Monday, 30 April 2018

Teen Sexually Assaulted After Late-Night Pick-Up: CCTV Released

Police hunting a sexual predator, who picked-up a teenager and took her back to his flat have released this CCTV image.
The eighteen year-old young woman was outside her hostel in Willesden, north-west London on April 12 when she was approached by the suspect.
She agreed to join him at his flat and says she was seriously sexually assaulted at around midnight.
The teenager says she was able to escape and alert a friend, who called the police.
Anyone who recognises the male is asked to call police on 101, or contact Police Constable Nicola Devlin, of the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command, on 07769280577.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Knifeman's Fisherman's Excuse Fails To Get Him Off Hook

A knifeman's poor driving and lack of fishing equipment has seen him locked-up pending sentence for having the weapon and drugs in his car.
Daren Weekes, 33, of Upper Clapton Road, Clapton was stopped by undercover police patrolling his neighbourhood in unmarked cars.
He pleaded guilty at Thames Magistrates Court to possessing an offensive weapon and cannabis and was remanded in custody for sentencing at Wood Green Crown Court on May 11.
His excuse for having the knife for fishing fell apart when no rods, nets or equipment were found in his car.
On April 11 officers spotted Weekes' dark coloured Audi driving carelessly at 9.40pm at the junction of the A10 with Clapton Common.
Police followed the vehicle, which proceeded onto Geldeston Road and came to a halt.
The officers spoke with Weekes, who was driving the vehicle.
He admitted he had cannabis.
A search was conducted under the Misuse of Drugs Act and he then admitted to being in possession of a knife.
During the search, the cannabis and lock knife were recovered from his trouser pocket.
Weekes also had a 'man bag' containing further cannabis.
When questioned about the weapon, Weekes claimed it was a fishing knife.
He was challenged about the whereabouts of his fishing equipment and claimed he didn't have it with him.
He was arrested and taken to an east London police station.
The court heard that the defendant had a previous conviction for possession of an offensive weapon.
On July 24, 2016 he was found in possession of a machete.
He was sentenced to six months at Wood Green Crown Court on October 10, 2016.
Detective Inspector Paul Ridley, the borough knife crime lead from Hackney CID, said:"This case clearly demonstrates the importance of using a range of tactics to tackle knife crime.
The covert officers decisively acted when they observed the vehicle which has led to another knife being taken off the streets.
"The excuse Weekes used for being in possession of the weapon was pure fiction.
“The magistrate has clearly recognised the seriousness of this offence and immediately directed the case to be heard at the Crown Court, refusing bail.
"Hackney officers and the Metropolitan as a whole will continue using these positive tactics whilst people believe they can blatantly carry knives without consequences.
“We have recently sadly witnessed the horrific effects of these weapons.
"If you are aware of any knife carriers then report to police or anonymously via Crimestoppers - you will almost certainly save a life."

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Drug Dealer Caught By Gang Police

Gangbusting cops pounced on a drug dealer being driven around north-west London, who is now starting a three-year prison sentence.
Brent Gangs Unit pulled over a blue Audi containing Romarne Young, 24, of Stafford Road, West Kilburn on August 27, last year.
He was sentenced at Harrow Crown Court for offering to supply crack cocaine and heroin and possession of cocaine.
At approximately 7.40pm, officers patrolling Albert Road, Kilburn spotted the car acting suspiciously.
When officers stopped the vehicle, Young was found inside with two mobile phones in his hands.
The vehicle was searched and cocaine was found under the driver’s seat.
The 24-year-old driver of the vehicle attempted to flee the scene but was detained.

When the driver was searched he was found to have concealed cannabis in his mouth and mobile phone and was later jailed for eight weeks.
Text messages on the mobile phones of both men identified them as supplying drugs.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Jo Trist from the Brent Gangs Unit said: “I am pleased with the sentence given.
Young played a significant role in the supply of drugs across London.
“I hope the sentence handed down will give him adequate time to reflect on his criminal activity.”

Friday, 27 April 2018

Two Thugs Who Inflicted Devastating Skull Injury Jailed

Two thugs, who battered an acquaintance so severely part of his skull had to be removed to alleviate bleeding on the brain, have been locked-up.

Ahmed Amizane, 44, (pic. l.) and Stuart Battams, 46, (pic. r.) left their victim needing 37 staples to hold his skull together, pending further surgery.
They were both convicted at Blackfriars Crown Court of inflicting grievous bodily harm and Amizane received 33 months and Battams 31 months.
The court heard how on October 1, last year they were both with the victim, Dennis Clarke, near Camden High Street.
The three men walked to Carlow Street where Amizane and Battams subjected Mr. Clarke to an apparently unprovoked attack.
A member of the public came to Mr. Clarke’s assistance and stayed with him until officers and London Ambulance Service (LAS) arrived.
The victim was taken to an east London hospital where he underwent major surgery to release the pressure from a bleed on the brain.
A large section of his skull was removed and he required 37 staples to his head.
He now wears a protective helmet pending further surgery later this year to replace the segment of skull.
Detectives identified Amizane from CCTV and arrested him on October 6.
Mr. Clarke Needs More Surgery  
He was found to be in possession of the victim’s mobile phone.

Battman’s was arrested on October 17.
Detective Constable Colin Anderson, from the Metropolitan Police's Central North Command, said: "Both Amizane and Battams gave no consideration to the severity of their actions and the ultimate consequences on both the quality of life for Mr. Clarke, and the impact on those who witnessed it.
"They did now show any remorse for their actions during the trial."
Detective Inspector Thomas Kearney, added: "I am proud of the work by the first responders and detectives from Central North.
“With the support and quick thinking of the public and officers first on scene, Mr. Clarke was able to receive the treatment he so desperately needed.
"There is no doubt that the consequences to Mr. Clarke would have been more severe without this intervention.
"In addition, two more violent people are currently off the streets. I hope this provides confidence to our community that we will pursue and bring offenders to justice for their actions.”

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Brothers Jailed For Teen Stabbing

Ardit & Marcel Sokoli
Two brothers involved in stabbing a 16 year-old just after he got off a bus in south-east London have each been jailed for twelve years.
Ardit Sokoli, 20, and Marcel Sokoli, 18, both of Hither Green, Catford carried out the vicious attack in Lee High Road on September 20, last year.
They were convicted at Woolwich Crown Court of inflicting grievous bodily harm.
They must serve at least two-thirds of the sentences in custody and will be on license for seven years upon release.
The court heard that around 6.00pm a London Ambulance Service crew called police to Cressingham Road, Hither Green, following reports of a stabbing.
Officers attended and discovered the teenager at the scene suffering from a stab wound to the shoulder.
He was conveyed to a south London hospital where he was treated.
His injuries were deemed to be not life-threatening or life-changing.
Officers began an investigation into the incident and established that the victim had exited a route 122 bus in the Lee High Road area.
He was approached by a group of males who attacked him before he was able to flee, eventually ending up in Cressingham Road.
CCTV enquiries identified the brothers as responsible for the attack.
They were arrested at their home address on October 5 and charged the following day.
It is suspected that the victim was known to the attackers but this could not be proven.
Detective Constable James Farrimond, of the Trident and Area Crime Command, led the investigation.
He said: “Now more than ever we need sentences like this to deter youths from carrying knives.
Thankfully this was not a fatal incident, but it is just as needless and alarming.
Now these two brothers will spend some of the best years of their lives in prison when they could have done so many other positive things.
“I would urge any youth concerned in carrying a knife to think whether this is what they want to happen to them.”

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Police Seize Knife After Chase Ends In Back Garden

A teenager was arrested after a foot chase with police, who recovered this fearsome knife in east London.
Neighbourhood officers on patrol in Newham borough approached a suspicious group of males near Church Avenue, Manor Park at 2.55pm on April 7.
As police approached the males ran off.
Following a foot chase, one of the males, aged sixteen years-old, was detained in a rear garden on Church Avenue and a knife was found discarded nearby.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and held in custody at an east London police station.
Inspector Paul Stubbs of Newham Police said: "Thanks for the quick actions of my officers, a potentially lethal weapon has been taken off the streets.
"As the Commissioner has spoken about this week, the Met is committed to tackling violent crime and this is just one example of the type of work officers throughout the Capital carry out on a daily basis."

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Office Stabbing: CCTV Released

Police are hunting this suspect after a young man was stabbed at his Ealing office in an unprovoked attack.

Police were called at 3.34pm on Thursday, March 22 to a commercial premises in Norbreck Parade, Hanger Lane to reports of a male stabbed.

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service and the victim, aged 22 years-old, was found at the scene with stab wounds.

The attacker ran off towards Lytham Grove and Cleveley Crescent.

The victim was taken to a central London hospital with stab injuries, later deemed as being not life threatening and he was discharged.

There have been no arrests at this stage.

Officers from Ealing CID are investigating and are treating the incident as an attempted murder.

Detective Constable Leanne Ticehurst said: This was a shocking unprovoked attack on a young man in his place of work.

The victim thankfully did not sustain serious injury, but the outcome could have been far worse.

Enquiries into the circumstances continue, and it is important that we trace the attacker as soon as possible.

If you recognise the man in the picture, we could urge you to call us right away and give us a name.”

The man is described as a white male aged 35-45 years-old, with an Eastern European accent.

He was wearing a black beanie hat, black jacket and dark boots and trousers.

If you have information that may assist the investigation, call Ealing CID on 07825 114 094 or 101, quoting 4909/22march.

Alternatively, call independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you could prefer not to give your name.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Failed Algerian Asylum Seeker Jailed For £370K Benefit Fraud

Boudemagh: £370k Benefit Fraud
A failed Algerian asylum seeker, who used five other identities during a £370,000 benefit fraud, has been jailed for five years.

Saif Boudemagh, 41, used a forged French identity card to illegally enter the UK in March, 2000 and when his asylum appeal failed he successfully obtained residency via marriage to a UK citizen after another appeal.

The father-of-one, who was given a one-bed council flat at Blake House, Brecknock Road Estate, Upper Holloway immediately began claiming benefits once he received his National Insurance number.

Between June, 2007 and April, 2015 he made multiple claims in fake French identities for Housing Benefit, (HB); Council Tax Benefit (CTB); Income Support (IS); Carer’s Allowance (CA); Incapacity Benefit, (IB); Employment Support Allowance, (ESA) and Disability Living Allowance, (DLA).

Remarkably Boudemagh was still in receipt of HB and Child Tax Credits up to the day of his imprisonment, but he will not face confiscation proceedings because no assets have been found.

The Department of Work & Pensions say the only way they can recover any money is by making small deductions to any benefits he receives after his release.

Boudemagh, who received full British citizenship in October, 2007 was convicted of twelve counts of fraud by a Blackfriars Crown Court jury and acquitted of five more, totalling £100,000.

As well as his own bogus applications Boudemagh also claimed £16,798 in CA for looking after non-existent pal Jamel Bensaid, 42, whose id pocketed £25,618 in IB; £16,849 in ESA; £32,104 in DLA; £95,443 in HB and £5,790 in CTB.  
He Even Enjoyed Free Disabled Travel

A fake French passport was used by Boudemagh to establish identity.

Prosecutor Mr. Andrew Evans told the jury: “However, this was not a genuine document and the Home Office has no record or trace of an identity in that name.

“There is conclusive evidence that some of the forms relating to benefit claims in that name were completed in the defendant’s handwriting.”

Boudemagh told the jury he was innocently completing benefit claim forms as an English-speaker for members of the close-knit north London Algerian community.

Benefit claims also made in the name of Sidhamad Ayad, 39. “A false French passport was also submitted as proof of identity in support of these claims and the photo on this passport is that of the defendant,” said Mr. Evans.

“His mobile phone number is given as the claimants’ contact number.”
Another Forged French Passport

This identity received a total of £41,746 in IB and ESA after Boudemagh concocted a bogus tale this claimant needed a walking stick and toilet hand rails.

Another £14,251 was paid out in DLA and £22,519 in HB.

He also used fake French identity documents to make benefit claims in name of Allel Zerabib, 44, and Taric Ziad, 45, and “hijacked” the genuine identity of Frenchwoman Nadia Regad, 42.

By now she was a married mum-of-two living in Paris, but her identity was used to claim £4,235 in CA for ‘Mr. Zerabib’ who received ESA totalling £16,172 and £17,195 in DLA.

This id was also exploited to collect £46,172.15 in HB and CTB.

Boudemagh pocketed a further £14,626 in DLA using the Ziad identity.

The Department for Work & Pensions paid benefits on the basis the claimants had depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, varicose veins, lower back pain and in one case a disabled finger.

Boudemagh’s flat was raided on April 7, 2015 and documents were found in the names of the false claims and bank cards for accounts the money was paid into.

He even used a disabled Freedom Pass in a false identity to enjoy free transport around the capital.

“This defendant played a leading role in the offending, involving at least one other,” said Mr. Evans. ‘It was a sophisticated offence requiring planning and the hijacking of identities to claims benefits and completion of medical evidence.”

Benefit fraud was a family affair, with his brother Redouane Boudemagh, 46, an illegal immigrant, receiving three years imprisonment for a £218,000 scam last year.

Boudemagh applied for asylum on arrival in 2000, which was refused and he was issued with a notice for removal from the UK.

On January 30, 2002 he applied to stay as a spouse of British citizen, which was refused, but Boudemagh successfully appealed on April 15, 2004.

He immediately began claiming benefits as the carer of his wife, Paula Boudemagh, and since February, 2009 claimed Income Support as single-parent of their son, now aged fourteen years-old.

He claimed HB and CTB at three different addresses they have resided at since.

After the police and DWP raid he refused to answer questions at Islington Police Station. 

Judge Jane Sullivan told him last week: ‘It cannot be said you showed remorse. You fought the case in the face of overwhelming evidence.”

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Croydon Bus Pervert Hunted After Woman Groped

Police hunting a bus pervert of Indian/Pakistani appearance, who groped a female passenger, have released these CCTV images of their suspect.
At around 5.30pm on Monday, December 18, last year the 29-year-old woman boarded a 109 bus travelling towards Brixton at the Whitgift Centre stop in Croydon.
She sat on an aisle seat on the bottom deck of the bus by the driver’s cabin.
A man boarded the bus at West Croydon Station, at around 5.45pm and stood close to the woman before sexually touching her.
She managed to get out of her seat and left the bus at the Broad Green Avenue stop in Croydon.
The suspect got off the bus at the same stop, but went in a different direction.
The suspect is described as being an Asian man in his thirties, around 5ft 8ins tall, with short dark hair and a short beard and moustache.
He was wearing a grey hooded jumper with white writing on the front which said: “Made for fitness” and dark tracksuit bottoms.
He was also wearing dark coloured trainers with white soles and was carrying an orange carrier bag.
If you can identify this man, or can offer any information to progress this investigation, please contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC.
Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Drug-Dealing Gunman Caged

An audacious gunman, caught by police with a loaded weapon stuffed down his trousers a few months after he was busted for drug dealing, is starting a fifteen-and-a-half year prison sentence.
Brian Odour, 27, of Richford Street, Hammersmith was arrested by police from the Organised Crime Command in a targeted operation.
He was convicted by an Isleworth Crown Court jury of possessing a firearm, with intent to endanger life and possessing ammunition, with intent to endanger life.
Odour had already pleaded guilty to possessing a blade, which officers found during a search of his car.
He was stopped by officers on September 26, last year on suspicion of having a firearm.
He was searched and, in the waistband of his trousers, the gun was found.
The firearm was examined and was found to be in full working order with four rounds of ammunition.
A few months earlier, on May 11 police found cocaine, ecstasy and Ketamine during a search of his car and Odour pleaded guilty to possessing those drugs, with intent to supply.
Detective Constable Richard Vanderpuije, of the Organised Crime Command, said: "As a result of a proactive investigation a dangerous firearm has been taken off the streets of London.
“The lengthy sentence handed to Odour reflects the potentially fatal consequences of having a firearm in a public place."

Friday, 20 April 2018

Man's Life Destroyed By Snooker Hall Fight A Decade Ago: Police Renew Appeal

Marcus Bouskill Has Never Recovered
Detectives investigating a fight outside a bar in south-east London ten years ago, which left a man needing constant hospital care continue to appeal for information. 
On Tuesday, February 26, 2008 Marcus Bouskill, then aged 35, was found collapsed at his home address in Parkfield Road, New Cross.
He had been involved in an altercation three days before in the early hours of Saturday, February 23 outside Racks Snooker and Pool bar in Well Hall Road, Eltham.
In the lead up to the incident, Marcus had been to the Crown pub on Court Road with colleagues and friends after work on the Friday evening.
He went on to visit Racks Snooker and Pool bar at about 11.00pm.
Marcus agreed with a colleague that he would be picked up for work at 8.30am the following morning to travel to work.
It is then believed that Marcus and two of his friends got into an altercation with a group of youths in the bar.
When they were removed from the premises by security staff, a fight is believed to have continued outside.
At 1.30am, Marcus called his colleague who was due to pick him up for work to say that he would not be able to attend work later that morning.
He explained that he had suffered a ‘bit of a hiding’ but was ok.
Marcus refused medical treatment and made his way home on foot.
At approximately 9.30am that same morning, the colleague who was due to pick him up for work paid a visit to Marcus’s home to check he was ok.
He was found covered in blood with a black eye and broken nose and was unable to recollect who had attacked him or why.
At this time, Marcus was in a stable condition and his colleague stayed with him until midday and left after Marcus explained he didn’t wish to attend hospital.
In the coming days, Marcus’s condition deteriorated and despite his friends and family making calls to check on him, he wasn’t heard from for the next two days.
On Tuesday, his mother went to his home and could see Marcus inside the address; collapsed on the floor.
Officers forced entry into the property and Marcus was found in a life-threatening condition.
He was taken to a south London hospital where he now requires constant medical attention.
Numerous arrests have been made and have all since been released with no further action.
Police from Greenwich CID continue to investigate to bring those responsible to justice.
During the course of the investigation detectives have followed and eliminated numerous investigative leads, viewed many hours of CCTV and have spoken to a large number witnesses.
Even after ten years there are still ongoing enquiries into a number of lines of enquiry.
Detective Inspector Edward Wilkinson, who is leading the investigation, said: "Throughout the last ten years we have spoken to a number of witnesses in an attempt to find out exactly what happened on the night of the attack.
"We have attempted to trace Marcus’s exact whereabouts and establish what lead to the fight breaking out.
"We believe a number of white youths were involved that Marcus had previously met at the Post Office pub just a few weeks earlier, however the cause of the altercation remains unclear.
"Marcus is described as a friendly and well-liked man who got on with everybody.
"Work will continue to find out exactly what happened on the night of the attack which led to Marcus sustaining brutal and shocking injuries which he will sadly never recover from.
"I know there were a lot of people in the area at the time of the incident and indeed many people who were even in contact with Marcus in the days before he was discovered by police.
"Did you see him that night?
"Whilst we have made significant progress in establishing what has happened, I am appealing directly to those who have not yet come forward.
"Any information, no matter how small could be of vital use."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Greenwich CID on 0208 284 9425; or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Son Of Olympic Gold Medalist Sprinter Linford Christie Denies Dealing Crack And Heroin

The son of former sprint star Linford Christie pleaded not guilty yesterday to dealing crack cocaine and heroin.

Liam Oliver-Christie, 32, of Lakeside Road, West Kensington appeared at Isleworth Crown Court.

He denied one count of possessing crack cocaine, with intent to supply, on November 9, last year.

Oliver-Christie also pleaded not guilty to possessing heroin, with intent to supply, at his home address on the same date.

He also denied two alternative lesser accounts of simply possessing the two drugs.

He was bailed unconditionally to return for a two-day trial on October 1.

His father won gold for Britan in the 100m at the World, European and Commonwealth championships and his national record of 9.87 secs set over twenty years ago stands to this day.

Liam's mother is former typist Yvonne Oliver, who had a short relationship with the athlete and he has a twin sister Korel.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Executor Admits £77K Will Fraud

The trusted executor of a will cheated three beneficiaries of around £77,000 they were entitled to.

David Coddington, 79, of Ormonde Court, Upper Richmond Road, Richmond-upon-Thames admitted the fraud yesterday.

The life-long bachelor will return for sentencing at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court on May 15.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud by abuse of position between February 12, 2012 and October 30, 2015 while the executor of the estate of James Brendan Connolly.

The three counts relate to failing to distribute the estate to Tony Connolly; Eileen Loakman and Anne Downey.

The first-time offender claims the sale of his sister’s flat - that he lives in - will compensate the beneficiaries.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Pensioner Accepts Restraining Order Against Ex

A pensioner, who was charged with harassing his ex, has been slapped with a restraining order which bans him from contacting the woman anymore.

Anthony Garrett, 69, of Tandridge Road, Warlingham, Surrey had always fought the charge and it was dropped yesterday on the day of trial.

Wimbledon Magistrates Court then made the order, which has the consent of both Garrett and his ex, for the next twelve months.

He was found not guilty of harassing Valerie Mair between July 31 and September 10, last year by sending messages and texts.

Prosecutor Carly Loftus told the court the couple's six-year relationship ended in June, last year.

“This defendant continued to contact the complainant and when she sent him an email confirming the relationship was over he replied: 'You're in trouble.'

“She heard a noise late at night at her home on August 18 and saw the defendant walking back to his car.

“He tried to add her to a WhatsApp group on August 31 and in September contacted her on WhattsApp.”

The court heard the woman also received bank transfers into her account of 69p which had the references 'Tony', 'Val' and 'Old Times.'

She was also sent fake tattoos and between September 3 and 6 Garrett tried to contact her via email and facebook.

The last attempted contact was on September 6, last year and there had been no complaints from the woman since.

Monday, 16 April 2018

Bouncer Put On Sex Offenders List For Cabaret Club Grope

Midnight Grope: Proud Cabaret
A bouncer at a landmark cabaret club in the heart of the City who sneaked up behind a female customer, held her hips and kissed her on the neck, has been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years.

Desmond Augustus Young, 51, was convicted of sexually assaulting the woman, who attended the 1920's-themed Proud Cabaret with a group of friends, on January 27.

He claimed he was merely trying to usher her away from an area of the club she should not have been standing in.

However, City of London Magistrates Court rejected his claim and found him guilty of one count of sexual assault after a trial.

Young, of Aberdeen Road, Edmonton, north London was today sentenced to 150 hours community service and ordered to pay the victim £100 compensation, an £85 victim surcharge and £200 costs.

Prosecutor Miss Carly Loftus told the trial it was half an hour after midnight when the complainant arrived at the nightspot, which boasts burlesque and jazz amongst its live entertainment.

The defendant was working as security staff and checked the woman and her friends' ID as they entered the club.

Once inside he approached her from behind, held her hips, pressed himself against her and kissed her neck.”

The woman reported the incident to the club and the police were called.

CCTV was seized, which captured the incident.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Sex Video Boyfriend Of Woman Who Plunged To Her Death Gets Suspended Jail Sentence

A masters degree student, who shared a sexually-explicit clip of his girlfriend performing oral sex on him in a phone box a week before she plunged to her death, has received a suspended prison sentence.

Alessio Bianchi, 26, also admitted throttling her on the balcony of their eighth-floor flat - claiming he was trying to stop her jumping.

The Italian pleaded guilty to assaulting Miss Damilya Jossipaliyena, 24, on June 2, last year at his home at Sunken Beck Building, 5 Hermitage Street, Central London.

He says he was trying to save the life of Damilya, originally from Kazakhstan, who was threatening to jump, but she sadly apparently took her life shortly afterwards.

Bianchi, who studies at Regent’s College, also admitted disclosing private sexual images of her without consent, with intent to cause her distress on May 25.

He sent a clip to a friend of Damilya performing the sex act on him, which made its way back to her. 

At Southwark Crown Court he was sentenced to twelve weeks imprisonment, suspended for twelve months.

Bianchi must also complete a thirty-day rehabilitation activity requirement and pay £250 costs.

Prosecutor Mr. Edward Cohen told the court on a previous occasion: “In terms of the assault the Crown’s case is the assault started upstairs in the flat between the defendant and the complainant.

“He grabbed hold of her throat and hit her on top of the head and punched her several times.

“He says he was trying to stop her jumping out of the window.”

The struggle continued in a downstairs courtyard. “It is alleged by the Crown he grabbed hold of the complainant and pulled her into a fountain in the building and shoved her head onto a chair.

“He accepts there was a struggle downstairs and she ended up in the water.

“The complainant in this case sadly committed suicide not long after this assault allegation.”

Bianchi’s lawyer Mr. Steven Powles said: “The defendant’s position is inside the flat the complainant was attempting to jump off the eighth floor of the balcony.

“This was not the first time time she attempted to take her life. Outside she was attempting to re-enter and in the course of that is how she ended up in the water.

“In her own statement she says there was pushing into the water. She did not mention slamming into the chair.”

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Heartbroken Mayfair Art Gallery Boss Slapped With Restraining Order For Stalking Ex All The Way To Australia

Perp Walk: Navratil
A heartbroken Mayfair art gallery boss, who flew 10,000 miles to Australia to continue stalking his terrified ex on a Sydney beach, will have to wear an electronic ankle tag for the next three months.

Jan Navratil, 35, shipping and bond manager at the Halcyon Gallery, admits he could not cope after the split with internet date Sophie Davis, a Cheam veterinary nurse with whom he had a six-month relationship.

The Czech-born university graduate, of Fleming Mead, Colliers Wood received a four-month community order, which includes a three-month tagged home curfew between 9pm and 6am when he appeared at Wimbledon Magistrates Court.

He was also made subject to an indefinite restraining order prohibiting any contact with Sophie and was also ordered to pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to stalking Sophie between February 7 and April 3.

“This is serious and we have all heard her personal statement and the effect your behaviour had on her,” District Judge Barbara Barnes told Navratil. “If you repeat this sort of behaviour you put yourself at risk of a custodial sentence.”

Australian-born Sophie moved in with Navratil while recovering from an operation, but reported him to the police for taking her passport and moved into Wimbledon’s Antoinette Hotel.

“Four hours later she started receiving messages that he was going to kill himself and received a picture of the hotel from the defendant saying he wanted to be close to her,” explained prosecutor Miss Dami Eniola.

“She received multiple messages throughout the night and he later sent a picture of himself wearing her clothing.”

Navratil says this was simply a unisex t-shirt and was an item of clothing they shared when living together.

“When she attended a medical appointment near Buckingham Palace she received a picture of the building and a message from the defendant saying: ‘I feel close to you.’

Pre-Split: Jan & Sophie
“She said she felt he was following her that day and later when travelling to Australia he was waiting for her, wearing a backpack, when she left the ladies toilet at the airport.”

The couple had booked the Oz trip - travelling a week apart - when they were together, but Sophie had split with Navratil by now and even if he decided to fly Down Under his flight was to Melbourne.

“On the second of March she went to the beach in Sydney and saw the defendant waking along the path towards her. She confronted him, but he pretended he did not see her,” added Miss Eniola.

She was hospitalised while in Australia, where she was also communicating with another man, and received Facebook messages from Navratil. “He had accessed her account and wrote: ‘It’s Jan. You care more about this Sam.’

“Back in the UK she received multiple messages that he wanted to be with her and on the third of April he boarded her 93 bus as she travelled to work.

“He tried to sit next to her and she shouted at him to get off the bus and he followed her downstairs and tried to sit next to her again.”

"Anxious": Sophie Davis
When she arrived at work Sophie called the police and Navratil was arrested. “He said he was distressed and could not sleep and got pills from his doctor.

“He said he missed her and was angry that she left him. He said he had seen her in Australia, but that was accidental and they spoke for thirty minutes and she gave him a hug even thought at first she was not pleased to see him.

“He said he only wanted to giver her hairdryer back on the bus and apologise, but she did not take it well. He admitted taking the passport as an excuse to see her again.

“He went into her Facebook daily to read her messages and said he was very embarrassed he did that. He said he did not want to scare her and would not contact her again.”

Sophie told police: “He took it very hard. When I was in intensive care I think he thought this shared experience brought us together.

“I tried to end the relationship in December, but felt responsible for his mental instability.

“When taking my suitcase outside he secretly took my passport to have a bargaining tool to later meet up. He repeatedly threatened  his life and said I had destroyed his.

"Look Over My Shoulder": Sophie
“My sadness turned to concern for myself, I have been anxious and have not been able to sleep properly. 

“I feel it has put me back in a dark place and it has sadly impacted my life. I’d love to move forward and not have to look over my shoulder.

“I’m sad it has come to this, but it is necessary.”

Navratil’s lawyer Miss Danielle Burns told the court: “He wants to express his remorse and apologise to Miss Davis. 

“When she went to Australia he thought he was not going to see her again and it was too tempting not to check up on what she was doing in Australia.”