INFORMATION ON UPCOMING TRIALS AND INQUESTS, INCLUDING MURDER OF RIKKI NEAVE (pictured)
ESSEX LORRY DEATHS TRIAL
Sentencing on 22 January 2021
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, and Ronan Hughes, 40, have pleaded guilty to 39 counts of manslaughter. The following people face trial:
Eamonn Harrison, 23, from Mayobridge, who drove the lorry to the Belgian port. British Romanian Gheorghe Nica, 43, from Langdon Hills, Essex, was convicted of 39 counts of manslaughter. He also denied one count of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration between May 2018 and October 2019. Romanian national Alexandru-Ovidiu Hanga, 27, from Tilbury, Essex, denies a charge of conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration. Christopher Kennedy, 23, from Darkley, County Armagh, has previously denied conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration. Valentin Calota, 37, from Birmingham, has yet to enter a plea to the charge of conspiring to assist unlawful immigration. William Emlyn Jones QC prosecuted.
HULL UNIVERSITY STUDENT RAPED AND MURDERED
Trial under way at Sheffield Crown Court
Pawel Relowicz, 25, is accused of the rape and murder of Hull university student Libby Squire, 21, who went missing after a night out in the city in February 2019. Her body was found in the Humber Estuary six weeks later.
NHS WORKER MURDERED DURING CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN TRIAL
Trial pending at Old Bailey. In for mention on 5 Feb 2021.
In April 2020 David Gomoh, 24, was stabbed to death at 10.25pm seconds after leaving his home in Customs House, east London during the coronavirus lockdown. Vagnei Colubali, 22, Muhammad Jalloh, 18, from Stratford, east London, David Ture, 18, and a 16-year-old boy from Telford have been charged with murder and await trial. David, who had earned a marketing degree from Southbank University, worked for the NHS and was a keyworker helping to keep NHS staff supplied with essential equipment. His family were already reeling following the recent unexpected death of David’s father from a Covid-19 related illness. His father’s funeral was due to be on Wednesday, 29 April. David’s mother Marian was an NHS nurse. David was talking on the phone to a woman friend when he was stabbed and was not involved in any argument. Police said: “Nothing in David’s background gives any reason for why he was singled out and this, along with other evidence, suggests David was murdered in a totally unprovoked attack.”
ENCROCHAT CONSPIRACY TO MURDER TRIAL
Trial pending at Old Bailey in 2021. T2020-7278. Up for first mention on 23 Dec 2020.
Frankie Sinclair, 32, (01.12.87), from Wales, has been charged with Conspiracy to murder,
Conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life, two counts of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, three counts of possessing ammunition with intent to endanger life, possession of ammunition for a firearm when prohibited for five years, two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs, namely heroin and cocaine, possession of criminal property, namely a large amount of cash
The charges relate to a conspiracy to murder investigation via the use of an EncroChat device from March 2020.
Trial at The Hague District Court in the Netherlands (in a high security courtroom near Schiphol) under way.
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.
HAMPSHIRE LAYBY MURDER TRIAL
Trial at Winchester Crown Court in 2021
In July 2019 Gurinderjit Rai, 41, was shot dead in a car in a lay-by in Shepherds Farm Lane, Corhampton, Hampshire, opposite the entrance to Corhampton Golf Club. His body was found the following morning. Police say Mr Rai, from Eastleigh, was the subject of a targeted attack. Four people have been charged with murder and await trial at Winchester Crown Court. They are Aston Hannis, 29, from Eastleigh, Corin Barlow, 40, from Horley, Charlie Statham, 30, from Oliver’s Battery, Winchester, and Paul White, 26, from Abbotts Barton, Winchester. Eight other people have been arrested. In September 2020 Morgan Tarrant, 21, pleaded guilty to assisting an offender and possessing a shortened shotgun without a firearm certificate. He awaits sentencing.
DEATH IN THE BEER GARDEN TRIAL
INCEL REBELLION VAN MASSACRE TRIAL
Sentencing in Toronto on March 3, 2021
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
SKORPION SUBMACHINE GUN TRIAL
Trial pending at Harrow Crown Court in 2021. First up on 11 Dec 2020.
Azeem Ahktar, 29, (17.10.91) of Cooper Road, NW10, has been charged with:
– Possession of a firearm of length less than 30cm / 60cm – prohibited weapon, namely a Scorpion sub machine gun;
– Possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class A (Heroin);
– Possession with intent to supply a controlled drug of Class B (Cannabis Resin);
– Acquire / use / possess criminal property in regards to a substantive cash seizure estimated in the region of £200,000.
It follows a vehicle stop in Willesden, NW London in Nov 2020.
PETERBOROUGH TEENAGER MURDER TRIAL
Trial pending at Old Bailey on March 9 or April 13, 2021
Scott Walker, 50, is accused of murdering his 19-year-old daughter Bernadette. Sarah Walker, 37, is accused of two counts of perverting the course of justice. Sarah had previously been charged with Bernadette’s murder, but she no longer faces that charge. Bernadette’s body has not been found, but police believe she has been killed. She was reported missing on 21 July by her parents after she had not been seen for three days. Since Bernadette’s disappearance police have carried out extensive searches in land in Peterborough and surrounding countryside in Cowbit, but her body has never been found.
FORMER FOOTBALLER FACING FRAUD TRIAL
Trial pending at Southwark Crown Court T20190279. Delayed by coronavirus. Now due to start on 8 March 2021.
Richard Rufus, who played 288 games for Charlton Athletic in the Premier League before retiring due to injury, has been charged with fraud relating to an alleged £16m “Ponzi-style” scheme which left investors almost £9million out of pocket. City of London police have been investigating the scheme for almost four years. Rufus, 44, is alleged to have orchestrated a scheme involving almost 100 unsuspecting investors – including family, friends and congregations of churches. Much of the money was invested by the trustees of the Kingsway International Community Centre church in London
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”.
HILLSBOROUGH DISASTER FALSE STATEMENTS TRIAL
Trial at Preston Crown Court on 19 April 2021.
Donald Denton, Alan Foster and Peter Metcalf are all charged with perverting the course of justice following a criminal investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
The suspects are two former South Yorkshire Police Officers and a solicitor who worked with the force following the disaster.
Ex-Chief Superintendent Donald Denton, former Detective Chief Inspector Alan Foster and solicitor Peter Metcalf all made witness statements following the 1989 Hillsborough stadium disaster.
Metcalf acted for South Yorkshire Police during the Taylor Inquiry into the tragedy and the first inquests that then followed.
BLACKBURN STUDENT KILLED IN DRUGS SHOOTING (INNOCENT VICTIM)
Trial pending at Preston Crown Court on 4 May 2021. It will be a 10-week trial.
On May 17, 2020 Aya Hachem, 19, a Lebanese-born law student who worked as a youth trustee for a charity, was shot dead as she walked to the Lidl supermarket in Blackburn, Lancashire. The killer was in a light green Toyota Avensis and drove off. She was not the intended target of the attack and it was not believed to be a racially-motivated attack, despite initial talk on social media. The killing took place during the coronavirus lockdown and also during Ramadan. She was grocery shopping for her family’s iftar meal. Six people from Blackburn have been charged with her murder – Feroz Suleman, 39, Kashif Manzoor, 24, Ayaz Hussain, 34, Uthman Satia, 28, Abubakir Satia, 31, and Judy Chapman, 26. They are also charged with the attempted murder of their alleged intended target, Pachah Khan.
PAKISTAN POLITICIAN FACES TERRORISM CHARGES OVER ONLINE SPEECH
Trial pending at Old Bailey on 25 May 2021.
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.
TRIAL: ROOFTOP KILLING IN HATTON GARDEN
Trial pending at Old Bailey on 14 June 2021. PCMH on 30 April.
Elton Sefa, 22, is accused of murdering a builder colleague in diamond district. John Woodward, 47, died while working on the roof of the Presman Mastermelt building in Hatton Garden on April 17, 2018. Cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head. Sefa was arrested in February 2020 in the Albanian city of Durres and extradited to UK.
CHRISTMAS EVE MURDER LINKED TO SCANDINAVIA
Trial pending at Old Bailey on 12 July 2021. Set to last 3 weeks. PCMH 16 Dec 2020.
Anis Fouad Hemissi, 23, allegedly gunned down record producer Flamur Beqiri, 36, as he returned home with his wife and young child on Christmas Eve 2019. Beqiri’s sister Misse appeared in Real Housewives of Cheshire. The murder is believed to be linked to organised crime in Sweden.
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 2021
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, his father Saghawat Ramzan, 46, and Sageer Mohammed, 33, have been charged with two counts of murder and await trial. A total of 13 men have been accused of burglary – Theo Bailey aged 28, from Victoria Road, Handsworth, Troy Parkins aged 25, from Claughton Road Dudley, Omari Beckford, aged 25 from Lewis Street, Walsall, Amir Naisiri, aged 22, from Swinford Road, Selly Oak, Jason Kavanagh, aged 20, from Swinford Road, Weoley Castle and Godfree Mbugoniwia, aged 22, from Brunswick Road, Sparkhill, have all been charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary relating to a separate series of cannabis factory robberies.
OPERATION ARBACIA (NEW IRA) TERRORISM TRIAL
Trial pending in Northern Ireland in 2021
Several people, accused of being members of the New IRA, are awaiting trial following an MI5 investigation, codenamed Operation Arbacia.
They include: Issam Basalat, 62, a GP, from Edinburgh, who is accused of preparation of terrorist acts in relation to his attendance at an alleged meeting of the New IRA at an address at Buninver Road in Omagh, Co Tyrone, on 19 July 2020.
David Jordan, 49, of Cappagh Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, who is accused of belonging to a proscribed organisation between February 8 and July 20, directing a terrorist organisation, and preparation of terrorist acts through attending the same meeting at Buninver Road in Omagh, as well as attending a meeting in Sixmilecross on February 9.
Also charged: Sharon Jordan, 45, of Cappagh Road in Dungannon, Co Tyrone, Kevin Barry Murphy, 49, of Altowen Park, Coalisland, Co Tyrone, Damien McLaughlin, 44, of Kilmascally Road, Dungannon, Amanda McCabe, 49, of Ailsbury Gardens in Lurgan, Co Armagh, Gary Hayden, 48, of Tyrconnell Street in Londonderry, and Joseph Barr, 32, of Cecilia’s Walk in Londonderry, Shea Reynolds, 26, of Belvedere Manor in Lurgan, Co Armagh, and Patrick McDaid, 50, of Magowan Park in Derry.
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.
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.
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. He has admitted manslaughter.
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.
Trials pending at Southwark Crown Court on 6 September 2021. Earlier trial was hung and retrial collapsed due to coronavirus.
(Defendants are Khan, Moody, Rashid and Bashir)
Three judges and five other lawyers accused of a scam involving £12.6million from the legal aid system 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.
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).
TRIAL: SISTERS KILLED IN WEMBLEY PARK DURING LOCKDOWN
Trial pending at Old Bailey on 11 October 2021 (PCMH on 26 October).
In June 2020 Nicole Smallman, 27, from Harrow, and her sister Bibaa Henry, 46, from Wembley, were stabbed to death in Fryent Country Park. Nicole and Bibaa are thought to have been among a group of around 10 people who congregated in the park from around 7pm on Friday, 5 June to celebrate Bibaa’s birthday. Gradually people are believed to have left throughout the evening until only Nicole and Bibaa remained. They were both reported as missing to police late on Saturday when they did not return home. The murders took place during the coronavirus lockdown when pubs and restaurants were closed. Danyal Hussein, 18, from Blackheath, south London, has been charged with murder.
MAN SHOT POLICE ON TRIAL FOR ROBBERY PLOT
DRILL RAPPER GANG MURDER TRIAL
Trial at Old Bailey on 21 Feb 2022
Aaron Youngsam and Courtney Ellis, are accused of murder of Craig Small, aka Smallz, in Wembley in July 2019. Ellis is also accused of attempted murder of Serge Mukendi on the same night. Christopher Kyei, aka Skrapz, is accused of perverting the course of justice, as is Horraine Nicholas. Both are alleged of helped to destroy the blue Mini getaway car. The murder is thought to be linked to feud between Usual Suspects Gang (USG) from Stonebridge Park and the Ice City Boyz. Small was a member of USG.
Anthony Orchard QC prosecuting
MAYFAIR DIAMOND ROBBERY (PEBBLE TRICK) TRIAL
Trial pending at Southwark Crown Court in 2021
Lulu Lakatos (born 26/6/61), is awaiting trial after being extradited from the Saint Brieuc region of France. She is accused of conspiracy to steal £4.2m of gems from Boodles, a jewellery shop in Mayfair, central London.
Lakatos, who was allegedly pretending to be a gemologist inspecting the diamonds when she switched them with pebbles while staff were distracted.
The raid was likened by police to the thefts in the Ocean’s Eleven films.
Mickael Jovanovic and Christophe Stankovic have pleaded guilty to the conspiracy.
Georgeta Danila, 52, went on trial in Nov 2020. She was accused of helping Lakatos into a disguise in pub toilets before they left the country.
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.