STEROID SMUGGLING CASE
Sentencing at Old Bailey on 14 Nov 2019
T2018-7131 (Dhillon) and T2018-7103 (Afzal)
Gurjaipal Dhillon and Mohammed Afzal and a third defendant, Nathan Selcon, face sentencing.
Jacob Sporon-Fiedler, 37, a Mumbai-based Danish national, pleaded guilty to import and export a controlled Class C drug. He faces a hearing on 11 Nov.
A fourth defendant, Mr McGregor, will be sentenced on 13 Jan 2020.
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.
CROSSBOW MURDER OF PREGNANT WOMAN
Retrial at Old Bailey on 4 November
Devi Unmathallegadoo, 35, died after being shot with a crossbow at her home in Ilford.
Police and paramedics were called to the house in Applegarth Drive at around 7.40am on 12 November 2018.
Ms Unmathallegadoo, also known as Sana Muhammad, was taken to hospital with an abdominal injury.
She was pronounced dead at around 11am.
Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 50 (01.04.68), of no fixed address, was arrested at the scene. He was charged with murder on 13 November.
EXETER PENSIONERS MURDER TRIAL
Trial at Exeter Crown Court on 18 November
In February 2019 Anthony Payne, 80, and twins Dick and Roger Carter, 84, who all lived in Exeter, were beaten to death in their homes. Alexander Lewis-Ranwell, 27, from Croyde, north Devon, has been charged with all three murders and awaits trial.
Three trials pending at Southwark Crown Court.
First one is 1 July 2019 T2015-0351
(Defendants are Khan, Moody, Rashid and Bashir)
Second trial is 7 October 2019
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.
SICK METH KILLERS RAPED, KILLED AND DISMEMBERED CHILD WITH MOTHER’S HELP
- Trial pending in late 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. He is the only one to face a trial.
HILLSBOROUGH DISASTER TRIAL
Retrial pending at Preston Crown Court on October 7
Former Chief Superintendent David Duckenfield, match commander on the day of the disaster is charged with manslaughter by gross negligence. His first trial ended in a hung jury
Trial at Old Bailey starts on 18 November. T2019-7020/7134
Jan 8 – Jaden Moodie, 14, was knocked off a moped by a car and stabbed to death in Leyton, east London. Ayoub Majdouline, 18, and Yusuf Dubbad, 21, have been charged with murder and will go on trial in July 2019.
HOMELESS ROMANIANS SET ON FIRE TRIAL
Trial at Old Bailey on 2 December 2019
Petra Deliu, 51, and Ionel-Octavian Stancia, 37, go on trial for murder of Ionut Manea, 38, and attempted murder of Petrisor Manea, homeless Romanians, whose makeshift campsite on land next to the southbound carriageway of the A406 in Ilford, Essex was set on fire in June 2019.
INLA BROTHEL KEEPING TRIAL
Trial pending at Laganside Crown Courts, Belfast
Three people face trial over an alleged INLA-run brothel racket in Belfast.
Brian Gillan, 60, from Lurgan Road, Glenavy, has been charged with blackmail with menace and possessing criminal property. Cristina-Teodora Musa, 22, of Agincourt Avenue in south Belfast, has been charged with keeping a brothel and controlling the prostitution of three women. Florin Ghita, 32, was also charged with concealing criminal property. The charges follow raids in Belfast, Lisburn, Crumlin and Newtownabbey in May 2018.
They are Cristina-Teodora Musa, who is 22, of Agincourt Avenue in south Belfast. As well as brothel-keeping, she was also charged with controlling the prostitution of three women.
Florin Ghita, 32, of Agincourt Avenue, was also charged with concealing criminal property.
WAYNE HURREN INQUEST
Inquest pending in west London
Wayne Hurren, a notorious gangster, slit his own throat in HMP Wormwood Scrubs in March 2019.
Obina Ezeoke, 24, is accused.
BOY ‘PUSHED’ OFF BALCONY IN TATE MODERN – TRIAL
Trial at Old Bailey on 3 Feb 2020
A 17-year-old boy will go on trial accused of the attempted murder of a six-year-old boy who was allegedly pushed off a balcony at the Tate Modern.
He suffered a “deep bleed” on the brain in the incident on 4 August 2019.
On 30 September it was reportedly that he was still unable to speak, eat or move his body.
In an update on an online fundraising page, the family said he was being “brave” and doing “his best to move his tongue, his right arm and hand” but he is also “suffering”.
“He understands everything, but doesn’t understand why he cannot manage to eat or swallow”, they said.
INCEL REBELLION VAN MASSACRE TRIAL
Trial pending in Toronto in February 2020
In April 2018 a van was driven into crowds of shoppers on Yonge Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario. Sixteen people survived. Alek Minassian, 25, has been charged with murder and is due to go on trial in Feb 2020. A Facebook post later emerged which seemed to suggest Minassian, a software developer, hated women. The post in question first surfaced on the message board 4Chan, where someone anonymously shared in an image of a mobile phone showing Minassian’s alleged manifesto. “Private (Recruit) Minassian Infantry 00010, wishing to speak to Sgt 4chan please. C23249161,” it reads. “The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys! All hail the Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger!” Elliot Rodger killed six people in a stabbing and shooting spree in Isla Vista, California, in May 2014. Before he turned the gun on himself, the 22-year-old posted a “retribution” video to YouTube and emailed a lengthy autobiographical document to almost two dozen people he knew. An online community known as the “involuntarily celibate”, or incels, who blame women for their sexual failings, fastened upon the document.
CHILD TRAFFICKING TRIAL
Trial pending at Northampton Crown Court. First appearance on 17 July 2019.
Zayne Donaldson, 29, and Sharon Donaldson, 53, from Northwood, and James Atkinson, 28, from Lewes Close, Northolt, have been charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and conspiracy to facilitate the movement of persons under 18 for the purpose of exploitation.
Essex Lorry Deaths/People Trafficking Trial
Trial pending at Old Bailey or Chelmsford Crown Court in 2020
Eight women and 31 men died in the back of a lorry which was parked in Grays, Essex. Maurice “Mo” Robinson, 25, from Craigavon, has been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter and other offences. Eamonn Harrison, 22, from Northern Ireland, was arrested in Dublin on a European Arrest Warrant and faces extradition for manslaughter. Police are also seeking Ronan, 40, and Christopher Hughes, 34, who are originally from County Monaghan. In Vietnam police have arrested two people over people smuggling in Ha Tinh province. Prosecutors alleged Mr Robinson was part of a “global ring” of people smugglers. He faces trial at the Old Bailey or Chelmsford Crown Court.
SUDANESE ASYLUM SEEKER INQUEST
Inquest pending in 2019
Mustafa Dawood died after falling from a roof while fleeing immigration officers raid in Newport, South Wales. The inquest was opened in August 2018 and then adjourned.
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.
- Ziad Akle, who was Unaoil’s territory manager for Iraq, has been charged with one offence of conspiracy to make corrupt payments, contrary to section (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977 and contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.
- Paul Bond has been charged with two offences of conspiracy to make corrupt payments, contrary to section (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977 and contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.
- Stephen Whiteley has been charged with one offence of conspiracy to make corrupt payments, contrary to section (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977 and contrary to section 1 of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906.
INQUEST: FIRE IN PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL
Inquest to take place in Reading in Early 2020
Sarah-Jane Williams died after a fire broke out in her bedroom at Prospect Park Hospital, Reading, on 6 December 2015. Her family’s lawyer, Sefton Kwansnik, told a pre-inquest hearing a doctor had advised that Ms Williams “should not be held” at the hospital. Mr Kwansnik said Dr Rami El-Shirbiny did not believe 36-year-old Ms Williams had been “appropriately placed on Daisy ward” due to a “fire risk”.
TRIAL: MALAYSIAN AIRLINER SHOT DOWN OVER UKRAINE
Trial at The Hague District Court in the Netherlands (in a high security courtroom near Schiphol) due to begin on 9 March 2020
Four people, including a prominent eastern Ukrainian separatist commander, have been charged in absentia with murder in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine that killed 298 people.
One of the suspects, Russian national Igor Girkin who led the separatist forces in Donetsk in 2014, dismissed the accusations. Girkin has since been ousted from his post and now lives in Moscow. The other three people charged are Sergey Dubinskiy and Oleg Pulatov, both who have Russian citizenship, and Leonid Kharchenko, who is a Ukrainian national.
Dutch investigators said that even if the four may not have pushed the button itself to launch a Buk missile that downed the plane, they were implicated in the preparations of the launch, making it sufficient to charge them.
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
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.
Trial under way in Providenciales. Not due to finish until late 2019
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.
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.