#AceNewsReport – Sept.19: The verdict is the first homicide conviction for a man suspected of killing three people in three US states over the past 39 years.
#AceDailyNews says that US real estate heir Robert Durst — subject of HBO series The Jinx — convicted of murdering friend Susan Berman in 2000 and now at 78yrs-of-age he faces up to life in prison…..after the nine-woman, three-man jury had deliberated for seven and a half hours over three days.
Posted 14h ago, updated 14h ago
Los Angeles County prosecutors called Durst a “narcissistic psychopath” who killed Ms Berman in an attempt to cover up the disappearance of his wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst, in New York in 1982.
Durst was only on trial for killing Ms Berman in California, but prosecutors argued he murdered three people: his missing wife, Ms Berman and a neighbour in Texas who discovered his identity at a time when Durst was hiding from the law.
Despite long being a suspect in the disappearance of his wife, a 29-year-old medical student, Durst was never charged.
Prosecutors said he killed her then decided to kill Ms Berman 18 years later because she had told others that she helped Durst cover up the crime.
Defence lawyers in turn portrayed Durst, a frail cancer survivor who uses a wheelchair, as a “sick old man”, referencing Durst’s claim he is on the autism spectrum.
They noted prosecutors, who questioned him for nine days of cross-examination, were unable to produce forensic evidence linking Durst to the murder of Ms Berman, 55, who was shot in the back of her head inside her Beverly Hills home.
The trial came six years after Durst’s apparent confession in the HBO television documentary series The Jinx, in which he was caught on a hot microphone in the bathroom saying to himself, “What the hell did I do? … Killed them all, of course.”
In 58 days spread over a year and half, including a one-year suspension after the trial began due to the coronavirus pandemic, prosecutors presented mountains of circumstantial evidence pointing towards Durst, who testified that he discovered Ms Berman’s murdered body when he went to visit her but did not call police.
The prosecution also delved into the 2001 death and dismemberment of Morris Black, who was Durst’s neighbour in Galveston, Texas.
A Galveston jury acquitted Durst of murder, even though Durst admitted he chopped up Mr Black’s body and dumped it in Galveston Bay.
In Texas, and again in the Los Angeles trial, Durst testified that Mr Black pulled a gun on him and was shot accidentally when the two men wrestled over the firearm in Durst’s apartment.
The California prosecutors argued that Durst murdered Mr Black because he discovered Durst’s identity, and Durst feared Mr Black would turn him in.
At the time Durst was using an assumed name and disguising himself as a woman because he feared he might be arrested by New York investigators who had reopened the case of his missing wife.
Mr Black’s death marked the second time Durst had a dead body at his feet, according to his own testimony.
In the deaths of both Mr Black and Ms Berman, Durst said he at first planned to call the 911 emergency number but later decided against it, fearing nobody would believe he was not guilty.
Superior Court Judge Mark Windham, who oversaw the trial, will set a date for sentencing.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.04: A former Arizona male nurse pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting an incapacitated woman roughly three years ago at Hacienda Healthcare, a long-term care facility in Phoenix, where she later gave birth.
#AceDailyNews says that Nathan Sutherland, a former Arizona nurse, is accused of sexually assaulting the incapacitated woman roughly three years ago at a long-term care facility in Phoenix
Defendant Nathan Sutherland also entered a guilty plea to an “abuse of a vulnerable adult” charge stemming from his treatment of the woman.
As part of a plea agreement, the sentencing range for the sexual assault charge is between 5 ¼ and 10 years in prison, while the abuse of a vulnerable adult charge brings lifetime probation.
Another former Hacienda nurse blasted the plea deal as “a slap on the wrist,” and said other Hacienda colleagues were “furious” about it.
“This man did a heinous crime and he’s getting a slap on the wrist and it’s not right and everyone I talked to that worked at Hacienda, they’re furious. None of us can believe that’s all he’s going to get is a slap on the wrist,” said Davena Ballard, who was a nurse at a Hacienda-affiliated program, according to KPHO-TV of Phoenix.
“This man did a heinous crime and he’s getting a slap on the wrist and it’s not right.”— Davena Ballard, former Hacienda nurse
Sutherland was arrested after police conducted a DNA test showing he was the father of the patient’s baby, KPHO-TV of Phoenix reported. The patient was in the long-term care facility after a near-drowning incident left her in a vegetative state.
Following Sutherland’s guilty pleas, Perry Petrilli, chief executive of Hacienda Healthcare, expressed relief.
“We have cooperated in every way possible with law enforcement and investigators — and now we hope the judge will sentence Sutherland appropriately given the severity of his crimes,” Petrilli said. “As ever, our hearts are with the victim and her family. May these final steps in the legal process help them find peace.”
The pregnancy was discovered in December 2018 when an employee at Hacienda was changing the garments of the victim – age 29 at the time – and noticed she was in the process of delivering a child. Employees told police they had no idea the woman was pregnant.
The surprise prompted reviews by state agencies and led to the resignations of Hacienda’s chief executive and one of the victim’s doctors. It also highlighted safety concerns for severely disabled or incapacitated patients.
A lawsuit from the victim’s parents alleged that Sutherland had cared for their daughter on hundreds of occasions from 2012 through 2018, despite promises from the state that only women would tend to her. The state has contracts with companies like Hacienda to provide services to people with developmental disabilities.
Many of Sutherland’s encounters with the patient allegedly occurred overnight, when fewer staff members and visitors were around, according to an expert on behalf of the victim’s family.
The victim lived at Hacienda for 26 years, until the child’s birth. Her medical conditions stemmed from a brain disorder that caused motor and cognitive impairments and vision loss. She was also left with no functional use of her limbs.
Loss of license
Sutherland was fired by Hacienda after his arrest and has since given up his nursing license. He was facing a maximum of 14 years in prison prior to the plea deal, FOX 10 of Phoenix reported.
A judge approved a $15 million settlement against a doctor who cared for the woman for 26 years while she lived at Hacienda. The doctor’s insurer has argued it has no obligation to pay that amount.
The state of Arizona, which contracts with companies like Hacienda to provide services to people with developmental disabilities, settled last summer for $7.5 million.
Sutherland is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 4.
#AceNewsReport – Sept.03: According to court records, from in or around November 2012 through on or about Feb. 7, 2015, former British citizen Alexanda Amon Kotey, 37, served as an ISIS fighter and participated in the captivity of American and European hostages in Syria. Kotey specifically participated in the seizure, detention and hostage negotiations for four American citizens – James Wright Foley, Kayla Jean Mueller, Steven Joel Sotloff and Peter Edward Kassig – each of whom died as hostages in ISIS custody. In addition, Kotey participated in hostage operations involving British, Italian, Danish and German nationals, among others.
#AceDailyNews reports that the militant Amon Kotey (known as one of the Beatles) pleads guilty to role in the deaths of four Americans in Syria Pleads:
The militant fighter for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a foreign terrorist organization, pleaded guilty today to all charges that were pending against him in the United States relating to his participation in a brutal hostage-taking scheme that resulted in the deaths of four American citizens, as well as the deaths of British and Japanese nationals, in Syria under a plea deal and will spend the rest of his life in prison …..
“This guilty plea ensures that Kotey will spend the rest of his life in prison for the horrific crimes he has committed,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark J. Lesko for the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “Although there remains much work to be done in this case, we hope today’s events provide some measure of justice for Kotey’s victims and their families as they continue to grieve the loss of their loved ones. I want to thank all of the agents, analysts and prosecutors who worked tirelessly on this investigation and prosecution – their efforts are proof that the National Security Division and our partners will not rest in our commitment to hold accountable terrorists who target and attack U.S. citizens anywhere in the world.”
“This case has always been focused on the victims and their families,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Their resilience, courage, and perseverance have ensured that terror will never have the last word. The justice, fairness, and humanity that this defendant received in the United States stand in stark contrast to the cruelty, inhumanity, and indiscriminate violence touted by the terrorist organization he espoused. Today, through the voices and lives of the victims, Justice spoke, and it is those words that will resonate through history.”
“Years ago, Alexanda Kotey’s actions played out on the world stage, and those brutal crimes against Americans James Foley, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller, as well as two British and two Japanese hostages are forever burned into the eyes of the American people,” said Assistant Director Steven M. D’Antuono of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “This guilty plea will not lessen the suffering of those affected by his cruelty, but I hope it reminds the world of the FBI’s unwavering dedication to finding and prosecuting all individuals who inflict harm on U.S. citizens, no matter their location.”
“Today we take a moment to remember all of the victims who perished at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Syria, and our thoughts are especially with the Sotloff, Kassig, Foley and Mueller families,” said Executive Assistant Director Jill Sanborn of the FBI’s National Security Branch. “Alexanda Kotey’s admission of guilt does not lessen the pain suffered by these families and others whose loved ones were taken from them by this heinous terror group, but we hope that this announcement will bring them closer to the justice that they deserve. I am proud of the unwavering dedication and tireless efforts of the men and women of the FBI and all of our partners – both domestic and international – to see justice served for these acts of terrorism.”
According to court records, Kotey and two other ISIS members supervised the terrorist organization’s jails and detention facilities at which the hostages were held and were responsible for transferring hostages between detention facilities. Kotey and his co-conspirators engaged in a prolonged pattern of physical and psychological violence against hostages that was meant as an effort to control the hostages. These actions were also intended to compel the victims’ family members and the U.S. government to pay large monetary ransoms for their release, in addition to compelling the U.S. government to agree to other terms and conditions for the victims’ return.
In addition to physically and psychologically abusing the hostages, Kotey and his co-conspirators participated in forcibly exposing the hostages to the murder of other hostages held by ISIS, including a Russian hostage who was killed in or about February 2014 and a Syrian prisoner who was executed on or about April 25, 2014. After a group of European hostages were forced to witness the execution of the Syrian prisoner, Kotey and his co-conspirators returned the hostages to the prison where they were being held with American and British hostages.
From August 2014 through October 2014, ISIS released videos depicting the beheadings of James Foley, Steven Sotloff and British citizens David Haines and Alan Henning. In November 2014, ISIS released a video depicting the decapitated head of Peter Kassig. In January 2015, ISIS released videos depicting the decapitated body of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa and the beheading of Japanese citizen Kenji Goto. On or about Feb. 7, 2015, Kayla Mueller’s family received an email from ISIS fighters confirming Mueller’s death in Syria.
Kotey was part of a group of four ISIS members who spoke with British accents and were referred to by the hostages as the “Beatles.” Kotey and alleged co-conspirator El Shafee Elsheikh, 33, whose case remains pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, were captured together in January 2018 by the Syrian Democratic Forces as they attempted to escape Syria for Turkey. Mohamed Emwazi, who conducted the videotaped beheadings referenced above, was killed in November 2015 in a U.S. military airstrike in Syria.
Kotey pleaded guilty to all of the offenses charged in the eight-count indictment, consisting of one count of conspiracy to commit hostage taking resulting in death; four counts of hostage taking resulting in the deaths of the four Americans (James Wright Foley, Kayla Jean Mueller, Steven Joel Sotloff and Peter Edward Kassig); one count of conspiracy to murder U.S. citizens outside of the United States; one count of conspiracy to provide material support or resources to terrorists resulting in the deaths of U.S., British and Japanese nationals; and one count of conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization resulting in the deaths of U.S., British and Japanese nationals.
Kotey faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced on March 4, 2022 by Senior U.S. District Judge T. S. Ellis, III.
The plea agreement entered in the case ensures that the defendant will serve the rest of his life in prison. Per the agreement, after 15 years of the defendant’s imprisonment in the United States, if the defendant has complied with all terms of the plea agreement and requests a transfer to the United Kingdom, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia has agreed to take all reasonable measures under the law to support the transfer of Kotey to the United Kingdom. As part of the plea agreement, Kotey has agreed that, prior to any such transfer, he would plead guilty in a U.K. prosecution, accept responsibility for relevant violations of U.K. law, and face a sentence in the U.K. of life in prison without parole – a sentence which he has agreed would be a fair and proper punishment. If the actual sentence he serves in the U.K. is less than life for any reason, Kotey has agreed to serve the remainder of his U.S.-imposed life sentence in the U.K., if that is legally available, or to be transferred back to the United States to serve the remainder of his sentence.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and Kotey understand and agree that – even if all of the necessary preconditions are met – the acceptance of any such requested transfer would be subject to the discretion of the United Kingdom. As indicated in the plea agreement, should the U.K. government deny any such requested transfer, Kotey will serve his mandatory life sentence in the United States.
The Department of Justice expresses its profound appreciation to our many foreign partners for their dedicated commitment to assist the United States in seeking justice for all the victims of these crimes.
This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis M. Fitzpatrick, Acting U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys John T. Gibbs and Aidan Taft Grano-Mickelson, all of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Trial Attorney Alicia H. Cook of the National Security Division‘s Counterterrorism Section are prosecuting the case.
The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs provided invaluable assistance.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.30: A Toronto man who approached a woman on a sidewalk and killed her with a hammer last year pleaded guilty on Thursday to murder and terrorism, admitting he did it for the so-called Islamic State…..
#AceDailyNews says the supporter pleads guilty to killing Toronto woman with hammer,” by Stewart Bell, Global News, August 26, 2021:On his laptop, police found searches for details of a Feb. 2, 2020 terrorist attack in London, England, as well as lectures by Al Qaeda propagandist Anwar Al-Awlaki.
In an agreed statement of facts, Saad Akhtar said he left his home at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 21, 2020 carrying two notes pledging allegiance to ISIS and intending to kill as many people as possible.
The 32-year-old said he approached a random victim, Annie Hang-Kam Chiu, punched her to the ground and used a steel hammer he had bought at Canadian Tire to smash her skull as she lay on her back.
He then placed a note next to her that read: “Islamic State Baquiya,” an ISIS slogan. The second note, found later in his backpack, read: “This is for the Islamic State, & all the crimes against Muslims. God is great!”
Akhtar was sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 25 years.
The case marks Canada’s first conviction for the crime of “murder, terrorist activity,” the Public Prosecution Service of Canada said.
Crown prosecutors have filed the same charge against a youth accused of an Incel-related attack in Toronto, and the suspect in the vehicle attack that targeted a Muslim family in London, Ont.
Hang-Kam Chiu, 64, worked at a rice pasta factory. Every morning, she stopped at a Tim Horton’s near her home for coffee and to help seniors with their English.
Akhtar said he had been planning a killing since 2019, but after murdering Hang-Kam Chiu, he decided to turn himself in.
He walked into Toronto Police 22 Division at 9:50 p.m. that night.
He was covered in blood and carrying a bag. He told officers he had just killed a woman and was arrested, according to the agreed facts filed in the Ontario court.
The police station was evacuated when police found what they thought was a bomb in his bag, but it turned out to be aerosol cans bound together, which he had intended to set alight if he was caught.
Police found the hammer at a bus shelter:
On his laptop, police found searches for details of a Feb. 2, 2020 terrorist attack in London, England, as well as lectures by Al Qaeda propagandist Anwar Al-Awlaki.
During a two-and-a-half hour interview at Toronto Police 41 Division, Akhtar said he chose his victim because she was “alone, not strong and was the appropriate height to be attacked with a hammer.”
He told police he was born in Pakistan, single and lived with his parents. He said he had attended Ryerson University and was an “IT person, more or less.”
“My motivation was a terrorist attack,” he said, according to a transcript of the videotaped interview.
“I guess I was just browsing online and I came across some, um, stuff, which, which kind of pushed me in the direction of, you know, these type of things.”
He said he left the note beside the body, “Just so you guys know it was terrorism.”
Akhtar told police he was “supportive of this idea of Islamic State” and had heard about other ISIS supporters conducting attacks in the West.
“So I’m like, hey, maybe I can do that,” he said.
“And you must retaliate for what is being done in Muslim lands or states. And you have the ones who settle in, the ones who … you know, sort of integrate, they’re like not really Muslims. So [to] be a good Muslim you have to do this.”…..
#AceNewsReport – Aug.15: CASE NOTES: The court heard how Mohammed and his friend had met for dinner on the evening of 5 December 2019 in Knightsbridge. Having finished their meal shortly after midnight, both men walked out of the restaurant and down an alleyway between Basil Street and Sloane Street:
Unbeknownst to the pair, Al-Nazi and Dilbaro were lying in wait. Just metres into the alleyway, Al-Nazi and Dilbaro attacked the pair, with Al-Nazi stabbing Mohammed in the chest. Mohammed and his friend, who had also sustained a stab injury, ran from the alley, initially pursued by Al-Nazi.
Mohammed made it as far as Hans Crescent before collapsing. Realising the extent of his injuries, his friend called police and the London Ambulance Service but despite the best efforts of paramedics, Mohammed died at the scene.
An investigation was launched by Homicide detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Unit who began the painstaking work of piecing together the events of that night.
Fast-time analysis of the CCTV from the area captured Al-Nazi dropping something just after the attack at the location. An examination of the scene identified a cardboard knife sheath that was recovered.
A cap that was worn by the second victim also contained the DNA from Dilbaro, proving the two had come into contact.
CCTV provided facial images of Al-Nazi and Dilbaro although their identities were not known to police at this time. Both images were publicly circulated and on 8 January 2020 Al-Nazi handed himself into police.
Analysis of his mobile phone enabled officers to establish the identity of Dilbaro who in the intervening time had fled to Egypt. He was arrested on his return to the UK on 14 July 2020.
Both men were subsequently charged.
#AceDailyNews Court Report: Badir Al-Nazi – 24 (02.12.96) of no fixed abode was found guilty of murdering 20-year-old Mohammed Al-Araimi and wounding his friend following a trial at Inner London Crown Court on Friday, 13 August. He had previously pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article.
His accomplice, Arseboon Dilbaro – 23 (04.06.98) of no fixed abode was found guilty of wounding in relation to the attack on the second man. He was found not guilty of Mohammed’s murder and possession of a bladed article; both men were found not guilty of attempted robbery: Both men will be sentenced at the same court on 10 September.
Detective Inspector James Howarth who led the investigation said:I am delighted that Badir Al-Nazi has been found guilty of the murder of Mohammed Al-Araimi and Arseboon Dilbaro for the attack on his friend. While Dilbaro has been found not guilty of murder, the jury found he played a significant part in the attack: Mohammed and his friend were two wholly innocent members of the public going about their normal routines when they were needlessly set upon by Al-Nazi and Dilbaro: During the trial Al-Nazi tried to tarnish Mohammed’s memory and I am pleased that the jury saw through his pack of lies: Both families have been left utterly shocked and devastated by these events and I can only hope these convictions go some way to help them move on with their lives.”
#AceNewsReport – July.30: Lakatos was part of international organised gang who targeted the Boodles store in New Bond Street, central London, and stole seven gems, replacing them with pebbles, during the theft on 10 March 2016…….
#AceDailyNews reports that a woman has been found guilty of role in £4.2million diamond heist Lulu Lakatos – 60 (26.06.61) from the Saint Brieuc region of France, was found guilty of conspiracy to steal on Wednesday, 28 July following the conclusion of her trial: She was sentenced on the same day to five years and six months’ imprisonment.
Lakatos was part of a gang who had been intrinsically planning the raid for some time, engaging with Boodles and posing as a wealthy Russian investor who was looking to purchase gems. In the weeks leading up to the raid, meetings had been held with Boodles and people purporting to work for the ‘investor’, culminating in an arrangement where a gemmologist named ‘Anna’ working on behalf of the investor would travel to London to inspect the gems – this role was to be played by Lakatos:
The court were told how Lakatos entered the country on the day before the raid and checked into a hotel in Cricklewood in the company of another woman: At around 20:15hrs on 9 March 2016, Lakatos met with two men at a café near to her hotel. All three drove into central London where they scoped out the Boodles store from the street, before Lakatos was dropped back in Cricklewood: The following day Lakatos, now dressed to impersonate the gemmologist ‘Anna’, arrived for the pre-arranged meeting at Boodles. Outside the Boodles store, four other members of the gang were present, observing events. These were the two men Lakatos had met the previous evening, and two women who have yet to be identified: Using the guise that she did not speak English very well, Lakatos and staff at Boodles communicated in French – Lakatos would subsequently use this language barrier as part of the execution of the theft: After being shown into a secure area in the presence of Boodles own gemmologist, the seven diamonds were produced for Lakatos to examine; each were then individually placed in a locked bag and were to be stored with Boodles until confirmation of the payment had been received: Following Lakatos’s inspection, she placed the bag containing the diamonds in her own handbag. The Boodle’s gemmologist immediately challenged her, but Lakatos used the apparent language barrier to cause a delay, before appearing to produce the same locked bag containing the diamonds from her handbag: However, in the seconds that Lakatos had engineered, she had switched the padlocked bag with a duplicate one already stored within her handbag containing seven pebbles of the same weight: The gemmologist raised concerns, and a visual check of the bag was carried out but the padlocked bag was not discovered: Lakatos left the shop with the staff unaware of what had taken place in front of their own eyes…..As she walked down the street she was followed by the two women; they caught up with her and CCTV footage showed Lakatos transferring the bag to one of the women as they continued to walk: Further back, the two men followed at a distance: All the gang members then went their separate ways. Lakatos took a taxi to a pub near Victoria Station where she changed her clothing in a pub toilet before catching a Eurostar train meaning she had been in and out of the country, having committed the theft, within 24 hours and within just three hours of committing the offence.
The following day, Boodles – who still held concerns over the way ‘Anna’ the gemmologist had acted – had the locked bag in their possession x-rayed. While the items inside appeared to be the same size as the diamonds, they did not appear quite right. The bag was opened and the pebbles were discovered: An investigation was launched, led by the Met’s Flying Squad. They painstakingly began to piece together the evidence, analysing hours of CCTV footage and interrogating the forensic trail left behind by the gang through their contact with Boodles.
Lakatos was identified and arrested in France and extradited back to the UK on 3 December 2020….
Acting Detective Sergeant William Man of the Flying Squad said: This was an audacious theft, carried out in plain view of experienced and professional staff at a renowned jewellers. The meticulous planning and execution of this theft reveals to me that those involved were highly skilled criminals: “ However, due to the tenacious police work of the Flying Squad, involving painstaking analysis of a vast amount of evidence, we have managed to identify Lakatos and bring her to justice: “ While she played a key role in this theft, it is clear she did not work alone and enquiries remain ongoing to identify all those involved.”
= The two men involved in this theft were identified convicted of conspiracy to steal. An investigation is ongoing for the other two women seen to be involved in the exchange with Lakatos following the theft: …….A third woman – who accompanied Lakatos into the UK – was found not guilty of conspiracy to steal following a trial.
#AceNewsReport – July.26: An investigation by the Environment Agency prevented 16 25-tonne containers from onward export between Southampton and India and Indonesia in 2018 and 2019. Biffa was also convicted of exporting a further 26 containers that sailed before they could be stopped.
#AceNewsDesk reports that Biffa Waste Services Ltd have been caught exporting 1,000-tonnes of banned waste collected from private homes, labelled as paper, to Asia but including soiled-nappies, wigs and clothing in an illegal shipment despite earlier conviction: The court was told Biffa, with a £1 billion turnover last year, continued to export waste despite being fined £350,000 for shipping similar prohibited material to China in 2015: They will be sentenced on 30 July at Wood Green crown court according to the Environment Agency
Wood Green crown court heard Biffa logged various items as paper at its depot in north London. The tightly-packed waste included soiled nappies, tins, hairpieces, plastics, as well as clothing and food packaging. Investigators said the bundles gave off a putrid odour.
All of it was destined for 1 paper mill in India and 2 more in Indonesia.
Malcolm Lythgo, head of waste regulation at the Environment Agency, said:
We are pleased with the court’s decision. We want all producers and waste companies to be responsible and make sure they only export material that can be legally and safely sent abroad for recycling.
Illegal waste exports blight the lives and environment of those overseas. The Environment Agency will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those found to break the rules.
We prevented the illegal export of almost 23,000 tonnes of unsuitable waste in 2019/20, and are working with the Government on a number of measures that would tighten controls. These include increased monitoring of international waste shipments, and charging higher fees to improve compliance.
Stephen Young, lead enforcement officer on the recent case for the Environment Agency, said:
This was a significant and successful investigation into Biffa’s exports to Asia. The Environment Agency will continue to pursue operators who flout the law by sending household waste to developing countries.
Exports of unsorted household recycling waste from the UK to India and Indonesia have been banned since 1994.
All UK waste exports should meet regulations on waste shipments, and the Environment Agency has a system of inspections in place to verify compliance.
The jury did not accept Biffa’s version of events that consignments leaving its premises complied with the law because they contained waste paper.
Biffa Waste Services Ltd, of Coronation Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, was convicted of 4 breaches of regulation 23 of the Transfrontier Shipment of Waste Regulations 2007.
#AceNewsReport – July.10: Wayne Couzens, 48 (20.12.72) appeared at the Old Bailey today (Friday, 9 July) where he admitted murder, he was arrested on Tuesday, 9 March, over the disappearance of Sarah on Wednesday, 3 March, in Clapham, south west London.
#AceDailyNews reports that Serving MET officer pleads guilty to murder of Sarah Everard after he had already pleaded guilty to the kidnap and rape of Sarah, 33, at a hearing last month its reported they were not known to each other
Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “My thoughts and those of everyone in the Met Police are with Sarah’s loved ones. It is not possible for any of us to begin to imagine what they have been going through. I am so sorry: I was able to speak to them earlier today and said to them how very sorry I am for their loss and their pain and their suffering: All of us in the Met are sickened, angered and devastated by this man’s truly dreadful crimes. Everyone in policing feels betrayed: Sarah was a fantastic, talented young woman with her whole life ahead of her and that has been snatched away. She was hugely loved and she will be sorely missed by so many people: Ever since Sarah went missing, the sole priority of my investigation team, the search team and hundreds of others in the Met was to find Sarah and bring the person who has committed this terrible crime to justice as swiftly as possible: We are hugely indebted to Sarah’s family, friends and so many members of the public who helped the investigation in every single way they could, not least by making appeals and giving us information: No words can adequately express the profound sadness, anger and regret everyone in the Met feels about what happened to Sarah: Today as every day our thoughts are with Sarah with her family, with her loved ones and they always will be.”
Wayne Couzens transferred into the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC), in September 2018: His first posting was to South Area, serving initially in a Safer Neighbourhood Team, before joining a response team covering the Bromley area in February 2019: He then moved to the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command in February 2020 where his primary role was to patrol diplomatic premises, mainly embassies.
Following his arrest, a review confirmed he passed vetting processes. The checks confirmed there was no information available to the MPS at the time that would have changed the vetting decision: Couzens was not subject to any misconduct proceedings during his time at the MPS: Couzens stopped being paid as a police officer immediately following his earlier guilty pleas. This was as soon as legally possible. Internal misconduct procedures are now being progressed.
Couzens was remanded into custody. He will next appear at the Old Bailey to be sentenced on Wednesday, 29 September…….
#AceNewsReport – June.29: The court heard that between 1996 and 1999, Lakidi raped the child victim multiple times. The offences took place at residential addresses in Enfield and Barnet.
#HistoricRape Case: UPDATED: Man jailed after conviction for raping child: Eric Lakidi, 43 (23.11.1977) of Epsom, Surrey was sentenced at Harrow Crown Court, on Friday, 25 June and he will be placed on the sex offenders register for life.
CASE NOTES: The court heard that between 1996 and 1999, Lakidi raped the child victim multiple times. The offences took place at residential addresses in Enfield and Barnet: She was able to give a detailed account of the incidents that occurred, at times with family members present in the same address: On 1 June 2021, he was found guilty of three counts of rape against a child by a unanimous jury after a trial in May:
Acting Detective Sergeant Virginia Condren, the investigating officer, said: “Lakidi took advantage of the trust of a vulnerable child to commit and hide his odious crimes. The tenacity and bravery shown by the young woman in this case can only be described as admirable. Her drive to achieve justice for herself has never faltered. Despite the daunting steps she has gone through to reach this result she has only ever shown strength and determination to see this through: I can only hope that today is a significant step in her closing the door on the fear and trauma she has experienced, and that her courage in coming forward serves as encouragement to others who have also suffered abuse of any kind, current or historic, to have confidence in the police, CPS and the courts to bring these offenders to justice. I would also like to commend and thank her siblings for their unwavering support of her through this entire process.”
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#AceNewsReport – Mar.14: WM POLICE CASE NOTES: Mazammal Butt, affectionately known as ‘Zammy’ was fatally stabbed outside his family butchers in Lozells Street on Sunday 17 November 2019: Moments before Zammy was fatally stabbed, Shahzad and his wife Fitzsimmons were arguing with Zammy in the carpark of the family butchers: After hearing the heated argument, Zammy’s wife came out to see what was going on and was grabbed by Fitzsimmons who told Shahzad to kill Zammy: The pair then went out of view. Moments later Shahzad returned telling his sister, that he had killed her husband in the street. Fitzsimmons immediately fled in the couples white Audi while Shahzad walked home:
Butcher and wife jailed for killing their brother in law in Lozells: ‘A husband and wife have today been jailed after being found guilty of killing their brother in law in Lozells in 2019’
12th March 2021
COURT NOTES: The jury heard how Zammy had been seen ‘running for his life’ before being found in a pool of blood, alone in the street: Despite the best efforts from emergency services, Zammy was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.Mazammal Butt, affectionately known as ‘Zammy’ was fatally stabbed outside his family butchers: An hour later Shahzad and Fitzsimmons were stopped in their car by officers on Alum Rock Road and Shahzad was arrested. After being arrested his reply to officers was “Okay, sound.” Officers searching the car found a knife: In the hours that followed, Fitzsimmons involvement in the lead up to the attack were revealed and the next day, she was also arrested on suspicion of murder: Following the arrest of her husband, Fitzsimmons had carried out a Google search on how long a life sentence is. The jury also heard that she had sent her husband a message before the murder advising him to delete previous chats as they could be ‘evidence of hurting Zammy.’
Mobeen Shahzad and his wife Sheridan Fitzsimmons have been jailed:
Shahzad, aged 28, of Osborne Grove, Lozells, was handed a life sentence and must serve a minimum of 23 years before he is considered for release.
Fitzsimmons, aged 29, of Conybere Street, Highgate, was jailed for 10 years, of which she will serve at least two-thirds in custody.
Detective Inspector Jim Colclough from the Homicide Team, said: “This was a tragic case where a young man lost his life at the hands of two people who were family, two people who were intent on him coming to harm: “ My thoughts are with Zammy’s family. I hope now they can find some comfort knowing that the pair responsible for his death have been brought to justice.”
#AceNewsReport – Nov.20: Kieran Clarke has been sentenced today at Winchester Crown Court: Clarke was sentenced to three years detention in a Young Offender Institution for stabbing a 59-year-old man according to CPS report:
His accomplice, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to battery and criminal damage at Southampton Youth Court in June 2020: He was sentenced to a 12-month referral order, and must pay £50 compensation to the victim:
#AceNewsReport – Nov.09: Nathan Maynard-Ellis, 30, and his boyfriend, 25-year-old David Leesley, were found guilty at Coventry Crown Court for killing and dismembering Julia Rawson: Maynard-Ellis was also found guilty of four rapes, an attempted rape and a threat to kill:
By chance on 11 May 2019, Julia Rawson met Nathan Maynard-Ellis when she took the wrong bus home and ended up at the Bottle and Cork Public House, New Mill Street in Dudley. They chatted and she went back to his flat in Mission Drive, Tipton, by taxi. At the apartment, Maynard-Ellis and Leesley killed Miss Rawson, dismembered her body and disposed of her remains in black bags in land adjacent to a nearby canal: Later, Julia Rawson was reported missing, police discovered her body parts five weeks later. Police traced her last steps to the defendants’ flat. Forensic evidence placed Julia Rawson at the flat, and both men were arrested for her murder.
During the police investigation, an ex-partner of Maynard-Ellis came forward to reveal that she had been raped and sexually assaulted by him many years ago; and he threatened to kill her: The account she gave provided striking similarities in details discovered by the police surrounding the murder, dismemberment and disposal of Julia Rawson, which included a link in time between the date of the break-up of their relationship and her death:
James L Francis of the CPS said: “The details that led to Julia Rawson’s death remain unknown, but the facts support the Crown’s case that Nathan Maynard-Ellis and David Leesley are extremely dangerous individuals and were responsible for her death. They lied many times throughout the investigation to avoid detection for the allegation of murder, but we were able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that both Maynard-Ellis and Leesley murdered Julia Rawson, their conviction will protect others from future harm. I want to pay tribute to the surviving victim in this case for the strength and determination that she has shown to ensure justice was served for her and Julia Rawson. Thanks to her bravery, others will now be protected from these dangerous men.”
While only the defendants know precisely what transpired in that flat on 12 May 2019, forensic evidence supported the prosecution case that Julia Rawson had been murdered in that flat and both men had tried to hide the crime: At the onset of the investigation, police discovered that the defendants’ had removed furniture and replaced sections of the living room carpet. However, washed traces of Julia Rawson’s blood were found on the floor under the new underlay and carpet. When the sofa in the living room was examined, they found staining along one edge of a cushion with blood that had come from Julia Rawson: The defendants also disposed of their clothing in a garden incinerator at the home of Maynard-Ellis’ mother. Blood from Julia Rawson was found on a pair of burnt grey fleece shorts:
The CPS was able to prove the case as a result of the presence of multiple strands of evidence that included details provided by a complaint made by an ex-partner of Maynard-Ellis, CCTV footage showing the movements of the victim and Maynard-Ellis, scientific evidence proving the presence of the victim’s blood on floorboards inside the defendants’ flat, expert evidence detailing the examination of the dismembered remains of the victim and admissions made by Maynard-Ellis and lies told by Leesley:
#AceNewsReport – Nov.09: On 6 November 2020 at Warwick Crown Court, a jury found that Chukwudi Bright Olowo, 30, who had previously been found by a judge to be mentally ‘unfit to plead’, had committed the acts, in a prosecution relating to 10 counts of rape and one count of false imprisonment: The victim attended Olowo’s home but soon realised she did not wish to remain in the property: She attempted to leave but was falsely imprisoned by Olowo who subjected her to an ordeal lasting thirty-two hours during which he raped her numerous times:
The victim had been reported missing by her family as her absence was out of character: While officers were trying to locate the victim, they spoke to a takeaway delivery driver who told officers he had delivered food to Olowo’s address several days earlier and had the door slammed in his face by the occupant after delivering the food and before being paid: Officers accompanied the driver to the door of the address in question and when the door was opened, the victim took her chance to flee and told officers what happened. Olowo was found hiding in a cupboard by police: Olowo denied rape and false imprisonment but was found to have committed the acts. He will be sentenced on 20 November 2020:
Tamina Greaves of the CPS said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the victim for her incredible bravery and courage in helping us bring the defendant to justice. She was the victim of what can only be described as a harrowing experience, which has unsurprisingly had a devastating impact on her life. The defendant is undoubtedly an extremely dangerous individual who poses a serious risk to women, and this finding is the first step in ensuring justice for the victim.”
#AceNewsReport – Oct.30: Edwin Taha, 20, of Lavender Way, Norton and Ali Abdulmajieed, 19, of Corvus Drive, Stockton were each sentenced for a charge of affray in relation to an attack on Luke Jobson, whose body was discovered in the river Tees in January of last year. All of the men had been out in Yarm High Street in the early hours of Saturday 26 January when an argument broke out between Luke and another man, who was an associate of Taha and Abdulmajieed:
After a failed pursuit of Luke on foot the pair then returned to a vehicle, which was driven by Abdulmajieed, leading to a further altercation at Yarm School during which Taha sprayed a substance in Luke’s eyes from a bottle he was carrying. The men then drove away leaving Luke Jobson in the grounds of Yarm School, where he was captured on CCTV entering a boathouse some time later. Tragically, Luke’s body was recovered from the River Tees near to the school around 48 hours after these events: Taha was also sentenced for five further charges in relation to the possession and supply of cocaine, MDMA and ketamine.
Chris Atkinson of CPS North East said: “While Taha and Abdulmajieed have been sentenced today for these charges our thoughts remain with the family of Luke Jobson, for whom this will no doubt be a particularly difficult time: ” While we have proved beyond reasonable doubt that both men were involved in an affray with Luke prior to his death, there is absolutely no evidence to suggest any causal link between their actions and the tragic events which occurred after their attack took place.”
#AceNewsReport – Oct.20: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that Michael Green, 31, of Micawber Street in the Toxteth area of Liverpool, had a detailed knowledge of the world of firearms and munitions: He had acquired firearms, ammunition, and items that could be used to construct explosives: Police raids at his home and the home of a vulnerable man in the Liverpool area uncovered rifles, ammunition and materials to make explosives: The raids also revealed equipment that could be used to adapt or engineer weapons, together with books, manuals and diagrams of the same nature: The CPS said that Green was an armourer who had weapons, ammunitions and the wherewithal to make explosives so that he could provide them to whoever wanted them to commit serious crimes: He pleaded guilty three charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition without a certificate and seven charges of being in possession of an explosive substance: Today (19 October 2020) at Liverpool Crown Court, Michael Green was sentenced to eight years in jail.
On 6 July 2018: Police executed a raid on the home of a vulnerable man in the Liverpool area. They found a whole host of weapons in a wardrobe in a locked room at the flat: Green’s fingerprints were on many of the weapons. Police went on to raid Green’s home in Micawber Close and found equipment and materials to make explosives: The man, who was then 52, told police that the room had been locked and used by Michael Green, who was acting as his carer: Green also used the details of the man to make purchases from Amazon and Paypal of items connected to weapons. One of the giveaways that it was Green buying the items was that he also used the same details to buy personalised items for members of his family.
On 15 July 2018: Green attended at St Anne Street Police Station and was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm without a certificate and remained silent. He went on to deny the items were his and blamed the vulnerable male but the overwhelming forensic evidence led to him eventually accepting his guilt:
Senior Crown prosecutor Rachael Barber, of CPS Mersey Cheshire, said: “Michael Green had accumulated a wide range of potentially lethal weapons, ammunition and explosives in order to supply the criminal underworld: “He exploited the vulnerability of the man he was supposed to be caring for by storing these dangerous items in his home: ” Guns, ammunition and explosives bring death, destruction and chaos to our communities. They are the tools of the criminals who also bring drugs and other forms of criminality to our streets: ” Green eventually pleaded guilty, but not immediately. He has now been sentenced for his part in the dangerous and deadly world of organised crime.”
#AceWorldNews – TURKEY:Jan.07: Eight World Focus Airlines personnel were found guilty in a criminal case involving the 2007 plane crash in Turkey that left 57 people dead.
‘ Eight Found Guilty of Killing 57 in 2007 Air Crash ‘
Yavuz Çizmeci, a business partner at the airline company, Director General Aydın Kızıltan and training director Ismail Tasdelen received prison terms of 11 years and 8 months each for “negligent homicide.”
Meanwhile, the company’s maintenance director, Fikri Zafer Dincer, received a prison sentence of 5 years and 10 months and the flight’s pilots, Vedat Ors and Recep Degirmencioglu, received 2 years and 6 months each for “false testimony.”
The former Director General of Civil Aviation Ali Arıduru and the deputy Director General Oktay Erdağı each received prison terms of 1 year and 8 months after being convicted of “misconduct in office.”
‘ Eight Found Guilty of Killing 57 in 2007 Plane Crash ‘
A World Focus Airlines passenger plane crashed in Turkey’s southwest province of Isparta in 2007, leaving 57 people dead, including seven crew members.
#AceWorldNews – GERMANY – Dec.05 – A court on Friday jailed a jihadist militant for three years and nine months in Germany’s first trial of a member of the Islamic State group fighting in Syria and Iraq.
‘ Kreshnik Berisha ‘
Kreshnik Berisha, 20, was found guilty of membership of a foreign terrorist organization, AFP quoted presiding judge Thomas Lagebier as saying.
Berisha, who was born near Frankfurt to a family from Kosovo, admitted in court to having joined Islamic State and taken part in fighting in Syria.
Federal prosecutors said Berisha travelled to Syria via Turkey in July 2013 with other Islamists who were planning to join the fight.
#AceWorldNews – LONDON – September 23 – Dave Lee Travis, the former BBC Radio 1 DJ, has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a woman in 1995.
‘ DLT Found Guilty of Assault’
Travis, 69, who was on trial under his real name, David Griffin, was being retried on one count of indecent assault and one of sexual assault after a jury was unable to reach verdicts on the charges at a trial in February.
Travis was found guilty on an additional count of indecent assault that was not heard at the original trial. That was alleged to have occurred in January 1995 and involved a young woman working on the BBC’s Mrs Merton Show.
The DJ was found not guilty of the other indecent assault charge and the jury was unable to reach a verdict on the sexual assault charge.
The jury retired to consider their verdicts on 18 September after hearing evidence that began on 1 September. The judge had indicated that he would accept a majority verdict of 10 to two.
Giving his own evidence, the former Top of the Pops presenter denied all charges, telling jurors the women had been lying. He also called on several other defence witnesses to testify to his good character.