INFORMATION ON UPCOMING TRIALS AND INQUESTS, INCLUDING FRAUD TRIAL OF FORMER CHARLTON FOOTBALLER RICHARD RUFUS (PICTURED)
HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER ACCUSED OF FRAUD OVER IRAQ WAR
Trial pending at Southwark Crown Court. First up on 27 July.
Former human rights lawyer Phil Shiner, 65, is accused of fraud in relation to torture and murder allegations made against British troops during the Iraq war.
Shiner, who was struck off by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) in 2017, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of fraud which were brought following a five-year National Crime Agency investigation.
Shiner, from Birmingham, is alleged to have committed fraud by false representation in April 2015 in response to a question from the SRA, which he “knew was untrue and misleading”, so he could continue to practise as a solicitor, according to court papers.
He is also said to have “been engaged in the cold calling of clients in Iraq in relation to alleged killings of Iraqi civilians by British Army personnel at the battle of ‘Danny Boy’.”
The 2004 battle gave rise to claims against British soldiers after an order to remove the bodies of the Iraqi dead from the battlefield and take them back to a nearby camp along with nine prisoners of war.
RYAN GIGGS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRIAL
Trial pending at Manchester Crown Court on 8 August
Former Manchester United and Wales football star Ryan Giggs, 47, allegedly assaulted his girlfriend Kate Greville, 36, and caused her actual bodily harm at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester in Nov 2020. He is also accused of controlling and coercive behaviour between December 2017 and November 2020.
THE MATRIARCH – MITCHAM BODY ON FIRE MURDER TRIAL
Sentencing at Old Bailey on 10 Aug. T-2020 7313
At 6am on 17 September 2020 Jean Loeike Guei, 23, a drug dealer from Thornton Heath, was found on Commonside East in Mitcham, south London. His body had been set on fire. Benoni Thomas, 36, from Cambridge was acquitted of manslaughter. Raphael Kokkinos, 33, has already admitted manslaughter. Sophia Kokkinos, 69, from Clapham, and Aaron Williams, 28, from Thornton Heath, were convicted of perverting the course of justice. Joseph Kokkinos, 30, and Michael Brain, 27, from Weybridge, were acquitted of perverting the course of justice.
CHINESE MOTHER KILLED SON AND THEN HERSELF – INQUEST
Inquest pending in north London
On 21 June 2022 the body of Yi Chen, 37, and her five-year-old son, Xing Duan Yuan, were found at their home in Brookside South, Barnet. Both had been stabbed. Both had Chinese passports, although the boy was born in UK. The police later said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the case. Detective Chief Inspector Claire Hine was the SIO.
MURDER OF SERGEANT MATT RATANA
Fitness to plea hearing pending at Northampton Crown Court (or hospital) in September 2022
Louis De Zoysa accused of murdering Sgt Matt Ratana.
REGENCY HOTEL WEIGH-IN SHOOTING (KINAHAN-HUTCH FEUD)
Trial pending in Dublin on 3 October 2022. 12 weeks.
In February 2016 David Byrne was shot dead at a weigh-in for a boxing match at the Regency Hotel in Dublin. The target had been Daniel Kinahan, but he escaped.
The shooting was allegedly in revenge for the murder of Gary Hutch in Spain in Sep 2015.
Kevin ‘Flat Cap’ Murray was the only member of the five-man gang not to wear a disguise or mask. He later died.
It was claimed a man wearing a wig and dressed as a woman, who entered the hotel with Murray, was Patrick Hutch, Gary’s cousin. But he denied the charge and the case collapsed in February 2019 after the lead Detective Superintendent Colm Fox, was found dead in his office at Ballymun Garda Station in February 2018.
Gerry “The Monk” Hutch – Gary’s uncle – was arrested in Spain in August 2021, extradited to Dublin and will go on trial along with Jonathan Dowdall, 43, a former north inner city Sinn Fein councillor, from Cabra, and his father, Patrick Dowdall, 64.
Paul Murphy, also from Cabra, is charged with supplying logistical support to a six-man team suspected of carrying out the murder.
Jason Bonney, 50, from Portmarnock, charged with involvement in the murder by providing vehicles.
NURSE ON TRIAL FOR MURDERING EIGHT BABIES
Trial pending at Manchester Crown Court on 4 October
Trial to begin of alleged baby-killer nurse. Lucy Letby is accused of the murder of eight babies in an alleged year-long killing spree on a hospital neonatal unit. Letby is alleged to have murdered five baby boys and three baby girls while working at the Countess of Chester Hospital in Chester.
She is also accused of the attempted murder of five baby boys and five baby girls, all between June 2015 and June 1016. The defendant, of Arran Avenue, Hereford, was arrested in 2018 and 2019 as part of the police investigation at the hospital, which began in 2017. Her trial is expected to last around six months
NORTHAMPTON TOWN LOAN ELECTORAL OFFENCES TRIAL
Trial pending at Northampton Crown Court on 4 October 2022. For mention on 5 July. T2021-0336 and 0352
Seven people were charged with electoral offences by police investigating a missing £10.25m loan to Northampton Town Football Club. It is alleged they “without reasonable cause, being the principal donor of a donation of more than £500 to a registered party, namely Northampton South Conservative Association, failed to ensure that, at the time when the donation was received by the party, the party was given all such details in respect of the person treated as making the recordable donation as were required by virtue of paragraph 2 or 2A of Schedule 6 to the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000″.
- Nutan Bhimjiyani, 60, and Sharad Bhimjiyani, 65, both of Headstone Lane, Harrow
- Nirav Vinodray Sheth, 47, of Uppingham Avenue, Stanmore
- Gary Platt, 65, of West Drive, Harrow
- Leonard Western, 70, of Holmside Rise, South Oxhey, Watford
- Parekh Brijkumar, 65, of Broken Gate Lane, Denham
- Alan Mayfield, 64, of Hill Farm Road, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross has pleaded guilty and been sentenced.
NIGERIAN POLITICIAN ACCUSED OF ORGAN HARVESTING
Trial pending. Next up at Old Bailey on 31 October.
A Nigerian politician and his wife are accused of plotting to harvest the organs of a 21-year-old man in the UK.
Ike Ekweremadu, 60, and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu, 55, are charged with conspiracy to arrange and/or facilitate the travel of another person with a view to exploitation. It is alleged they planned to take a homeless child to Nigeria where his kidney would be used to save their daughter, who has a kidney disease. They deny any wrongdoing.
GLENCORE OIL AFRICA BRIBERY CASE
Sentencing at Southwark Crown Court on 2 and 3 Nov
A subsidiary of the commodity trader Glencore has pleaded guilty to seven counts of bribery related to its oil operations in several African countries. The Serious Fraud Office had brought charges against the company after conducting an investigation. In May 2022 Glencore said it would pay a $1.1bn (£900m) US settlement, and indicated it would plead guilty in the UK. The SFO had formally charged the company at Westminster magistrates court in London with bribery offences for preferential access to oil between 2011 and 2016. The countries in question include Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea and South Sudan.
FORMER FOOTBALLER FACING FRAUD TRIAL
Trial pending at Southwark Crown Court T2019 0279 on 28 Nov 2022. Delayed by coronavirus. Could be at Prospero House Nightingale court.
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
PASSPORT FRAUD (FOGs) TRIAL
Trial at Reading Crown Court on 3 Jan 2023
Six people on trial after National Crime Agency investigation into a ”criminal enterprise that supplied fraudulent passports to some of the UK’s most notorious organised criminals”.
NCA officers allege the group specialised in fraudulently-obtained genuine passports (FOGs).
Christopher McCormack (also known as Christopher Zietek), 66, of from Sydenham, charged with one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice, two counts of conspiracy to make a false instrument and one count of money laundering.
Juliet McCormack, from Leatherhead, Surrey, charged with one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice and one count of conspiracy to make a false instrument.
Alan Thompson, from, Sutton, Surrey, charged with one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice, two counts of conspiracy to make a false instrument and one count of money laundering.
Michael Thompson, from Cheam, Surrey, charged with one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice, two counts of conspiracy to make a false instrument and one count of money laundering.
Anthony Beard, from Sydenham, charged with one count of conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice, one count of conspiracy to make a false instrument and one count of money laundering
Kevin Crinnion, from Homerton, east London, charged with one count conspiracy to make a false instrument.
They are accused of being part of a crime group which provided hundreds of UK passports that enabled criminals – including fugitives from UK justice and international drug and firearm traffickers – to cross borders and conduct business undetected.
IMMIGRATION SCAM TRIAL
Trials pending at Southwark Crown Court – provisional date is 9 Jan 2023. 5 weeks.
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.
DOUBLE MURDER – ARREST ON GRAND UNION CANAL – TRIAL
Trial at Old Bailey on 16 Jan 2023 (three weeks)
Lee Peacock is accused of murdering Sharon Pickles, 45, and Clinton Ashmore, 59, who were found fatally wounded at two different properties near Marylebone on 19 and 20 August 2021. Peacock was arrested on a canal boat in Greenford later that month.
The trial will be heard by High Court judge Mr Justice Murray.
NIKKI ALLAN MURDER TRIAL
Trial pending at Newcastle Crown Court in Jan or Apr 2023
David Boyd, 54, is accused of murdering Nikki Allan, 7, who went missing from her grandparents’ home in Sunderland in October 1992. Her body was found in a derelict building nearby. She had been stabbed 37 times. Another man, George Heron, was originally charged with the murder but the trial collapsed when the judge ruled his confession had been coerced.
MODEL ON TRIAL FOR MURDER
Trial at Old Bailey on 6 March 2023. T20207380
Suvenca Martis, 31, and Raichell Felomina are charged with murder of Richard Obi, 25, in Elephant & Castle. Mr Obi’s sister found her brother dead in a hallway and their mother tied up with tape nearby after a mystery caller directed her to the scene. Mr Obi had been stabbed nine times.
LAKESIDE SHOPPING CENTRE MURDER TRIAL
Trial at Basildon Crown Court on 11 April 2023
Michael Ugwa, 29, from Rainham, east London, was assaulted at the food court of Lakeside shopping centre in Thurrock, Essex and died at the scene on April 28. Brandon Lutchmunsing, 19, of Dagenham, east London, is charged with murder and affray. Shannon Weston, 20, of Canewdon, Essex, has been charged with assisting an offender.
LONDON NIGHTCLUB CORRUPTION TRIAL
Trial pending at Southwark Crown Court on 17 April 2023. For mention on 25 April 2022
Eight people, including a former sergeant in the Metropolitan Police, have been charged with bribery offences following an investigation by the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards Anti-Corruption Command.
The follow ing people have been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery:
Former Sergeant Frank Partridge, 48 (28.05.73) of Wing, Buckinghamshire
Ryan Bishti, 41 (16.03.80) of Exhibition Road, SW7
Pamela Bishti, 66, (2.10.55) of Outram Road, Croydon
Hassan Serdoud, 54 (2.1.67) of Fellows Road, Camden
Anna Ginandes, 44 (25.05.77) of Fellows Road, Camden
Terry Neil, 55 (20.8.66) of Kimbers Drive, Slough
Soraya Henderson, 55 (10.01.66) of Glenmore Close, Flackwell Heath, High Wycombe
Eamonn Mulholland, 54 (31.5.67) of Florence Street, Islington.
The charges follow a long-running investigation by officers from the Anti-Corruption Command examining allegations of corruption by police licensing officers in Westminster, and inappropriate relationships between police officers and people running local businesses.
A file was initially passed to the Crown Prosecution Service in December 2017 and following further work, eight people have now been charged.
HONEYTRAP MURDER TRIAL
Trial at St Albans Crown Court on 15 May 2023 (first trial was halted in July 2022)
Visahl Gohel, 44, was murdered at his home in High Street, Bushey, in the early hours of 23 January 2022. He allegedly believed he was going to be involved in a sexual foursome with three women but they allegedly tricked him and robbed him.
Tevin Leslie, 21, of Hurst Street, Brixton, Sakeen Gordon, 20, of Uxbridge Road, Ealing, and Brandon Browne, 21, of Laburnham Road, Rochester, Kent.
The three female defendants are Yarley Georgia Bruce-Annan, 20, of Harts Lane, Tiana Edwards Hancock, 18, of Fresh Wharf Road, and Faith Hoppie, 21, of Blake Avenue – all in Barking in east London.
SVEN BADZAK MURDER TRIAL
Trial at Old Bailey on 5 June 2023 (postponed from July 2022 due to barrister’s strike)
Sven Badzak, 22, was stabbed near a Tesco Express in Kilburn, north west London after being chased by a gang of youths. His friend, who was 16, was also stabbed but survived. Sven’s mother, Jasna Badzak, called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson, for whom she campaigned during the 2008 London mayoral race, to “help get justice for Sven”. Mrs Badzak said her son, who was planning on becoming a lawyer, had been in the Willesden Lane area “to buy some orange juice and get a bagel”. She said: “Sven was the person everyone was saying was going to be the prime minister.” Rashid Gedel, 20, Shiroh Ambersley, 20, from Wembley, and Rashid Gedel, 20, from Ilford, have been charged with murder and await trial.
ENCROCHAT RELATED DRUGS AND CONSPIRACY TO MURDER TRIAL
Trial pending at Old Bailey on 12 June 2023
HOLLYWOOD STAR FACING SEX ASSAULT TRIAL
Trial at Old Bailey on 6 June 2023. Three or four week trial.
Actor Kevin Spacey Fowler, who turns 63 in July 2022, has been charged with four counts of sexual assault against three men. He has also been charged with causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent.
– Sexual assault (Count 1) on a man, who is now in his 40s, in March 2005 in London;
– Sexual assault (Count 2) on a man, who is in now in his 40s [the same complainant as Count 1] in March 2005 in London;
– Sexual assault (Count 3) on a man, who is now in his 30s, in August 2008 in London;
– Sexual assault (Count 4) on another man, who is now in his 30s, in April 2013 in Gloucestershire.
-Causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent – relates to a male victim, who is now in his 30s, in August 2008 in London [the same complainant as Count 3].
DRILL RAPPER GANG MURDER TRIAL (CHURCH ROAD SOLDIERS v STONEBRIDGE)
Retrial at Old Bailey on 4 Sep 2023. T2020-7256
Courtney Ellis 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. 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
HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER INDECENT ASSAULT TRIAL
Trial at Southwark Crown Court (?) in 2023
Former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, 70, has been charged with two counts of indecent assault against one woman in August 1996.
Indecent assault (count 1) on a woman who is now in her 50s between 31st July and 31st August 1996 in London
Indecent assault (count 2) on a woman who is now in her 50s between 31st July and 31st August 1996 in London
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.
UPMINSTER AGGRAVATED BURGLARY TRIAL
Trials pending in 2021
Kehinde Mensah, 34, of Greenside Road, Hammersmith, was charged on Friday, 29 January with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (heroin and cocaine), possession of Class A drugs (heroin and cocaine) with intent to supply and possession of criminal property. He appeared in custody at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 29 January.
Joel Thompson, 34 (18.04.86), of Clements Avenue, Romford, was charged on Friday, 29 January with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs (cocaine and heroin), conspiracy to possess criminal property, possession of a Class A drug (MDMA) and two counts of possession of a Class B drug (cannabis). He appeared in custody at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court.
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).
POLICE OFFICERS ON TRIAL FOR SHOOTING ROBBER
- One officer, only identified as NX1, has been charged with wounding with intent
- The other, known as MY55, is charged with attempted wounding with intent
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.
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.