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Teenage boy denies Alesha rape and murder

Image copyright Facebook Image caption Alesha MacPhail died just days into her school holidays in July A 16-year-old boy is to stand trial charged with abducting, raping and murdering six-year-old Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute. The teenager – who cannot be named for legal reasons – made his first public appearance in court on Monday. His QC Brian McConnachie pled not guilty on his behalf and he will stand trial in February. Alesha’s mother was given special permission to be present in court to see the proceedings. Prosecutors…

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NZ PM: ‘Overwhelming sense of hurt’ over backpacker’s murder

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has apologised to the family of British tourist Grace Millane, who was killed a few days into her backpacking trip. Holding back tears, Ms Ardern said there was an “overwhelming sense of hurt and shame” over what happened to Ms Millane. The man accused of her murder made his first court appearance on Monday. Source link

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Khashoggi murder: Saudis refuse Turkey extradition request

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr al-Jubeir criticised the way Turkey has shared information with Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has ruled out extraditing to Turkey suspects in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Adel al-Jubeir said: “We do not extradite our citizens.” Just over a week ago, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded the extradition and on Wednesday a Turkish court issued arrest warrants. Saudi Arabia has charged 11 people with the murder, which took place in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. Arrest warrants were issued…

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Grace Millane: Man appears in court charged with backpacker’s murder

Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption The 22-year-old arrived in New Zealand in mid-November for the second part of her round-the-world trip A 26-year-old man has appeared in court in New Zealand charged with the murder of British backpacker Grace Millane. Miss Millane disappeared in Auckland on 1 December – police ended their search on Sunday after finding a body on the outskirts of the city. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is due in court next month. Court documents showed he had been living at…

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Murder tariffs 10 years lower in Northern Ireland

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The average minimum tariff for murder in Northern Ireland in 2017 was 11 years and four months The average minimum term handed out by Northern Ireland courts in murder life sentences was almost 10 years lower than in England and Wales last year. Figures obtained by BBC News NI show that the average minimum tariff for murder in Northern Ireland in 2017 was 11 years and four months. That compared to 21 years and one month in England and Wales. The Northern Ireland figure…

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Grace Millane: Police start murder inquiry

Image copyright Lucie Blackman Trust Image caption The 22-year-old graduated from university in September and went travelling shortly afterwards New Zealand Police have announced they believe missing British backpacker Grace Millane has been murdered. The 22-year-old from Essex – described by her father as “lovely” and “family-orientated” – was last seen in New Zealand a week ago. Det Insp Scott Beard said evidence they had located so far told them Grace was “no longer alive”. A 26-year-old man is currently being held in connection with the murder, Det Insp Beard…

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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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Jim Donegan: Police release school murder gunman footage

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“We took our coats off and put them round the car” Police investigating the murder of a man outside a west Belfast school have released CCTV footage of the gunman before and after the shooting. Jim Donegan, 43, was shot in his car as he waited for his 13-year-old son near St Mary’s Grammar School on Tuesday. Speaking at a news conference in Belfast on Wednesday, Det Ch Insp Peter Montgomery of the PSNI described it as a “barbaric assassination”. Footage of…

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Grindr cheat pharmacist jailed for 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 murdered his wife with a Tesco carrier bag so he could start a new life with his boyfriend has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years. Mitesh Patel, 37, strangled and suffocated Jessica, 34, and then staged a burglary at the couple’s home in Middlesbrough on 14 May. Jurors heard he had planned to claim a £2m life insurance payout and move to Australia with lover Dr…

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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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