INFORMATION ON UPCOMING TRIALS AND INQUESTS, INCLUDING MURDER OF SAMANTHA DRUMMONDS (PICTURED) AND HER FAMILY
TOWER HAMLETS (67 GANG) SHOOTING TRIAL
Jury out at Old Bailey
Six men, alleged members of the 67 gang, face trial accused of plotting a murder – along with Mr X – in Tower Hamlets, east London. The victim, Brendon Malutshi, survived the shooting on 30 August 2022.
Shemiah Bell, Hamza Abdi, Connel Bamgboye and Simeon Glasgow, face trial along with Marcus Pottinger, 20, and Carl Tagoe, 28. All six are accused of conspiring, with Mr X, to murder Mr Malutshi and conspiring, with Mr X to cause him grievous bodily harm.
SCOTTISH SEX WORKER MURDER (COLD CASE) TRIAL
Jury out at Edinburgh High Court
Iain Packer, 50, has been charged with the murder of Emma Caldwell, a 27-year-old sex worker who disappeared in Glasgow in April 2005. Her body was later found in South Lanarkshire. He is also accused of 45 other offences, including 11 rapes, against 27 women over a 26-year period.
A preliminary hearing before Lord Beckett was allowed to proceed in Mr Packer’s absence on Tuesday due to a delay transporting the accused to court.
QUADRUPLE MURDER TRIAL
Sentencing on 1 March 2024.
Joshua Jacques was convicted of murder of Samantha Drummonds, 27, her mother Tanysha Drummonds, 45, grandmother Dolet Hill, 64, and Ms Hill’s partner Denton Burke, 68, who were stabbed to death at their home in Delaford Road, Bermondsey, south London. He has admitted manslaughter due to diminished responsibility.
EALING MURDER TRIAL
Sentencing at Old Bailey on March 1
Three people have been convicted of murder after torturing and killing a vulnerable woman and leaving her body to rot in a child’s bunk bed in Sep 2021. Shakira Spencer, 35, was assaulted in the days before her badly-decomposed body was found at her home in Hanwell, west London. Ashana Studholme, 37, from Harrow, Lisa Richardson, 43, and Shaun Pendlebury, 25, both from Ealing, were convicted of murder and failure to lawfully dispose of a body. Studholme was pregnant while on remand. The neighbour alerted police, who forced their way into the home and found Ms Spencer’s body on the bottom bunk bed of a child’s bedroom.
SABINA RIZVI INQUEST
Inquest at Old Bailey to start on Mar 8.
IOPC report pending. 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.
Rajiv Menon KC representing the family.
ARISTOCRAT AND BOYFRIEND CHARGED WITH BABY MANSLAUGHTER
Trial at Old Bailey under way.
Constance Martin, 35, and Mark Gordon, 48, face trial for the manslaughter of baby Victoria, concealment of the birth of a child and perverting the course of justice.
The pair, originally from London, went on the run in Dec 2022 after their car broke down on the motorway near Bolton. They were eventually found in Brighton, where they had been living rough. Their child was found dead in allotments nearby.
Trial is before the Recorder of London, Judge Mark Lucraft KC.
ENCROCHAT TRIAL FOR CONSPIRACY TO MURDER AND DRUGS
Trial at Old Bailey on 4 March 2024. T2022-7163. Sep 30 for Harding.
James Harding, 31, is charged with conspiracy to murder and drugs offences. He was arrested in May 2022 after flying into Heathrow from Dubai. His co-accused are Jimmy Gottshalk, 34, Jayes Kharouti, 38, Michael Ematuwo, 26. Khuram Ahmed, and Peter Thompson. They are accused of conspiracy to murder unknown persons between May 15, 2020 and June 13, 2020. Ematuwo (from Lambeth), Crump (from Redhill) and Gottshalk (from Wolverhampton were arrested in July 2020 as a result of Encrochat hack and Operation Venetic.
GANG MURDER TRIAL INVOLVING HIGH-END CARS
Trial to start on March 4 at the Old Bailey.
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.
MAN ACCUSED OF CREATING GUNS INCLUDING ON 3D PRINTER
Trial at Croydon Crown Court on 12 Feb 2024
Evan Girdlestone, 47, who lives in Colliers Wood, is charged with offences under the Firearms Act. He was arrested in Croydon when officers from the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) Armed Operations Unit recovered what was believed to be a functioning converted weapon and magazines filled with 9mm ammunition from a car. Girdlestone has been charged with possession of a firearm, namely a handgun contrary to Section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968 and possession of ammunition contrary to Section 1 of the Act. He was born in South Africa but came to UK in 1990s.
MEDITERRANEAN PEOPLE TRAFFICKING TRIAL
Trial at Southwark Crown Court on 12 Feb 2024.
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.
PRISON OFFICER TO BE SENTENCED FOR PROVIDING KILLER WITH FAKE ALIBI
Sentencing at the Old Bailey on 28 Feb 2024
Wiktoria Bujko, 30, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice for reporting a “false confession” by a man awaiting trial for the murder of Iron Miah. Mr Miah, 40, was shot dead in east London, in November 2019. Three men – Mohammed Moshaer Ali, 31, of Dagenham, Antonio Afflick-McLeod, 32, of Ilford, and Aaron Campbell, 32, of Fulham – were found guilty of his murder after a third trial in Jan 2024. An earlier trial had to be aborted after former prison officer Bujko came forward with a false account to police. Prosecutor Crispin Aylett KC said Bujko was offered “money, gifts and promises” by Ali and claimed Campbell had confessed to the murder.
EUNUCH MAKER TRIAL
Trial pending at Old Bailey on 4 March 2024 (8 weeks). PCMH on 8 Sep 2023.
Marius Gustavson, originally from Norway, is accused of being the ringleader in a wide-ranging conspiracy, involving up to 29 offences of extreme body modifications, the removal of body parts, the trade in body parts and the uploading of videos to his website.
Damien Byrnes, 35, admitted removing Marius Gustavson’s penis and nurse Nathan Arnold, 48, admitted partially removing Mr Gustavson’s nipple. The men, of London, admitted causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent. Gustavson, 45, is accused of leading an extreme body modification operation. Jacob Crimi-Appleby, 22, from Epsom, Surrey, is accused of freezing Mr Gustavson’s leg requiring amputation. He is charged with causing GBH with intent.
Ion Ciucur, 29, from Gretna Green, Dumfries and Galloway, who is charged with conspiracy to commit GBH with intent. Other alleged conspirators are David Carruthers 60, Janus Atkin, 38, and Ashley Williams, 31, all from Newport
MURDER OF LAS VEGAS CRIME REPORTER TRIAL
Trial due on 18 March 2024 in Las Vegas.
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.
MADAGASCAR BRIBERY TRIAL
Sentencing at Southwark Crown Court on 18 March 2024.
The president of Madagascar’s chief of staff and a French associate have been convicted of bribery. Romy Andrianarisoa, 46, and associate Philippe Tabuteau, 54, were arrested in the Victoria area of London on Aug. 10, 2023 “suspected of seeking a bribe to secure licences to operate in Madagascar from Gemfields, a UK company involved in the mining of rubies and emeralds, the NCA said in a statement. Madagascar is home to some of the world’s largest deposits of rubies. Andry Rajoelina, 49, who has been president since 2018 and was re-elected in Nov 2023.
SPICE SMUGGLING INTO PRISON TRIAL
Sentencing pending at Southwark Crown Court (in for mention on 23 March?)
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.
IMMIGRATION SCAM TRIAL
Sentencing at Southwark Crown Court on March 26.
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.
SHAM MARRIAGE SCAM MURDER RETRIAL
Retrial pending at Old Bailey on 2 April 2024. T20207380
Suvenca Martis, 31, and Raichell Felomina, 39, are charged with murder of Riches Obi, 25, in Elephant & Castle. Mr Obi’s sister Olive Obi found her brother dead in a hallway and their mother, Bernadette Ortet, tied up with tape nearby after a caller directed her to the scene. Mr Obi had been stabbed nine times. Martis and Felomina are both Dutch nationals, originally from the Dutch Antilles. At the first trial in 2023 a jury was told Felomina was involved in a sham marriage scam. A third suspect, Jurick Croes, has been arrested in Colombia and awaits extradition. He is due to join them in the second trial. Icah Peart KC defending. Jennifer Knight KC prosecuting.
GANG MURDER TRIAL
Trial at Old Bailey in April 2024
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.
GLASGOW SATANIC CHILD ABUSE RING TRIAL
Sentencing at Glasgow High Court on 5 April 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.
HARTLEPOOL TERRORISM MURDER TRIAL
Trial pending at Teesside Crown Court on April 10.
Ahmed Alid, 44, has been charged with the murder of Terence Carney, 70, and the attempted murder of another man in Hartlepool in Oct 2023. The case is being treated as terrorism and may have been linked to the Israel-Hamas conflict.
CHURCH FUNERAL DRIVE-BY SHOOTING SENTENCING
Sentencing at Kingston Crown Court on April 12.
Four women and two girls, aged 11 and seven, were shot outside a funeral at St Aloysius Church in Phoenix Road, Euston, on Saturday January 14. The memorial service was a Requiem Mass for Sara Sanchez, 20, and her mother, Fresia Calderon, 50, who died in November. Ms Sanchez suffered from leukaemia for three years before succumbing to the disease after her mother died suddenly from a rare blood clot on arrival at Heathrow from Colombia. Tyrell La Croix-Omar, Jordan Walters and Alrico Nelson-Martin were convicted of conspiracy to wound. It was linked to a Camden gang war
MOBILITY SCOOTER MURDER TRIAL
Trial at Old Bailey in April 2024
Lee Byer, is accused of murdering 87 year old Thomas O’Halloran on a mobility scooter in Greenford.
TRIAL FOR MURDER OF DRILL MANAGER FOX
Trial at Woolwich Crown Court on 22 April 2024 (six weeks)
In June 2020 Robert “Fox” Powell, 50, the manager of drill rapper Dutchavelli, was shot dead near Roydon, Essex, after returning from a video music video shoot. Nana Oppong was arrested in Tangier, Morocco, in Feb 2023 after arriving from Spain with an allegedly fake passport. There was an Interpol red notice out for him. He was extradited to UK in June 2023. Awaits trial for murder at Woolwich Crown Court. Israr Shah faces separate trial. A third man, Temitope Adeyinka is on the run.
ELIANNE ANDAM (CROYDON) MURDER TRIAL
Trial on 29 April 2024 at Old Bailey. Plea hearing on 19 Dec 2023
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.
CROSS CHANNEL PEOPLE TRAFFICKING (PLEASURE BOAT) TRIAL
Trial at Exeter Crown Court in 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.
SPRINGHILL MASSACRE INQUEST
Inquest pending in Belfast. Must finish by April 2024 because of Legacy Bill ultimatum.
Five Catholics were shot dead by the British Army in Springhill, Belfast in July 1972. The coroner has been told that unless the inquest is concluded by 1 May 2024 it will be terminated and the soldiers will be covered by amnesty under Legacy Bill. PII hearing pending.
COAGH SAS AMBUSH INQUEST
Inquest underway. Must finish by April 2024 because of Legacy Bill ultimatum
On 3 June 1991 three IRA men – Peter Ryan, 37, Lawrence McNally, 38, and Tony Doris, 21, were shot dead in an SAS ambush in the village of Coagh in County Tyrone. According to reports at the time the three IRA men were on their way to kill an Ulster Defence Regiment soldier, who lived in Coagh, when they were ambushed at about 7.30am. The car was said to have caught fire after being struck by about 150 bullets and locals said the gunfire had continued for 10 minutes. The dead men’s relatives later said their loved ones were finished off in cold blood. Tony Doris was a cousin of Michelle O’Neill, who later became First Minister.
ENCROCHAT DRUGS TRIAL IN CARDIFF
Trial at Cardiff Crown Court in April 2024. 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.
POLICE RAPIST SENTENCING
Sentencing at Croydon Crown Court on 1 May 2024
Cliff Mitchell was found guilty of 10 counts of rape, three counts of rape of a child under 13, one count of kidnap and breach of a non-molestation order. He was sacked by the Metropolitan Police in 2023. Questions have been asked about how he was able to join the Met when he had been investigated over a child rape in 2017.
PEOPLE TRAFFICKING (ENGLISH CHANNEL 2018) TRIAL
Trial at Leicester Crown Court on 13 May 2024
Seven people have pleaded not guilty to being part of a conspiracy to the smuggling of Iraqi migrants across the English Channel in 2018.
They are: Ibrahim Razak, 40, from Leicester; Andreia Cruz, 36, from Leeds; Elisabete Moreira, 40, from Birmingham; Michelle Foster, 44, from Birmingham; Geoffrey Goodyear, 48, of Perton, Staffordshire; Saman Kahraman, 42, of West Bromwich; and Paul Price, 53, of Burntwood, Staffordshire.
ISLE OF SKYE SHOOTINGS TRIAL
Trial pending at Glasgow High Court on 14 May 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ALLEGED KINAHAN CARTEL GANGSTERS FACING TRIAL IN UK
Trial pending at Old Bailey on 2 Sep 2024. Arraignment hearing on 1 March
Liam Byrne, 42, was extradited from Spain by the National Crime Agency in Dec 2023. Byrne 42, from Dublin, was arrested in June 2023 while eating at a restaurant in the Alcudia area of Mallorca. He had flown into Palma Airport from Dubai, UAE, on May 26. The NCA obtained arrest warrants after messages on encrypted messaging service Encrochat allegedly indicated Byrne was potentially involved in the supply and acquisition of firearms. He is due to face trial along with Thomas Kavanagh, Daniel McLoughlin and Shaun Kent.
Another suspected member of the crime gang, Jack Kavanagh, 23, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, who was arrested by Spanish police on May 30 at Malaga Airport, while travelling from Dubai to Turkey, remains in custody in Spain awaiting extradition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.