INFORMATION ON UPCOMING TRIALS AND INQUESTS, INCLUDING DEATH OF ANNIE EKOFO AND HER NEPHEW BERVIL (pictured)
MANCHESTER ARENA BOMBING TRIAL
Obina Ezeoke, 24, is accused.
HIT AND RUN OUTSIDE SCHOOL
Trial at Chelmsford Crown Court pending. Up for mention on 17 June.
Harley Watson, 12, died after being struck by a car outside Debden Park High School in Loughton, Essex, on 2 December 2019. Terry Glover, 51, of Loughton, was charged with murder and 10 counts of attempted murder.
COUNTY LINES TRIAL (OPERATION SERPENT)
Trial pending at Birmingham Crown Court. Was going to be on 20 July but has been delayed by coronavirus. T2019-7796
Zayne Donaldson, 29, and Sharon Donaldson, 53, from Northwood, and James Atkinson, 28, from Lewes Close, Northolt, were accused of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and conspiracy to facilitate the movement of persons under 18 for the purpose of exploitation.
SICK METH KILLERS RAPED, KILLED AND DISMEMBERED CHILD WITH MOTHER’S HELP
- Trial pending in 2020
- 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.
INCEL REBELLION VAN MASSACRE TRIAL
Trial pending in Toronto in April 2020. Judge will decide if he was mentally guilty of first degree murder. No jury.
In April 2018a 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.
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 resume in April 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.
UNLICENSED BOXING DEATH TRIAL
WHITEMOOR PRISON OFFICERS ASSAULTED TRIAL
Trial at Old Bailey on 14 September 2020.
Brusthom Ziamani – 24 (18.08.95) and Baz Macaulay Hockton – 26 (29.01.94), both of Her Majesty’s Prison Service, were charged on Tuesday, 3 March with attempted murder. Ziamani has also been charged with ABH and common assault in relation to two other prison officers at HMP Whitemoor.
PAKISTAN POLITICIAN FACES TERRORISM CHARGES OVER ONLINE SPEECH
Trial pending at Old Bailey. Next for mention on 22 September.
Altaf Hussain, exiled leader of the MQM political party from Pakistan, faces terrorism charges over an online speech he made. MQM politician Imran Farooq was murdered in Edgware, London, in 2010. Hussain has not been charged with ordering Farooq’s murder.
GRENFELL TOWER FIRE INQUIRY
First phase is over. Second phase under way.
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.
CROSSBOW DOUBLE MURDER TRIAL (CANNABIS FACTORY ROBBERY)
Trial pending at Birmingham or Wolverhampton Crown Court in late 2020
In February 2020 Khuzaimah Douglas, 19, and Waseem Ramzan, 36, were killed with a crossbow in a robbery at a cannabis factory in Pensnett Road, Brierley Hill, West Midlands. Omar Ramzan, 23, and his father Saghawat Ramzan, 46, have been charged with two counts of murder and await trial.
COCAINE HIDDEN IN CORONAVIRUS MEDICAL SUPPLIES TRIAL
The Belgian-registered van was stopped at border controls in Coquelles, France, as it headed towards the UK. Border Force officers searching the van found an estimated 285kg of cocaine hidden among dry ice. Belgian national Padmore Asamoah is charged with the attempted importation of a Class A drug.
Jack Gibson, 28, is accused of trying to extort cash from a wealthy businessman over sex videos involving his transgender son. Gibson is said to have threatened to release videos and images of the sexual encounter to the media unless the tycoon paid up. Southwark Crown Court heard the father is ‘a businessman of public standing’ while his son was ‘somebody who struggles with their gender identity and sexuality’. Gibson pleads not guilty but has admitted possession of drugs.
ESSEX LORRY DEATHS TRIAL
Trial pending at Old Bailey or Chelmsford Crown Court on 5 October 2020 (8 weeks)
Eight women, 29 men and two children died in the back of a lorry which was parked in Grays, Essex. Lorry driver Maurice “Mo” Robinson, 25, from Craigavon, has pleaded guilty to 39 counts of manslaughter. The following people face trial:
William Emlyn Jones QC will be prosecuting.
DEATH IN THE BEER GARDEN TRIAL
FAKE CORONAVIRUS TREATMENT KITS FRAUD TRIAL
Trial pending at Southwark Crown Court (probably). Next appearance at Brighton Magistrates Court on 20 April 2020.
Frank Ludlow, 59, from West Sussex, was charged on 21 March 2020 with one count of fraud by false representation, one count of possession of articles for use in fraud, and one count of unlawfully manufacturing a medicinal product. Ludlow’s arrest follows a joint investigation by the City of London Police’s PIPCU, the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). US Customs in Los Angeles intercepted a package on the 18 March, containing 60 COVID-19 treatment kits labelled as ‘Anti-Pathogenic treatment’, which were sent from the UK. The US FDA determined the product to be an unapproved drug based on the labelling and directions for use and alerted the MHRA in the UK.
Damion Simmons, 44, has been charged with the murder of Denise Keane-Barnett-Simmons, 36, who died when her home on the Stonebridge estate in NW London was set on fire. Simmons was further charged with arson with intent to endanger life, criminal damage endangering life, disclosing private and sexual photographs with intent to cause distress, and voyeurism.
PARIS 2015 TERRORIST ATTACKS TRIAL
Trial in Paris in late 2020
Salah Abdeslam and 19 other people face trial over a series of jihadist attacks in Paris which killed 130 people in November 2015. Ten heavily armed gunmen attacked a football match at the national stadium in Paris and then bars and restaurants in the capital as well as the Bataclan concert hall. All of the attackers detonated their explosive vests or were killed by police except Abdeslam, who was arrested in Belgium four months later. He has refused to cooperate with investigators and remains in solitary confinement. But at least three of those wanted are believed dead, including Oussama Atar, a Belgian-Moroccan citizen who is thought to have helped orchestrate the attack from Raqqa, the former capital of the Islamic State’s so-called “caliphate” in Syria. The other suspects facing trial have been charged with helping to organise or finance the attacks, or helping the gunmen to flee.
Dominic Thorncroft, 55, from Orpington, Kent, faces trial for the following alleged offences between 2014 and 2016:
– Conceal/disguise/convert/transfer/remove criminal property (contrary to sections 327(1) and 334 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002).
– Failure to disclose: regulated sector (contrary to sections 330 and 334 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002).
– Four counts of retaining a wrongful credit (contrary to section 24A(1) and (6) of the Theft Act 1968)
– Fail to comply a requirement of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 (contrary to regulation 45).
Trials pending at Southwark Crown Court. Hung jury in Dec 2019. CPS to decide if retrial in 2020
(Defendants are Khan, Moody, Rashid and Bashir)
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.
MAN SHOT POLICE ON TRIAL FOR ROBBERY PLOT
Retrial at Old Bailey on 22 March 2021. T2019-7189
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.
FORMER FOOTBALLER DIED AFTER BEING TASERED – MURDER TRIAL
Trial at Birmingham Crown Court on 12 April 2021.
PC Benjamin Monk, 41, is charged with the murder of former Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday footballer Dalian Atkinson, 48, who went into cardiac arrest as he was taken to hospital after being restrained and Tasered by police officers at his father’s house in Telford, Shropshire, on 15 August 2016. PC Monk and another West Mercia Police officer, Ellen Bettley-Smith, 29, are also charged with assault causing actual bodily harm. Atkinson is believed to have been suffering from mental illness at the time of the incident. The trial was originally due to take place in September 2020 but two senior barristers in the trial were involved in the Manchester Arena Inquiry into the 2017 terrorist bomb attack, and the inquiry’s schedule had “changed because of the Covid-19 pandemic”.
AIR POLLUTION INQUEST
Inquest pending in Southwark, London
Ella Kissi-Debrah, nine, suffered a fatal asthma attack in February 2013 after three years of seizures and 27 visits to hospital for breathing problems. An inquest in 2014, which focused on Ella’s medical care and ruled she died of “acute respiratory failure”, was quashed by high court judges in light of new evidence regarding air pollution levels. A provisional ruling was made at Southwark coroners court for it to be a “full” inquest under article 2 – the right to life – of the Human Rights Act, which scrutinises the role of public bodies in a person’s death. Assistant coroner Philip Barlow told the court “it seems to me that article 2 is engaged,” but said it was subject to any further submissions he received from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Transport. Ella lived 25 metres from the South Circular Road in Lewisham, south east London.
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.
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.
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”.
BRITISH COLUMBIA GANG WARS (CANADA)
Retrial pending in 2020. Mistrial declared in May 2019.
Jamie Bacon, a leading player in the Red Scorpions gang, is awaiting trial in Vancouver for the murder of Dennis Karbanovec in 2008. Charges against him for his role in the Surrey Six murders in 2007 were stayed by the Supreme Court. His brother Jonathan was shot dead in August 2011 in Kelowna.
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.
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.