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Sentence appeal for sectarian murder is refused

The appeal to reduce convicted murderer Tamveer Ahmed’s 27 year sentence was quashed today at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Ahmed, 32, from Bradford in Yorkshire, murdered 40 year old shopkeeper Asas Shah in a brutal knife attack which left Shah with injuries similar to those seen in a road traffic accident.

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Jo Cox’s killer refuses to give evidence

by Cormac Rae

 

The Old Bailey has heard today that Thomas Mair, 53, will not give evidence in his defence.

The victim’s husband Brendan Cox reacted on twitter to Thomas Mair’s decision:

The Labour MP for West Yorkshire was murdered outside a constituency surgery, serving her community and listening to local concerns.

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour party posted this tribute on July 15th, the date of Mrs Cox’s funeral.

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A Man, 28, Has Been Charged With The Murder Of Kayleigh Haywood

Rebecca Sawyers.

A man has been charged with the rape and murder of 15-year-old Kayleigh Haywood.

The teenager, from Leicestershire, was last seen when she was dropped off at Ibstock Community College last Friday.

Stephen Beadman, 28, of George Avenue, Ibstock, is due to appear before Leicester Magistrates’ Court today.

A second man, Luke Harlow, also of George Avenue, has been charged with the grooming of, and two counts of sexual activity with a child.

He is due to appear before the same court.

 

Update: Family says death of Edinburgh victim a “devastating loss”

The family of John Carter who was beaten and left to die in a lift in Edinburgh’s Salamander Court in February last year have said “nothing can lessen the heartache we have gone through”.

Their statement comes a few hours after Simon Brown and Paul Banks were found guilty of culpable homicide and sentenced in Glasgow High Court to eight years imprisonment each, over the death of Mr Carter.

The family described the deceased as “a vibrant, fiercely intelligent, loving man who brought countless joy to the lives of his family and friends.”

They added “his laughter, his kindness, his ability to accept individuals for who they were and his inherent sense of fairness, were just a tiny part of who he was. If John could help, he would.”

Brown, 41, and Banks, 48, left Mr Carter to die on the 26th or 27th of February last year. They dumped his semi-naked in a lift after putting handcuffs on their victim and punching and kicking him repeatedly. They put a plastic bag over his head. Bruises to the scalp, chest and wrists were found in the post mortem examination.

The victim’s wallet was found on Paul Brown when he was searched by police.

Judge Michael O’Grady said they would have received ten years each if they hadn’t admitted the charge.

“You behaved with extreme cruelty and utter indifference. No sentence I can impose can ease the ordeal of Mr Carter’s family,” said the judge.

The pair admitted culpable homicide after the charge was reduced from murder.

Man charged for murder in Saughton Park

A 47-year-old man has been charged with the murder of the man who was found dying of his injuries in Saughton Park on Saturday.

He is appearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.

The police  named the victim as taxi driver Ebrahim Aryaei Nekoo, 41, who was discovered in the east part of the park at about 7.20 am on March 24.

The family and friends of Mr.Nekoo issued a statement through Lothian and Borders Police:

“Ebrahim was a warm and devoted husband who I adored and who was well liked within our close group of friends. Everyone who knew and cared for him is completely shocked and devastated by his death and we are all still trying to come to terms with this tragedy”, Nekoo’s wife Mobina Jafari said.

“His friends and family would like to thank the wider community for their messages of support during what has been a very difficult time for us all.”

“We would all now ask that our privacy is respected while we grieve for the loss of Ebrahim.”

A person walking in the area found his body and tried to help him, but he died from injuries shortly afterwards.

 Lothian and Borders Police have launched a murder inquiry into Mr Nekoo’s death.

 During the weekend, Saughton Park was cordoned off by  police. Officers were manning the area where the victim was found near the junction of Fords Road.

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Local residents were shocked by the news and have raised their concerns on the security in the area.

Saughton is one of the most popular parks in this part of Edinburgh. It consists of a sports club, a few football pitches, a Winter Rose Garden, a play ground and a free skate park for the children. The Water of Leith walkaway is passing by closely.

Police still searching for Suzanne Pilley’s body

by Gavrielle Kirk-Cohen

The family of murdered Scot, Suzanne Pilly, have pleaded to David Gilroy to reveal where their daughter’s body is buried. 

Gilroy was found guilty yesterday of murdering Suzanne Pilley.

Searching: Police believe Suzanne Pilley's body has been buried at Lochgilphead, Argyll. Image: Christopher Harress

The Lothian and Border’s Police believe that Suzanne Pilley’s body has been buried in a “lonely grave” in Lochgilphead, Argyll in the Scottish highlands.

CCTV footage shows Gilroy’s car, a Vauxhall Vectra travelling from Edinburgh to the Argyll Forest Park the day after disappeared.

Extensive search

Det Supt Gary Flannigan has said: “Despite extensive efforts we haven’t been able to find her. This is something we have discussed with the family and have given reassurance that if any information comes to light then we will look at the information and if it is appropriate we will pursue that information.”

Pilley’s parents have said they “hope that one day we can lay our daughter to rest”.

                                                                “Callous and cold-blooded”

Simon Peck, director of IML and David Gilroy’s employer said: “Suzanne was a much-loved friend and colleague. To have her snatched away from her friends and her family in such a callous and cold-blooded way is something we’re all still dealing with.” He also said: “Until David Gilroy reveals where Suzanne’s body lies, her family and friends will never be able to fully come to terms with her loss.”

The trial lasted three and a half weeks and it took the jury two days to reach a verdict. The investigation into Pilley’s murder was the sixth most expensive in the history of the Lothian and Border’s force, as they made use of forensic experts and cadaver dogs.
Listen to the voicemail David Gilroy left on Suzanne Pilley’s phone after she disappeared.

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Prosecution evidence finishes in Suzanne Pilley murder trial

Edinburgh High Court

The murder trial of Suzanne Pilley, 38, has finished hearing evidence from the prosecution today.

 David Gilroy, former colleague and lover of Ms Pilley, has been accused of  the murder. Mr Gilroy denies the murder of Ms Pilley, whose body has never been found.

 Legal argument has been taking place at Edinburgh’s High Court, prior to the defence beginning its case.

 The trial continues.

Breaking News: man charged with Gray murder

Merchiston Crescent Credit: Adam Smyth

By Celeste Carrigan

Pawel Rodak  a 20-year-old man has been charged with the murder of Roger Gray, retired lecturer. He has appeared in private at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

The charges made were culpable and reckless conduct, and endangering the lives of people in the building and surrounding area.

No declaration or plea was made on his behalf and the case continues for further enquiry. Rodak was remanded in custody.

3pm bulletin – Exclusive at Leith Docks

In today’s 3pm bulletin:

Credit: Blythe Hawkins

 

The SNP is under fire over a freedom of information request that took 9 months to respond to.

A 20-year-old man is in court today charged with the murder of a retired Edinburgh lecturer.

Morningside Library will close for eight months for refurbishment.

How will yesterday’s budget affect Scotland’s video-gaming industry?

Exclusive at Leith Docks – Michael McKeand looks at the latest addition to the port.

Man in court following death in Merchiston, Edinburgh

by Celeste Carrigan

Victim Roger Gray

A 20-year-old man is due in court later today at Edinburgh’s Sheriff  Court. He was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the murder of Roger Gray.

The murder of Gray, a 64 year-old retired lecturer, is the third homosexual related murder in a month. His body was found in his home in the city’s up market area of Merchiston. Police broke in last Saturday morning after a suspected gas leak. A postmortem examination found that he had suffered multiple stab wounds from what is believed to  have been a “sustained attack”.

Gray’s death follows those of John Carter, 44, in Leith and a man in Pilton, who cannot be named for legal reasons. Detectives said there is nothing indicating a link between the three men but will be keeping an open mind.

For more information on this story tune into Edinburgh Napier News TV Bulletin at 3PM

Cardinal O’Brien visits convicted child killer in hospital

Cardinal Keith O'Brien visited Riggi at Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Source: BBC

By Georgi B

Cardinal Kieth O’Brien, the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland visited a woman in hospital who confessed to murdering her three children, it is believed. Continue reading Cardinal O’Brien visits convicted child killer in hospital

Mother pleads guilty to murdering her three children

Riggi faces sentencing today

by Jen McClure and Anne Mackie

Today at Edinburgh’s High Court, Theresa Riggi admitted to killing her three children.  Theresa, 47, pleaded guilty to culpable homicide with diminished responsibility over the deaths.

Riggi killed eight year-old twins, Austin and Luke, and their five year-old sister, Cecilia, at their family home in Edinburgh last August. Their bodies were discovered together in Riggi’s bed with multiple stab wounds, following a suspected gas explosion at the property. Riggi then jumped from the flat window in an attempt to commit suicide. Originally charged with murder, Theresa Riggi surprised courts as she pleaded guilty. Father of the children, Pasquale Riggi was present at the hearing this morning where he said he was “paralysed with grief.”

Witness statements have been taken and sentencing is expected soon.

Knox appeal adjourned

by Katy Docherty

Amanda Knox is starting an appeal against her conviction of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher. Knox’s lawyers argue that there are various gaps in the prosecution’s argument and are seeking a full review of the original DNA evidence.

Knox was convicted of murder and sexual assault in 2007. Source: Getty Images

Last year an Italian court found Knox guilty for the murder and sexual assault of her flatmate and sentenced to 26 years in prison. Knox’s lawyers claim that the DNA gathered for the original trial was questionable and that the murder weapon remains missing. Their main argument is that there was no motive for Knox to kill her friend. 

Her legal team stated: “The motive, the fundamental aspect of the factual existence of the serious criminal acts, is largely absent in the assessment of evidence and more erroneously absent in the written ruling.”

Her lawyers also blame an “obscene media campaign”  for skewing the opinion of the jury and the general public before the trial had begun. Knox was famously dubbed by the media as “Foxy Knoxy”.

The prosecution accused Knox of killing Kercher in a drug-fueled sex game that went wrong. Knox’s former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Guede, an immigrant from the Ivory Coast had allegedly held Kercher down whilst Knox slit her throat. Knox’s prosecutors told the court that she had tried to a fake a break in so that the murder would look like a random sexual assault.

Arriving at the hearing, her stepfather Chris Mellas told reporters: “She’s hopeful for a good appeal, I think she feels and certainly the lawyers feel that we have a very strong case for her being innocent, which, you know, is the case.”

Today’s  administrative hearing lasted only a few minutes and took place in the Perugia courtroom were the first trial took place. 

The court has been adjourned until 11th December.

Archbishop calls for peace in Mexico’s drugs war

by Katy Docherty

A Mexican Archbishop today called for a cease to country’s bloody battle against drug cartels. His plea comes at the funeral of the latest 18 victims to be caught up in gang violence.

Mexican families mourn their dead in Morelia Cathedral. Source: El Universal
The bodies of the 18 were discovered in a mass grave outside the holiday resort of Acapulco. The funeral took place today in the city of Morelia.

The Archbishop of Morelia told mourners that  he hoped these deaths “may act as a seed to produce a different Mexico – a brotherly, fair and just one.”

The motive for the deaths is not clear. The victims were a group of mechanics who alledgedly saved up to go on holiday together. They disappeared on 30th September, shortly after leaving their home town of Morelia.

The Mayor of Morelia called upon citizens to rally together in the face of tragedy, adding “crime will not break our spirits”.

Police discovered the mass grave after two unidentified men declared in an online video they had been ordered to kill and bury the tourists. The bodies of the two men were found alongside the murdered holiday-makers. Continue reading Archbishop calls for peace in Mexico’s drugs war

International News Belt

Europe

Riot police clash with strikers outside a major oil refinery in France as the forces attempt to put an end to the 10-day-long blockade of the terminal. The action was prompted when the protests against the government’s plans to increase retirement age caused thousands of petrol stations across France to run dry.

A Dutch ferry was overturned after colliding with a German freight ship on the Amsterdam-Rhine canal. Divers and a helicopter with thermal image have been deployed but no victims have been found so far.

Asia

China’s Internet censorship ways are spreading to south-east Asia. Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma and the Philippines are moving towards blocking ‘critical’ content online to stifle dissent.

Tibetan students in China protesting for the right to study in their own language have increased in numbers. The movement formed in response to unconfirmed reports of plans to replace the Tibetan language with Chinese in classrooms.

Americas

President Obama speaks out against bullying in light of recent suicides of gay teenagers in America. An array of politicians, celebrities and bloggers have spoken out for the ‘It Gets Better Project’, launched last month by activist Dan Savage.

Former Canadian air force commander sentenced for life for murders of two women. Colonel Russell Williams also pleaded guilty to sexual assault and 82 counts of breaking and entering to steal women’s underwear.

Africa

Guinea presidential election may be delayed for a third time. The computers for vote-counting having been stolen and the failure to distribute key materials may stop the first democratic election in Guinea in 52 years set to happen on Sunday.

Stowaway crocodile may have caused plane crash in Congo. The disaster that killed 19 people and a British Pilot in August may have been due to an escaped crocodile causing panic on board, as told by the sole survivor.

Teenager admits murder in Edinburgh trial

John Reid. Photo: Edinburgh Evening News

By Elizabeth (Xiaoqing Ding)

A teenager has admitted the killing of a Chinese takeaway driver in Edinburgh.

John Reid, 16, pleaded guilty at Edinburgh High Court to charges of culpable homicide, which took place on August 11.

Simon San, who was born in Vietnam of Chinese Origin worked as a delivery driver of  Yong Hua Gardens Takeaway.  Mr San died of a head injury after being punched by Reid.

“He did not stagger, he fell straight down. The back of his head connected with a flat section of the pavement. I would describe the noise as a sickening thud. He was lying on his back and did not move. I knew straight away he was in trouble,” described by the witness, Callum Milne.

The teenager also took part in a robbery at a home of a disabled mother and her four children several months before. He burst into the home with two other robbers at around 11.50pm on January 11.”I was told again and again that me and my kids would be stabbed to death if we didn’t help them.” said by the mother.

Mr San was described as a hard working, loyal man who never did any harm by his family. ” The San family will never stop grieving for the loss of their much-loved innocent son and brother.” heard from the court. His closed friend said the loss of Mr San had destroyed the family.

Reid allegedly picked on Mr San’s vehicle just because it is a Smart car. Lord Matthews thought the teenager’s behaviour was “unacceptable feral activity”.

The murder is being handled in the High Court in Edinburgh. John Reid will be sentenced next month.

Jersey police chief suspended as abuse at children’s home denied

Today, a Jersey Police Chief was suspended after two senior officers ruled out any evidence of murder at  a former children’s home after claims that the bone fragments found could have dated back to the 15th  century.

Graham Power, Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police was relieved of his duties after any suggestion of murder at the home was denied .  His role oversaw the £4 million inquiry of the suspected dismemberment and torture of children who resided at the home between the early 1960s to 1986.

The investigation first began in 2006 after scandal, surrounding the home, emerged when a child’s skull was discovered.  At the time of its launch, the home was being used as a youth hostel called Haut de la Garenne.  Since then, many people have come forward with claims of being drugged, raped, tortured and beaten at the home.  Currently, three people have been charged and are awaiting trial in the abuse inquiry.

Mr Power’s former deputy, Lenny Harper was previously criticised by the two officers that took over the investigation, after his retirement in August.  One of his successors, David Warcup ruled out any suggestion of abuse and stated: ‘It is very unfortunate and I have much regret that information has been given by police that was not strictly accurate.’

His colleague,  Detective Superintendent Michael Gradwell, also discredit many of the evidence found in the grounds of the home. The child’s skull found was soon identified as a coconut shell from the 19th Century.  Also, secret underground chambers that were discovered, which many victims referred as ‘punishment chambers’, were soon found to just be cellars.

He further discredited ‘shackles’ as just mere rusty metal and bone fragments were seen to date back to the 1470s to the 1670s which was long before the home was built.

The officers statements have created immense controversy and campaigners have requested for a homicide inquiry to be launched by the UK Government.

Senator Stuart Syvret, a former minister for Health and Social Services defended Mr Harper’s work and said that the officers were trying to ‘rubbish Mr Harper’s work by denying any children were murdered.’

Jersey’s Chief Minister, Frank Walker, announced that he was suspending Mr Power while an inquiry was called out.

Mr Power said: ‘I strenuously deny any wrongdoing and will rigorously contest any allegation in respect of my role. I have been offered an opportunity to retire from my role as chief officer by the Minister for Home Affairs, but have chosen instead to contest the allegations. ‘

Mr Walker has also demanded an explanation from Lenny Harper who attracted media attention by hinting that up to six children may have been murdered, dismembered and cremated in a furnace below the Victorian building.