(BELFAST, N.I.) Royal Courts Of Appeal Justice Report: Following an appeal by 57 year old Francis Lanigan against his conviction and sentencing for the murder of John Knocker today the court upheld his original conviction and sentencing #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Sept.02: Following an appeal by 57 year old Francis Lanigan against his conviction and sentencing for the murder of John Knocker which occurred on 31 May 1998, today, Tuesday 31st August 2021, at the Royal Courts of Justice, Belfast the Court of Appeal upheld his original conviction and sentencing. He was previously sentenced to a minimum term of 20 years imprisonment….

#AceDailyNews UPDATE: On the sentencing for the murder of John Knocker in 1998 of Francis Lanigan against his original conviction which was upheld in Royal Court of Justices …..

PSNI REPORT:

Detective Superintendent Gareth Talbot said: “John’s family and friends were able to observe today’s proceedings remotely and I would like to say that my thoughts and those of the investigation team are very much with them at what has been an extremely difficult time: John was murdered following an altercation with Francis Lanigan in the carpark of Glengannon hotel in Dungannon. Following this altercation, as John was fleeing along Eglish Road, Francis Lanigan raised a gun and callously shot him from a distance. He fell to the ground wounded and as he lay helpless and vulnerable on the ground Francis Lanigan walked up to him and coldly shot him a second time in the head, killing him.”

Detective Superintendent Talbot continues: “John was a young man of 22 when his life was ruthlessly cut short. He had a young son and was awaiting the birth of his second child: John and his son were denied the joy of building memories together. He never got to see the birth of his daughter and she will never have the joy of her father walking her down the aisle. Francis Lanigan’s actions have taken so much from his children and his family: Although this callous and brutal murder occurred 23 years ago and Francis Lanigan fled the jurisdiction to the Republic of Ireland, officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland worked tirelessly to bring him back to Northern Ireland to face justice for what he had done: He believed he could evade justice – he was wrong.”

Detective Superintendent Talbot concludes: “I would like to place on record my thanks to the family and friends of John Knocker who have supported the police investigation down through the years: I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the investigation team for their efforts and painstaking work which enabled us to bring Francis Lanigan before the courts: Today’s judgment won’t bring John back to his family, however I hope it will bring some small degree of comfort to them knowing that Francis Lanigan is in prison, paying the price for taking the life of their father, son and brother.”

Statement issued on behalf of Mary Knocker, mother of John Knocker: Today, Francis Lanigan’s conviction and sentence for the brutal and senseless murder of my beloved son, John was upheld by the Court of Appeal. However, no matter how many years he has to serve in prison it will not make up for the life and memories that both John and all of his family have missed out on and will continue to miss: John was my first born and my only son. He was the light of my life. His murder rocked our family to the core and left a huge void in our lives which will remain for as long as we all live: His younger sisters and I have had to live with the heartache of never being able to feel his arms hugging us or hearing his laughter. Family gatherings and holidays have never been the same without him. All of our memories are missing one vital person – John.

John had a young son whom he adored: He was looking forward to the birth of his second child. He had his whole life ahead of him. However, Francis Lanigan robbed both him and his children of the chance to make beautiful and life changing memories: John never got to meet his daughter as his life was cruelly cut short before she was born. He never had the chance to look into her eyes or hear her voice and she never got to meet her father: We have all been denied so much by the cruel and senseless act of one person: I would like to take this opportunity to thank the police, our legal team and not least of all my family and friends, whose help and support we all truly appreciate.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Sept.02: 2021:

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(LONDON) Crown Court Report: The sentencing of four men concluded on Thursday, 15 July 2021: following a trial into a violent daylight attack that happened in north London in January 2020 #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.17: The victim, a 26-year-old man, was driving down the road when a stolen black Mercedes rammed into his vehicle: The victim left his vehicle and ran from the crash scene. He was chased and repeatedly stabbed by the defendants who had been in the Mercedes.

#AceDailyNews reports that four men have been jailed for violent attack in Haringey during the trial, which started on Monday, 15 February, the Judge and jury heard the facts of the violent attack that happened at about 15:30hrs on 6 January, 2020, on Lansdowne Road, N17.

[Damage to the victim’s car]

[Damage to the victim’s car]

[A] Romario Johnston-Dalson, 20 (17.07.00), of Vincent Road, Haringey, was sentenced to 27 years’ imprisonment on Friday, 9 July after being found guilty of attempted murder. He was found guilty on Monday, 15 March.

[B] Khari Oram, 24 (03.07.97) of Caldy Walk, Islington, was sentenced to 27 years’ imprisonment on  Thursday, 15 July after being found guilty of attempted murder and having an article with a blade or point in a public place. He was found guilty on Monday, 15 March.

[C] Sherome Williams, 19 (05.10.01) of no fixed address was sentenced to 27 years imprisonment on Friday, 9 July 2021 after being found guilty of attempted murder. He was found guilty on Monday, 15 March.

[D] A 17-year-old male, who cannot be named for legal reasons due to his age, was sentenced on Thursday, 16 July to four years after being found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He was found guilty on Monday, 15 March.

A fifth person, who cannot be named due to his age; was found not guilty of attempted murder.

After landing a number of violent knife injuries in the victim’s back, abdomen and thighs, the defendants ran back to the stolen black Mercedes and attempted to flee the scene. The victim’s injuries were not life-threatening and he was discharged from hospital the following day.

The suspects tried to flee in the stolen Mercedes and force their way through traffic, but collided with a number of vehicles. The occupants of the Mercedes then ran off.

Making off on foot, the defendants discarded a large knife and bandana over a garden fence when they were being pursued by the police. These were recovered by police and subject to forensic testing.

The bandana was forensically linked to Williams via a DNA match.

The knife that was discarded over the garden fence was also forensically linked, along with items of clothing from within the stolen Mercedes, to Khari Oram.

The Mercedes was taken by police for forensic testing and inside officers found two more knives and items of clothing. A Gucci wallet was also found with Johnston-Dalson’s bank card inside. He had used the card earlier in the day and CCTV of him withdrawing cash and of the attack on the victim showed him wearing the same clothing.

Williams was arrested on the 6 February. When arrested, he was found in possession of a large ‘Rambo’ knife. He was arrested for attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Oram was arrested two days after Williams for the attempted murder.

Johnston-Dalson was arrested two days after Oram’s arrest at an address in E6 just before midnight. [D] was arrested at his home address on 10 March. Both were also arrested for attempted murder.

DC Karl Latham, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said:“This was a violent gang attack that resulted from a ‘ride out’ into rival gang territory. It took place in broad daylight in front of school children and commuters. My team worked tirelessly to gather numerous pieces of evidence and piece together the jigsaw of exactly what had occurred that day. This assisted us in presenting a compelling case that demonstrated some of the males involved in the incident are also involved in gang crime in the local area: Acts of violence such as this will not be tolerated and will be investigated robustly. The defendants will have a lot of time to reflect on the purported benefits of being a gang member, from their prison cells. I would like to thank all the members of the public that provided small pieces of evidence that ultimately led to the imprisonment of four extremely violent males for a substantial period of time and breaking the ‘wall of silence’.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Treena Fleming, the police lead for Haringey and Enfield, added: “I have to echo DC Latham’s comments about officers often facing a ‘wall of silence’ and how it does not help us tackle violent crime in London: Silence does not save lives. Silence does not help us to protect our young from knife crime. Silence does not help us make London any safer. Only by sharing information about who may be carrying a knife and informing the police of where weapons are being hidden can we make London even safer and drastically reduce violent crime. Information does not have to be shared just with the police, it can be shared 100% anonymously with Crimestoppers or Fearless: I would like to pay tribute to our colleagues from Specialist Crime for their determination and commitment to solving this awful crime and for doing their bit to help our local residents and communities feel safe on the streets of Enfield and Haringey (North Area BCU). Here on North Area we are very proud of the excellent working relationship we have with Specialist Crime, who do some amazing work locally and do not always receive the full credit they rightly deserve: This successful investigation is just one example of the many they undertake that targets extreme violence, where no stone is left unturned until they have secured the conviction of those involved. I hope the lengthy sentences are a warning and deterrent to others who wish to carry a knife and engage in violence here on North Area.”

Anyone with information about knife crime in London should call the police on 999, tweet @MetCC or report it via our website. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: July.17: 2021:

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‘ PALESTINIAN-AMERICAN LEADER CONFESSION COERCED THROUGH RAPE AND TORTURE ‘

#AceNewsServices – DETROIT- Nov.26 – The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) has filed a motion to be admitted as amicus curiae in the case of Rasmea Odeh, to support the request by Rasmea Odeh’s attorneys that the Court reconsider its decision to deny her bond pending sentencing on March 12, 2015.

' Free Rasmea Odeh '

‘ Free Rasmea Odeh ‘

On November 10, 2014 the prominent 67-year-old Palestinian Chicago community leader was found guilty of an immigration violation for failing to disclose having been convicted of bombing charges by the Israeli military in occupied Palestine more than 40 years ago – her confession of which had been coerced through 45 days of brutal torture and rape during incarceration.

The Court had gutted Odeh’s defence – represented by a team of NLG attorneys – when it prohibited testimony about her torture, rape, and subsequent post-traumatic stress disorder from trial. Deeming Odeh a “flight risk,” the Court has denied her bond.

' Rasmea Odeah '

‘ Rasmea Odeh ‘

The NLG urges the Court to reconsider this decision so that Odeh may continue her award-winning community work in Chicago until sentencing.

' NLG Files Friend of the Court Support for Motion Requesting Rasmea Odeh’s Bond Pending Sentencing to Continue Social Work '

‘ NLG Files Friend of the Court Support for Motion Requesting Rasmea Odeh’s Bond Pending Sentencing to Continue Social Work ‘

Long time NLG attorney Barbara Harvey, who filed the November 20 motion on behalf of the Guild, stated: “The amicus brief brings together Palestinians and Jews, Christians and Arabs, lawyers and non-lawyers, from six major human rights groups in this country to express their sorrow and ask the Court to show compassion for a 67-year-old Palestinian American woman who has helped hundreds of Arab women immigrants assimilate into US life and culture; 261 of these women also ask the Court to release Rasmea Odeh from prison pending sentencing.”

The NLG, Jewish Voice for Peace, Center for Constitutional Rights, Palestine Solidarity Legal Support, National Students for Justice in Palestine, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee attached a joint letter to Judge Drain to the amicus papers, supporting Ms. Odeh’s request for reconsideration of bond. NLG President Azadeh Shahshahani said, “Rasmea Odeh belongs with her friends and community, especially the Arab-American women she has been supporting and serving for the past decade.

Based on her deep bonds to Chicago and her exemplary character, she should be set free immediately.”

Odeh faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and immediate deportation upon release, which could not only threaten her safety, but also deprive the Chicago community of her outstanding leadership and support. 

As Harvey asks, “Is our legal system dedicated to justice or is it so vengeful that we cannot show mercy to a person such as Rasmea Odeh, who has been a law-abiding resident of this country for 20 years and peacefully transformed her personal suffering into the energy to serve others?”

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