UPCOMING TRIALS AND INQUESTS

FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION TRIAL (THIRD ONE)

Trial under way at Old Bailey on 14 January 2019. 

A 43-year-old man, originally from Ghana, and a 36-year-old Ugandan woman will go on trial at the Old Bailey.

They are accused of carrying out FGM on a three-year-old girl.

Both have pleaded not guilty.

It is the third attempted FGM prosecution in Britain. Two previous cases have ended with the suspects being acquitted.

GUNNED DOWN IN FRONT OF THE FAMILY
Third trial pending at Old Bailey on 7 January 2019. (First trial collapsed because Judge Kramer was ill with bad back, retrial was a hung jury)
Annie Besala Ekofo, 53, and her nephew Bervil Kalikaka-Ekofo, 21, a psychology student, were shot dead in East Finchley on 15 September 2016.

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.

SHOREHAM AIRSHOW MANSLAUGHTER TRIAL

Trial at Old Bailey on 14 January 2019

Pilot Andy Hill was performing aerobatics when the Hawker Hunter jet crashed on to the A27 in Sussex on 22 August 2015.

Families of those who died have waited nearly three years to learn whether charges would be brought, an MP said.

Mr Hill is to face 11 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence and one of endangering an aircraft, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

Mr Hill, 54, of Sandon, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, was questioned for the first time by police in December 2015 under caution, but was not arrested.

HILLSBOROUGH DISASTER TRIAL

Trial pending at Preston Crown Court on 14 January 2019

 • Sir Norman Bettison, a former chief inspector and superintendent with SYP and subsequently Chief Constable of Merseyside and West Yorkshire Police. He is charged with misconduct in public office related to alleged lies about his involvement in the aftermath of Hillsborough and the culpability of Liverpool fans;

• Peter Metcalf, the solicitor acting for SYP in 1989, is charged with perverting the course of justice. He is alleged to have made material changes to police officers’ accounts for which there appears to be no justification;

• Former Chief Superintendent Donald Denton, and former Detective Chief Inspector Alan Foster are charged with perverting the course of justice for their involvement in the amendment process.

The CPS decided there was insufficient evidence to charge two SYP officers who were also involved in the amendment process.

The CPS also authorised charges against two individuals investigated by Operation Resolve, the investigation examining the causes of the disaster. The IPCC provided oversight of the part of Operation Resolve which examined the actions of SYP on the day of the disaster. These individuals are:

• Former Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, match commander on the day of the disaster is charged with manslaughter by gross negligence;

• Sheffield Wednesday Football Club Secretary Graham Mackrell is charged with contravention of terms of the Safety at Sports Grounds Act 1975.

KALAMAZOO MASSACRE TRIAL

Sentencing on Feb 5, 2019

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. 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 but there are motions before the Michigan Supreme Court.

SICK METH KILLERS RAPED, KILLED AND DISMEMBERED CHILD WITH MOTHER’S HELP

  • Trial pending in spring 2019
  • 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
  • Martens ‘liked watching Victoria being raped’ by her partner and Kelley and ‘did nothing to stop attack, even though her daughter begged’
  • Michelle Martens pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in the death of her daughter.
  • Jessica Kelley pleaded pleaded no contest to child abuse recklessly caused resulting in death, tampering with evidence and aggravated assault.
  • Martens’ boyfriend, Fabian Gonzales, is charged with child abuse resulting in death and tampering with evidence. His trial has been delayed pending a ruling by the New Mexico Court of Appeals. His attorney, Steve Aarons, said his client is innocent and will not take a plea deal.
JOYRIDER TRIAL
Trial pending at Old Bailey
Michael Fasan, 28 (7.12.89) of Kidman Close, Romford was charged on Thursday, 23 August with attempted murder, dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving with no insurance.
He appeared in custody at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court. Case has been transferred to the Old Bailey.

SUDANESE ASYLUM SEEKER INQUEST

Inquest pending

Mustafa Dawood died after falling from a roof while fleeing immigration officers raid in Newport, South Wales

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-44873228

WORCESTER ACID ATTACK TRIAL

Trial pending at Worcester Crown Court on Jan 21. PCMH on Dec 12. Venue may change.

Five men are accused of dousing a three-year-old boy with acid on a family shopping trip in Worcester, England.

Adam Cech, 27, Jan Dudi, 25, and Norbert Pulko, 22, who are from Slovakia and live in London, were in the dock with Afghan-national Jabar Paktia, 41, of Wolverhampton.

A 39-year-old man, who is the boy’s father and also from the West Midlands, cannot be named for legal reasons, but appeared alongside the four men.

All five were charged with conspiracy to commit GBH over the incident at a Home Bargains store in Worcester in August 2018.

The sulphuric acid attack was thrown on the toddler, who suffered serious burns to his face and arm, while out he was out at the shop in the cathedral city with his Afghan mother.

 

IMMIGRATION SCAM TRIAL

Trial pending in London

Three judges and six other lawyers arrested over an alleged plot to scam £12.6million from the legal aid system have appeared in court. Part-time immigration judges Kareena Maciel, 46, and Rasib Ghaffar, 48, along with part-time civil judge Razi Shah are accused of making claims in excess of £12.6m. The others charged are legal clerk Gazi Khan, 49, barrister Shahid Rashid, 57 and solicitors Joseph Ameyaw-Kyeremeh, 67, Azhar Khan, 46, Lloyd Moody, 48 and Samira Bashir, 46 and Gazi Khan.

HATTON GARDEN THEFT ‘MASTERMIND’ ON TRIAL

Trial pending at Woolwich Crown Court on February 4, 2019

Michael Seed 57, from Liverpool Road, Islington, has been charged with one count of conspriacy to burgle and one count of conspiracy to  conceal or disguise criminal property. He is suspected of being the mastermind of the raid, known as Basil. The audacious heist was carried out over the Easter weekend in 2015, when a gang ransacked 73 boxes at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit after using a drill to bore a hole into the vault wall.

Six men have already been jailed for their part in the raid, one of whom has died.

RAMBO KNIFE MURDER TRIAL

Judge Sarah Munro QC set a plea hearing for November 19 and a provisional two-week trial from February 11 2019.

Kerry Donovan, 29, from Southend, allegedly killed her great uncle 66-year-old Leroy Junior Edwards with a Rambo knife in the early hours of August 18. Mr Edwards was found collapsed in the hallway of his flat in Ringstead Road, Catford, south-east London, after neighbours raised the alarm at 4am. He had been stabbed in the neck and chest with a hunting blade, sometimes referred to as a Rambo knife.

MIDWIFE MURDER TRIAL

Trial at Stafford Crown Court in Feb 2019

Michael Stirling, 32, is accused of Ms Eastwood’s murder.

Midwife Samantha Eastwood was found in a shallow grave, wrapped in a duvet cover and with tape around her eyes and face, a court has heard.

The 28-year-old’s body was found in Caverswall, Staffordshire, in August 2018 eight days after she was reported missing.

Pathologists found no gunshot or knife wounds during initial tests on her remains.

Stirling is the brother-in-law of her former fiancé.

UK TRIAD MONEY LAUNDERING TRIAL

Trial at Southwark Crown Court on Feb 18, 2019

Pre-trial review on Nov 30

T2018-7120

Defendants are:

Jiaming Chen,27, from Harston Walk, E14 (male)

Qin Gao,32, from Wildfell Road,SE6 (male)

Rongzhu Wei, 32, from Wildfell Road, SE6  (female)

Jinhui Wang,39, from Ryecroft Road, SE13 (male)

Shiqiang Wang,28, ditto, SE13  (male)

Xiao Wu,26, from Varley Road, E16 (female)

Hai Binxue,30, from Jasper Road E16 (male)

Jie Zheng,26, from Harston Walk E3 (male)

BODY IN THE LOFT MURDER TRIAL

 Trial at Old Bailey on 25 February

 Gary Hopkins, 36, and Stacey Docharty, 28, will go on trial charged with murdering Abi Ali, 18, perverting the course of justice and preventing the lawful and decent burial of a body.

He, was last seen by his family on 11 December 2017 following a wedding. He was reported missing on 31 December 2017 but it is thought he had been killed on 21 December. His body was discovered in the loft of a house in Enfield. A post-mortem gave the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head and stab wounds to the chest.

DOLPHIN SQUARE VIP PAEDOPHILE RING ACCUSATIONS

“Nick” faces trial at Newcastle Crown Court on 5 March when he may be publicly identified for the first time. 6-8 week trial.
“Nick” faces a total of 12 charges of perverting the course of justice, as well as one count of fraud. Nick is alleged to have made multiple false claims about sex crimes and murders carried out by powerful men at Westminster’s Dolphin Square – prompting Scotland Yard’s £2.5million Operation Midland probe. Prosecutors have accused him of lying about witnessing Tory MP Harvey Proctor murder a child, as well as two other killings of young boys. He also allegedly lied about being molested by a “paedophile ring” which included senior military figures, politicians and TV celebrities.

 

KENTISH TOWN STABBINGS TRIAL

Trial pending on 11 March 2019 at the Old Bailey.

Abdikarim Hassan, 17, and his brother Sadiq Adan Mohamed, 20, were stabbed to death in separate but related incidents in Camden, north London. One brother was attacked near a block of flats on Aldenham Street at about 8pm. Half an hour later Mr Hassan was found with fatal injuries in Bartholomew Road. At 10.15pm officers found Mr Adan Mohamed, dying from his injuries. Isaiah Popoola, 18, and Ben Drummond, 18, have been charged with both murders and also causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) and attempted GBH against two other men the same night. Christian Thomas, 18, has been charged with the murder of Abdikarim Hassan. JJ Fatuga, 19, has been charged with the murder of Sadiq Mohammed. Anuoluwa Temenu, 18, has been charged with attempted grievous bodily harm, grievous bodily harm and the murder of Abdikarim Hassan.

ALBANIAN MURDER FROM 1999

Trial pending at Old Bailey on March 11.

T2018-7169

Sokol Drenova, 40, (27.02.78) awaits trial for the murder of Bledar Mone, who was found stabbed at his home on Fernbank Avenue, Sudbury, north west London on 22 June 1999.

MISTAKEN IDENTITY ARSON TRIAL

Trial at Old Bailey on 8 April.

Memunatu Warne, 46, died in a house fire in Greenwich, SE London.  She died of smoke inhalation. She was a mother-of-two who ran a business college in her native Sierra Leone and had been due to fly home after a holiday visiting family. A man in his 60s and a woman in her 50s managed to escape the address and were taken to hospital. The attackers, riding a moped, hurled firebombs into the house. It is believed to be gang-related. Police have not charged anyone with arson or murder yet. She was the 100th homicide of 2018. Billy Smith, 26, Kurtis Freeman, 21, from Mottingham, Matthew John, 19, from Shooters Hill, Martin McArdle, 28, from Mottingham, Kyle Kendall, 27, from Lewisham, and Elliott Robinson, 21, from Mottingham, have all been charged with conspiracy to murder and will go on trial at the Old Bailey on 8 April 2019.

SUSSEX GUN FACTORY TRIAL
Trial pending at Kingston Crown Court 29 April 2019. 4 weeks.
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(mention on 4 April)
Greg Akehurst, 29, of no fixed address, Mark Kinman, 63, of Bramwell Mews, Hailsham, and Kyle Wood, 30, of Gratwicke Drive, Littlehampton, were due to appear at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court on 17 September.

BIKER BRAWL TRIAL

Trial at Kingston Crown Court on April 29

Przemyslav Korkus, aka Piwonia, 40, of Penn Road, Slough, faces trial for six counts of wounding with intent after a fight between two groups of men in Blindley Heath, near East Grinstead, E Sussex. Korkus also pleaded not guilty to additional counts of violent disorder, ABH, possession of a bladed article and possession of an offensive weapon.

STEROID SMUGGLING TRIAL

Trial pending at Old Bailey in 2019 

T2018-7131 (Dhillon) and T2018-7103 (Afzal)

Gurjaipal Dhillon and Mohammed Afzal

Jacob Sporon-Fiedler, 37, a Mumbai-based Danish national, pleaded guilty to import and export a controlled Class C drug. A National Crime Agency investigation was launched in 2014 following the seizure of more than 630 kilos of anabolic steroids and prescription medicines by Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport, destined for an address in Belfast. The investigation, which is ongoing, has so far led to seizures worth an estimated £30 million. His co-defendants await trial

http://jacobsporonfiedler.com/

MAN SHOT POLICE ON TRIAL FOR ROBBERY PLOT
Trial pending at Kingston Crown Court in 2019
Brooklyn McFarlane, 23, (12.02.1995) of St John’s Drive, Wandsworth, was shot by police at a house in Laycock Close, Wimbledon. He faces a trial for conspiracy to commit robbery, along with Abdirahman Mohomad Omar, 23 (01.05.1995) of the same address. McFarlane had been discharged from hospital on 4 December 2018.
TURKISH FAILED COUP TRIAL
Trial under way in Ankara 
On the night of July 15, 2016 rogue soldiers commandeered tanks, helicopters and planes in Istanbul and Ankara, attacking parliament and other institutions. They were attempting to overthrow President Erdogan and his AKP party. Their efforts failed after thousands of Turks took the streets and faced them down in response to calls from Erdogan, who went on to FaceTime to speak to a journalist. Some of the police officers had the ByLock app on their smartphones, according to the indictment. The government says that coup plotters used the little-known messaging app to communicate. Prosecutors also allege one officer had messages on his phone telling him and others to post messages on social media condemning the coup and to “act normal” to avoid detection. A new court is being built to handle such a large number of defendants.

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.

The main defendants are General Akın Öztürk, former head of the Turkish air force, General Adem Huduti, head of the Second Army,  Lieutenant General Mitin Iyidil, Brigadier General Semih Terz. Brig.-Gen. Bekir Ercan Van, 

TULSE HILL INQUEST

Inquest pending in south London

Justyna Kalandyk, 29, died after being hit by two lorries and two cars as she used a pedestrian crossing in Tulse Hill, around 6.45am on December 11.

Ms Kalandyk was originally from Poland but had been staying with relatives in Wandsworth.

 

GRENFELL TOWER FIRE INQUIRY

First phase is over. Second phase may not start until 2020.

Dead included  Isaac Paulos, who lived with his family on the 18th floor, was found on the 13th floor, Westminster Coroner’s Court was told.Inquests of Mary Ajaoi Augustus Mendy, 54, Khadija Saye, 24, and Mohamednur Tuccu, 44, were also opened. Dr Fiona Wilcox, senior coroner at Westminster Coroner’s Court, adjourned the inquests until a later date.

PAKISTANI POLITICIAN MURDERED IN LONDON – TRIAL

Trial pending in Pakistan (at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, Pakistan)
It is alleged Mohsin Ali personally killed MQM politician Imran Farooq in Edgware, London. The other suspects Moazzam Ali and Khalid Shamim have been declared as accomplices. It also said that MQM leader Mohammad Anwar consider Imran Farooq a threat to the party after he developed differences with them and was probably working to form a faction. Dr. Imran Farooq lived in self-exile in London from 1999 and on Sep 16, 2010, ‘armed men’ had killed Dr Imran Farooq by stabbing him multiple times and hitting with bricks.

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.

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.

http://www.vancouversun.com/touch/story.html?id=11252420

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.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7851907.stm

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.

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