A care worker has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Lucy McHugh, a schoolgirl who was found stabbed to death in woodland. Stephen Nicholson, also entered a not guilty plea at Winchester crown court to a charge of sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl in 2012. Nicholson, 24, was remanded in custody. The body of Lucy, 13, was found at Southampton sports centre on 26 July last year. She had left her home in the city at about 9am the previous day. The trial has heard she told him via Facebook she was pregnant.
DOLPHIN SQUARE VIP PAEDOPHILE RING ACCUSATIONS
Jury due out at Newcastle Crown Court week of 15 July
Sentencing at Old Bailey on 9 July
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 convicted of both murders and also causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) and attempted GBH against two other men the same night. Christian Thomas, 18, has been acquitted of murder of Abdikarim Hassan. JJ Fatuga, 19, has been acquitted of murder of Sadiq Mohammed. Anuoluwa Temenu, 18, has been acquited of attempted grievous bodily harm, grievous bodily harm and the murder of Abdikarim Hassan.
MISTAKEN IDENTITY ARSON TRIAL
Sentencing at Old Bailey on 19 July
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.
IMMIGRATION SCAM 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.
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. Also charged are:
- Jimi Kidd, 38, of Haywards Heath
- Bartosz Plesniak, 34, of Slough
- Tamas Tomacsek, 38, of Enfield
- Piotr Zmijewski, 44, of Hayes
- Ladislav Szalay, 32, of Harrow
TRIAL: GHB MURDER OF JAMES BOND ACTOR
Sentencing on 5 September at Old Bailey
Gerald Matovu, 25, of Great Guildford Street, Southwark, is charged over the death of Eric Michels, who was found dead at a property in Bolton Road, Chessington, on August 18. During the preliminary plea hearing at the Old Bailey criminal court, Mr Matovu pleaded ‘not guilty’ to charges of murder, theft and fraud. Brandon Dunbar, 23, of Romford Road, Forest Gate, is also facing to four joint charges relating to the incident and pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors allege that Mr Matovu administered a lethal dose of the psychoactive drug Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) to Mr Matovu on August 17. Mr Matovu was charged with eight further offences including two counts of theft, fraud by false representation, inflicting grievous bodily harm and possession of a class C drug. Mr Michels was 52 at the time of his death last August. He worked for the energy company SSE. Mr Michels was also a part-time actor, and appeared in the James Bond film Skyfall (2012).
SICK METH KILLERS RAPED, KILLED AND DISMEMBERED CHILD WITH MOTHER’S HELP
- Trial pending in summer 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.
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.
WAYNE HURREN INQUEST
Inquest pending in west London
Wayne Hurren, a notorious gangster, slit his own throat in HMP Wormwood Scrubs in March 2019.
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
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.
TRIAL: WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDERING TEENAGE SONS
Trial at Sheffield Crown Court on November 12
Sarah Barrass, 34, is accused of murdering her sons Blake, 14, and Tristen, 13, at their home in Shiregreen, Sheffield in June 2019. Her brother Brandon Machin, 37, also faces the same charge. The cause of death has not been made clear.
TRIAL: MURDER OF BOY, 14, ON MOPED
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.
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
INQUEST: TRAIN SURFING DEATHS
Inquest pending in east London
Benjamin Haddon-Cave, 27, and Patrick Bolster, 26, were found dead on the London Overground line between Hackney Wick and Stratford on March 21, 2019. Music producer Mr Haddon-Cave, whose sister Jessie Cave played Lavender Brown in the Harry Potter films, was found by officers called to reports of a fire at about 1am. A post-mortem examination established he died from electrocution and thermal trauma.
Obina Ezeoke, 24, is accused.
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.
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.
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.