JAMELIA’S BROTHER ON TRIAL FOR MURDER
Trial ongoing at Birmingham Crown Court
The half-brother of Loose Women presenter and former pop star Jamelia has been charged with a murder in her native West Midlands.
Tafarwa Beckford, 33, is accused of shooting dead Derek Myers, 25, during a brawl in Hockley, Birmingham, on October 30.
Marvin Duffus, 29, was critically injured in the incident.
Mr Beckford, from Ladywood, Birmingham, is charged with murder. Rio Sanchez-Williams, 27, was charged with the attempted murder of Mr Duffus, who remains critically ill in hospital six months later.
The Metropolitan Police said there was no evidence either victim was the intended target. Four other people including a child were also inside the address at the time but were not harmed. Obina Ezeoke, 24, is awaiting trial.
PAKISTANI POLITICIAN MURDERED IN LONDON – TRIAL
RUSSIAN WHISTLEBLOWER POISONING INQUEST
Inquiry, chaired by Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC in June.
Alexander Perepilichnyy, 44, (pictured) died in 2012 in Weybridge, Surrey. He is thought to have had a poison known as “heartbreak grass” in his system. He was a Russian whistleblower who knew about a massive fraud.
His widow Nataliya believes he died of natural causes but Hermitage Capital believe otherwise.
TAMIL GANGS MURDER TRIAL
Awaiting retrial at Old Bailey. Next hearing on September 7
Aranventhan Puventhiran, 21, from Stoneleigh Avenue, Worcester Park, Sutton, and Prashad Sothilingam, 25 unemployed of Edgehill Road, Mitcham, are charged with the murder of 26-year-old Neel Croos in Holborn Way, Mitcham on Monday, 23 November. The killing is believed to be have been sparked by an incident 3 months before.
TEENAGE GIRL ENCOURAGED BOYFRIEND TO KILL HIMSELF
Trial in Massachusetts on June 5
In July 2014 Conrad Roy, 18, died of carbon monoxide poisoning in his pickup truck in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. He committed suicide but his girlfriend Michelle Carter, 20, has been charged with manslaughter after police found texts she had sent him where she was encouraging him to kill himself. Trial in March 2017.
KALAMAZOO MASSACRE TRIAL
Trial pending in Michigan on June 13
Jason Dalton is accused in three separate shootings in the Kalamazoo-area in February 2016, which authorities said he carried out between picking up riders as an Uber driver. A judge on Friday must decide whether there’s enough evidence to move the case to trial court.
Police have quoted Dalton as saying a “devil figure” on Uber’s app was controlling him the night of the shootings.
Six people were killed and a woman and a 14-year-old girl were injured on Feb. 20. Dalton is charged with murder and attempted murder. He’s been found mentally competent to understand the charge
The government has blamed a U.S.-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, for orchestrating the failed coup. Gulen, a former ally of President Erdogan, has denied the allegation and condemned the coup.
- Brig.-Gen. Gökhan Şahin Sönmezateş, Colonel Muharrem Kose and Colonel Tanju Poshor.
RUNAWAY TRAIN TRIAL IN CANADA
Trial pending in September 2017
Train driver Tom Harding faces trial in connection with the death of 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Canada in 2013
SICK METH KILLERS RAPED, KILLED AND DISMEMBERED CHILD WITH MOTHER’S HELP
- Trial in October 2017
- Victoria Martens, 10, was dosed with meth, raped, killed and dismembered on August 23 – the day after her birthday in Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Transcripts now reveal her mom Michelle, 35, initially claimed innocence
- She told cops her boyfriend’s cousin, Jessica Kelley, killed Victoria
- But her story changed repeatedly before she admitted the truth
- Martens ‘liked watching Victoria being raped’ by her partner and Kelley and ‘did nothing to stop attack, even though her daughter begged’
Trial on November 27, 2017
Stephen “Roz” Rozniakowski, 34, from Pennsylvania, is charged with murder of ex-girlfriend Valerie Morrow, 40, on Dec 15, 2014. Morrow’s widower, Thomas Morrow Jr., and the victim’s 15-year-old daughter were also injured in the attack. Rozniakowski had been served with a protection from abuse order obtained by Valerie Morrow just hours before the shooting.
‘WOMAN’ ACCUSED OF RAPING A MAN
Trial at Newcastle Crown Court on Dec 4.
Katie Brannen, 26, is accused of raping a man in January 2017. She was born a man, and used to be known as Gavin.
NEPAL TORTURE CASE (IN UK)
Trial part heard and adjourned at Old Bailey in March 2015.
Colonel Kumar Lama, 46, of St Peters Road, Hastings, is accused of inflicting severe pain or suffering when he was acting in an official capacity. The offences are said to have taken place between April 15 2005 and May 1 2005, and April 15 2005 and October 31 2005, at the Gorusinghe Army Barracks, Kapilvastu, Nepal. Lama, who has served in the Nepalese Army since 1984, was in charge of the barracks at the time, during the Himalayan nation’s decade-long Maoist insurgency. The charges relate to two men, Janak Bahadur Raut and Karam Hussain, and were brought under Section 134 (sub section 1) of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. Colonel Lama, who has indefinite leave to remain in the UK, had been serving as a UN peacekeeper in South Sudan shortly before his arrest last year.
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS CORRUPTION TRIAL
Trial under way in Providenciales. Not due to finish until late 2017
Michael Misick, former Prime Minister, and 10 others due to go on trial for corruption.
FAMILY MASSACRE IN USA
Trial pending in King County Superior Court, Seattle.
Joseph McEnroe was convicted of killing six members of Anderson’s family in trailers near Carnation, Washington state, on Christmas Eve 2007.
His girlfriend Michele Kristen Anderson, who was arrested almost immediately, allegedly told police she felt her parents did not pay enough attention to her. She and McEnroe were living on the parents’ property at the time of the massacre. McEnroe claims she coerced him into carrying out the killings.
While lawyers have been attacking the state death penalty law, Anderson has said in letters from prison she wants to be put to death.
The defendants are accused of fatally shooting six members of Anderson’s family on Christmas Eve in Carnation in 2007. McEnroe and Anderson are each charged with six counts of Aggravated First Degree Murder.
BRITISH COLUMBIA GANG WARS (CANADA)
Trial now due to go ahead in Feb 2018
Jamie Bacon, a leading player in the Red Scorpions gang, is due to go on trial in Vancouver for his role in the Surrey Six murders in 2007.
Sophon Sek, a poker champion, is also awaiting trial for manslaughter. He is said to have been a Trojan horse who gained entry for the gang.
Bacon’s brother, Jonathan, was shot dead (possibly in revenge) in 2011. Jason McBride, Jujhar Khun-Khun and Michael Kerry Hunter Jones – have been charged with Bacon’s murder and are due to go on trial in June 2016.
NORTHERN IRELAND TROUBLES LEGACY INQUEST (ROSEANNE MALLON)
Inquest pending at Laganside Courts Complex. 4 weeks.
Roseanne Mallon, 76, was killed by a loyalist death squad (probably Billy Wright and his UVF men) in 1994. She was related to several former republican prisoners and it was part of a dirty war against IRA/Sinn Fein-related families.
British Army allegedly colluded in the killing by turning a blind eye (and possibly giving the address to Wright). Wright was never charged. The killing remains unsolved.
DUTCH TOURIST SERIAL KILLER
Trial pending in Aruba (but not until his release in 2038 from jail in Peru)
Joran Van Der Sloot, a young Dutchman, was jailed in 2012 for killing a Peruvian woman, Stephany Flores, in Lima in 2010.
He is also the prime suspect in the murder of Natalee Holloway, a teenager from Alabama, who vanished on Aruba.