into his own bank accounts, has received an absolute discharge.

Even after civil servant Mark Hypolite, 36, who has mental health issues, was caught and banned from his office he sneaked back in and logged-on to a council computer and continued the fraud.

Hypolite, of 1 Phipps House, Shepherd's Bush will not have to pay any compensation even though over £180,000 is still missing.

An Isleworth Crown Court jury found proved nine sample counts of dishonestly making false representations between April 12, 2010 and November 16, 2011.

Hypolite changed his name by deed poll to open bank accounts under different identities and immediately withdrew the payments in cash.

The council have recovered £97,000, but do not know what has happened to the remainder or what Hypolite spent the money on.

The defendant was employed at Perceval House, Uxbridge Road from 2007 and was identified by colleagues who suspected suspicious activity, resulting in him becoming the target of an investigation by the audit department.

The thirty-four claims were reopened without the original claimants' knowledge and paid into three different bank accounts, one of which was in the name of Hypolite's mother's second husband.

Prosecutor Mr. Mark Tomassi told the jury: "He was employed by the council and was not entitled to the monies paid out. It was pure fraud from first to last.

"The frauds committed by Mr. Hypolite are complicated, sophisticated, persistent and consistent and a very large sum of money has been wrongly diverted.

"This all points to a sophisticated, calculated successful fraud.

"He was suspended and told not to enter the premises and knew he was not welcome within the council offices, but was seen there again a few days later."

Friday, 19 February 2016

NOT GUILTY: Serving Soldier Cleared Of 'Kidnap' That Never Was

100% Not Guilty: Tobias
A soldier accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend when she dumped him for a new man during his tour of duty to the Middle East has been cleared.

Alvon Montgomery Tobias, 32, a Royal Engineer, based at Carver Barracks, Wimbish, Essex always maintained he simply gave her a lift to work.

However, single-mum Monika Mikalak told the Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court jury he dragged her to his Mini Clubman car, pinned her to the passenger seat and refused to let her out.

Tobias, from Ealing, was found not guilty to kidnapping her in Valley Mews, Twickenham on April 7, last year.

She denied inventing the kidnap story out of "anger" towards Tobias for revealing himself to her new boyfriend.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Four Months In Shade For Luxury Sunglasses Thief

A persistent thief - with an eye for expensive designer sunglasses - has received four months for stealing 38 pairs of Bvlgari's, worth £11,130, in ten raids on the same Kensington store during a year-long shoplifting spree.

Christopher Blackwood, 28, targeted Sunglasses Hut on Kensington High Street, but also pinched 6 pairs of Prada's, worth £1500, and 7 pairs of Emporio Armani, worth £1,000 from neighbouring David Clulow opticians.

He previously pleaded guilty at Hammersmith Magistrates Court to twelve counts of theft and was remanded in custody for sentencing at Isleworth Crown Court last Tuesday.

The court heard drug-addict Blackwood, currently serving 16 months imprisonment for stealing a mobile phone, committed the thefts between May 16, 2014 and May 15, last year.

All but two of the thefts were caught on CCTV, but Blackwood escaped with the sunglasses every time and none of the pairs were ever recovered.

Deputy District Judge Kevin Gladwell told him: "These were high-value items stolen over a long period of time. You targeted one particular store in question."

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Online Perv Admits Sordid Skype Sessions With 13 Year-Old Girl

A young Wiltshire father-to-be, who engaged in online sex acts via Skype with a 13 year-old girl, admitted the offences yesterday.

Grant Boyd, 21, of Kingsbury Square, Melksham played with himself and forced the under-age Scottish teenager to reveal her breasts during face-to-face internet communication.

He also sent offensive, obscene, indecent or menacing texts to a 14 year-old girl.

Boyd, whose girlfriend is due to give birth in one month's time, called the 13 year-old girl a “bitch” when she did not comply to all his sexual demands.

He pleaded guilty at west London's Isleworth Crown Court to engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child; causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and sexual grooming between October 1, 2014 and January 1, last year.

He had already pleaded guilty at Hammersmith Magistrates Court to three counts of causing to be sent by public communication a grossly offensive message on April 22; 23 and 24, last year.

Boyd will return for sentencing on March 21.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Soldier Denies Kidnapping Ex Who Finished With Him

A soldier kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and threatened to kill her and himself when she dumped him for a new man during his tour of duty to the Middle East, a court heard on Monday.

Alvon Montgomery Tobias, 32, a Royal Engineer, based at Carver Barracks, Wimbish, Essex was hiding in bushes when the single-mum left her Twickenham flat.

She told the Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court jury he dragged her to his Mini Clubman car, pinned her to the passenger seat and refused to let her out.

Tobias, from Ealing, has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping Monika Mikalak in Valley Mews on April 7, last year.

"There were some text messages from him that day. He said he wanted to talk to me, but I realised he was not the right person."

"I was leaving for work at 9.15pm to get the bus to West Middlesex Hospital and when I opened my front door I realised he was hiding by the bushes.

"I told him I had to go to work and I did not want to see him or have anything to do with him.

"He dragged me to his car, he was holding my arms, and said he wanted me to be a part of his life and stuff like that.

"I was shouting and screaming at him to let me go.

"He forced me to get into the car and pushed me into the passenger side and sat on me so I could not move. 

"Then closed the door and moved to the driver's seat and started driving like crazy.

"He said he would kill me and kill himself. I was scared.

"When he stopped at the traffic lights I tried to get out, but he shut the door on my leg, causing bruising."

After driving around west London for forty minutes six-foot three Tobias dropped her off at work.

The couple met on website Badoo and exchanged intimate naked images of themselves before meeting-up.

She agreed they had a "passionate and intense" sexual relationship and they had kissed the day before the incident, despite her having a new man. 

They had known each other for nearly a year when Ms Mikalak told Tobias she'd met someone else while he was serving in Jordan for five weeks.

Her new boyfriend phoned her while she was in the car prompting the defendant to snatch her mobile and shout: "She's with me!"

She denied inventing the kidnap story out of "anger" towards Tobias for revealing himself to her new boyfriend.

Prosecutor Mr. David Brock told the jury Tobias was questioned by police on May 11.

"He accepted the relationship had broken down and that he did meet her that day, but said she got into the car without force and he dropped her off at work."

Trial continues………………… 

Monday, 15 February 2016

Wealthy Investor's Online War With Luxury Property Developer Love-Rival

'You've Been Smudged': Thomas Badian
A wealthy investor's "bruised ego" prompted him to wage an online war with a high society property developer after discovering his fashion designer girlfriend was seeing his older rival behind his back.

Thomas Badian, 46, the Austrian-born director of Fitzrovia's Cadence Capital Ltd, who lives in a £3.2m St. John's Wood house in Marlborough Hill, pleaded guilty to two counts of harassment by sending repeated electronic messages between August 30 and November 11, last year.

The Facebook, instagram, email and telephone campaign began after Badian discovered couture designer Michaela Frankova, a London College of Fashion graduate, was enjoying dinner dates with the other man. 

The target of Badian's anger was 62 year-old Andrew de Candole - founder of de Candole Residential - and his girlfriend, Nateploy Thamsaroch.

The luxury property developer has worked in central London for thirty years - has a ten year-old son with Lady Lara Compton, 47, daughter of Marquess of Northampton - and has completed projects in New York, Dubai and Spain.

At Hammersmith Magistrates Court last Friday Badian was sentenced to a twelve-month community order, which includes 100 hours community service work, plus £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

He was also made subject to an indefinite restraining order prohibiting any contact with the two victims.

"Andrew de Candole met Michaela five or six times for dinner and his girlfriend Ms Thamsaroch believed they were just friends with nothing romantic going on," explained prosecutor Mr. Robert Simpson. 

However, both Mr. de Candole and Ms Thamsaroch became increasingly disturbed by Badian's Facebook and instagram communication with them and in September, last year instructed solicitors to ward off the defendant's behaviour.

Instead of replying to the law firm's business email Badian found the solicitor's personal account and replied to that.

"Ms Thamsaroch believes it was sent to intimidate the lawyer," explained Mr. Simpson. 

Badian & Michaela Frankova
"Ms Thamsaroch then received an email from what appeared to be Mr. de Candole's account, however he did not send the email and was sitting next to her when she received it.

"It contained flight confirmation for Mr. Candole and Ms Frankova."

An investigation of the email account revealed it had been set up by a phone number ending in 36, which matched a number that had sent threatening text messages to Mr. de Candole.

At 5am one morning he received a text which read: "Today is full of surprises."

The couple began receiving emails from an address called 'Project ADC.' "The name of this account scared both of them because it suggested there was some sort of project against them.

"It became clear that Badian had become fixated with Mr. de Candole and Ms Frankova meeting," said Mr. Simpson. 

"Ms Thamsaroch said someone also hacked into her Uber account and a fake Facebook account in Mr. de Candole's name was set-up with 169 of his friends invited.

"He believes this was set-up by the defendant."

Badian's lawyer Mr. Guy Ladenburg told the court: "It's very unpleasant behaviour and he is deeply remorseful. 

"He discovered Michaela was seeing an older gentleman and thought she was seeing him behind his back.

"He was very unhappy and distressed by this and wanted to demonstrate to Ms Thamsaroch: 'Your boyfriend and my girlfriend went to Paris on such a date.'

"He says he wanted to put salt into Mr. de Candole's tea and it is obvious from the facts they were seeing each other on half a dozen occasions.

"However, he accepts it was very hurtful, insulting and puerile behaviour.

Andrew de Candole
"There were no direct threats against their safety. He just wanted to put Mr. de Candole on notice that he knew what was going on."

Badian accepts sending approximately ten emails to Ms Thamsaroch, plus sending up to five texts and making five prank phone calls to Mr. de Candole, who he also sent instagram messages.

"It was all mischievous behaviour and not intended to cause harm and he is thoroughly ashamed by the way he allowed himself to behave."

Badian split with his wife in 2005 and has sole custody of their daughters, aged 13 and 17 years-old.

He was arrested by police at the family home and the younger girl was hospitalised with anxiety. "Mr. Badian owes them both an apology," said Mr. Ladenburg.

"His is of good character, has lived in London for ten years and is a pillar of the community known for his philanthropic giving.

"His feelings of jealousy and his bruised ego that Ms Frankova was seeing a man behind his back caused him to behave the way he did."

When questioned by police Badian said: "I feel terrible despite my view of the man's activities."

Magistrate Mr. Robert Westlake told Badian: "This was a very unpleasant incident causing a great deal of hurt and concern to the victims. There were many messages over a period of time."

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Bald Bus Pervert Hunted: Do You Know Him?

Police investigating a midnight sex attack on a young female bus passenger in east London have released this CCTV image of their suspect.
The Metropolitan Police Service's Roads and Transport Policing Command are appealing for help in identifying the man.
On Saturday, August 1 last year, at about half-past-midnight, the 20-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a man as she travelled on a route 257 bus travelling along The Grove, Stratford.
The suspect is described as a bald white man aged about 50-years-old.
He wore a blue zip-up jacket with a white t-shirt underneath.
Officers are releasing a CCTV image from the bus and are asking anyone with any information to contact Police Constable Andrew Morland on 07775 030912.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference 187644.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Brixton Rape: Images Of Two Suspects Released

Police are still hunting suspected rapists who attacked a young woman in south London fifteen months ago.
Detectives investigating the allegation of rape in 2014 have released images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.
During the early hours of Saturday November 1, a 22-year-old woman left a nightclub in the Brixton area.
She was alone at the time and got into a silver Audi which stopped on Brixton Road to give her a lift.
She was then driven to an unknown address where she was raped.
A 37-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident in 2014, however no further action has been taken against him at this stage.
Detective Constable Rob Way of the Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command said: "If anyone recognises the two men pictured, or was in Brixton on the night in question and remembers seeing a white female being picked up in the early hours in a silver Audi, then please call 020 8721 4106 with any information."

To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Bus Passenger Punched Two Drivers During Search For Lost Phone

An early-morning bus passenger, who believed he lost his phone on a double-decker, punched two drivers when his search became violent.
Police investigating the assaults at north-west London's Willesden Bus Garage have released this CCTV image of the suspect.
He approached the first victim, a male bus driver, at 6.15am on August 14, last year.
During a heated discussion about his lost phone the suspect became aggressive and punched the driver.
A female bus driver intervened and was also punched.
The suspect is described as a black man approximately 30 years old, 6ft 2ins of slim build, with short black hair with a trimmed beard.
Anyone who recognises this man is asked to contact Detective Constable Caroline Else, who is leading the investigation on 07825 256524.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting ref: 189157.