UPCOMING TRIALS AND INQUESTS

INFORMATION ON UPCOMING TRIALS AND INQUESTS, INCLUDING MURDER OF RIKKI NEAVE (pictured)

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HOMELESS ROMANIANS SET ON FIRE TRIAL

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.

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.

ENCROCHAT CONSPIRACY TO MURDER TRIAL

Trial pending at Old Bailey in 2021.  T2020-7378. Application for dismissal on 16 March 2021. 

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.

HAMPSHIRE LAYBY MURDER TRIAL

Trial began at Winchester Crown Court on 26 Jan but has been halted four times due to COVID. Due to end in mid-April.

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. In September 2020 Morgan Tarrant, 21, pleaded guilty to assisting an offender and possessing a shortened shotgun without a firearm certificate. He awaits sentencing.

TUBE STATION MURDER TRIAL
Trial at Old Bailey began on 11 Jan 2021 T2020-7049
Irwin Constable, 19, from Watford, Rajae Heslop, 20, from Neasden and Saharded Hassan, 27, from Harrow on trial for murder of Leon Maxwell in NW London.
Reporting restrictions in place.
UNLICENSED BOXING DEATH TRIAL
Retrial pending at Norwich Crown Court on 30 Nov 2020
Jakub Moczyk, 22, known as Kuba, died during a boxing match at the Atlantis Arena in the Tower Complex in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, in November 2016. The promoter, Aurelijus Kerpe, 34, of Great Yarmouth, and the medical cover provider, Andrew Cowlard, 54, of Ormesby, have been charged under the Health and Safety at Work Act. In October 2017, the Norfolk senior coroner Jacqueline Lake ruled Kuba’s death was a result of misadventure.
TRIAL: MALAYSIAN AIRLINER SHOT DOWN OVER UKRAINE

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.

DEATH IN THE BEER GARDEN TRIAL

Sentencing pending at Snaresbrook Crown Court. In for mention on 12 March. T2020-0833
Colin Naylor, 72, from Rayleigh, is charged with the manslaughter of  Harvey Tyrell, 7, who died when he was electrocuted in the beer garden of the King Harold pub in Romford, Essex. The inquest heard from a witness that Harvey stood on a garden light and and grabbed a railing above his head, and then appeared to “tighten up” and “straightened up” before letting go and falling over a wall, hitting his head.
David Bearman, 71, from Hornchurch, has admitted manslaughter.
SNOOKER HALL MURDER AND PERVERTING COURSE OF JUSTICE) TRIAL
Trial pending at Old Bailey on 6 April 2021. T2019-7494
Jeton Krasniqi has been charged with murder.
Edison Brahimi, 29, from Islington, was charged with the murder of Grineo Daka, who was shot dead at the Phoenix Snooker Club in Leyton, east London in July 2019. His co-defendant was due to be Liridon Saliuka, 29, a British national who was born in Kosovo. Saliuka, who hailed from Harrow, is believed to have committed suicide in his cell at HMP Belmarsh on 2 January 2020. His sister Dita insists he was innocence. She said he was disabled after being injured in a car crash two years ago and had been put in a standard cell without an orthopaedic mattress. The murder charge against Brahimi was dropped on 10 March 2020. He now faces a trial only for perverting the course of justice. 

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”.

SKORPION SUBMACHINE GUN TRIAL

Sentencing at Harrow Crown Court on 16 April 2021. 

Azeem Akhtar, 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.

CHRISTMAS DOUBLE MURDERS TRIAL
Trial at Old Bailey on 19 April 2021.  T20197510/1
Arber Fesko, 30, an Albanian national, was stabbed and his body was found in the boot of car in Scratchwood Park, Barnet on 19 December 2019. Shkelqim Paja, 31, a Kosovan national, was stabbed and found in undergrowth in Hogg Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire the following day. On Christmas Day Besnik Berisha, 42, from Martock Gardens, Friern Barnet was charged with murder of Fesko. Kaziku Tuwisana, 31, was also charged with two counts of murder. The motives have not become clear.
FOREST OF DEAN SUITCASE MURDER TRIAL
Trial pending at Bristol Crown Court on 26 April 2021.
Phoenix Netts, 28, from Birmingham, was killed and her remains were found in two suitcases discovered close to a quarry in Coleford in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. Gareeca Gordon, 27, from Birmingham, has been charged with murder.
Mahesh Sorathiya, 38, from Wolverhampton, was charged with assisting an offender but the charge was dropped in Nov 2020.

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.

https://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/altaf-hussain-uk-trial-begins-for-pakistani-mqm-founder-over-terror-charges-1.102744

INCEL REBELLION VAN MASSACRE TRIAL

Sentencing in Toronto pending. Next up on 31 May 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

PETERBOROUGH TEENAGER MURDER TRIAL

Trial at Cambridge Crown Court on 12 June 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.

FOOTBALL AGENT ON TRIAL FOR FRAUD
Trial pending at Leeds Crown Court on 14 June 2021. T2019-0906
Former football “super-agent” Willie McKay has denied committing fraud by buying £63,000-worth of gifts for his wife while he was bankrupt. McKay was linked to the death of Emiliano Sala.

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.

NHS WORKER MURDERED DURING CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN TRIAL

Trial at Old Bailey on 28 June 2021. T2020-7145 

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.”

BRAZILIAN BROTHELS TRIAL
Trial pending at Harrow Crown Court on 2 August 2021. T2020-0384. 
Shana Stanley, 28, of Northolt Road, Harrow, and Hussain Edani, 29, from Hirst Crescent, Wembley, have been charged with requiring a person to perform forced or compulsory labour and arranging or facilitating travel of another person with a view to exploitation. It follows a series of raids in NW London. Several Brazilian women were allegedly trafficked to the UK and forced to work in brothels.

CHRISTMAS EVE MURDER LINKED TO SCANDINAVIA

Trial pending at Southwark CC on 22 Nov 2021. Set to last 3 weeks. PCMH 16 July 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. Others on trial.

SABINA RIZVI INQUEST
Inquest pending at Old Bailey in late 2020. Hearing on 5 June cancelled.
In 2003 Sabina Rizvi was shot dead outside a London police station after being interviewed about a stolen car. One of her killers was jailed for life but the others have got away with it. Her family are still seeking the truth.

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.

https://www.northants.police.uk/news/northants/news/news/2019/june-19/huge-police-operation-targets-criminal-network-exploiting-countys-children/

UPMINSTER AGGRAVATED BURGLARY TRIAL
Trial at Old Bailey pending in late 2020 or early 2021
In April 2020 a 10-year-old boy was shot at a house in Upminster, Essex. A man suffered minor injuries.
Antony Lascelles, 32, from Romford, has been charged with aggravated burglary, possession of an offensive weapon (knife) and disqualified driving. Christopher Sargent, 26, from East Ham, has been charged with aggravated burglary and possession of an offensive weapon (a knife). Adian Muirhead, 32, from Romford, was charged with assisting an offender.
GUN CHARGE AND ATTEMPTED MURDER TRIAL
Trial pending at the Old Bailey or Snaresbrook Crown Court in late 2020 
Jamie Reid, 31 (22.10.1998) of Glenthorne Road, Hammersmith, has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a firearm with intent and possession of ammunition in connection with a shooting in Barking, east London, on 4 June 2020 (during lockdown). His girlfriend Rushelle McLaughlin, 26 (27.11.93), of Belvue Road, Northolt, has been charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. Her case was going through Snaresbrook Crown Court. In the incident in Wilmington Gardens, Barking, one man was critically injured.

ENCROCHAT-RELATED TRIALS

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.

HOUSE ARSON (SPYING ON ESTRANGED WIFE) TRIAL
Trial pending at Old Bailey – now due to take place on 9 August 2021

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.

COCAINE HIDDEN IN CORONAVIRUS MEDICAL SUPPLIES TRIAL
Trial pending at Maidstone Crown Court in Sep 2021. PCMH on 11 Nov 2020. T2020-0201
Cocaine worth more than £25m has been seized from a vehicle claiming to be taking medical supplies to a hospital.

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.

IMMIGRATION SCAM TRIAL

Trials pending at Southwark Crown Court on 6 September 2021. Earlier trial was hung and retrial collapsed due to coronavirus.

T2015-0351

(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.

MONEY LAUNDERING TRIAL 
Trial pending at Southwark Crown Court in late 2020 or early 2021

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

Trial pending at Kingston Crown Court in 2019
Brooklyn McFarlane, 23, (12.02.1995) of St John’s Drive, Wandsworth, was shot by police at a house in Laycock Close, Wimbledon. He faces a trial for conspiracy to commit robbery, along with Abdirahman Mohomad Omar, 23 (01.05.1995) of the same address. McFarlane had been discharged from hospital on 4 December 2018.
RIKKI NEAVE MURDER TRIAL
Trial at the Old Bailey on 4 Jan 2022 before Mrs Justice McGowan.
Rikki Neave, 6, vanished after leaving home to walk to school at about 9am on November 28, 1994. His naked body was found the following day, a few minutes’ walk from his home in Welland, Peterborough. He had been strangled. Rikki’s uniform was found dumped in a nearby bin. His mother Ruth Neave was originally tried and acquitted in 1996. In 2020 James Watson, 38, was charged with Rikki’s murder. He would have been 13 years old at the time of Rikki’s death.

FORMER FOOTBALLER FACING FRAUD TRIAL

Trial pending at Southwark Crown Court T2019 0279. Delayed by coronavirus. Now due to start on 4 Jan 2022. 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

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-4504481

Basil Al Jarah, who was Unaoil’s Iraq partner, has admitted making corrupt payments

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.

JERMAINE BAKER PUBLIC INQUIRY
Pending in late 2020 or early 2021
A public inquiry will be held into the death of a man who was shot by a police marksman during an attempt to free a prisoner. Jermaine Baker, from Tottenham, was shot dead by an armed officer during a foiled a break-out attempt near Wood Green Crown Court in December 2015. Criminal charges against the marksman, known as W80, were dropped in 2017. The inquiry will be led by Judge Clement Goldstone QC.
EMILIANO SALA INQUEST
Inquest due from 8 March to 9 April 2021, with four pre-inquest reviews to be held at Bournemouth Town Hall.
Emiliano Sala, a footballer who had just agreed to join Cardiff City, died when a light aircraft crashed into the English Channel on its way from Nantes. The pilot, David Ibbotson, also died.
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS CORRUPTION TRIAL 

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.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7851907.stm

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.

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