UPCOMING TRIALS AND INQUESTS

HONOUR RAPE AND KILLING TRIAL

Trial pending at Old Bailey. First up on August 21.

Mujahid Arshid, 33, accused of the kidnap, rape and murder of Celine and  the kidnap, rape and attempted murder of the second woman.

Vincent Tappu, 28, of Acton, is accused of two counts of kidnap.

Prosecutor Binita Roscoe said the alleged offences stemmed from Celine’s “relationship with an Arab Muslim” which was disapproved of.

District Judge James Henderson remanded the defendants in custody until hearings at the Old Bailey.

RUSSIAN WHISTLEBLOWER POISONING INQUEST

Inquiry, chaired by Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, at the Old Bailey. Verdict to be read out at Surrey Coroners Court in September.

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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.

GUNRUNNING TRIAL

Trial pending at Isleworth Crown Court. Next up on July 31. Trial probably not until 2018

Janusz Michek, 59, a Polish national, and Denis Kolencukov, 23, originally from the Czech Republic but living in the UK, have been charged after 79 guns were seized as part of a joint National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Service operation.

The guns were allegedly found at Coquelles, France, in a vehicle before it entered the Channel Tunnel en route to the UK on Saturday 1 July. Searches of the vehicle’s trailer revealed a large cache of viable 4mm and 6mm handguns and a quantity of ammunition, all hidden in specially adapted concealments in engine blocks.

No further action was taken against the other six individuals arrested in Coquelles – four women aged 58, 41, 17 and 15 and two men aged 26 and 22 -all Polish nationals.

http://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news/1134-79-guns-seized-in-joint-firearms-operation

HILLSBOROUGH DISASTER TRIAL

Trial pending. Next up at Preston Crown Court on September 6

 • 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.

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, 

RUNAWAY TRAIN TRIAL IN CANADA

Trial pending on September 11, 2017

The bilingual trial is to be held in Sherbrooke instead of Lac-Mégantic and is set to last from Sept. 11 to Dec. 21.

Train driver Tom Harding faces trial in connection with the death of 47 people in Lac-Megantic, Canada in 2013

Three ex-railway employees – train driver Thomas Harding, railway traffic controller Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre, the manager of train operations – have pleaded not guilty to 47 counts of criminal negligence causing death.

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/493471/Canada-train-explosion-trial

KATIE ROUGH KILLING 

Sentencing at York Crown Court in September

Defendant, 16, to be sentenced after admitting manslaughter (dim resp) of Katie Rough, who was 7.

OPERATION OCTOPOD: MONEY LAUNDERING TRIAL

Trial at Croydon Crown Court starting on 11 September. T2015-0780. 8-12 weeks.

Michael Adams, 50, and six other people face trial for money laundering offences. Adams is the younger brother of Terry Adams, said to be the “godfather” of the Adams Family. The Adams family crime syndicate rose to power in the Eighties and members of the gang have been linked to at least 25 murders worldwide, as well as drug trafficking, extortion, hijacking and white-collar crime. Also charged with Adams is his partner Deborah Heath, 48, Rex Ekaireb, 67, of Hendon, a former chartered accountant and businessman. He is accused of intent to defraud HM Revenue and Customs by falsely stating the amount of income for tax purposes that Michael Adams received from “consultancy work, commissions and introduction fees”. Also charged are Steven Murrell, 53, of Dorking, who is accused under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Hannah Slight, 32, of Dartford, who is charged with money laundering and Steven Todd, 33, of Limehouse, who also faces a charge under the Proceeds of Crime Act. 

CHEEKY RAFIKI MANSLAUGHTER RETRIAL

Retrial pending at Winchester Crown Court

A company boss has been convicted of safety failures over the deaths of four people on the Cheeki Rafiki yacht.

Douglas Innes was convicted of failing to ensure the safety of the vessel at Winchester Crown Court.

But jurors were discharged after failing to reach a verdict on four manslaughter charges over the incident.

KALAMAZOO MASSACRE TRIAL

Trial pending in Michigan in September

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

MONEY LAUNDERING TRIAL

Sentencing can be reported in October. T2015-7596

Tommy Adams due to go on trial for money laundering along with Haralambos Antoniades, 46 of Courtlands, The Green, Waltham Forest, Steve Mardon, 57 of Cherry Tree Road, East Finchley

Robert Winstanley, 75 of Oakmere, Cheshire, Martin Dowd, 48 of Tudor Drive, Mottram, St Andrew, Macclesfield, Cheshire. Christos Nicholas, 51 of Occupation Lane, Roydon, Harlow, Essex, and Elias Antoniou, 51 of Wilderton Road, Haringey.

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

 

  • Trial in October 2017
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  • 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’ 
 GUNNED DOWN IN FRONT OF THE FAMILY
Trial due to start at Old Bailey on Nov 6. (First trial collapsed because Judge Kramer was ill with bad back)
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.

SNAPCHAT MURDER TRIAL

Trial at Old Bailey on Nov 20

June 6 – Osman Sharif, 16, was stabbed to death in Tottenham, north London.  A 16-year-old boy from Tottenham has been charged with murder and faces trial on November 20. It was later claimed the fight started after footage of girls fighting was shared over Snapchat.

FIRST EVER KIK MURDER TRIAL

Trial on November 6 at Montgomery County Court, Virginia

Natalie Lovell, 13, sneaked out of her bedroom window in Blacksburg, Virginia in January 2016 to go and meet a mystery man she had met through the phone app Kik. But she was murdered and her body dumped over the state line in North Carolina. David Eisenhauser, 18, has been charged with murder and kidnapping. His girlfriend Natalie Keepers, 19, has been charged with improper disposal of a body. Kik allows people to remain entirely anonymous.

SUGE KNIGHT MURDER TRIAL
 
Trial pending in 2017
 
Marion “Suge” Knight, former CEO of Death Row Records, is accused of killing Terry Carter and injuring Cle Sloan, in a hit-and-run attack in a car in January 2015.  Witnesses claim Knight followed the men after an argument on the set of the film Straight Outta Compton to a burger stand. He claims self-defence.
POLICE OFFICER ON TRIAL FOR MURDERING GIRLFRIEND
 

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.

GRENFELL TOWER FIRE FALSE DEATH TRIAL

Trial pending at Southwark Crown Court on December 4.

Anh Nhu Nguyen, 52, originally from Vietnam but living in Beckenham, has been charged with two counts of false representation. He claimed his wife and child died in the fire at Grenfell Tower. He was arrested after police noticed inconsistencies in his story. Eighty people died in the fire on June 14. He allegedly defrauded Kensingon Council out of £10,000 by claiming his family had been killed and he had lost “all his world possessions”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/30/grenfell-fraudster-faked-family-death-get-10000-two-weeks-court/ 

OLD LADY MURDERED IN ALLOTMENTS

Trial at Old Bailey on Jan 3

Rahim Mohammadi, an Iranian immigrant, accused of strangling a grandmother with the cord of her own anorak and dumping her body in an allotment shed will stand trial. He allegedly killed 80 year-old ‘pillar of the community’ Lea Adri-Soejoko in Colindale, northwest London, last month. Police were alerted to Ms Adri-Soejoko’s disappearance after she failed to turn up to a meeting of the Colindale Allotment Garden Association on February 28. Her body was found dead just 25 minutes later in a storage unit on the allotments off Sheaveshill Avenue when police heard the ringing of her mobile phone. Mohammadi, who moved to the UK around 10 years ago.

FINSBURY PARK MOSQUE ATTACK

Trial at Old Bailey on 22 January 2018

Finsbury Park terror suspect Darren Osborne is set to stand trial.

FOOTBALL COACH SEX ABUSE TRIAL

Trial at Liverpool Crown Court in Jan 2018

Ex-football coach Barry Bennell will stand trial over alleged child sex offences in January next year.

The 63-year-old is charged with 42 counts of indecent assault, 11 counts of serious sexual assault and two attempted serious sexual assaults.

The charges relate to 12 complainants – who were all aged 8-15 – and allegedly happened between 1979 and 1991.

Mr Bennell denies the charges he faces and the trial is set to last eight weeks, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

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.

GRENFELL TOWER FIRE INQUEST 

Pending in 2018

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.

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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