Dec 31 – Shele Danishefsky Covlin, 47, finance executive and mother, was drowned in a bathtub at her home on the Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York. Her estranged husband Roderick Covlin, 42, was charged with murder in 2015.
Dec 30 – Anthony Johnson, 47, was kicked to death on a night out in Southport, Merseyside. James Thompson, 25, from Formby, was jailed for life for murder. Steven Keegan, 26,, was cleared of both murder and manslaughter. Paul O’Brien, 27, was found not guilty of assaulting Mr Johnson’s friend Nicholas Halsall. Thompson’s family claim he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice. They say he was on the way home at 4am when he went to say hello to two young girls but one of them attacked him and then encouraged three men to attack James. They claim Johnson was high on alcohol and cocaine.
Dec: Millie Martin, toddler – sexually abused and beaten (21 rib fractures) at home in Enniskillen, County Tyrone. Barry McCarney, 33, was convicted of murder and jailed for life in Feb 2013. He had deliberately started a relationship with Millie’s mother Rachael so that he could abuse the child. Rachael Martin was acquitted of all charges. Outside court she said he should have got longer than 25 years. The judge told McCarney that he was a deeply manipulative individual devoid of social norms.
Dec 3 – Arshad Ali, 49, was attacked in a hostel in St Pancras, central London. Neil Boyle and Darren Atkinson were convicted of GBH at Blackfriars Crown Court in May 2010. Boyle was sentenced to six years imprisonment and Atkinson was sentenced to a six year indeterminate prison sentence. Mr Ali suffered from post traumatic epilepsy and had to be fed by a tube and was unable to lead an independent life until his death at hospital on 19 June 2015. In November 2017 Boyle, who had moved to Ayr, Scotland, was charged with murder along with Atkinson. Boyle was found guilty of the murder but was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act. Atkinson was jailed for life (18 years).
Nov 9 – Brooke Phillips, 22, a pregnant prostitute featured on the HBO television show Cathouse, was shot at a house in Oklahoma City. Also killed were Casey Mark Barrientos, 32, of Oklahoma City; Jennifer Lynn Ermey, 25, of Edmond; and pregnant Milagros “Millie” Barrera, 22, of Mustang. Cathouse is about a legal brothel, the Moonlite BunnyRanch, near Carson City, Nevada. Phillips took time away from the brothel and moved back to Oklahoma because she was pregnant. Former US Marine and cagefighter David Tyner, 30, was jailed for life without the possibility of parole in 2010. In 2012 Denny Phillips was charged with murder. Phillips, Tyner and Barrientos were allegedly all involved in prison gangs, including the Indian Brotherhood. Phillips encouraged Tyner to kill Barrientos because he was aggrieved about the money he was being paid as a bodyguard. http://www.koco.com/news/oklahomanews/okc/New-charges-filed-in-2009-Cathouse-killings/16240884#!bIaV6q
Oct 11 – Anderson Phillips, shot dead at Pam’s Variety mini market in Thyme Bottom, a small close knit community located on the western side of the Grantley Adams International Airport in Bridgetown. Barbados. Around 12.30 am, Anderson Phillips closed the mini mart for the night and, as was customary, was in front of the shop talking with remaining patrons. The Police had just completed their routine patrol of the area and passed in front of the shop as they left the area to attend to other duties. After chatting for some time, just before 1am, Anderson returned to the shop to get a canned food item for one of the patrons. He then locked the door and decided to make his usual safety checks at the back of the shop. Reports indicate that while he was at the back, there were sounds of a scuffle followed by several gunshots. On hearing the gunshots, the patrons who were at the front of the shop ran off in fear in the direction of Silver Sands. Case is unsolved.
Sept 21 – Rick and Ruth Gee, her son, Dillen Constant, 14, her daughter Justina Constant, 16, and Rick’s son Austin, 11, were beaten to death with a tire iron in a house in Beason, rural Illinois. Chris Harris went on trial for murder in 2009. He claimed he went to the house to buy marijuana and claims Dillen was responsible and he killed Dillen in self-defence.
August – Campbell Bridges, 71, Scottish gem expert, killed by a mob armed with spears and machetes in Voi, Kenya. Eight people suspected to be workers of Tia Akili Mining Company, where Mwatela is a majority shareholder, have been charged with the 2008 murder of Bridges.Mohamed Kokane, Alfred Njururuka, Samuel Mwachala, James Chacha Mwita, Daniel Mnene Suleiman, Osman Hussein, Crispus Mukunguzi and Regea Omar Salim went on trial in 2013.
August 1 – Benn Sacker, 24, mowed down by a car outside his home in Norris Green, Liverpool. Philip Brown, 26, was jailed for life (18 years) in Feb 2010. Brown went to Sacker’s home in a rage because his girlfriend, Hayley Digney, had called and told him Mr Sacker had been round to her house, armed with a knife, looking for his former girlfriend Hannah Tressell and waved the knife around in front of Brown’s 6 year old daughter. Brown, who was in Southport at the time, jumped in his Mitsubishi 4×4, and began calling his friends to rally “two car loads of thugs” to his cause. The gang eventually lured Sacker outside, where he was killed. Brown never named his accomplices.
July 19 – Norman “Min” Lin, 45, a newsagent, his wife Lily Lin Yunli, 43, her sister Irene Yin Yunbin, 39, and the Lins’ young sons, Henry, 12, and Terry, 9, were bludgeoned to death with a blunt instrument at their home in Epping, Sydney, New South Wales, in the early hours. In May 2011 Robert Xie, 53 – Mr Lin’s brother-in-law, was charged with the murders. He was convicted and jailed for life in Feb 2017 after FOUR trials. He never gave evidence and the motive has never become clear. The trial heard that on the night of their deaths Xie and his wife Kathy’s family gathered for their usual Friday night meal. Everyone got along well and there was no indication of the horror to come. A few hours later Xie walked 300 metres to the Mins’ house. Wielding a hammer and fuelled by ‘intense bitterness and hatred’ he slaughtered the entire family.
July 13 – Johnny Coutu was shot dead in Laval, Quebec. In 2015 Serge Pomerleau, 51, pleaded guilty to his murder. He was one of three men who escaped by helicopter from a prison Quebec City in June 2014. But he was recaptured. Pomerleau also admitted killing Benoît Denis in Joliette in 2010. Pomerleau was jailed for 26 years. Pomerleau was already serving a 22-year prison term after he was convicted on several charges related to his role in running a massive drug trafficking ring based in Val d’Or and for having escaped from the Orsainville Detention Centre.
June 7 – Claire Wilson, 21, who was heavily pregnant, was stabbed in the street in Grimsby in a random attack. Her killer was Alan McMullan, 53, a mentally ill loner who had been drinking heavily. In 2010 he was jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 20 years. In 2012 the local NHS board admitted mistakes were made with McMullan.
March 27 – Sandra Cantu, 8, abducted, raped with an object and dumped in a suitcase in California. Melissa Huckaby, 28, a Sunday school teacher, was jailed for life in June 2010. It was never clear what motivated her to behave so horrifically. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/06/14/sandra-cantu-killing-why-did-melissa-huckaby-murder-her.html
March 1 – Ricardo Carter, 35, shot on what is called ‘the Jacob’s Ladder’ between Fairholme Gardens and Maxwell, Christ Church in Oistins, Barbados. He was the father of six children. At just before 8pm he walked through the Fairholme Gardens residential area to a set of concrete steps that lead to Maxwell Hill and its junction with Silver Hill Road. Investigations indicate that while he was about midway up the steps, he was confronted by two assailants who attempted to rob him. He resisted, and began to make his way back down the steps when he was shot in the left upper torso. He was able to make it to the garage of a nearby resident before he collapsed and died. Just after the sound of the gunshot was heard, two males were seen coming from the steps unto Maxwell Hill. One of the suspects was identified as being of dark complexion, and slim build. He wore an over sized dark coloured T-shirt and had his left hand in his pants pocket as he walked briskly in a northerly direction towards Silver Hill. The other suspect was identified as being of fair complexion , slim build with hair about 5 inches long and wore a red jacket with a hood. This suspect turned left at the top of the steps and headed west in the direction of Top Rock.
? – Holger Holz was shot dead in front of the computer at home in Vienna. Two years later Manfred Hinterberger was killed as he slept. Estibaliz Carranza, 36, was convicted in 2012 of both murders and sentencing to life in a secure mental institution. She was Hinterberger’s lover and the ex-wife of Holz. Both bodies were hidden in the cellar of her ice cream parlour in Vienna. Carranza, who had Spanish and Mexican nationality, was known as the Ice Cream Killer and wrote a memoir in 2014.
Dec 24 – Craig Brown, 20, drug dealer from Battersea, shot in Loftus Road, Shepherds Bush, as he arrived at the home of his girlfriend, Denica Date, after doing some Christmas shopping. Nathan “Money” Harris, 16, was detained under HM Pleasure. Khalid El-Sheikh, 21, from the White City estate, were both acquitted of murder but convicted of possession of firearm. El-Sheikh was jailed for 10 years. Adil Saeed, 21, was also acquitted of murder. The trial at the Old Bailey heard Brown had “dissed” El-Sheikh and bitten off part of his ear. Harris was a member of the Instruments Of Cruelty (IOC) gang. http://www.murdermap.co.uk/pages/cases/case.asp?CID=277011332&VID=295
Dec 20 – Alan Street, 26, convicted rapist, tortured and killed with scissors at his home in Padiham, Lancashire. Peter Leonard, 28, was jailed for life (28 years). Alan Palmer was jailed for life (25 years). Keiran Davison, 20, was jailed for 8 years for manslaughter. Street’s convictions were not relevant to his killing. The motive was that Leonard hated him because he was in a relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Jayne Proctor and had beaten him in a fight. Leonard’s girlfriend, Nicola Street, 35 (no relation), was given a suspended sentence for assisting an offender. The trial heard that Leonard and Palmer told Davison, who was drunk, that Street was a paedophile.
Dec 14 – Karlie Pearce-Stevenson, 20, a single mum originally from Alice Springs, was murdered and her body later dumped in the Belanglo Forest, SW of Sydney, Australia. Her daughter Khandalyce, 2, was later murdered and her body was put in a suitcase which was found beside a road in South Australia in the summer of 2015. Daniel Holdom, 41, was charged with Karlie’s murder in 2015 and awaits trial. He is believed to have been a former boyfriend of Karlie. The police believe her killers committed identity fraud and stole A$90,000 from Karlie and from the state. Holdom is believed to have had female accomplices.
Dec 13 – Derrick Days jr, 10 months old – shot dead after being caught in crossfire during gang shooting in Brownsville, Miami, Florida. Jimmie L Bowen, who was 16 at the time, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted murder. Bernard M. Jones, who was 17 at the time, was accused of being behind the wheel of the Dodge Ram that sped from the scene, faces two counts of felony murder, one of attempted felony murder and one of accessory after the fact. They are due to be sentenced on 10 Feb 2013.
Dec 12 – Captain Tom Tennant and Senior Trooper William Hakim were killed by a bomb planted at the back of Wells Fargo bank in Woodburn, Oregon. Police Chief Scott Russell was critically injured. Bruce Turnidge, 57, a debt-ridden businessman, and his son Joshua, 32, a former US Navy seaman, were both sentenced to death in December 2010. The bomb had been part of an elaborate bank robbery attempt.http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/20101209/NEWS/12090351/?nclick_check=1
Nov 8 – Karlie Pearce-Stevenson, 20, a single mum, and her daughter Khandalyce Kiara Pearce, 2, vanished near Coober Pedy, Northern Territory, Australia. Karlie’s body was found dumped in Belanglo State Forest in the state of New South Wales in 2010. Khandalyce’s body was found in July 2010 near the Karoonda highway in South Australia. Near the body was a faded, greying black suitcase, a quilt, and items of children’s clothing, including a black party dress and a Dora the Explorer T-shirt. At one point the child had been stuffed inside the suitcase. Karlie was from Alice Springs but left home to travel in summer of 2008. A missing persons file was closed on 10 September 2009 after it was erroneously believed Ms. Pearce-Stevenson was safe and well but did not want family contact. No arrests have been made.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3282142/Police-link-girl-dumped-suitcase-South-Australian-highway-young-woman-notorious-Belanglo-State-Forest.html
Halloween – TJ Darrisaw, 12, a trick or treater, was shot dead with an AK47 after knocking on the door of a house in Sumter, South Carolina. Convicted drug dealer Quentin Patrick, 27, had thought it was rival dealers come to get him. He was jailed for 30 years. TJ’s father and younger brother were also hit but survived.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2451710/Drug-dealer-Quentin-Patrick-sentenced-killing-12-year-old-trick-treater.html
Oct 25 – Edward Dooley, 54, was hit on the head in Loanhead, Midlothian after he was found urinating in a garden. James Hendry, 34, admitted culpable homicide and was jailed for 40 months in 2014. He had survived the notorious shooting at the Marmion bar in Edinburgh in 2006 which killed boxer Alexander McKinnon.
Oct 5 – Paul Merridew, 25, died after a fight at the Royal Oak pub in Bedworth, Warwickshire. Adrian Alleyne, 40, a DJ, from Coventry, was cleared of murder and manslaughter. Mr Alleyne claims he acted in self-defence during a struggle which took place outside the pub. The jury heard that earlier in the evening Merridew punched Mr Alleyne at the bar after complaining about the1970s music he was playing. Several people told the trial Merridew also threw a table and bar stool at the pub DJ. The trial also heard Merridew had previously threatened to shoot a barman at the same pub.
Sep 28 – Sghair Larimi, 29, gangster from Grenoble, shot by a sniper from a hill overlooking Varces-Grenoble prison in France. Marcel Egea, 58 years old at the time, arrested with a 7.65-caliber rifle on the heights overlooking the prison. Egea committed suicide in prison in April 2012 just before the trial, which was postponed to 21 January 2013 before the Assize Court of the Rhône.
June 27 – Douglas Chambers, chairman of the state-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company, was shot dead outside the company’s depot in Spanish Town, Jamaica. In January 2020 Tesha Miller, 40, the leader of the Spanish Town-based Clansman gang, was jailed for 38 years for being an accessory before murder. One of the gunmen, Andre ‘Blackman’ Bryan, was charged with murder but was acquitted in 2016. He and several of his relatives and other members of the Clansman gang are awaiting trial on gang-related charges. The other alleged gunman, known only as Brucky, has since died. The key prosecution witness at Miller’s trial in 2019 was a 29-year-old man – whose identity was not released – who entered a plea deal which saw him getting reduced jail time for a murder. He said he had been in the Clansman gang since he was 13 and had lost 13 members of his family at the hands of the gang over the years, and felt it was time to help put an end to the killings.
June 8 – Skyla Whitaker, 11, and her best friend Taylor Paschal-Placker, 13, were shot dead as they walked down a road near Weleetka in rural Oklahoma. The case remained unsolved until 2011 when Kevin Sweat, 28, admitted responsibility. He has been arrested for the murder of his fiancee, Ashley Taylor, 23. Sweat claimed he shot the girls because he thought they were “monsters” coming to get him. He was spared the death penalty in a plea bargain and jailed for life.
May: Sanam Navsarka, 2, suffered 100 injuries at home in Huddersfield. Her mother’s boyfriend Subhan Anwar, 21, was jailed for life with 23 year minimum tariff in 2009. The mother, Zahbeena Navsarka, 21, of Riddings Road, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, was jailed for nine years for the manslaughter. In Feb 2103 Anwar was murdered in HMP Long Lartin, Worcs.
March – Leonid Rozhetskin, 41, Russian financier and lawyer, vanished from his holiday home in Jurmala, Latvia. Blood was found inside the house. A body was found in the forest 25 miles away in the summer of 2012. It is believed to be him but there are rumours that he has gone into federal witness protection programme in US. He is thought to be tied up with Russian mafia activity.
Feb 16 – Barry Pring, 47, a British businessman, was run over by a car in Kiev, Ukraine. He died after celebrating his first wedding anniversary with wife Ganna Ziuzina. His family insist Ms Ziuzina was behind the ‘hit’ as she wanted to get her hands on his £1.5million property empire. An inquest in Exeter heard she led him to the edge of a dual carriageway after dinner to hail a taxi and then went back inside the restaurant to ‘collect her glove’. Moments later, Mr Pringy was killed when he was hit by a lorry believed to have been stolen from near Ms Zuizina’s home. It was travelling at 80mph with no headlights. Coroner Dr Elizabeth Earland found Mr Pring was unlawfully killed after being ‘tricked’ into standing on wrong carriageway while he waited for a taxi.
Jan 11 – Georgina Edmonds, 77, died of head injuries at home in Brambridge, Hampshire. Matthew Hamlen, 32, from Eastleigh, was acquitted in January 2012. The trial at Winchester CC was told that his DNA was found on the murder weapon, a rolling pin. He denied killing her while burgling the house.
Dec 28 – Kenrick Hutson, 74, a retired chief immigration officer, was shot on the verandah at his home in Spooners Hill, St. Michael, Barbados. The assailant then existed through the front gate and was seen running along Butlers Avenue towards Codrington Hill. The assailant was identified as having a slim build, and dark complexion. He was wearing a whitish shirt, dark coloured pants and a cap with the peak facing front.
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Nov 10 – Young Soo Do, 62, one of the world’s top Tae Kwon Do instructors, was shot dead while washing cars with a friend at the rear of his martial arts studio in Miami. His friend Leclerc Prosper survived. A reward of $57,000 has been offered. The case is unsolved.
Nov 27 – Sean Taylor, American football player for the Washington Redskins, shot at home in Florida. Eric Rivera, who was 17 at the time, went on trial in Nov 2013. Four other people were also charged in the case. One of them, Venjah Hunte, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and burglary charges and was jailed for 29 years. He testifed against Rivera. The others charged were Jason Scott Mitchell, 19; and Charles Kendrick Lee Wardlow, 18. The trial heard that they planned to burgle his home, and were unaware that he was injured and at home.
Oct 31 – Thomas Grundy, 56, shot dead in Liverpool. His stepson Graeme Kee, 29, a drug addict, was convicted of manslaughter (diminished responsibility) and given an indeterminate sentence.
Oct 25 – David Alford, 21, of Loranger, and Brett Jacobs, 25, of Terrytown, were shot dead in a sparsely populated neighbourhood of eastern New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Howard Pickens, 51, the only resident on the block, was also shot dead when he came out of his house to inspect his new mailbox. Police named one of the killers as Robert Hart, 23.
Oct 14 – Eddie Bernard, 23, was shot dead in Dryades Street, New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Carlos Miller, 19, “better known as Gangster Los” was named as the prime suspect.
Sep 8 – Kelli Chapple, 23, and David Matos, 28, were shot dead at an apartment in Jacksonville, Florida. Her family were not aware she was dating him until after her death. He was probably the intended target and she was killed just because she was a witness. Unsolved.
August 24 – Two men of Laotian origin – Boon Roopmoh, 48, and Wisan Inthamat, 36, and a woman, Kong Kham Gongvilay, 44, were shot dead during a bungled home invasion at 4810 Savoie Court in eastern New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Jerry Spencer Jr, 23, and another man were charged with murder.
August 3 – Jerome Boyer, 35, a heavyweight boxer, was shot seven times in Lawnville, Philadelphia as he returned home from watching a fight. His record was 0-2 with 2 KO’s. Unsolved
July 8 – Alexandra Flanagan, 33, a hairdresser, was killed and dismembered in Barrie, Ontario, and then her body parts were dumped in the local area. Her killing remained unsolved until 2011 when an undercover cop, pretending to be a mafia man, obtained a confession from Andrew Keene, 29, who led him to the scene where he had buried parts. Keene, who was married, was told in the sting that he had impressed a gangster who wanted to use him as a hitman. On 2 July 2015 Keene was sentenced to 25 years to life in jail and cannot seek parole for 17 years.http://www.thestar.com/news/crime/2015/06/25/womans-killer-awaits-sentence-after-elaborate-police-sting-yields-a-confession.html
June 27 – Paige Birgfeld, 37, a single mother and ‘soccer mum’, was abducted from her home in Grand Junction, Colorado, and murdered. Her body was found in a gully in 2012. Lester Jones, 65, was jailed for life without parole in 2016 after a retrial. The trials heard that she lived a secret double life as an escort to support her children. He had been one of her clients. In 2014, a fellow escort told investigators Jones called Birgfeld for an appointment but canceled when he realized she was the ex-wife of a man with whom he worked at the local fire department http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4069756/Man-65-convicted-death-mother-three-led-double-life-escort.html
June 5 – Carlos Ayala-Cormona, aged 28, and Ruben Furente, 30, were found dead in a house in Clapham, south London. In 2018 Gonzalo Andres Gomez Remolina, 35, was charged with murder and awaits trial.
May – Esra Akyuz, 6, raped and murdered by the 16 year old son of a neighbour in Turkey.
April 29 – Philip Hendy, 75, was stabbed outside a newsagent’s in Greenbank, Bristol. He died in hospital on May 8. Stephen Newton, 44, was jailed for life for his murder. At Newton’s trial in October 2008, Bristol Crown Court heard Newton, who was high on amphetamines at the time of the attack, waited outside the newsagents for Mr Hendy to leave. He then followed the grandfather and stabbed him twice in the back and neck with a kitchen knife. He was suffering from schizophrenia. Mr Hendy’s son, Julian, a documentary film maker from Leeds, was critical of the findings and maintained Newton should never have been free to walk the streets. He later set up a charity called Hundred Familes.
April 16 – Karen Allamby, 39, a mother of four who was also a drug user and possible prostitute, was murdered. Her headless body was found at Cane Vale, Christ Church, Barbados. She had been preparing to testify against a former boyfriend who raped her. Unsolved. http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/18431/closed-dead
April 6 – Paul Erhahon, 14, stabbed outside his home in Leytonstone, east London. He died in his mother’s arms. Paul Benfield, 16, and Kevin Adu-Marcet, 15, were convicted of murder and jailed for life (13 years) in May 2008. Jordan Conn, 15, was jailed for life (11 years). Nathan Desnoes, 16, was convicted of manslaughter and jailed for 12 years. Theo Diah, 18, was convicted of manslaughter and given an indeterminate sentence (7 years minimum). The trial heard that the killers were from the Cathall Boys gang from E15 postcode while the victim was associated with the Thatched House Tugs gang from E11 postcode. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7232344.stm
April 4 – Doug Belcher, 60, attacked at home in Bletchley, Bucks. Mahad Ali was jailed for life (20 years). Ben Lloyd, 30, from Harrow, and his brother Stephen Lloyd, 34, from Chesham, were both jailed for 5 years each for burglary. The trial heard that there were £10,000 worth of cannabis plants at Belcher’s house.
March – Steven McArdle, 26, stabbed at Warburtons bakery in Bellshill, Glasgow. Paul Steadward, 35, a workmate at the bakery, was jailed for life. The trial heard that McArdle was killed after coming back 15 minutes late from a tea break.
March 31 – Lewis Singleton, 18, stabbed in Woolston, Southampton. Rikki Johnson, 18, was jailed for life. He committed the murder while electronically tagged and under curfew.
March 27 – Maksim “Mad Max” Kurochkin, 38, gangster from Dnepropetrovsk who was on trial for extortion – shot outside a courtroom in Kiev, Ukraine. Two snipers fled in a Mazda car. Kurochkin, director of the Russia Club, was a friend of Ukrainian Prime Minister Yanukovich. His bodyguard and two associates were killed earlier in March. Unsolved.
March 26 – Lindsay Ann Hawker, 22, English teacher, from Coventry – strangled and found naked in a bath full of sand in Ichikawa, near Tokyo. Tatsuya Ichihashi, 28, went on the run and had plastic surgery to change his looks. He was eventually arrested in Nov 2009 in Osaka as he prepared to travel to Okinawa. He was jailed for life in July 2011. She had been teaching him English.
March 25 – Richard Petty, 34, a drug dealer, from Billingham, near Stockton, was stabbed to death over an £80 drug debt. Mark “Peo” Pearson, 28, from Redcar, was jailed for life. He had pleaded guilty. Joe Tingle, 23, was also jailed for life in September 2007after being convicted by a jury at Teesside Crown Court. Both got tariffs of 18 years. It was Pearson who had stabbed Petty. The trial heard Mr Petty had “taxed” £80 from Mark Fairweather – a street dealer who sold heroin around his neighbourhood for Pearson and Tingle. Tingle, who accompanied Pearson to Mr Petty’s flat, claimed at his trial he did not know his accomplice had a knife and would not have gone along if he did. However, he was found guilty after the prosecution said he was the “team leader” in a joint enterprise. Petty’s brother James said: “He was no saint, but no one deserves to die the way he did.”
March 17 – Adam Regis, 15, nephew of Olympic sprinter John Regis – stabbed in Beckton, east London. Unsolved.
March 17 – Bob Woolmer, 58, English coach of Pakistan cricket team – found dead in the bath at his room in the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica after Pakistan were knocked out of the Cricket World Cup by Ireland. There were rumours of match-fixing but an inquest later ruled it death by natural causes.
March 12 – Nathaniel Clark, 35, was shot dead as he sat in a Chevrolet car in Hollywood, Florida. His girlfriend Shanae LaRose, 19, was also shot but survived. Their two-year-old daughter Natalia was sitting in the back seat and was unhurt. $10,000 reward offered but the case is unsolved.
March – Odwayne Barnes, 16, stabbed near Matthew Boulton College in Birmingham. Damien Belle, 18, was convicted of murder and jailed for life (12 years) and Nathaniel Darby, 20, and Michael Hayles, 17, were both jailed for 10 years each for manslaughter. Barnes was a member of the Bang Bang Crew while his killers were from the Slash Crew.
March – Hilda Owen, 71, battered with a hammer and screwdriver in Skegby, Nottinghamshire. Peter Smith, 44, was jailed for life (30 years).
March 3 – A dismembered woman’s torso was found in a suitcase in Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck, upstate New York. The victim was a heavy-set Hispanic or light-skinned African-American woman, about five feet seven inches tall. She had a tattoo of two red cherries on a green stem on her right breast. She had been stabbed to death and then decapitated and dismembered. Her legs later washed up on West Gilgo Beach in New York. Police also found clothes in the suitcase and scraps of paper which, when pieced together, looked like a calendar with the Spanish word cinco (five) and the phrase “begin to live”. The suitcase had clearly washed up there but the victim was never identified and the murder never solved.
Feb 6 – Michael Dosunmu, 15, shot in bed at home in Peckham, S London. Mohammed Sannoh, 18, and Abdi Omar Noor, 21, were both jailed for life (30 years). Dosunmu’s brother Hassan was part of the same robbery gang as Javarie Crighton and he was killed by mistake in revenge for murder of Crighton.
Feb 4 – Chamberlain Igwemba, 47, Nigerian, shot in his flat in Peckham, S London. Unsolved.
Feb 3 – Javarie Crighton, 21, stabbed in Peckham, S London. Orlando Madden, 27, jailed for life (14 years). The trial at the Old Bailey heard Crighton was part of a robbery gang and had a falling out with Madden over the proceeds.
Feb 2 – James Smartt-Ford, 16, shot at Streatham Ice Arena in S London. He staggered on to the ice rink after being shot. Unsolved.
Feb – Robert Mair, 57, drug dealer – beaten to death with weights and tied up in a cupboard at his home in Northfields, Aberdeen. Drek Carswell, 40, from Ayrshire, was jailed for life (16 years) in Sep 2007. Stephen Rankin, 32, was acquitted.
Jan 28 – Victor Yuill, shot at his salvage yard in Rigside, Lanarkshire, Scotland. James “Dally” Duncan, 60; Russell “Gus” Dewar, 64 and John Graham, 21, were all jailed for life in Dec 2007.
Jan 27 – Andrew Ayres, 50, was beaten to death by a pack of “absolute animals” after jumping a taxi queue outside the Kings Head pub in Bradford. Laura Mitchell, 22, was jailed for life (13 years), along with Michael Hall, 22 and Henry Ballantyne, 20. Carl Holmes, 21, pleaded guilty to murder. All four must serve a minimum of 13 years and six months. Bradford Crown Court heard Mr Ayres had tried to stop a fight after Mitchell and three friends had attacked a group of people. The court was told that Mitchell had “gone off her head” in the row after brothers Craig and Dean Powell rightfully claimed it was theirs. Mitchell and Hall appealed in 2016, claiming they were wrongly convicted under joint enterprise law.
Jan 25 – Dean Tully, 37, shot dead by two balaclava-wearing intruders at 9.22pm at his flat in Green Dragon Lane on the Haverfield estate in Brentford, W London. There were nine people in the flat at the time and it’s not thought Mr Tully was deliberately targeted. Police said the only evidence officers have to go on, was one boot mark found in the flat, ‘incredibly poor’ CCTV footage from around the estate and the Czech Republic CZ25 sub-machine gun which killed Mr Tully. It was recovered the weapon from a bin in December 2008 after a gang of men were seen waving it around a Streatham night club. The killing is believed to be linked to a feud between drug gangs on the estate.
Jan 25 – Paulo Costa, 29, drug user – stabbed n Rectory Park Avenue, Northolt, NW London. Navarone John-Vacher, 17, was jailed for life (10 years) in Sep 2007. The trial heard John-Vacher was a drug dealer who thought Costa had robbed him. http://www.murdermap.co.uk/pages/cases/case.asp?CID=611551261&Case=Teenage-dealer-stabbed-addict-to-death:-Paulo-Costa
Jan 24 – Bryan Kocis, 45, gay porn producer, stabbed 28 times and almost decapitated in his apartment in Dallas Township, Pennsylvania, which was then set on fire. Joe Kerekes, 34, and his boyfriend Harlow Cuadra, 27, both gay porn actors and escorts from Virginia Beach, were both jailed for life without parole in March 2009. It emerged during their trial that they killed him because they wanted to make porn films with Sean Lockhart, an actor who was under contract to Kocis.
Jan 24 – Donna Wilson, 30, stabbed at home in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Her former boyfriend Shaun Clarke, 45, hanged himself in woods nearby. He had served 16 years in jail for murder and clearly did not want to go back to jail. She had reported threats by him to the police earlier in the month. IPCC investigated.
Jan 24 – Jevon Henry, 18, mechanic, stabbed on the Lisson Green estate in St John’s Wood, west London. Taz Uddin, 22; Jubed Miah, 25; Toufajul Miah, 20; Kamal Abdul, 20; and Muhid Abdul, 20, were all jailed for life in March 2009. The trial heard they were a drug dealing gang from Lisson Green.
Jan 19 – Hrant Dink, 52, the editor-in-chief of the Armenian “Agos” periodical, was shot dead outside his office in Istanbul. Ogyun Samast, a teenager, was jailed for 22 years in 2012 and Yasin Hayal, who organised the assassination, was jailed for life. But in 2014 the convictions were quashed. Journalist Ercan Gun was arrested in connection with the murder in 2016, after the failed Gulenist coup. According to eyewitnesses, Dink was shot by a man of 25 to 30 years of age, who fired three shots at Dink’s head from the back at point blank range before fleeing the scene on foot. According to the police, the assassin was a man of 18 to 19 years of age. Two men had been taken into custody in the first hours of the police investigation, but were later released. Another witness, the owner of a restaurant near the Agos office, said the assassin looked about 20, wore jeans and a cap and shouted “I shot the infidel” as he left the scene.
Jan 13 – Catherine Marlow, 28, office worker from New Zealand – stabbed in a shower at a finance company, Research Now, in Kennington, south London after coming in to work on a Saturday. Matthew Fagan, 31, an American computer expert who had been sacked by the company, was jailed for life (28 years) in Sep 2008. The trial at the Old Bailey heard that Marlow found Fagan stealing computers from the office and he killed her.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7632305.stm
Jan – Thierry Baudry, 41, extortionist, tortured and stabbed with scissors in his cell in the prison at Rouen, France. Nicolas Cocaign, 38, admitted killing him at a trial in June 2010 but was sent to a psychiatric hospital. The trial heard he cut out Baudry’s lung – thinking it was his heart – cooked it on a stove in the cell and then ate it.
Jan – John Iveson, 36, criminal, was last seen at Hill Farm near Nantwich, Cheshire. Paul Billington, 40, and Mark Done, 47, were both acquitted at Chester CC. The trial heard that Iveson was owed £250,000 by Billington. Iveson left behind a pregnant wife.
Jan 10 – Thanha Khanum, 6, and Anika Khanum, 5, strangled at home in East Ham, E London. Their mother Juli Begum, 26, was found hanged. In 2019 Mohammed Abdul Shakur, 45, was extradited back to the UK from India, where he has been imprisoned for immigration offences since 2012. He has been charged with all three murders and awaits trial.
Jan 3 – Rina Panchal, 26, shop worker – stabbed at TK Maxx shop in Leicester. William Otim Alikori, 32, a cleaner at the shop, hanged himself on 25 January while on remand in HMP Leicester. The inquest heard that Alikori complained about not being paid shortly before the incident.
Jan 2 – Atiyebi Omuaru, 25, shot as he went to pick up his car from a garage on the Lyon Business Estate in Barking, Essex. Two black gunmen were caught on CCTV which was later shown on Crimewatch. The killers took cash during the incident. Mr Omuaru was a Nigerian from the Association of Rivers Communities. Unsolved.
Jan 1 – Paul Kelly, 32, stabbed outside the Longacre Tavern in Bath, Somerset. In April 2008 Nathan Dixon, 17, was acquitted. Karl Eastwood, 20, was convicted of GBH and given an indeterminate sentence (2 years minimum). In March 2007 a poem naming the defendants was posted up around the city. In April 2013 Dixon stabbed a friend, Jacob Russell, in the street after a dispute over a Facebook comment, but Russell survived. Dixon was jailed for 15 years for that attack and police made a fresh appeal for evidence relating to the killing of Paul Kelly.
Dec – Michael Lyons, 21, shot at a garage, Applerow Motors, in Lambhill, Glasgow. His cousin Steven Lyons and friend Robert Pickett survived. James McDonald, 35, and Raymond Anderson, 46, were both jailed for life (35 years).
Dec – Jake Mackay, 18, stabbed in the street in Leicester. Dimple Scaife, 17, the mother of his child, was jailed for life (12 years minimum). She claimed she acted in self-defence.
Dec 26 – Stephen Callaghan, 37, was beaten and shot with an airgun in Cottingham, Hull. Daniel Sellers, 18, was jailed for life (18 years) in Oct 2007 and Luke Anderson, 17, was jailed for life (15 years). The trial at Hull CC heard the motive was robbery and they were beating him to get his PIN number.
Dec 18 – Parvaiz Iqbal, 41, killed at home in Deane, Bolton. Jiri Motl, 33, was jailed for life (28 years) and Vladimir Brandeys, 27, was jailed for life (17 years). Both were Czechs. Mr Iqbal’s phone was stolen, which appeared to be the only motive.
Dec 15 – Cheryl Green, 14, innocent black girl – shot in Harbor Gateway district of Los Angeles during gang war. Jonathan Fajardo, 18, was sentenced to death in 2010. Ernesto Alcarez, 20, was jailed for 238 years to life in June 2012. They also killed accomplice Christopher Ash, who they thought was going to snitch on them. The killers were from the (Hispanic) 204th Street gang who were in a war with black gangs.
Dec 15 – Owen Henry Wilson, 53, shot at home in Handsworth, Birmingham. Rennard Russell, 36, from Oldbury was acquitted in 2010. The prosecution claimed Russell, a drug dealer, killed Wilson because he believed he had stolen £33,000 from him. The trial heard that Wilson was on the phone to his daughter in Jamaica when he was shot and she heard the killer’s voice.
Dec 13 – Rebecca Riley, 4, died at home in Brockton, Massachusetts. Her father Michael Riley was jailed for life without parole in 2010. Her mother, Carolyn Riley, 35, was jailed for life (parole in 15 years) after being convicted of 2nd degree murder. The trial heard that they had overmedicated Rebecca, who had been diagnosed with ADHD and bipolar disorder by child psychiatrist Kayoko Kifuji.
Dec 9 – Jimoh Plunkett, 24, from south London, shot at Zest nightclub in Princes Street, Ipswich. Two others from Stanway, Essex, survived. There were 800 people in the club at the time but few witnesses came forward. The gunman is believed to have been from the Peel Dem Crew. Afterwards the police – who were busy with the Suffolk Strangler case at the time – asked for the club to be closed down. Unsolved. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-suffolk-23768222
Dec 4 – Olu Olagbaju, 26, a music producer, stabbed and beaten up on the dancefloor of Shadan’s nightclub in City of London. Dashem Tesfamichael, 23, fled to Miami but was extradited and in 2008 jailed for life (13 years). Fernando Anyere, 22, Ademda Oladeji, 29, Okechukwu Okpala, 25, and Uzoma Okpala were jailed for 2 years each for violent disorder. A third Okpala brother, Obinna, 29, of Chafford Hundred, Essex, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice after driving Tesfamichael to Stansted Airport from where he fled the UK. He was jailed for 2 years.
The trial heard his wife was telephoned during the ordeal and told: “Be prepared to collect your husband’s corpse.” He was driven back to South Wales and carried into hospital in Newport with broken ribs and a head injury by two men who fled the scene. He died about eight hours later. Bac Phuong Nguyen, 30; and Son Van Nhu, 24, from Feltham; and Paul Harrison, 36, from SE London, were all acquitted.
Oct 25 – Bethlehem Ayele, 34, was shot dead as she drove her car in Alexandria, Virginia and stopped at a traffic light. A man walked up and shot her. She was a federal witness who was due to testify against a ruthless gang called Murder Incorporated which controlled crack and heroin distribution in Washington DC and was responsible for 31 killings between 1998 and 1999. She had refused a place in the federal witness protection programme but had simply moved out of Washington and changed her name. Two of the leaders of the gang, Kevin Gray and Rodney Moore had been jailed for life in 2005.Unsolved.
Oct 24 – Lihau Cao, 27, pregnant Chinese dancer and waitress, vanished from home in Hendon, NW London. She was only reported missing in Feb 2007. Her husband, Robert Ekaireb, 37, was jailed for life (22 years) in Jan 2014. Her body has never been found.
Oct 18 – Altantuya Shaariibuu, a 28-year-old Mongolian model and interpreter, killed by Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar in Malaysia. The case was at the centre of allegations of huge kickbacks in a government purchase of French submarines. Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar went missing in 2015 after being released on appeal.
Fernand Labossiere, 78, his mother, Rita Labossiere, 74, and his brother, Remi Labossiere, 44. Their bodies were found in their burned-out farmhouse in St. Leon, Manitoba., in 2005.
Aug 19 – Samuel Marriott-Gray, was stabbed in Blackbird Leys, Oxford. He died in October 2015, when he was 30. Leonard Morrison, now 47, has been charged with murder and awaits trial.
May 27 – Thomas Grant, 19, student from Gloucester – stabbed in the chest on a Glasgow to Paignton (Devon) train. He jumped off the train at Oxenholme, Cumbria. Thomas Lee Wood, 21, from Skelmersdale, was jailed for life (21 years) in Nov 2006. The trial at Preston CC heard that Grant and Wood were complete strangers but Wood was in a bad mood after a row with his girlfriend.
May 24 – David “Noddy” Rice, 42, drug dealer – shot in Marsden, South Shields. In March 2007 Steven Bevens, 39, was jailed for life. Derek Blackburn, 51, the getaway driver, was jailed for 4 years for assisting an offender. Detective Constable John Jones was jailed for 5 years for corruption. He was given cocaine and prostitutes by drugs kingpin Allan Foster, 31, who is still on the run, believed to be in Spain.
May 19 – Ashleigh Ewing, 22, psychology graduate and novice mental health worker – stabbed in kitchen of house in Heaton, Newcastle. One of her patients, Ronald Dixon, 34, a paranoid schizophrenic, was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act in Oct 2007. He had walked into the police station and confessed.
May 19 – Catherine Grosstephan, 89, widow – raped and strangled at home in Theydon Bois, Essex. Scott Thompson, 23, a homeless man who lived in a tent in Ilford, was jailed for life in Feb 2007. The trial at Chelmsford CC heard he was on bail at the time for another sex attack at Walthamstow bus station.
May 18 – Kiyan Prince, 15, promising footballer who was in QPR’s youth team – stabbed outside The London Academy in Edgware, N London. Hassan Mohammed Hasan, 16, was jailed for life (13 years) in July 2007. Kiyan had tried to break up a fight. His father was former boxer Mark Prince. http://www.kiyan.org/who-we-are/mark-prince/
May 16 – Garth Muir, 30, drug addict – killed with a samurai sword on the doorstep of his home on the Hazel Leys estate in Corby, Northants. James Hunter survived. Leon Hill, 26, was jailed for life (28 years) in May 2007. His father, Richard Hill, 51, a heroin dealer, was jailed for 20 years for manslaughter. He later had £258,000 confiscated.
May 15 – Michael McIlveen, 15, Catholic – attacked by a loyalist gang in Ballymena. In Nov 2008 Mervyn Moon, 17, was jailed for life (10 years). Christopher Kerr, 19, was jailed for life (9 years) and Aaron Wallace, 18, got life (8 years). Motive was sectarian hatred. At his funeral boys wore Celtic and Rangers shirts.
May 14 – Patrick Fleming, 40, drug dealer – stabbed at a flat in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. Desmond Heaney, 25, from Ballymena, was jailed for life (22 years) in Feb 2008 but tariff was reduced to 20 years in 2011. Kevin Gilmore, 29, was acquitted. Fleming had had £460,000 of assets frozen by the Assets Recovery Agency in 2004.
May 11 – Oulemata Niangadou, 24, nanny from Mali, and Luna Drowart, 2, the child she was looking after – shot in Antwerp. A Turkish woman, Sengul Koc, survived. Hans van Themsche, 18, a white racist whose father helped form the Vlaams Blok party, was shot by police and arrested. In Oct 2007 he was jailed for life.
May 11 – Lily, still born baby girl – body found in a bag near the River Alne in Warwickshire. Her mother, Rachael Davies, 26, from Alcester, was convicted of concealing a birth and given probation for 2 years in Aug 2007.
May 11 – Nisha Patel-Nasri, 29, off-duty special constable – stabbed with a kitchen knife from her own home on the doorstep in Wembley, NW London. Her husband Fadi Nasri, 33; middleman Roger Leslie, 37; and the actual hitman, Jason Jones, 35, were all jailed for life. Tony Emmanuel, 40, the alleged getaway driver, was acquitted. The couple had been out to celebrate their third wedding anniversary but he was having an affair with a Lithuanian girl, Laura Mockiene.http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7288533.stm
May 2 – Rocky Dawson, 24, shot in front of his two young children in Hornchurch, Essex. Chris Pearman, 54, from Waltham Abbey, was jailed for life (23 years) in Jan 2007. James “Jimbles” Tomkins, 57, went on the rain but was arrested in Spain in 2010. In 2011 he too was jailed for life.
March 18 – Anthony Benesh, 44, was shot dead by a sniper in Austin, Texas. Jesse James Benavides, Robert Romo, Norberto Serna and Johnny Romo were charged with murder in 2017. They are members of the Bandidos gang. Benesh was shot dead by a sniper after the Bandidos motorcycle gang warned the 44-year-old against launching a rival Hell’s Angels biker group in Austin, Texas. http://www.kvue.com/news/crime/bandidos-members-indicted-2006-austin-murder/419517754
Feb 25 – Patricia Martin-McCool, 30, her aunt Terry-Ann Mohammed, 40, and her children, five-year-old Jihad McCool, two-year-old Shane Chin, seven-year-old Lloyd McCool, and nine-year-old Jessie Ogilvie, were shot dead in St Thomas parish, Jamaica. Terry-Ann Mohammed was found with chop wounds to the neck and six degree burns to sections of her body including vagina, belly, arm, chest, thigh and neck, while her niece Patricia McCool was also found with chop wounds to neck and a deep stab wound to right and lower back. Jessie, Sean and Lloyd were also found with chop wounds to their necks. Michael McLean went on trial for the murders in January 2018.
Feb – Allen Leung, 56 the head of the Ghee Kung Tong gang in Chinatown, San Francisco, was shot dead in his import-export business on Jackson Street. A gunman wearing a mask demanded cash. Leung agreed but was shot anyway as his wife looked on. Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow was convicted of the murder and racketeering in Jan 2016. The probe also ensnared former California state senator Leland Yee, who has pleaded guilty to a racketeering count involving bribes. Prosecutors said Chow ordered the slaying of the head of a Chinese fraternal organization with criminal ties that Chow then took over. They also charged him with conspiracy to murder another rival. Investigators say Chow used the organization as a front for drug trafficking, money laundering and the sale of stolen cigarettes and alcohol. The prosecution’s main witness against Chow was an undercover FBI agent who posed as a foul-mouthed East Coast businessman with mafia ties while infiltrating Chow’s organisation. The Ghee Kung Tong is the American branch of the Hong Kong-based Wo Hop To triad. Chow was also convicted of the murder of Jim Tat Kong, a member of the Hop Sing Tong gang in San Francisco, who was fatally shot in Mendocino County in October 2013. Kong, along with his wife, were found dead from gunshot wounds in their minivan near Fort Bragg.
13 February – Ilan Halimi, 23, a Jewish shop assistant, was lured to his death on the Baigneux estate in Paris and then dumped, naked, bound and gagged, near St Genevieve-des-Bois. The killers were known as the Barbarians and the motive was anti-Semitism. Youssouf Fofana, 26, from the Ivory Coast, was the self-styled “Brain of the Barbarians” and after going on the run and being captured he was jailed for life – minimum of 22 years – in 2009. His accomplices Samir Ait Abdelmalik, 30, and Jean-Christophe Soumbou, 23, were jailed for 18 and 15 years respectively. Also jailed was the honey trap girl, Sorour Arbabzadeh (aka Emma), 17, who got 9 years. Four years later Sorour hit the headlines again when prison warder Florent Goncalves was sacked for having sex with her while she was an inmate at Versailles prison. Samir Ait Abdelmalik, 30, was jailed for 18 years. Jean-Christophe Soumbou, 23, was jailed for 15 years. Sorour “Emma” Arbabzadeh, 17, the girl who had acted as the “honey pot” in a trap, was jailed for 9 years. Christophe “Moko” Martin-Vallet, was jailed for 10 years. The trial heard Halimi was killed for anti-Semitic reasons. Also jailed were Gavarin, Jean-Christophe;Moustafa, Nabil;Moustafa, Nabil
Jan 15 – Chee Gaik Yap, 25, a marketing executive, was raped and murdered while out jogging in the town of Sungai Petani in Kedan state, Malaysia. Shahril Jaafar, 34, a businessman, was sentenced to death in August 2015.
Jan – Kenneth Coombes, 87, was beaten to death with a shovel and buried in a garden in Reddish, Stockport, Greater Manchester. His daughter Barbara Coombes, 63, pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility at Manchester Crown Court in July 2018. She was jailed for nine years. The court heard Coombes concealed his body for 12 years until she walked into a police station on 7 January, 2018 and told officers: “I murdered my father 12 years ago.” He had been a violent bully and the trigger was when she found a box of his photographs which contained indecent images of children.
Oct 6 – Shohreh Seyed-Makki, 54, was beaten and strangled to death at her home in Falconhurst, Potomac, near Washington DC. Three days later her son, Mark K Makki, 23, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. It had been suggested the mother and son clashed over his girlfriend, Aramis Mizani. But the case was dismissed a month later when DNA evidence failed to link him to the scene. The case remains unsolved.
Sep 11 – Andre Nunes, 47, a former male model, was kidnapped in Selly Oak, Birmingham, tortured and murdered in Alvechurch. His remains were found two years later buried in Worcestershire.Michael Weldon, 56, and Mark Price, 41, were jailed for life. Weldon was ordered to serve a minimum term of 23 years for the “callous and cold-blooded killing.” The pair, armed with shotguns, were looking for another man, who Weldon believed had assaulted a female relative. Price was sentenced to a minimum term of 15 years in prison. A third man, Michael Oliver, 52, was convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. He had already pleaded guilty to separate firearms offences and was given a total of 15 years in prison. Weldon died in prison in 2015.
July 1 -Yvonne Jonsson, 19, was beaten to death at the Royal Park condominium complex in Rajagiriya, Colombo, Sri Lanka while on holiday. Her skull was fractured in 64 places. Jude Jayamaha was convicted of killing her and jailed for 12 years but his sentence was appealed and he was later sentenced to death. But he walked free in November 2019 after receiving an unusual pardon granted by President Maithripala Sirisena, whose term in office ended a few days later. Police said around 1,000 prisoners had refused to return to their cells at Welikada prison in Colombo in protest while four inmates had clambered onto the prison’s roof. Jayamaha hails from a wealthy Colombo family with political connections. He was in a relationship with Yvonne’s sister Caroline at the time of the murder.
June 24 – Caroline Calderon-Zungia, 24, was run over by her own car, a green Fiat Punto, in Moody Road, Peckham, south London at 11.30am. A 26 year-old-man was arrested shortly afterwards but was later released without charge. An inquest held on 14 September 2005 at Southwark Coroner’s Court delivered an open verdict. Police were unable to identify who was driving the car at the time. They offered a £10,000 reward and made a fresh appeal in November 2015. Caroline had just dropped off her children, aged 4 and 7, at her mother’s house.
June 23 – Marvin “Face” Gentles, 28, Jamaican drug dealer living in Northolt – his body was chopped into 133 parts and found in black bin bag in the Regents Canal in Primrose Hill, N London. Abdul Aziz El-Gharras, 30, a crack addict, from Lisson Green, NW London, who worked for Gentles, was jailed for life (18 years) in April 2006. The trial heard Gentles came looking for El-Gharras after he gave him some crack to sell (but he ended up smoking it). He set fire to his own flat to get rid of evidence and then claimed to be homeless.
June 18 – Lorraine Jones, 45, divorcee from Leeswood, near Mold, beaten, stabbed and strangled and dumped semi naked near A4212 in Snowdonia, Wales. Chris Reed, 39, a sexual sadist from Ellesmere Port, was jailed for life (30 years) in September 2006. His girlfriend Kathy Williams, 29, was jailed for life (24 years). The trial at Mold CC heard they were involved in a drunken threesome which got out of hand.
June 17 – Jane Thrussell, 56, secretary, strangled at home in Dagenham, E London. Gary Allen, 49, an odd-job man, was acquitted in October 2007. He had murdered Ann Reenwold 18 years earlier.
June 16 – Rebecca Stephenson, 19, prostitute and drug addict, abducted from Town Moor area of Doncaster. Ronald Beardmore, 31, a punter, was jailed for life (15 years) at Sheffield CC.
June 11 – Gwyn Edwards, 72, stabbed at home in Ottershaw, Surrey. His Estonian wife, Tatjana, 27, was jailed for life (12 years) at Southwark CC in March 2006. She was a former prostitute and mail order bride. She killed him when he turned out not to be a multi millionaire.
June 10 – Vitalij Rodzevic, 34, was beaten to death at his flat in Stratford, E London. Tomas Vaicaitis, 26, and Amiranas Ziaurys, 29, were charged with murder.
June 7 – Julie Turner, 40, mother of 2, shot in the head in a Mercedes and dumped in an oil drum in Derbyshire. Her lover, Howard Simmerson, 43, businessman from Sheffield, was jailed for life (25 years) in Oct 2005. The trial heard she was having an affair with him while living with Darren Akers. Simmerson drove to a farm with the victim’s body in the drum and then had sex with farmer’s daughter Charlotte Melland, 20.
June – Inga Losiene, 32, Lithuanian-born woman – her body was found in the boot of a car at Southend railway station. Her Iraqi Kurd boyfriend, Farik Farukh, 32, fled to Sweden. He was extradited and jailed for life in July 2006 after a trial at Chelmsford CC. He was also convicted of rape.
June 3 – Roger Hendra, retired gay teacher, hit with a hammer and throat slashed at his flat in Hampstead, N London. Mark Papazian, 50, was jailed for life (23 years) at Reading Crown Court.
June – Janet Brown, heiress and TV extra, vanished from her home in Hexham, Northumberland. Donald Graham, 59, was charged with murder in Jan 2014. Ms Brown, who had worked on the ITV show Distant Shores, had been about to inherit her parents’ estate. Graham, from Seaton Delaval, has also been charged with 13 counts of fraud. Elizabeth Todd, 51, is jointly charged with fraud, forgery and perverting the course of justice. They await trial.
March 25 – Paul Croft, 19, was beaten to death with baseball bats in an alley next to the Lord Nelson pub in Pendlebury, Salford. Paul O’Neill, 35, from Pendlebury, and James Wilde, 28, from Swinton, have been charged with murder. His girlfriend gave birth to twin boys three months later.
Feb 14 – Rashawn Brazell, 19, a medical student, went missing in New York. His dismembered remains were found in bags along the tracks in Bushwick area of Brooklyn three days later. He was gay and may have been killed in a homophobic attack. He had also been kept for a few days and tortured.
Dec – Aivaras Danilevicius, 30, a Lithuanian, was killed in late 2004 but his body was dumped in a field in Warfield, near Bracknell, Berkshire between 2008 and 2013. The body was discovered in July 2015. Mr Danilevicius was identified through a DNA match It is thought Mr Danilevicius came to the UK in 1996, and spent most of his time in the London area. Investigators believe the man, who had strong links to London’s gay scene, was killed in late 2004 and his remains were dumped in the ditch in Hawthorn Lane some years later.
Nov 13 – Paul Mooney, 35, was shot dead at close range as he lay on a sofa at his friend Mark Rae’s bungalow in Croxteth, Liverpool. Blake Brown, 19, Anthony Rimmer, 19, and Anthony Fairfield, 18, were acquitted of murder on the judge’s directions. The trial heard how Mooney, who had recently split up with his wife, used and sold drugs. In September 2016 Brown was himself shot dead, apparently in revenge.
Nov 7 – Christopher Yeates, 30, computer studies student, kicked to death in the car park of University of East London in Barking. Imran Maqsood, 21; Zahid Bashir, 23; and Sajid Zulfiqar, 25, were all jailed for life (15 years). The trial at the Old Bailey heard the killers had shamed their family because they had been drinking alcohol. Sajid Zulfiqar was overheard saying they had killed a white man but the judge said it was not a racist crime.
Oct 20 – Robert Symons, 45, teacher, stabbed at his home in Airedale Avenue, Chiswick in the middle of the night when he confronted a burglar. Yousef Bouhaddaou, 26, from Notting Hill, was jailed for life (26 years) in March 2006.
Oct 16 – Samira Ullah, 3 months old – shaken to death in Kilburn, NW London. Her father Sitab Ullah, 26, was jailed for life. Her mother Salma Begum was jailed for 29 months for neglect.
Oct 12 – Samon Mohammed, 30, Kurdish, stabbed in Plumstead, SE London. Unsolved.
Oct 11 – Boa Hua Liang, 25, stabbed in an alley in Chinatown, Manchester. Yi Fu Chang, 32, a Chinese national was arrested in Llanelli, and charged with murder.
Oct 9 – Danielle Beccan, 14, from St Ann’s, shot in a drive-by shooting as she walked home from the Goose Fair inNottingham with a group of friends. Junior Andrews, 23, and Mark Ontonio Kelly, 20, were both jailed for life (32 years) in Oct 2005. The trial heard that they were both members of the Waterfront Gang (WFG) from The Meadows, Nottingham, who had a running feud with gang from St Ann’s. It was a random attack and Danielle was not the target.
Oct 4 – Rachel O’Reilly, 30, mother of 2, beaten to death at home in Baldarragh, The Naul, Ireland. Her husband Joe O’Reilly, 35, was jailed for life in July 2007.
Oct 2 – Kelly Sinnott, 24, vanished in Kings Square estate in Hoxton, E London. Her body was later found near the A5 in Hertfordshire. Jermaine Flavius, 22, a pimp, from Islington, was jailed for life in Dec 2005.
October 2 – Rufus Edwards, 34, gangster, and Mark Warmington, 39, doorman, shot dead in Spotlight nightclub in Croydon. A third man, Michael Edward, 34, survived after a liver transplant. Michael Nettleford, 30; Marcus Anderson, 28; Darren Little, 30; Derrick Mason, 34; Michael Lindo, 25; Craig Hughes, 29; Cleveland Fenderson, 27; Winston Minott, 25; and Darren Valentine, 20, were all acquitted. Conspiracy to murder charges were also dropped against Keyinde Patterson, who was later suspected of being one of the Securitas robbers. Later that same night a gang drove to Bristol and shot at Curtis Brooks and Andrew Joseph. They missed and seriously injured Donna Small and Asha Jama, who were travellingly unwittingly in Brooks’ car.
Sep 29 – Radhakrishna Chepooru, 27, from Northampon, stabbed and left burning in a ditch in Aldenham, near Watford. The killer, 25, fled to Hyderabad, India and has never been extradited.
Aug 16 – Three sons of Chandrashekhar Prasad, a politician, were abducted from their house in Siwan, Bihar state, India. They were taken to Pratappur village where two of them, Girish and Satish, were killed by pouring acid over them. The third son, Rajeev Bhushan, managed to escape and was the sole eye witness in the case but was gunned down in 2014. The bodies of the two brothers were never recovered. Rajkumar Sah, Sheikh Aslam and Arif Hussain were convicted of murder and jailed for life. In 2015 former RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin was jailed for life imprisonment after he was found guilty for the abduction and murder. Shahbuddin was in jail at the time of the murder. Hena Shahab, Shahabuddin’s wife went on to suggest a political vendetta against her husband.
Aug 6 – Erin Belanger, 22, and her boyfriend Francisco Ayo Roman, 30, Michelle Nathan, 19, Ahtony Vega, 34, Roberto Gonzalez, 28 and Jonathan Gleason, 18, were beaten to death with baseball bats and machetes in a house in Deltona, Florida in the so-called Xbox Massacre. Troy Victorino, 20, Robert Cannon, 18, Jerone Hunter, 18, and Michael Salas, 18, were all convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Victorino and Hunter had their sentences overturned. The trial heard that Victorino, a squatter, had been evicted from the house by Erin Belanger. He came back to collect some items, including an Xbox and killed her and five other people in the house.
June – Robert Bogle, 25, stabbed to death in Farcet, Cambridgeshire. Paul Glen, 33, a hitman, of Fleetwood, Lancs, was jailed for life in 2005 and given a whole life sentence because of the fact that he had been out on licence after a previous murder. Victor Dark, 48, of Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, Robert Lotts, 45, of Farcet, and his brother-in-law Wayne Wright, 45, of Hackney, London, were all cleared of murder. The trial heard that the intended target was a man called Smart who shared a house with Bogle. Lotts, a wealthy builder, admitted conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm, and said he wanted to hurt Smart to stop him intimidating his son.
May 5 – Bob Dow, 49, was shot dead at his mother’s home in Mineral Wells, Texas. Bobbi Jo Smith, 21, and Jennifer Jones, 20, were both convicted of the murder. Dow’s elderly mother Lila was found alive and well in her locked bedroom. Dow plied young women with drugs and alcohol to get them to have sex on camera. Smith and Jones were lesbian lovers who blamed each other for the shooting. The case featured in the book Bad Girls.
Jan 7 – Scott Pritchard, 19, was beaten to death at his home in Sunderland. His leg was in plaster at the time and he could only walk with the help of crutches. In 2018 Karen Tunmore, then aged 36, from Killingworth, was jailed for life (17 years) for his murder. The trial heard Scott Pritchard owed money to a member of local gang, the Hendon Mad Dogs who, in turn, owed money to Tunmore. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-45678486
Nov 8– Joan Roddam, 74, was strangled at her home in Delabole, Cornwall. Patrick Curran, who was 27 at the time, was arrested at the time but only charged in 2014 after forensic advances. Truro Crown Court heard Curran, 38, had a sexual interest in much older women (visited porn websites involving “mature” women) and Mrs Roddam was probably killed after she rebuffed sexual advances. In 2015 he was jailed for life (minimum of 18 years). In 2019 the UK True Crime podcast featured the case and mentioned that Philip Williams – who discovered Mrs Roddam’s body – had been wrongly made a suspect by the police. His marriage split up and he later sought damages from the police. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-30934122
May 16 – Sylvia Holtzclaw, 56, a bank teller, and customers James ‘Eb’ Barnes, 61, and Maggie Barnes, 58, were shot dead during a bungled robbery at the Blue Ridge Saving Bank in Greer, South Carolina. The two robbers got away with less than $3,000. A reward of $100,000 has been offered but the case remains unsolved.
April 30 –Tamara “Strawberry” Greene, 27, a stripper and dancer, was shot dead as she sat in a car with ber boyfriend Eric Mitchell, who survived, in Bagley, Detroit. It was 3.40am. The shooter was in a white SUV. Rumours abound that Greene had danced for the Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, and had somehow upset his wife Carlita. In 2008 Kilpatrick was jailed for perjury and mail fraud. http://www.defrostingcoldcases.com/the-cold-case-of-tamara-greene/
April – Natalia Doherty, 50, a mother-of-three, was last seen in Eastbourne, East Sussex. Her body was discovered buried in the garden of a house in Icknield Way, Luton in Sep 2015. Two men, aged 66 and 39, from Luton, were arrested on suspicion of murder but have not been charged. A 71-year-old man from Port Glasgow, Scotland, is on bail on suspicion of prevention of lawful burial.
Dec 11 – Thomas McKendrick, 21, was stabbed 42 times in Fauldhouse, West Lothian, Scotland. Allan Menzies, 22, was jailed for life (18 years) in October 2003. At his trial he claimed he was told to kill McKendrick by Akasha, a character from the film Queen Of The Damned. He had denied murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice but was found guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh. The court was told that Menzies said he had drunk some of his victim’s blood and eaten part of his head. In evidence, he said the female vampire Akasha, who was played in the film by the late US singer Aaliyah, had visited him at home. Menzies was found dead in his cell in 2004.
Nov 8 – Anna Lisa Raymundo, 32, was stabbed to death in her condominium in Stamford, Connecticut. She had been stabbed nine times in the face, neck and chest and was bludgeoned over the head. The prime suspect, Sheila Davalloo, was not charged until November 2007. In the meantime – in March 2003 – Davalloo stabbed her husband Paul Christos twice at their condo in Pleasantville, New York, during a sex game. She was jailed for 25 years for attempted murder. She went on trial for Raymundo’s murder in 2012. It later emerged that Raymundo was Davalloo’s love rival. Both were involved with a man called Nelson Sessler, who worked at Purdue Pharma, where they both worked. She was convicted of first degree murder and jailed for 50 years, to run consecutively after the 25 year term.
September 10 – Lorna Stewart, 36, owner of an alternative therapy centre, was shot at her shop in Chiswick High Road. Her killer was Rena Salmon, 42, an MS sufferer, whose husband was cheating on her with Stewart. After the shooting Salmon texted her husband saying: “I shot Lorna – you pushed me to it”. She was jailed for life with 14 year tariff.
September 2 – Kenneth Vandever was shot in a field in East Texas after a bungled robbery in a shop in Rusk, about 120 miles southeast of Dallas. Two women were also shot and one of them was raped. Richard Cobb, 29, was convicted of capital murder and executed in 2013. His accomplice Beunka Adams was executed in 2012. The execution of Cobb featured in a BBC documentary in March 2014.
Richard Cobb, 29, didn’t deny using a 20-gauge shotgun to kill Kenneth Vandever in an East Texas field where two women also were shot and one was raped. He was convicted of capital murder.
May 12 – Marvin Couson, 39, was shot and wounded at the Lime in London bar in Shoreditch, east London. He was left unable to communicate or leave his bed but only died on 8 August 2015. Police launched a murder investigation and appealed for witnesses to come forward. About 600 people were at the bar on during the shooting.
January 10 – Élodie Kulik, 24, a bank manager, left work in Péronne, northern France and went to dinner with a friend, Hervé, at the Nouveau Pavillon de Shanghai, a Chinese restaurant, in the nearby town of Saint-Quentin. They went back to his place for some tea and then she drove him. But at 12:21 am the emergency services received a phone call from Élodie on her mobile phone. She has been in an accident, someone has forced her car off the road. She was frantic. The call was cut off after 26 seconds with Élodie screaming on the other end of the phone. She was raped and murdered. In 2019 Willy Bardon, by then 45, was found guilty of rape and abduction resulting in death but acquitted of murdering Elodie Kulik. He was jailed for 30 years.
Oct 11 – Thomas Wales, 49, a federal prosecutor, was shot dead by a sniper from his back yard as he sat at his computer in the basement of his home in the Queen Anne district of Seattle. It was 10.49pm. The killer is believed to have been a professional hitman but the motive has never been clear. Obviously Wales’s job meant there could have been many who wanted him dead. In 2006 the FBI in Seattle received an anonymous letter from Las Vegas claiming to be from the hitman. The word Gidget was written on the back. He claimed he was paid by a woman to carry out the hit but did not know why Wales had to die.
Sep 15 – Vasudev Patel, 49, was shot in Dallas, Texas. Rais Bhuyan, 28, was shot but survived although blinded in one eye. Mark Stroman, 25, killed them in a racist revenge for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Stroman was executed in Jan 2011. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2017124/Mark-Anthony-Stroman-executed-post-9-11-shooting-spree.html
Sep 21 – body of a young African boy – called Adam by police – was found in the river Thames. He is thought to have been killed during or after a witchcraft (muti) ceremony. The boy was dubbed Adam as his identity was not known. In 2013 he was unofficially identified by former Glasgow resident Joyce Osagiede, who now lives in Nigeria, as Patrick Erhabor. She claimed she looked after him in Germany before he was trafficked to the UK. She also identified a man called Kingsley Ojo – a bogus asylum seeker who first came to London in 1997 – as the person who took the child to UK. Mr Ojo has never been charged and has always denied any involvement.
August – Jason Martin-Smith, 28, from Camberley, Surrey, was abducted in Hastings, East Sussex, but his body has never been found. Mark Searle, 36, from St Leonards and Steve McNicol, 42, from Hastings, were charged with murder in 2015 and await trial. The case is believed to be linked to the murder on October 24, 2001 of Jimmy Millen, 27, who was shot as he worked on his car in Tile Barn Road, Hastings. Millen was an acquaintance of Martin-Smith.
Aug 15 – Marianne Oweiss, 49, was struck 9 times with a rubber mallet at her home in Potomac, Maryland. Her husband, Zakaria Oweiss, 56, a doctor, was jailed for 30 years for murder. The trial heard that he killed her after discovering she had been unfaithful to him. After his trial he blamed his eldest son Omar, who police said was never a suspect. Oweiss was originally from Egypt.
August 5 – Andrew Walker, 26, and Alex Woodcraft, 17, shot at a flat in Boultham Moor, Lincoln. Career criminal Jeremy Earls, 34, from Cambridge, allegedly killed them and then shot himself in a car in a country lane near Sleaford, Lincolnshire, a few days later. Four letters were found in the car. They were addressed to his 16-year-old son Jamie, his mother, his ex-wife Sharon Earls and his former girlfriend Samantha Frankman. He wrote to his son: “To Jamie, my son, by the time you read this I will probably be dead. You will hear all kinds of (false) stories about me.”http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/2225827.stm. His inquest heard Earls told his solicitor of a conspiracy involving Nottingham businessman Chris Bailey, Lincolnshire police officers and a man called Darren Maul.
July – Andrew Chubb, 58, a judge and former junior defence counsel for Rose West – died in an explosion in a shed at his home at Leigh, near Chard, Somerset. His wife Jennifer Chubb, was originally suspected of being involved but she was never charged. Mr Chubb was having an affair with Kerry Sparrow, a solicitor from Exeter. An inquest in 2007 led to a verdict that his death was “unascertained”.
March 23 – Colin McGinty, 21, from Crosby, Merseyside, was chased and stabbed 15 times in Bootle by four doormen who mistakenly thought he was a member of a rival gang. Gary Hampton, and Michael Brown were jailed for life (16 years) at Liverpool CC in October 2001 but two other attackers remain at large. In 2015 the Parole Board decided they could be transferred to an open prison pending their release. At a parole hearing Colin’s parents overheard Judge Graham White saying victim impact statements made “no difference”. They took up the case with Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.
Ryoji Kagayama, 63, stabbed to death a student from China after robbing her in 2000 in Osaka, Japan. He also knifed a man to death in 2008 in a failed robbery attempt. He was sentenced to death in 2012 and executed by hanging in Dec 2013.
Dec 25 – Steven Grant, 29, was shot outside the Golden House nightclub in Stratford, east London. The killer may have come from Luton. Unsolved.
Dec 10 – Janet Fleming, 38, barmaid, was attacked outside Harleys pub in Ipswich during a £2,485 robbery. Damien Duberry, 20, a drug addict, and Leon Sobers, 22, both from Ipswich, were jailed for life in Oct 2001. They spent the money on crack.
Dec 10 – Rachel Manning, 19, was strangled and dumped in bushes at Woburn Golf Club near Milton Keynes.Her boyfriend Barri White, 21, was jailed for life in 2002 and his friend Keith Hyatt, 48, was convicted of perverting the course of justice. The BBC’s Rough Justice programme took up the case and the convictions of White and Hyatt were quashed and White was acquitted at a retrial in 2008. In Sep 2013 the real killer, Shahidul Ahmed, 41, from Bletchley, was jailed for life (17 years). Shop assistant Miss Manning, of Milton Keynes, had been to a 1970s-themed fancy dress party and Chicago’s nightclub with Mr White when she became lost in the early hours. Ahmed, whose DNA was linked to the case following his arrest for a sex attack in 2010, did not give evidence at either trial. It is thought he may have been working as an unlicensed minicab driver.
Dec 6 – Zoe Parker, 24, aka Cathy Dennis, a prostitute from Feltham, Middlesex, vanished and her body was found washed up in two pieces in Battersea, SW London on Dec 17. Unsolved.
Dec 2 – Chris Antley, 34, one of America’s greatest ever jockeys, was found dead at his mansion in Pasadena, California and police initially thought he had been beaten to death. It was later discovered that he had died of an accidental overdose and his injuries were probably caused during a fall.
Nov 20 – Chandrika Suryakant Patel, 50, an illegal immigrant, from Wembley, NW London, was killed and her body dumped in a frozen field in Treales, near Kirkham, Lancashire in Dec 2000. Her husband Dilip Patel, 29, was jailed for life in April 2002. The trial at Preston CC heard he killed her so he could be with her daughter. Jayendra Patel, 36, from Hythe, Southampton, was convicted of assisting in the disposal of the body and jailed for 3 years. Charges of disposing of the body were discontinued against her nephew Vishal.
Nov – George Napier, a bouncer, was stabbed the Paradise nightclub in New Cross, SE London. Duane Daniels, 27, was jailed for life for murder.
Oct 20 – Diana Rojas, 27, a church worker, vanished from her apartment in Long Beach, California. She had a two-year-old daughter, a boyfriend and was in the process of getting a divorce when she went missing along with her 1992 Nissan Extended Cab black pickup truck. Both her estranged husband and boyfriend were ruled out as suspects. Following a tip off in 2016 police conducted excavations in four desert areas of Ridgecrest, 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, in the search for Ms Rojas’s body. Case unsolved.
Oct 2 – Dennis Cowan, 27, a mechanic, was shot in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton. Dialo Hall, 20, was arrested at Gatwick airport in 2013 after getting off a plane from Jamaica. He was jailed for life (20 years) in Oct 2013. The judge praised key witness Shadene Sang who defied Hall’s threats to stay silent after she saw him carry out the daylight hit in 2000, when she was just 19 years old.
Sep 27 – Patricia Berriman, 17, was stabbed and beaten in their isolated cottage in the hamlet of Blunts, near Bodmin, Cornwall. Her obsessively jealous boyfriend Stan Matthews, 44, a kitchen porter, was jailed for life in Aug 2001. Her body was found on October 9.
Sep – Susan Kelly, 38, a prostitute, was hit over the head with a pottery vase and had her throat slashed in an alley in Sleepers Hill, Anfield, Liverpool. Robert Collins, 30, from Anfield, was acquitted in Feb 2003. Charges were dropped against Stewart Cowley, 31, from Seaforth.
Sep 23 – Chris Stoton, 18, was found semi-naked at a multi storey car park in Bradford. Two people were arrested but no-one was ever charged. Unsolved.
Sep 21 – Mark Thompson, 39, from Folkestone, was stabbed 60 times outside a public toilet at Camber Sands Holiday Park near Hastings. His friend Mark Macleman, 30, a security guard at the camp, was jailed for 7 years for manslaughter in June 2001. The trial at Lewes CC heard they had a drunken fight.
Sep 21 – Alex Wessell, 13, was smothered with a pillow in the bedroom of his home in Findon, near Worthing, West Sussex. Her mother Lesley Wessell, 42, admitted manslaughter (diminished responsibility) in 2001 and was sent to a mental hospital indefinitely. Police visited the house after she sent a letter to a firm of solicitors.
Sep 19 – Freddie Knights, 38, was shot in front of his wife Grace as he picked up birthday presents for his 11 year old son from relatives in Longbenton, Newcastle. Dale Miller, 37, the hitman, was jailed for 16 years for manslaughter in Sep 2002. At the same trial at Leeds CC Edward Stewart, 37, was jailed for 13 years for manslaughter. John Sayers, 38, was acquitted. Michael Dixon, 33, was jailed for 9 years for conspiracy to commit GBH. Lee Watson, 30, admitted murder and turned Queen’s Evidence. He was later allowed to change his plea to guilty to manslaughter and was jailed for 11 years. The trial heard that Sayers ordered the hit but had an alibi and claimed the police set him up.http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/gangland-murder-informer-stay-prison-1609254
Sep 18 – Thomas Cressman, 40, businessman, was stabbed at home in Fulham, west London. His lover Jane Andrews, 33, a former dresser for the Duchess of York, fled to Cornwall, took an overdose but survived and was jailed for life in April 2001. The trial heard she was jealous and went mad when he refused to marry her.
Sep 16 – Tony McGovern, 35, drug dealer and gangland boss, was shot outside the New Morven Bar in Balornock, Glasgow. He had fallen out with his brother Tommy and was also an enemy of James “The Iceman” Stevenson. The case remains unsolved.
Sep 12 – Wendy Sullivan, 25, British tourist from Winsford, Cheshire, was abducted, sexually assaulted, battered and asphyxiated and found in a forest in the resort of Faliraki, Rhodes, Greece. Denis Pavelenko, 22, a Ukrainian waiter, was jailed for life in Oct 2001. He had tried to blame his friend Roman Maximov, 20, a Moldovan construction worker.
Sep 10 – Ana Elena Lorente, young girl, was sexually assaulted and murdered in Alora, near Malaga, Spain. Her body was found two days later. Agustin Manuel Cortes Santiago, 19, aka Cartucho; Manuel Navarro Campos, 38; and Gem Ana Pilar Garcia, who were all drug addicts, were all jailed for 18 years in July 2002.
Sep 9 – Marcus Greenidge, 21, was shot twice on his mountain bike in Longsight, Manchester. Tommy Pitt, 23, a crack dealer and gang leader, from Openshaw, was jailed for life in March 2002. The trial at Preston CC heard evidence from supergrass Joshua “Slips” Mensah. Pitt was acquitted at the same trial of murdering Thomas Ramsey, 16, who was shot in Levenshulme, on Sep 20. Ramsey had been charged with the murder in Oct 1999 of Judah Dewar but those charges were dropped. Mensah, 24, had earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a firearm and drug dealing as had Stefan ‘Mango’ Proverbs, 21, from Hulme, Moses ‘Mo’ Boake, 20, from Moston, and a 16-year-old boy from Longsight. Also guilty of the same charges were Gregory ‘Pinky’ Day, 24, of Fallowfield, Mark ‘Simmo’ Simons, 22, from Moston, Warren ‘Wazza’ Coudjoe, 20, from Gorton, Douglas ‘Big Dougie’ Thorne, 25, from Longsight, Sandra Thorne, 27, from Longsight. http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/killers-terror-reign-is-over-1166736
Sep 8 – Gocha Tsagarenshvili, 32, Georgian crime boss, his driver Rotislav Anguladze, and the driver’s wife Liana were shot near the Astoria Hotel in St Petersburg, Russia. Three Azerbaijani hitman were believed to be responsible and were allegedly extradited from the Ukraine in 2001. It is thought the hit might have been ordered by “businessman” Mikhail Mirilashvili.
Sep 7 – Richard Reid, 32, shot on his birthday as he sat in a Renault Clio car in Holloway, north London. Unsolved.
Sep 2 – Eileen Jawczak, 65, raped, stamped on, strangled and stabbed in the eyes near her home in Rochdale. Michael Hardacre, 24, was jailed for life in Sep 2001. He claimed at the trial in Manchester CC that he suffered from blackouts. He also committed another rape in Rochdale. He was the subject of a BBC documentary, Trail of Guilt, in Aug 2002.
Sep 17 –Journalist Heorhiy Gongadze, investigative journalist – killed and decapitated in Kiev, Ukraine. In 2013 the Interior Ministry’s former chief of external surveillance, Oleksiy Pukach, was jailed for life, the maximum penalty in Ukraine. Three of his accessories, all former policemen, were sentenced to 12 and 13 years in prison in 2008. Gongadze had been investigating corruption in Ukrainian politics.
June – Ricky Rising, 19, was shot dead at the Green Gate pub in Plaistow, NE London. Keith Hunt, 20, and Danny Clarke, 18, were jailed for life in May 2001. He was killed for being a grass.
June 25 – Menelik Robinson, 20, was shot dead in a red BMW in Hackney, east London. Two men on a motorbike fled. Unsolved.
June 19 – 54 Chinese men and four women suffocated in the back of a Dutch lorry at Dover Docks. Two men survived. Lorry driver Perry Wacker, 32, from Rotterdam, was jailed for 14 years for manslaughter in March 2001. Ying Guo, 29, an interpreter, from south Woodford, was jailed for 6 years for conspiring to smuggle illegal immigrants into Britain. You Yi, 38, a chef, was released without charge. Gurzel Oscan, 36, and Haci Mustafa Demir, 26, Turkish mafia bosses, were both jailed for 9 years. Lammert Nijveen, 56, was jailed for 7 years. Hubertus van Keulen, 50, and Wilhelm Jansen, 49, were both jailed for 30 months for their part. The victims were being trafficked to the UK from Fujian province in China, via Russia and Germany. Snakehead Chen Xiaokong was arrested in China in 2001.
June 18 – Glyn Agard, 34, a black man from Reading, was attacked outside Reflections nightclub in Westbury, Wiltshire. His brother Stephen, 32, survived. Private Marc Hunter, 18, Private Wayne King, 20, and Lance Corporal David Wright, 23, were all acquitted in April 2001.
June 16 – Grahame Thomas, 22, was killed in a fight in the Litten Tree pub in Muswell Hill, north London. His friend Richard Shillibeer, 30, survived. Michael Savva, 19, and Ryan Nugent, 18, were jailed for life. Sylvester Oti, 22, was acquitted.
June 15 – Jan Marthin Pasalbessy, 48, born in Indonesia, was beaten to death outside Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport in front of his 14 year old stepdaughter. Roger Talbot, 21, was jailed for life in Feb 2001, along with Emma Oates, 19, and Ashley Haynes, 18 and Carl Rosser, 16, was detained under HM Pleasure. He had already been forced out of his home in Duffryn, Newport, by racist bullies. The judge decided it was not racially motivated despite the attackers calling the victim a “nigger”. http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2001/feb/16/race.world1
June 15 – Mark Moran, drug dealer, shot dead in Melbourne, Australia. Notorious gangster Carl Williams was jailed for but was killed in prison in 2010.
June 6 – Sister Maria Laura Mainetti, 61, mother superior, hit over the head with a stone and stabbed 19 times in a lane in Chiavenna, near Milan, Italy. Veronica Petrobelli, 16, was jailed for 8 years and 6 months, as was her friend Milena, 17. Another girl, Ambra, 17, was acquitted. The trial heard they were Satanists and Marilyn Manson fans.
June 4 – Jaap Bornkamp, gay florist from Norbury, attacked by two men in Deptford, SE London. Unsolved.
June 2 – Derek “Maradonna” Dunn, 33, heroin dealer from north central Dublin, shot outside his apartment in Singerstraat, Amsterdam. A second man was critically injured. Zenko Galic, 31, a Croat, was jailed for 10 years in May 2001. He claimed self-defence and said they had a row about a drug debt. Dunne had moved to Holland from Ireland in 1996 after the killing of Veronica Guerin. He bought Turkish heroin from Dutch middlemen.
May 28 – Nahet Van Nguyen, 21, from Limehouse, was killed in Dagenham, Essex. Dien Phan Van, 26, from Tulse Hill, and Van Chung Nguyen, 24, from Charlton, walked free in Feb 2001 after the charges were discharged.
May 25 – Mehmet Adiguzel, 37, from Waltham Abbey, was shot in his car at a roundabout in Hackney, east London. Murat Over was jailed for life in 2002. Barhani Canpolat, 36, from Tottenham, was acquitted. The trial heard he was killed because he was a grass.
May 24 – Naomi Stillhere, 49, from Newport, Shropshire, died after a party at St Pancras Boating Club in Kings Cross, London. Her body was later found in the canal. Foul play later ruled out. She was originally from Madagascar.
May 21 – Uppadathil Kombra Divakaren, 43, from Croydon, was punched and kicked at Bargain Books in Queensway, London. Gary Lewis, 20, was jailed for 5 years for manslaughter. Hussein Bahremand, 21, was jailed for 18 months for affray. A girl aged 14 was jailed for 5 years for manslaughter and another girl got 4 months in a detention centre. The trial at the Old Bailey heard there was row about them trying to shoplift a £4.99 football.
May 19 – Hoathi Truong, 36, killed at a house in Edmonton, north London. His stepson, 16, and stepdaughter, 17, survived. Her unemployed husband Kien Trung Hoang, 45, went on trial at Middlesex Guildhall CC in Nov 2000. The trial heard she was “long-suffering” and he was “tyrannical”.
May 1 – Vincent “Vinny” Costello, 29, from Bansha, County Tipperary, his brother Morgan, 21, and Damien Monahan, 24, from Ennis, County Clare, were shot, stabbed, cut up and set on fire at Scheveningen, near The Hague, Holland. A broken saw was found in Morgan’s neck. Mike “Spike” Braxhoofden, 22, an armed robber and drug addict, was jailed for life (20 years) in Nov 2000. Ronald van Bommel, 20, from Wassenaar, near The Hague, was jailed for 10 years for his part. Both were out of their heads on cocaine. They fell out after Vinny refused to pay for 25,000 ecstasy and 10,000 amphetamine tablets that Braxhoofden sold him.
May – Gemma Simpson, 23, from Leeds, vanished after catching a bus from Harehills to Leeds city centre. Her body was only discovered near Brimham Rocks, outside Harrogate, North Yorkshire in August 2014. In Dec 2014 Martin Bell, 45, admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility and was jailed for life (12 years).
April 20 – Heidi Bernadzikowski, 24, was strangled and had her throat cut in a house in Dundalk, near Baltimore. In 2014 her boyfriend Stephen Cooke, by then 44, was jailed for life for her murder. The trial heard he hired two hitmen to kill her so he could claim $700,000 in life insurance. The hitman Alexander Bennett, 36, from Colorado, co-operated with the police and was given only 30 years in jail for the murder. Grant A. Lewis, 36, was the middle man in the killing. He was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy and was jailed for life. Bennett was only identified in 2011 after the FBI matched his DNA with that of skin found under Heidi’s fingernails as she tried to fend off her attacker.
March 30 – Mario Commatteo, 48, a businessman who owned a sandwich shop, shot at home in Whyteleafe Hill, Caterham, Surrey. His common law wife Angela Bristow, 49, hitman Ray Ryan, 34, a fixer Paul Hayter, 34, were all jailed for life in May 2001. Ryan was paid £10,000. The trial heard that she resented the fact that her successful bakery subsidised his failing sandwich shop.
March 25 – Charalambos Christodoulides, 57, a caretaker, was strangled and dumped in a vehicle examination pit in a disused factory in Banister Road, Ladbroke Grove, west London. In 2010 Thanos Papalexis, 28, a property developer, was jailed for life (20 years). Two Albanian labourers he hired to carry out the killing were also jailed for life. Ylli Xhelo, 35, got a 17 year tariff and Robert Baxhija, 29, got a 15 year tariff. Papalexis had moved to Florida and held a fundraiser for the Democratic Party, as well as sex parties. He was eventually extradited. The trial at the Old Bailey heard that Christodoulides was killed because he stubbornly refused to move out of the building to allow a property deal to take place.
March 25 – Matthew Spooner, 20, stabbed in Romford, Essex, during an aggravated burglary. Andy Lindfield, 22, jobless, was jailed for life (8 years) for murder in Dec 2000. Jason McGee, 24, from Dagenham, was jailed for 8 years for manslaughter.
March 25 – Margaret Walker, 44, stabbed at a house in Boston, Lincolnshire. Her lover Graham Horn, 45, was jailed for life (10 years) in Nov 2000. The trial at Nottingham CC heard that she left her husband, had a relationship with Horn but then decided to return to her husband.
March 23 – Valerie Sexton, 57, strangled in a deserted hospital ward at Royal Haslar Naval Hospital in Gosport, Hampshire. Her husband Robert Sexton, 59, an Open University lecturer, admitted manslaughter (diminished responsibility) in July 2000 and was detained under the Mental Health Act.
March 21 – Zahied Mubarek, 19, was beaten with a chair leg while asleep in Feltham Young Offenders Institution. He died in hospital. He was serving a sentence for shoplifting and was due to be released the following day. Robert Stewart, 19, his racist cellmate, was jailed for life in Oct 2000. He had RIP tattooed on his neck and resented the fact that Mubarek was being released before him. The case led to an inquiry. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3198264.stm
March 18 – Sarjit Singh Chauhan, 56, factory worker from Leicester, was tied up with flex and thrown in the Birmingham Canal at Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, West Midlands. His second cousin Nirmal Singh Gill, 36, a textile company executive, from Wigston, was jailed for life in Jan 2002.
March 18 – Bryan Scott, 25, an unemployed painter and decorator from New Marske, was shot in a field at Kirkleatham showground near Redcar, Teesside. Anthony Botterill, 41, a martial arts instructor, was jailed for life in Nov 2000. Scott was a drug dealer. Botterill’s appeal (over DNA evidence) failed.
March 17 – Shazia Zaidi, 34, a social worker, and her children Saba, 7, and Zeeshan, 6, were stabbed at home on the Great Hollands estate in Bracknell, Berkshire. Her former husband Zainulabedin Zaidi, 34, from Slough, a devout Muslim, was jailed for life in Oct 2000. The trial at Reading CC heard that one of the children rang 999 and said: “My Dad’s gone mad”. He apparently locked the door and chased the children upstairs with a knife.
March 16 – Terry Gibson, 54, a landscape gardener, was shot in the front seat of his van in Moxon Street, Barnet, after driving home from Cockfosters station having been to the Arsenal v Werder Bremen game. The killer escaped in a white Vauxhall Cavalier. Gibson had a secret life as a fence, buying stolen antiques and jewellery. Unsolved.
March 15 – Craig Mirfield, 34, was shot in his car in Gipton, Leeds. Craig Fitzgerald, 29, was arrested in Swansea but charges against him were dropped in 2001. Unsolved.
March 15 – Rachel Kelly, 26, and her boyfriend Mark Maunder, 29, were stabbed to death at home in Rhiwbina, Cardiff. Her baby, Ben, lay in a cot nearby. Her former boyfriend Adrian Cook, 37, from Pontypridd, was jailed for life in Jan 2001.
March 14 – Emma Jade Dyson, 4 months old, was thrown into the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in Burnley. In Nov 2000 at Preston CC her mother Rabina Hashim, 29, pleaded guilty to manslaughter (diminished responsibility) and was sent to hospital indefinitely under the Mental Health Act in Nov 2000. She initially claimed the baby had been abducted from public toilets but later confessed to police. She heard voices. The baby’s father was Steven Dyson.
March 12 – Andrew Lansdown, 26, was shot in Killingworth, Tyneside. Steven Wemyss, 20, was shot in the leg but survived. Andrew Davies, 30, from Annitsford, Northumberland, was jailed for life (15 years) in April 2001 at a retrial. David Powell, 33, from Forest Hall, was acquitted. The trial at Newcastle CC heard it was part of a family feud. Davies wore a mask like the killer in the film Scream.
March 11 – Brian Harris, 25, was shot at a house in Brixton. Joel Davis, 22, from Uxbridge, and Sherlon Morris, 23, from east London, walked free in Oct 2000 after the prosecution offered no evidence.
March 10 – Michael Crago, 32, a drug dealer, was stripped naked, had his hands and ankles tied together and was beaten to death at home in Bridgwater, Somerset. Paul Hooper, 27, and Mark Britton, 25, from Taunton, were both jailed for life in Nov 2000. They also robbed him of £3,000 and a quantity of amphetamines.
March 10 – Darren Henry, 25, was abducted and shot dead in Edmonton, N London. In Oct 2000 Andrew Martin, 17, was jailed for 14 years for manslaughter. Michael Bediako, 25, was acquitted of murder and jailed for 5 years for false imprisonment. Alex Williams and Sandy Dennis, 19, were acquitted of all charges. The trial heard they were arrested in Enfield after a car chase. Henry was lured to his death after his half-brothers were kidnapped in a dispute over a £200 drugs debt.
March 6 – Chris Clarke, 22, from Hockley, was stabbed, beaten and clubbed to death by a gang as he left Fozzies nightclub in Small Heath, Birmingham. Marcus Ellis, 19, Yohanne Martin and Tafarwa Beckford were jailed for violent disorder but murder charges were dropped. They were members of the Burger Bar Boys gang. Martin was shot dead on 7 Dec 2002 by members of the Raiders gang, a West Bromwich gang allied to the Johnson Crew.
Feb 22 – Salim Siddiqi, 53, a merchant seaman, was doused in petrol and set on fire at home in Handsworth Wood, Birmingham. His wife Musarrat Siddiqi, 45, was jailed for 5 years for manslaughter on the grounds of provocation. The trial at Birmingham CC heard he asked her for sex and tea after saving he was leaving her.
Jan 26 – Mark Willetts, 31, a drug user from Allenton, was found wrapped in a carpet in a house in Normanton, Derby in March 2000. The cause of death could not be ascertained due to decomposition. Nick Redfearn, 32, a drug user, was jailed for 5 years for failing to provide a Christian burial. The trial at Derby CC heard he used the body as a stand for his video recorder.
Feb 28 – Brian Hooley, 40, aka Christine Chappel, 40, a transsexual from Roxwell, near Chelmsford, was beaten to death and her naked body was weighed down with chains and thrown into the sea. She washed up at Kessingland, near Lowestoft. Her brother Charles Halfacree, 37, was jailed for 4 years for manslaughter. Her wife Alison Hooley, 28, went on the run to Poole in Dorset but was captured and later jailed for 19 months for perverting the course of justice. The trial at Norwich CC heard she was killed in a row about a house.
Feb 25 – Victoria Climbie, 8, died of hypothermia after being beaten and abused for months at a flat in Tottenham. Her great aunt Marie Therese Kouao, 44, and her boyfriend Carl Manning, 28, were both jailed for life in Jan 2001. Afterwards social worker Lisa Arthurworrey was sacked but later unsuccessfully took Harringey Social Services to a tribunal for unfair dismissal. The Victoria Climbie Inquiry in 2005 made widespread recommendations for social work.
Feb 22 – Facco, 39, a Hells Angel; Hans van Keulen, 37, a Hells Angels prospect; and their gypsy (Kamper) friends Robbie Takken, 33; and Jacobus Van De Vorstenbosch, 39, were shot dead in Club Esther, a sex club/brothel in Transvaalbuurt, Haarlem, Holland. M van de P, 37, aka Popeye, a doorman at the club, was jailed for life. The trial heard that Takken was shot dead when he tried to rape Popeye’s barmaid girlfriend. The others were killed because they were witnesses or friends of Takken.
Feb 20 – Stephen McCallum, 42, died of a fractured skull after a brawl in a hostel in Stepney, east London. £5,000 reward offered. Unsolved.
Feb 19 – Daniel Davis, 24, stabbed in the car park of The Barge pub in Vange, Basildon, Essex. Jamal Timberland James, aka Alex Henderson, a heroin dealer, was jailed for life in Sep 2001.
Feb 18 – David McIlwaine, 18, and Andrew Robb, 19, were stabbed, beaten and dumped in a lane near Tandragee, County Armagh after spending the evening at The Spot nightclub. Steven Revels, aka Brown, 19, was jailed for life in Dec 2008. Charges were dropped against Mark Burcombe, 26, after he turned Queen’s evidence. He was jailed for 30 months for other offences. Noel Dillon committed suicide while on remand. The trial at Belfast CC heard the killing was against the background of Richard Jameson, a UVF leader who had been murdered by the LVF in January. But neither of the victims was a member of either LVF or UVF
Feb 17 – Bill Malcolm, 46, aka The Nightmare Man, a convicted paedophile who escaped jail in 1994 on a legal technicality, was shot dead on the doorstep of his home in Forest Gate, east London. He had been jailed in 1981 and 1984 for raping little girl and was an associate of the notorious Leslie “Catweasel” Bailey. Unsolved.
Feb 13 – Khalid Ahmad, 30, was killed in Stoke Newington, NE London. Camillo Montes, 32, and Jose Fernando Montes, 33, were both jailed for 6 years for manslaughter.
Feb 12 – Mary Merry, 44, debt collector who worked for Provident Personal Credit, was stabbed with two knives and a pair of scissors in a flat on the notorious Arbury estate in Cambridge. Robert Norton, 36, was jailed for life in June 2001. The trial at Norwich CC heard he was one of her customers who had fantasised about her.
Feb 12 – Albert Field, 34, health care assistant from Catford, was stabbed 25 times in front of patients in the orthopaedic ward (HG Wells Ward) of Bromley Hospital, Kent. Mlungishi Tshabangu, 33, a male nurse from South Africa who was a paranoid psychotic, was detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act in July 2000. He was an obsessive bodybuilder who used steroids.
Feb – Kelly Hendra, 19, was stabbed twice after being lured to a house in Plymouth. Her former boyfriend Timothy Whitting, 35, was jailed for life in Dec 2000. The trial at Exeter CC heard she pulled the garden gate off its hinges trying to escape.
Feb 6 – Karenina Longe, 27, nurse at Heartlands Hospital, swallowed sulphuric acid at home in Sheldon, Birmingham. Her former boyfriend Andrew Gardner, 40, a laboratory assistant from Zimbabwe, fled to London but was caught. He was acquitted of murder and manslaughter in Oct 2000. He told the trial at Birmingham CC that she must have drunk it by accident or as a means of self-harming.
Feb 5 – William Burgin, 73, a widower, died of head injuries after being attacked at home in Uppermill, near Oldham. His son Stephen Burgin, 49, a draughtsman, was arrested in Huddersfield, pleaded guilty to manslaughter (diminished responsibility) in July 2000 and was jailed for 3 years.
Feb 4 – Victoria O’Hara, 17, from Walton, was stabbed and dumped near a builder’s yard in Kirkdale, Liverpool. John Leadbeater, 49, was jailed for life in Nov 2000. The trial at Liverpool CC heard she was “on the fringes of prostitution”.
Feb 4 – Julie Hammill, 28, from Downpatrick, was stripped, raped and strangled in the dunes near Portrush, County Antrim. Alistair Leighton, 33, a farm labourer from Coleraine, was jailed for life in Nov 2000. She was a niece of SDLP MP Eddie McGrady.
Feb 3 – Margaret Haigh, 50, a committed Christian, was attacked in Gifford Gardens, Hanwell, west London. Her neighbour Neil James, 36, an unemployed schizophrenic, was sent to Broadmoor indefinitely in Aug 2000. The trial heard he “thought he was Prince Charles” and “thought she was a Nazi”.
Feb 1 – Babajide Ajayi, 19, fell to his death from 19-storey Lomas Court tower block in Hackney, east London. The following day Leon Blackwood, 22, died in almost identical circumstances. He had a note on his back saying: “Call 999. This is a dead man.” An inquest in August 2000 ruled they were both suicides.
Jan 29 – Vytautas Jelinskas, 43, Lithuanian pizza delivery driver, died after being hit over the head during a robbery in Wandsworth, south London. Barry Hillman, 35, and Paul Gowans, 43, were jailed for life in Dec 2015. Hillman was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 11 years. Gowans sentenced to life and sentenced to life with a minimum term of 13 years. Hillman and Gowans were arrested and subsequently convicted of robbery and grievous bodily harm in August 2000. Days after their conviction, Mr Jelinskas died from the injuries sustained in the assault seven months previously. The two men were charged with Mr Jelinskas’ murder and tried at the Old Bailey between 17 and 24 August 2001. They were convicted of murder and received substantial life sentences. In 2014, the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) received an application from the defendants asking for a review of their conviction. During the review by the CCRC, no record of the Attorney General’s consent to charging Hillman and Gowans could be found, and it was therefore decreed that it was never obtained. They walked on a technicality and had to be retried all over again.
Jan 28 – Keith Kirby, 45, father of two, battered with a breezeblock in an alley near Studebakers nightclub in Douglas, Isle of Man. Andrew Dickson, 29, from Willaston, admitted murder and was jailed for life (15 years) in 2001.
Jan 28 – Lee King, 32, burglar and football hooligan, was shot outside his home on the Park End estate in Middlesbrough. Keith McQuade, 45, was acquitted of murder but jailed for life for firearms offences in Feb 2001. The trial heard McQuade was angry that “ladies’ man” King was dating one of his former girlfriends. He had also been acquitted of the 1993 murder of Kevin “Rico” Richardson. He died in jail in 2009. http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/local-news/middlesbrough-cash-guns-hardman-dies-3720825
Late January – Lilian MacKenzie, 87, was kicked and beaten at her flat in Manor House, east London. She died in hospital on Feb 2. Her neighbour Kelly Lyons, 18, was jailed for 10 years for manslaughter and her sister Jean Lyons, 17, was jailed for 8 years in July 2000. The trial heard they stole £800 in cash.
Jan 29 – Melville Jones, 43, a convicted rapist and former bouncer who weighed 21 stone, was punched, kicked and stamped to death outside Dukes nightclub in Tonypandy, south Wales. Andrew Howells, 36, from Rhondda, was jailed for life in Sep 2000. The trial at Cardiff CC heard they were friends but both were drunk and a fight broke out as they watched the Mike Tyson v Julius Francis fight on TV. Jones had spent 14 years in jailed for rape in 1989.
Jan 28 – Leza McCormack, 34, mother of two young children, vanished from her home in Finchley, north London. Her lover Dean Stone, 30, a violent robber, was arrested but committed suicide in HMP Bedford in Sep 2000. A car stolen from Leza’s street was found burnt out in Gloucestershire.
Jan 28 – Andy Pennington, 39, Liberal Democrat councillor and leader of Gloucestershire County Council, was killed with a samurai sword at his office in Cheltenham. Nigel Jones, the Lib Dem MP for Cheltenham, survived.Robert Ashman, 49, was found unfit for trial and in Jan 2001 was sent to a secure hospital indefinitely. The trial at Bristol CC heard he had lost his job with Severn Trent Water, his home and his marriage and was a “desperate and obsessive” man who blamed politicians.
Jan 27 – Mark Levy, 42, a car and jewellery salesman who had appeared on TV’s Big Breakfast programme, vanished from his home in Ware, Hertfordshire. His £70,000 Mercedes was found in Dover on Feb 6. Pat Smith, 34, and Joseph Merceica, 31, were both jailed for life in May 2001. David Checkley, 42, Charles Williams, 49, and Soleil Kokabzadeh were acquitted. Another man, Arpit Patel, was the key prosecution witness. He claimed Levy was lured to a building in Alperton, Middlesex, where he was attacked. The trial heard that Levy was buried in a shallow grave at Copse Hill Farm, near Denham, but was then dug up and buried elsewhere. Smith and Merceica’s conviction was quashed amid claims about jury room shenanigans and in 2007 they were cleared after a fourth trial.
Jan 24 – Valerie Brocklesby, 62, was stabbed at a house in Hateley Heath, West Bromwich. Her daughter Jayne, 27, survived. Cherif Doua, 37, a French national, fled to Paris, went on trial in Beauvais, France and was jailed for 30 years.
Jan 23 – Kevin Pharoah, 49, a father of three, was fatally injured in a brawl at the Fret and Fiddler pub, Sunniside, Gateshead but did not die until 20 months later. Tony Gray, his brother Stephen, Geoff Keepin and Norman Cutter were all charged with violent disorder and other offences but not murder. All charges were dropped in 2002. In 2004 the CPS decided against charging them with murder. Mr Pharoah suffered from epilepsy, which may have contributed to his death.
Jan 21 – Karen Heywood, 35, divorced mother of two who had moved from Banbury to Bognor to start a new life, was killed and her body found in a riverside ravine near Houghton, west Sussex. Jarno Eugene Cable, 25, from Bognor, was jailed for life in Sep 2000. He robbed her of £1,500 from her divorce settlement.
Jan 20 – Mohammed Nasser Ali, 75, retired cutler from Doncaster, had his throat cut and was then stuffed in a holdall in a foetal position, wrapped in polythene and hidden under an eiderdown in a hedge in Attercliffe, Sheffield. His son Hassan Nasser, 43, from Sheffield, and grandson Kassan Mohammed, 20, were both jailed for life in Feb 2001. The trial at Sheffield CC heard he “may have been dead for years”. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/648635.stm
Jan 19 – Andre Drummond, 17, was stabbed in McDonald’s in Camberwell, south London. Shane March, 21, was jailed for life in July 2000. The trial heard March flew into a rage after hearing that his cousin had been robbed of a mobile and some money by a gang of boys who left him with a number to ring. But instead of reaching the gang, he got through to a stranger’s voicemail, telling the owner to get down to the burger bar where he promised: ‘I am going to stab you’. On arriving at the restaurant, he confronted Mr Drummond and his friends. After the two men went outside, March slashed him across the neck. The woman who got the voicemail contacted the police, who traced the call.
Jan 18 – Maria Carter, 34, bakery worker at Sainsburys, killed at her flat in Plumstead, SE London. Dean Cullen, 18, was jailed for life in Feb 2002. The trial at Middlesex Guildhall CC heard he had an affair with her and then blackmailed her, because her boyfriend lived in Bradford. They had a row and he killed her.
Jan 17 – Claudette Williams, 29, battered and drowned at home in Wembley, NW London. Kristova Okwuegbunam, 34, was jailed for life for manslaughter.
Jan 15 – Zeljko Raznatovic, 49, aka Arkan, Serbian nationalist warlord and former armed robber, was shot in the eye outside the Intercontinental Hotel in Belgrade. Dobrosav Gavric, 23, a police officer who was on sick leave, was jailed in absentia for 20 years in Dec 2001. Dragan Nikolic, 35, and Milan Djuricic, 30, were both jailed for 15 years. At a retrial in 2006 they were given 30 year sentences. But only Nikolic is in jail. Djuricic still on the run. Gavric was captured in South Africa in 2012. The motive for the murder is unclear and various conspiracy theories have suggested he was killed on the orders of President Slobodan Milosevic. http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2011/12/31/the-good-life-is-over-for-wanted-assassin
Jan 12 – Sukhdev Gill, 42, stabbed as he grappled with (white) robbers at his shop in Stratford, east London. A youth of 16 was charged.
Jan 11 – Gabriel Egharevba, 17, from Clayton, shot dead while riding a bicycle in Longsight, Manchester. The killer was a pillion passenger on a motorbike. A £10,000 reward was offered but the case remains unsolved.
Jan 10 – Richard Jameson, 46, UVF battalion commander in Portadown, was shot dead outside his home in Derryletiff Road, 5 miles from Portadown. It is thought to have been in revenge for a baseball bat attack on a LVF club on Dec 27, 1999. Unsolved.
Jan 9 – Jack Smith, 52, stabbed in both eyes at home in Kingswood, Bristol. His obsessively jealous wife Janet Smith, 39, a chronic alcoholic, was jailed for 3 years for manslaughter in July 2000. The trial at Bristol CC heard that she did not like him looking at other women.
Jan 9 – Darren Carey, 20, and Pat Murray, 19, shot and thrown into the Grand Canal in Dublin. Mark “The Guinea Pig” Desmond, 25, went on trial in Nov 2012 but was acquitted. He was convicted of possession of firearms.
Jan 6 – Xeynah Khan, 36, florist and mother of four, strangled with a ligature and dumped in her Mercedes convertible in Redmead Road, Hayes, Middlesex. Her lover Wasim Khan, 29, from Southall, went on trial in April 2001. The trial heard that the car was given a parking ticket but the traffic warden did not notice the body in the back of the car.
Jan 6 – Roger Ormsby, 34, a drug dealer, was shot in the head and dumped in his BMW, which was set on fire in Whalley Range, Manchester. Faisal King, 20, a student from Chorlton, was acquitted of murder. Gemma Pugh, 19, and Marlon Bailey, 19, were detained for 6 months each for perverting the course of justice.
Jan 5 – Dean Samuels, 26, a gang leader, was stabbed in the One To One mobile shop in Harlesden, NW London. Rupert “Bird Eye” James, 34, was arrested in June 2000 and jailed for 7 years for manslaughter in Feb 2001. James claimed he had been bullied for years by Samuels and his gang.
Jan 4 – Martin Lavelle, 48, a labourer from County Mayo, was fatally injured after leaving Tony’s Bar in Willesden, NW London. He was turned away from Central Middlesex Hospital because they did not have any beds and died at another hospital. Unsolved.
Jan 3 – Denver Smith, 33, UVF man, bludgeoned to death on the Stiles estate in Ballycraigy, Antrim. Scott Bradshaw, 18, a private in the Irish Guards based in Germany, was jailed for 7 years for manslaughter in Sep 2002.
Jan 2– Zelimkhan Murdalov, 26, a student, left his home in Grozny, Chechnya and vanished. Witnessed say he was tortured and killed in police custody in the Oktyabrsky district of the city. His case was highlighted by journalist Anna Politkovskaya in the Novaya Zemlya newspaper. Sergei Lapin, an officer with the OMON interior ministry police, was later jailed for 11 years.
Jan 2 – Denise Sinclair, 19, was killed at home in Marks Gate, Dagenham, Essex. Matthew Williams, 21, from Barking, went on trial at St Albans in 2001.
Jan 2 – Marjorie Keating, 87, retired school teacher, was punched, kicked and stamped on at home in Bootle, Merseyside when she discovered a burglary. James Greenwood, 31, was jailed for life in Dec 2000. He had stolen £13 from her a few weeks earlier by posing as a milkman.
Jan 1 – Alan McCue, 32, from Elswick, was stabbed in the neck outside The Chieftain pub in West End, Newcastle at amillennium party. Lewis Ekong, 21, from West End, fled to Spain but was arrested in October 2000, extradited and in Feb 2002 he was jailed for 6 years for manslaughter.
Jan 1 – Andrew Riley was killed at a New Year’s Eve party in Addison Close, Croydon. His brother Richard Riley, 33, was jailed for 3 years for manslaughter in July 2000.