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Paul Gascoigne pleads not guilty to sex assault on Durham train

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne appeared before magistrates in Peterlee Football legend Paul Gascoigne has denied sexually assaulting a woman on a train from York to Durham. The former England midfielder was arrested at Durham station in August. Appearing at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court, Mr Gascoigne pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault by touching. Mr Gascoigne, 51, who played for Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio and Rangers, will next appear at Teesside Crown Court on 8 January. The retired midfielder shot to international fame…

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Paedophile guilty of 1986 girls’ murders

Image copyright PA Image caption Karen Hadaway (left) and Nicola Fellows had gone out to play after school A convicted paedophile has been found guilty of murdering two schoolgirls who were found strangled and sexually assaulted near Brighton 32 years ago. Russell Bishop, 52, had protested his innocence since the bodies of Nicola Fellows and Karen Hadaway were found. Cleared of their murders in 1987, Bishop went on to attack a seven-year-old girl within three years, leaving her for dead in 1990, but she survived. He was convicted of the…

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‘Stansted 15’: Protesters who locked themselves to plane guilty

Image copyright PA Image caption Planes flying into Stansted had to be diverted to other airports, Chelmsford Crown Court heard Fifteen protesters who locked themselves around a deportation plane at Stansted Airport have been convicted of an aviation offence. The jet had been chartered by the Home Office to take people from UK detention centres to Africa on 28 March 2017. A jury heard the so-called Stansted 15, who cut through a perimeter fence, had “placed the safety of the airport in a likelihood of danger”. The group will be…

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Lawrence murder suspect pleads guilty to cannabis charge

Image copyright Julia Quenzler A suspect in the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 has pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply “huge quantities” of cannabis resin. Jamie Acourt, 42, had previously denied the change but changed his plea on the second day of his trial at Kingston Crown Court. Acourt, originally from Eltham, south-east London, was extradited from Spain where he was living until his arrest in May. He is due to be sentenced on Friday. Mr Acourt was never convicted of the attack on Stephen Lawrence in 1993…

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Grindr cheat pharmacist guilty of wife’s murder

Image copyright Family photo Image caption Jessica Patel was found dead in the living room of the couple’s home A pharmacist who strangled his wife with a Tesco bag so he could start a new life with his boyfriend has been found guilty of murder. Mitesh Patel, 37, denied killing Jessica 34, and staging a burglary at the couple’s home in Middlesbrough. Teesside Crown Court heard he had planned to claim a £2m life insurance payout and move to Australia with lover Dr Amit Patel. Jurors returned a guilty verdict…

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Trump ex-lawyer ‘to plead guilty’

Image copyright EPA US President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen is expected to plead to lying to Congress in relation to Russia inquiry, US media report. Mr Cohen will admit misleading lawmakers about a Trump real estate project in Russia, say reports. He appeared unexpectedly at federal court in Manhattan on Thursday morning. In August, Mr Cohen pleaded guilty to violating finance laws during the 2016 presidential election by handling hush money for Mr Trump’s alleged lovers. Source link

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Philippines drug war: Police found guilty of murdering Kian Delos Santos

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The killing of Kian Delos Santos was one of the most high-profile deaths in the campaign Three Philippine police officers have been found guilty of the high-profile murder of a teenager, the first such convictions since President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” began. A court sentenced them to up to 40 years in prison each for the killing of 17-year-old Kian Delos Santos in 2017. President Duterte launched the anti-narcotics campaign in 2016, to deal with a rampant drug problem. Since then 5,000 dealers…

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Tina Cantello: Man found guilty of debt collector murder

Image copyright Essex Police Image caption Geoffrey Hutton has been found guilty of murdering debt collector Tina Cantello A man who stabbed a debt collector 30 times after she visited him to collect some money has been found guilty of murder. Geoffrey Hutton, 38, murdered Tina Cantello at his home in Langdon Hills, Essex, in June. Her partially-clothed body was found upstairs in a bedroom. After a two-week trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court, jurors took two hours to convict Hutton of killing the 49-year-old mother-of-four. He will be sentenced on…

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Uber driver found guilty over passenger’s death in Sydney

Image copyright Getty Images An Uber driver has been convicted over the death of an English passenger in Sydney, Australia. The passenger, 30-year-old Samuel Thomas, died when he fell from the Uber and was hit by a bus in June last year. Mr Thomas, from Hertfordshire, had been getting out of the car when driver Nazrul Islam accelerated. Islam, 32, pleaded not guilty to negligent driving causing death, but a magistrate ruled that he had not kept “a proper lookout” as Mr Thomas exited. “Mr Islam did not exercise the…

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Call of Duty ‘swatting’ death prankster pleads guilty

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There have been a spate of incidents involving gamers that have led to prank calls to the police A California-based gamer faces up to 20 years in jail after admitting crimes including making a hoax call to US police that resulted in them shooting an innocent man dead. Tyler Barriss made the call after becoming involved in a dispute with other video gamers engaged in an online Call of Duty match. The 25-year-old had meant to direct the police to another player’s home. But…

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