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Man cleared over drill rapper Incognito’s murder

Image copyright @SK017_ Image caption Siddique Kamara was known by his rap name Incognito A man who stabbed a young drill rapper in self-defence after his fake Cartier watch was stolen has been cleared of murder. Sidique Kamara, 23, known as Incognito and SK, was stabbed to death in Camberwell on 1 August. Kenneth Umezie, 25, pulled out a lock knife after his watch was taken. He was acquitted of murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter following a two-week trial at the Old Bailey. Mr Kamara, who was high…

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Lakers G Rondo cleared for full-contact practice

FILE PHOTO: December 25, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors forward Jonas Jerebko (21) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo has received clearance to resume full-contact practices, the team announced Friday. Rondo has missed the team’s past 12 games after surgery to repair a Grade 3 sprain to his right ring finger, suffered during a win over Golden State on Christmas Day. While he finished…

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Jamie Jones: Player cleared of match-fixing but breached snooker’s rules

Jamie Jones reached the last 16 of the 2016 World Championship Snooker player Jamie Jones has been cleared of match-fixing but admitted failing to report a corrupt approach. The Welshman, 30, was suspended in October after being accused of being part of a plan to fix a match between David John and Graeme Dott in 2016. But a disciplinary panel found that he had not breached the betting rules. Ex-professional John admitted fixing two matches in which his opponents were unaware of the plots. John and Jones will be sanctioned…

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MP Craig Mackinlay cleared of election expenses fraud

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Craig Mackinlay won the South Thanet seat for the Conservatives in 2015 Conservative politician Craig Mackinlay has been cleared of falsifying election expenses. The MP for South Thanet had denied making false declarations during his 2015 campaign, when he beat then-UKIP leader Nigel Farage to the seat. Mr Mackinlay, 52, had been accused of failing to declare more than £60,000 spent on staffing, hotels and adverts. Jurors at Southwark Crown Court deliberated for more than 53 hours before reaching a verdict. Party activist Marion…

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Cape Town race row erupts after ‘black visitors cleared from beach’

Image copyright AFP Image caption Activists say that black visitors were asked to leave by a private security firm Protesters have taken to one of Cape Town’s most picturesque beaches after private security guards were accused of ordering black visitors to leave. The guards, hired by local residents, allegedly cleared the Clifton 4th beach of tourists on Sunday evening. Demonstrators say black beachgoers were unfairly targeted, but the firm denies closing the beach and says it only acts to protect residents from crime. Beaches and other public areas were segregated…

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Innocence Project: Carer cleared of sex assault ‘treated like monster’

Image caption “I’ve lost almost 11 years of my life, I’m not going to get that back,” says Gareth Jones When Gareth Jones was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit, he told his little niece that he was going away to work with Santa Claus. Through his three and a half years behind bars he kept this story going, telling her he was at an airport waiting to fly to Lapland while speaking to her from the prison phone. “I feel sick that I’ve lied to…

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Boris Johnson ‘cleared of breaking Tory rules’ over burka comments

Image copyright PA Boris Johnson is understood to have been cleared of breaking the Tories’ code of conduct with comments he made about women wearing burkas. He had written that they looked liked “letter boxes” or “bank robbers” in a Telegraph column in which he argued against a ban on full-face veils. It prompted dozens of complaints but it is understood an independent panel said he had been “respectful and tolerant”. Tory chairman Brandon Lewis and Theresa May had called on him to apologise. Responding to the news, the Muslim…

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David McGreavy: Triple child killer cleared for release

Image copyright Rex Features Image caption David McGreavy was convicted of murdering the three children at their home in Gillam Street, Worcester A babysitter who killed three children and impaled their bodies on garden railings has been cleared for release. David McGreavy was sentenced to life in 1973 for killing Paul Ralph, four, and his sisters Dawn, two, and nine-month-old Samantha in their Worcester home. Their mother Elsie Urry told the Sun she had “begged” authorities that he stay locked up. But a Parole Board document said over 45 years…

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Golf: Presidents Cup captain Woods says cleared air with Reed

(Reuters) – Tiger Woods has cleared the air with Patrick Reed in the wake of controversial comments the U.S. Masters champion made following the American team’s Ryder Cup loss in September, the 14-times major winner said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Nov 23, 2018; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tiger Woods reacts to his putt on on the 14th green during The Match: Tiger vs Phil golf match at Shadow Creek Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports Speaking after the first round at the Hero World Challenge, an event he…

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Woman wins £80,000 in damages from man cleared of raping her in St Andrews

Image copyright PA Image caption Stephen Coxen had denied the rape charges against him and the case was found not proven in a criminal court A woman has won £80,000 in damages from a man who had been cleared of raping her after a night out in Fife. The woman, who cannot be named, had sued Stephen Coxen, who is now 23, from Bury in Greater Manchester. The second year student said she was raped after a night out in St Andrews in 2013 by Mr Coxen, who she had…

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