MEDITERRANEAN PEOPLE TRAFFICKING TRIAL

Trial pending at Southwark Crown Court. Possible Newton hearing.

Egyptian national Ahmed Ramadan Mohamad Eibd, 40, from Church Road, Isleworth, is accused of arranging a number of boat crossings from Libya to Italy, with each journey involving hundreds of migrants.

GANG MURDER TRIAL

Trial at Old Bailey pending

Reiss Sealy, 29, from Stevenage, Kyle Joseph-Peters, 31, of Salisbury Road, N22, Sahid Kpaka, 27, from Wood Green, Courtney Forrester, 25, from Luton, Kadeem Hibbert, 29, and Andre Watson-Browne, 36,  charged with murder of Givani Espuet in Sudbury on October 30, 2022.

ENCROCHAT DRUGS TRIAL IN CARDIFF

Trial at Cardiff Crown Court under way. T2022-7191

Kyle Johnson, Ali Ahmed and Samira Kearle face charges in connection with £10m worth of Class A drugs. The evidence against them is largely believed to be from Encrochat messages. Johnson, a barber, is a former boyfriend of singer Charlotte Church.

MAN ACCUSED OF MURDERING TWO FORMER GIRLFRIENDS

Trial at Woolwich Crown Court on June 4.

Construction worker Carl Cooper, 65, of Hither Green, south-east London, has been charged with the murder of two former girlfriends.

Naomi Hunte, 41, was stabbed at her home in Congleton Grove, Woolwich, south-on February 14, 2023. Fiona Holm, 49, was last seen on June 20, 2023. She was wearing a green top and dark leggings and was walking alone in Verdant Lane, Catford, south-east London. She was reported missing by her family nine days later. Her body has not been found. Joel Smith KC prosecuting.

RIVER THAMES SUITCASE MURDER TRIAL

Trial at Old Bailey on 4 June 2024.

Aminan Rahman, 45, is accused of murdering his wife, Suma Begum, at their home in London’s docklands on April 30, 2023. She was allegedly having an affair with a man in Dubai. Mr Rahman allegedly put the body in a suitcase and threw it into the River Lea, which runs into the Thames. The body has not been found.

MONKEY TORTURE ONLINE TRIAL (LINKED TO US CASE)

Trial pending. Sentencing at Worcester Crown Court on June 7.

Holly LeGresley, 37, of Kidderminster, has admitted publishing an obscene article and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal. The charges are in relation to causing, consuming and facilitating the torture of monkeys.

She was a member of an online torture group led by Michael Macartney, 50, who went by the alias “Torture King”. Macartney, a former biker gang member and prison convict, has been charged in Virginia, USA with conspiracy to create and distribute animal-crushing videos.

Ms LeGresley went by the screen name of “The Immolator” and was allegedly a moderator in a group run by Mr Macartney.

Mr Macartney was one of three key distributors identified by a BBC Eye team during a year-long investigation into sadistic monkey torture groups.

Adriana Orme, 55, of Upton-upon Severn, denies charged with publishing an obscene article and causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

LUCY LETBY RETRIAL

Trial due to start on 10 June 2024 at Manchester Crown Court (3-4 weeks)

Lucy Letby faces a retrial on one count of attempted murder involving Baby K.

GANG MURDER TRIAL INVOLVING HIGH-END CARS

Sentencing at 12 June 2024.

In April 2021 Abubakkar ‘Junior’ Jah, 18, was shot and stabbed in Coolfin Road, Custom House, east London in what is believed to have been a gang attack. It occurred a mile away from where Faares Matou was killed four days earlier. Asad Sharif, 28, of Manor Park, Newham, Awadh Saleh, 24, of Plaistow, and Rio Burton-Devine, 24, of Islington, have all been charged with murder. Marcel Burton, 19, Zyon Francis, 23, Ahmed Kassim, 30, and Makhil Osman, 23, have been charged with assisting an offender. Jessica Hilton 22, of Dartford, Kent and Dino Hamza, 25, of Newham, have been charged conspiracy to steal motor vehicles. The victim’s brother Ahmed Deen-Jah, 21, was killed in Custom House in 2017.

IMMIGRATION SCAM TRIAL

Sentencing at Southwark Crown Court on June 21

Earlier trial was hung and retrial collapsed due to coronavirus.

T2015-0351 or T2018-7148

Rasib Ghaffar sentencing. Last of the trials. Reporting restrictions finally lifted in Feb 2024.

Azhar Khan, 52, and Joseph Ameyaw-Kyeremeh, 73, both solicitors, and Gazi Khan, 52, a legal clerk, were found to have falsely claimed £1,856,584 in costs relating to a 2011 Bournemouth crown court trial.

Last year Azhar Khan was sentenced to two years, suspended for two years, while Ameyaw-Kyeremeh was handed a two-year sentence suspended for two years in December 2021. Gazi Khan got 5 years.

Three judges and five other lawyers were 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.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/immigration-judge-faces-jail-over-18m-fake-legal-aid-plot-vq6z8xxzf

ENCROCHAT TRIAL FOR CONSPIRACY TO MURDER AND DRUGS

Sentencing at Old Bailey on 28 June 2024. T2022-7163. Sep 30 for ZZ.

Khuram Ahmed, Calvin Crump and Peter Thompson are awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to some Encrochat offences.

Co-defendants Jimmy Gottshalk and Michael Ematuwo were acquitted.

ZZ, 31, is charged with conspiracy to murder and drugs offences. He was arrested in May 2022 after flying into Heathrow from Dubai. He is accused of conspiracy to murder unknown persons between May 15, 2020 and June 13, 2020. Another man, QQ, is still awaiting extradition.

ATTEMPTED MURDER OF DETECTIVE JOHN CALDWELL BY LOYALIST/NEW IRA GANG

Trial in N Ireland in 2024

Jonathan McGinty, 28, of St Julians Downs, Omagh; Brian Carron, 38, of Claremount Drive, Coalisland; Gavin Coyle, 45, of Killybrack Mews, Omagh; Matthew McLean, 33, Glenpark Road, Omagh; Robert McLean, 29, Deverney Park, Omagh; James Ivor McLean, 72, of Deverney Park, Omagh; and Alan McFarland, 47, of Deverney Park, Omagh, all deny attempted murder of Detective Inspector John Caldwell.

Carron and Coyle stand further accused of belonging to a proscribed organisation, namely the IRA. McGinty, McFarland and Matthew McLean are also charged with preparation of terrorist acts.

CORONATION DAY SHOOTING INCIDENT

Inquest in Kent pending (was delayed from Oct 2023)

Mother-of-two Hayley Burke, 36, was fatally injured in a shooting during the coronation weekend and later died in hospital. Jacob Cloke, 29, is believed to have held her at gunpoint and pulled the trigger during a stand-off with police. Cloke later died of self-inflicted injuries. It later emerged that Cloke was facing several charges of violence against Burke and was on bail at the time of the attack. Court records show he had been charged with two counts of assault and one of causing actual bodily harm in three separate incidents between February 2022 and April 2023. At a hearing on 26 April – less than two weeks before the fatal shooting – he pleaded not guilty to the charges at Medway magistrates court and was subsequently released on conditional bail with an order not to contact Burke or to enter Dartford, where she lived. Prosecutors also requested that he be fitted with a GPS-enabled electronic tag to allow police to monitor his whereabouts and keep him from entering the exclusion area. IOPC investigating.

HOLLY WILLOUGHBY KIDNAP TRIAL

Trial at Chelmsford Crown Court on June 24, 2024.

Gavin Plumb, 36, has pleaded not guilty to charges of soliciting murder and incitement to commit kidnap Holly Willoughby, the former This Morning host.

The defendant is accused of planning to assemble a “kidnap and restraint kit” and encouraging a third party to travel to the UK to carry out the alleged offences.

GLASGOW SATANIC CHILD ABUSE RING TRIAL

Sentencing at Glasgow High Court on 28 June 2024.

Nine people were convicted of taking part in a child sex ring involving witchcraft, serious violence and neglect. The charges mainly related to three young children – two girls and a boy – between January 2010 and March 2020 at various addresses in Glasgow. One of the young girls was said to have been shut in a microwave during an attempt to kill her. The children were forced to take part in satanic “seances” and made to kill animals.

DRILL RAPPER SON OF MARK DUGGAN FACES GUN TRIAL

Trial at Old Bailey on 1 July 2024. Pre-trial review on 24 May 2024.

Kemani Duggan, the drill rapper son of Mark Duggan, is accused of possession of a handgun and ammunition without a licence.

Duggan, also known by the stage name Bandokay, featured as part of his hip hop collective Original Farm Boys on the BBC.

He accused of having a Zastava M57 semi-automatic pistol and 23 rounds of ammunition in Hackney between February 19 and March 21, 2023.

TURKISH DJ KIDNAP AND TORTURE CASE – THE SEQUEL

Trial at Old Bailey on 1 July 2024

The body of Koray Alpergin, 43, was found near to Oakwood Hill Industrial Estate in Loughton on the morning of October 15, 2022. He had been kidnapped from an address in Enfield, north London, along with his girlfriend, Gözde Dalbudak, 33, who survived. She had been visiting from Istanbul. Alpergin was a DJ and owner of Bizim FM radio station. Two men were convicted of manslaughter in 2023. But now Kyrie Mitchell-Peart and Issay Stoyanov are going on trial for murder.

WHITE HART LANE TOTTENHAM MURDER TRIAL

Trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 8 July 2024

Jan Mercan is accused of murdering Talip Guzel, who was shot dead in White Hart Lane, Tottenham on 30 July 2023. Guzel was associated with the Tottenham Turks and is believed to have played a part in the abduction and torture of Koray Alpergin in 2022.

SPICE SMUGGLING INTO PRISON TRIAL

Sentencing at Southwark Crown Court on 11/12 July.

Several people were convicted of helping lifer Alex Mullings smuggle spice and other drugs into prisons, including HMP Swaleside. Mullings has already pleaded guilty. The gang used drones and also used the Rule 39 legal correspondence rule to smuggle in spice.

CROSS CHANNEL PEOPLE TRAFFICKING (PLEASURE BOAT) TRIAL

Trial at Plymouth Crown Court on 22 July 2024.

Tony Williams, 58, from Lydford in Devon, has been charged with conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration and assisting illegal immigration. He is alleged to have used a pleasure craft to transport at least ten migrants from Normandy in June 2022. A number of people were seen running to waiting cars after leaving a boat as it moored at Slapton Sands in Devon. National Crime Agency investigation.

MURDER OF LAS VEGAS CRIME REPORTER TRIAL

Trial in Las Vegas on Aug 5, 2024.

Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles is accused of stabbing to death Las Vegas Review-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German, 69, outside his home in the city. German had written articles which led to Telles losing his re-election bid in the Democratic primaries.

SECURITY GUARDS ACCUSED OVER HANDCUFFING SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT

Trial at Portsmouth Crown Court on 19 Aug 2024

Two security guards deny false imprisonment after a 15-year-old boy was handcuffed at a Superdrug store in Chichester, face down on the ground, in March 2023. Jake De-Geus, 29, and Edwin Hirst, 39, are accused of jointly pinning down the teenager in the shop and detaining him there. They both face charges of false imprisonment and assault by beating following the incident. As part of the alleged false imprisonment, the pair were said to have acted ‘unlawfully and injuriously’. At the time of the incident the boy’s mother went on social media and claimed her son had done nothing wrong and was being racially profiled.

FOLK MUSICIANS FACE TRIAL OVER ALLEGEDLY WHITE SUPREMACIST LYRICS

Retrial at Woolwich Crown Court on 27 August 2024. 6 weeks

Robert Talland, 53, his daughter Rosie Talland, 31, and son Stephen Talland, 33, are accused of stirring up racial hatred and encouraging terrorism. Their first trial in 2023 ended in a hung jury.

TRIO ACCUSED OF MURDERING SARA SHARIF

Trial pending at Old Bailey on 2 Sep 2024. Plea hearing on 1 Dec 2023.

The father of 10-year-old Sara Sharif and two other relatives face trial over her death.

Urfan Sharif, Sara’s stepmother Beinash Batool and uncle Faisal Malik are jointly charged with murdering Sara and causing or allowing the death of a child. They returned to the UK from Pakistan in September 2023.

CHILDREN’S DEATHS IN FIRE TRIAL

Trial at Old Bailey on 2 Sep 2024

Deveca Rose, 29, denies four charges of manslaughter. They stem from a fire at Collingwood Road, Sutton, in 2021 in which her two sets of twins died. She is also accused of child abandonment contrary to the Children and Young Persons Act 1933. Her four children, Leyton and Logan Hoath, three, and Kyson and Bryson Hoath, four, died after a fire at a property in Collingwood Road, Sutton, at about 7pm on December 16 2021.

POLICE OFFICER WHO SHOT CHRIS KABA – MURDER TRIAL

Trial at Old Bailey on 9 September 2024

A Metropolitan Police firearms officer, named only as NX121, is accused of murdering Chris Kaba.

Kaba, 24, died when he was shot through the windscreen of a car in Streatham Hill, south-east London, on September 6, 2022.

PRISON MANAGER ACCUSED OF ILLEGALLY ACCESSING INFORMATION

Trial at Southwark Crown Court on 9 Sep 2024

A prison manager and his wife are accusing of enabling illegal access to prisoner information. Pete and Jessica Nichols have been charged with causing a computer to perform a function with intent to secure unauthorised access to data contrary to the Computer Misuse Act 1990. The charges relate to alleged computer checks carried out on prison systems between November and December 2021. Mr Nichols, 48, a corruption prevention manager at Wormwood Scrubs jail in Hammersmith, west London, denies 10 counts. His wife, a governor at young offender institution HMP Feltham, is yet to be arraigned over one charge. They were charged in an anti-corruption investigation alongside Gareth Casella, 42, from Egham, Surrey.

MURDER OF DIRTZ (A TEAM) TRIAL

Retrial at Old Bailey on 30 Sep 2024.

Melvis Mariano awaits a retrial charged with the murder of Kamal “Dirtz” Nuur, who was stabbed to death on the Cally (Caledonian Road) estate in Islington, north London. Abby Lowne is accused of assisting an offender. Michael Lebbie was acquitted in 2023.

US AIRMAN ACCUSED OF RAPE AT RAF BASE

Trial at Northampton Crown Court on 30 Sep 2024

Keiran Lee Bogstad, an American airman, has pleaded not guilty to raping a UK citizen three times between November 2020 and February 2021 at RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire.

NOAH DONOHOE INQUEST

Inquest pending in Sep 2024. Pre-hearing on 30 Nov 2023.

Schoolboy Noah Donohoe went missing in Belfast in June 2020. The 14-year-old was found dead in a storm drain six days after he cycled off to meet friends.

His mother Fiona Donohoe is hoping to secure answers to some of the questions surrounding the death of her son through the inquest process. Her supporters are known as Noah’s Army and some of their conspiracy theories are quite outlandish.

Noah was from the Catholic community and some of the conspiracy theories surround loyalist gangs.

The inquest was originally scheduled to take place in 2022 but was delayed after a ruling from coroner Joe McCrisken that it should proceed with a jury, following an application from Noah’s mother.

HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER ACCUSED OF FRAUD OVER IRAQ WAR

Trial pending at Southwark Crown Court in September 2024.

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.

SOLDIER CHARGED WITH TERROR OFFENCES AND PRISON ESCAPE

Trial pending at Woolwich Crown Court on Oct 7, 2024 (8 weeks).

Daniel Khalife, 21, is accused of escaping from Wandsworth Prison while awaiting trial. He is also accused of planting a fake bomb at an RAF base in Staffordshire and gathering information that might be useful to terrorists or enemies of the UK, believed to be Iran. He denies all the charges.

DOUBLE MURDER TRIAL IN BRISTOL

Trial at Bristol Crown Court on October 7, 2024.

Mason Rist, 15, and Max Dixon, 16, were stabbed to death in the Knowle West area of Bristol on January 27, 2024.

Nine people face trial for murder. Four youths – two boys aged 15 and two boys aged 16 and 17, who cannot be named for legal reasons – are charged along with Anthony Snook, 44, of Hartcliffe, Bristol, with murdering Mason and Max.

Jamie Ogbourne, 26, Bailey Westcott, 22, Jillian Tolliver, 49, and Kristian Hooper, 46, each face two charges of assisting an offender.

CHINA SPIES TRIAL

Trial pending at Old Bailey Woolwich or Kingston CC in spring or summer 2025. Next up at Old Bailey on Oct 4, 2024.

Christopher Cash, 29, a researcher, and Christopher Berry, 32, have been charged under the Official Secrets Act. They are accused of giving “articles, notes, documents or information” to a foreign state, namely China. China has called the allegations “malicious slander”.

Mr Berry, from Witney in Oxfordshire, and Mr Cash, of Whitechapel, London, were arrested in March 2023 in connection with the investigation.

It was previously reported that Mr Cash was a parliamentary researcher involved with the China Research Group, and who is understood to have had access to several Conservative MPs.

BODY IN THE ATTIC MURDER (AND RAPE) TRIAL

Trial on 14 October at Old Bailey

Shane Simmonds, 38, of Parbury Road, Honor Oak, south east London is charged with the murder of his wife 32-year-old  Tia Simmonds. He has also been charged with two counts of rape in relation to a teenage girl, who cannot be identified.

LONDON FIELDS GANG MURDER (LAUGHING STOCK) TRIAL

Sentencing at Old Bailey in late 2024 (after retrial of Mr Brightly-Barnes)

Kacey Boothe was shot dead in Forest Rise, Walthamstow, north east London shortly before 9.30pm and taken to hospital by car, where he died. Kammar Henry-Richards, 24, a drill artist known as Kay-O, Ka-Amni Brightly-Donaldson, 22, Jeffrey Gyimah, 20, and Joao Pateco-Te, 26, were convicted of murder and conspiracy to murder. The victim was allegedly from the London Fields gang and attackers were allegedly from the 98s gang in Homerton. The killers made a drill track, Laughing Stock, which contained clues to the killing. Anthony Orchard QC, prosecuting.

BULGARIANS ALLEGED TO HAVE SPIED FOR RUSSIA

Trial on 28 Oct 2024. (4 months)

Five Bulgarians are accused of breaking the Official Secrets Act and spying for Russia.

They are Orlin Roussev, 45, of Princes Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk; Bizer Dzhambazov, 42, and Katrin Ivanova, 31, both of High Road, Harrow, north-west London; Ivan Stoyanov, 31, from Bannister Close, Greenford, west London; and Vanya Gaberova, 29, from Churchfield Road, Acton, north-west London.

ISLE OF SKYE SHOOTINGS TRIAL

Trial pending at Glasgow High Court in November 2024. IN22002721

Finlay MacDonald is charged with murder and three attempted murders stemming from an incident in August 2022 when a gun was fired on the Isle of Skye and nearby Dornie. John MacKinnon was killed.

Donald Findlay KC is defending him.

NOVICHOK INQUIRY (DEATH OF DAWN STURGESS)

Public inquiry due to be held at 10.30am in autumn 2024 at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

Dawn Sturgess was pronounced dead at Salisbury District Hospital on 8 July 2018. The post mortem indicated the cause of her death was Novichok poisoning. The Russian government is believed to have targeted Sergei Skripal at his home in Salisbury. Skripal and his daughter survived.

On 18 November 2021 the Home Secretary announced the government’s decision to establish an inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 to investigate the death of Dawn Sturgess.

Baroness Hallett is the presiding judge overseeing the inquiry.

ELIANNE ANDAM (CROYDON) MURDER TRIAL

Trial on 25 Nov 2024 at Old Bailey. 

A boy aged 17 is due to go on trial accused of the murder of Elianne Andam, 15, who was stabbed to death in Croydon on her way to school in September 2023. Judge Richard Marks KC set to preside.

The teenager has admitted manslaughter but denies murder. He also denies possessing an offensive weapon.

EAST LONDON MURDER RETRIAL

Trial on 25 Nov 2024.

Shaquiel Samuels faces a retrial for the murder of Otas Sarkus in east London. His first trial ended in a hung jury. Two other men, Dean Adams and Deon Brisport, have already been jailed for life for murder.

BRADFORD MOTHER PUSHING PRAM MURDER TRIAL

Trial at Bradford Crown Court on 2 Dec 2024.

Habibur Masum, 25, is charged with murdering Kulsuma Akter, 27, who was attacked as she pushed her young son in a pram in Bradford on April 6, 2024.

Masum, a YouTuber who was originally from Bangladesh, was arrested in Aylesbury a few days after the incident.

MURDER RETRIAL AFTER ACCIDENTAL ACQUITTAL

Trial at Old Bailey on 2 Dec 2024. 6 weeks.

Adrian Keise, 32, was stabbed to death in a fight in Lower Marsh, near Waterloo station in central London. Paul Yusuff, 21, and Matthew Yusuff, 23, were charged with murder. Their friend Moussa Traore, 24, was charged with manslaughter. All three went on trial in 2023 but in Jan 2024 the trial ended in farce when they were “mistakenly” acquitted after a mistake by the jury foreman. The original trial heard Mr Keise had spent the evening drinking with friends at the Thirsty Bear pub in nearby Stamford Street but he got into an altercation with the three men near the Cubana Bar in Lower Marsh at 2am.

NORTHOLT-RAYNERS LANE GANG MURDER REVENGE TRIAL

Trial pending at Worcester or Birmingham Crown Court (at Kidderminster Mags on 2 May 2024)

In October 2020 Tamba Momodou, 20, a drug dealer originally from Rayners Lane in north west London, was shot dead in the car park of the Bridges Business Park in Horsehay, Telford, Shropshire. Momodou, whose street name was Teerose, had been acquitted of murdering Abdullahi Tarabi, aka Teewhiz, in Northolt in 2017. His murder is thought to have been in revenge for that murder. In May 2024 Deria Hassan, 32, and Mahamud Tarabi, 32, were charged with murder. Tarabi is the brother of Teewhiz.

FOUR VIETNAMESE DIED IN FIRE AT CANNABIS FARM IN DISUSED MILL INQUEST

Inquest pending. GMP still investigating.

The bodies of Cuong Van Chu, Uoc Van Nguyen, Duong Van Nguyen and Nam Thanh Lee were found in July 2022 when work began on demolishing Bismark House Mill in Bower Street, Oldham, which had burnt down in May 2022. Their bodies were repatriated to Vietnam in Aug 2023. Nam arrived in the UK in January 2022 – he last contacted his family on Wednesday 4 May 2022, at which time he said he was residing in “a derelict house” in “Dam”, believed to be Oldham, while looking for work. Four people were arrested by police investigating the fire and a cannabis factory at the site.

DRILL RAPPER RETRIAL

Retrial at Old Bailey in Jan or Feb 2025. Reporting restrictions.

A drill rapper faces a retrial for conspiracy to murder. The case cannot be reported due to reporting restrictions.

‘TRANSPHOBIC’ ATTACK TRIAL

Trial at Old Bailey in January 2025.

Four people have been charged in connection with an allegedly transphobic attack  on a transgender woman.

Summer Betts-Ramsey, 19, is charged with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon. A girl, 16, and two 17-year-old boys, were charged with GBH with intent in relation to the incident in Masons Avenue, Harrow on 10 February 2024.  The victim was treated for stab wounds in hospital and has been discharged. The 16-year-old girl was also charged with robbery and cannabis possession, and one of the boys with disclosing sexual images and threatening the victim with a knife.

During a bail hearing one of the boys was given a bail condition not to use Snapchat.

ALLEGED SATANIST TERRORIST ON TRIAL

Trial at Winchester Crown Court on Jan 13, 2025 (4 weeks)

Cameron Finnigan, 18, of Denne Park, Horsham, West Sussex, has been charged with one count of preparation of terrorist acts, one count of possessing a terrorist document, and one count of possessing indecent images of a child.

It is claimed Finnigan was “preparing for an attack against a single homeless individual” who was living in a tent. He is alleged to have been involved in a pseudo-satanist online group called 764.

BRIXTON ACADEMY CRUSH INQUEST

Inquest pending. Criminal investigation still ongoing.

Rebecca Ikumelo, 33, and Gaby Hutchinson, 23, were killed when they were crushed at a gig by Nigerian Afrobeats singer Asake at the Brixton Academy in south London. The police said thousands of ticketless fans tried to storm the entrance to the building. Hutchinson worked in security while Ikumelo is believed to have been an Asake fan.

HAINAULT SAMURAI SWORD MURDER TRIAL

Trial at Old Bailey on 3 Feb 2025. Plea hearing on 23 July 2024.

Daniel Anjorin, 14, was approached from behind and stabbed to death with a samurai sword as he walked to school in Hainault, north east London. Marcus Arduini Monzo, 36, has been charged with murder. Four other people – including two police officers – were seriously injured in separate attacks, all within 20 minutes around 7am. Mr Monzo, a dual Spanish-Brazilian national living in Newham, east London, awaits trial.

BODY CUT UP WITH POWER TOOLS MURDER TRIAL

Trial pending at Old Bailey on 17 February 2025.

Gemma Watts, 48, and Steven Sansom, 44, have ben charged with the murder of Sarah Mayhew, 38, whose remains were found on Rowdown Fields in Croydon in spring 2024. She was last seen alive on March 8, 2024.

Cause of death is unascertained but a post-mortem examination of her body found two small vertebrae were broken in her voicebox and bruising to the skull. Her head had been shaved.

ENCROCHAT DRUGS TRIAL (OPERATION DIREEN)

Trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court in March 2025

Nine people awaiting trial for multiple offences, all of which stem from evidence from Encrochat.

The defendants include Jermaine Ford-Simpson, 37 (04.08.83), of Elizabeth II Avenue, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, who has been charged with four counts of conspiracy to supply Class A and two counts of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs. Micah Ford-Simpson, 30, (18.06.90) of Southwold Road, Hackney, has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply class B drugs. Shaun Ford-Simpson, 35 (17.05.85) of Kit Hill Crescent, Plymouth, has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A and two counts of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs. Jamie Ford, 34 (01.06.86) of Viburnum Road, Almondsbury, Bristol, has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A and two counts of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs.

RUSSIAN AGENTS ARSON TRIAL

Trial at the Old Bailey on 2 or 4 June 2025.

Dylan Earl, 20, has been charged under the National Security Act 2023 – the first case to involve alleged offences under the new spy laws – with acting on behalf of Russia against Ukrainian businesses in London.

He is accused of being in contact with a handler in the Wagner Group before carrying out reconnaissance of targets “in relation to activity intended to benefit Russia.”

Earl is accused of recruiting and paying others to carry out an arson attack at an industrial unit in Leyton, east London connected with Ukrainian-linked businesses owned by “Oddisey” and “Meest UK”.

On March 20, 20254 around 60 firefighters fought to bring it under control. The alleged target of the fire is labelled as “Mr X” in the charges.

Jake Reeves, 22, is accused of accepting cash, knowing it was from a foreign intelligence service. Dmitrijus Paulauska, 22, is charged with failing to disclose information to police about terrorist acts.

Two other defendants, Paul English, 60, and Nii Mensah, 21, have also been charged with aggravated arson.

HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER INDECENT ASSAULT TRIAL

Trial at Southwark Crown Court (?) in 2024

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

LYRA McKEE (NEW IRA) MURDER TRIAL

Trial pending in Northern Ireland, possibly in 2023

In April 2019 blogger and journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead by the New IRA as she sheltered behind a police vehicle during rioting on the Creggan estate in Derry.

Paul McIntyre was charged with McKee’s murder and related offences in February 2020 and is currently out on bail, awaiting trial.

In 2021 Peter Cavanagh, 33, and Jordan Devine, 21, were charged with her murder.

ARUBA MURDER MYSTERY EXTORTION TRIAL

Trial pending in Birmingham, Alabama in 2024

Joran Van Der Sloot, a Dutch national, was jailed in 2012 for killing a Peruvian woman, Stephany Flores, in Lima in 2010. After serving half of his sentence Van der Sloot, by then 35, was extradited to the US in June 2023. He faces trial for extortion. He is accused of extorting money from the parents of Natalee Holloway, 18, from Alabama, who vanished in Aruba in 2005. Natalee was last seen leaving a nightclub and getting into a car with Van der Sloot, who was 17 at the time, and two teenage brothers from Suriname, Deepak and Saltish Kalpoe. Van der Sloot and the Kalpoe brothers were arrested shortly after Natalee Holloway’s disappearance, but were released again because of a lack of evidence. Natalee Holloway’s body was never found. Prosecutors allege that in 2010 Van der Sloot said he would reveal the location of Natalee Holloway’s body if her mother paid him $25,000 (£20,000) up front and another $225,000 once the remains were identified. Once he had been paid the initial $25,000, he gave Ms Holloway’s lawyer a location where he said her daughter’s remains were hidden and then absconded to Peru. Nothing was found at the location he had given.

TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS CORRUPTION TRIAL 

Trial pending in Providenciales, TCI.

Michael Misick, who was chief minister of Turks and Caicos Islands from 2003-2006 and premier from 2006-2009, faces trial for corruption. In 2009 Britain imposed direct rule over the colony and Misick resigned. Accused of corruption, he sought political asylum in Brazil. He was extradited back to the islands in 2014, receiving a hero’s welcome. Misick went on trial in 2016 along with eight politicians and lawyers. But the trial dragged on for years until finally collapsing when the elderly Jamaican judge presiding over it, Paul Harrison, died, aged 85, in 2021. But the SIPT appointed a new judge, Mabel Agyemang, from Ghana, and in 2022 she ordered a new trial.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3606425/I-trying-make-Turks-Caicos-Islands-sexy.html

OPERATION ARBACIA (NEW IRA) TERRORISM TRIAL

Trial pending in Northern Ireland.

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.

In August 2022 two more men were charged: Gary Gerard MacNally, 62, a decorator from Barnfield Grange in Lisburn, Co Antrim, and unemployed Joseph Donnelly, 51, from Westrock Drive in Belfast, are accused of belonging or professing to belonging to a proscribed organisation, directing a terrorist organisation and preparating terrorist acts.

A detective chief inspector said part of the evidence involves audio dating from August 2020.

The alleged offences occurred between December 31 2019 and August 24 this year and included directing the activities of the Irish Republican Army and attending meetings in the vicinity of Whiterock Leisure Centre in Belfast with the intention of committing acts of terrorism, the court was told.

ETHICAL FORESTRY (COSTA RICA) FRAUD TRIAL

Trial pending at Southwark Crown Court on 2 Feb 2026. Plea management hearing 8 Jan 2024.

SFO charged Stephen Greenaway, Paul Laver and Matthew Pickard with two counts each of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and one count each of fraudulent trading. They were directors of Ethical Forestry Limited, a Bournemouth company which collapsed in 2015, owing millions to British investors. Between 2007 and 2008 Ethical Forestry Limited operated hardwood tree plantations in Costa Rica. Investors were asked to put in a minimum of £12,000 and were told the fast-growing saplings would be grown, logged and sold, giving them a substantial return on their investment.

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