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Cold case review leads to arrest of man 13 years after waiter shot dead...

A MAN has been arrested for the murder of a popular Bangladeshi waiter on Orkney, 13 years after he was shot.

A cold case review of the killing by detectives has led to the arrest of the man, who will appear in court today.

It has been reported that advances in DNA genetic fingerprinting helped to identify the suspect.

Shamsudden Mahmood, 26, was shot in front of 14 customers in the Mumutaz Restaurant in Kirkwall, Orkney, in June 1994.

Police determined that he died from a single shot to the head from a 9mm pistol.

The killer and murder weapon have never been found - despite police interviewing more than 8,500 people, several leads and the help of Interpol.

At the time of the shooting, Michael Ross, 15 - the son of Edmund Ross, a policeman - was the prime suspect but was never charged.

Three years later, Edmund Ross was jailed for four years for a cover-up during the investigation. Ross, a former Royal Green Jacket and Special Branch officer, was given the task of test-firing all 9mm weapons on the island as part of the investigation.

He concluded that none of the weapons was capable of firing the fatal bullet, nor could he find the same type of ammunition anywhere on the island.

But his trial was told that he had two boxes of 9mm bullets bearing similar batch numbers to the one recovered from the murder scene and that he hid the shells to protect his son.

His son, now 27, became a suspect after being spotted wearing similar clothes to the murderer. He was also unable to provide a satisfactory alibi.

Last year, Michael Ross was among 12 Black Watch soldiers decorated for acts of outstanding bravery during the Iraq war. He was commended for his part in dealing with the aftermath of a suicide bombing which claimed three lives.

Last night, a spokesman for the Northern Constabulary said: "A person has been apprehended on warrant in relation to the murder of Shamsuddin Mahmood.

"No further information can be provided until after the court appearance."

Several mysterious figures were reported to police as having been seen on the day of the killing and some weeks beforehand.

A man spotted before the murder was seen in a lane next to the restaurant.

Another man was also seen in Junction Road, Kirkwall, before the shooting.

Later, another man was seen behaving suspiciously in the vicinity of the Junction Road toilets.

MYSTERY GUNMAN AND MISSING BULLETS

• June 1994: Shamsudden Mahmood, 26, is shot at point-blank range in the Orkney capital of Kirkwall.

He dies from a single gunshot wound after a man in a balaclava walks into the Mumutaz restaurant and opens fire.

• January 1995: Michael Ross, 16, the son of a police officer, is named as the prime suspect having been spotted wearing similar clothes to the hitman.

• March 1995: Michael's father, Edmund withholds evidence of two boxes of 9mm bullets, which were similar to the bullet used in the shooting.

• April 1997: Edmund is jailed for four years for the above offence.

• January 2004: The case is featured on STV's Unsolved programme in 2004. Northern CID boss Detective Superintendent Gordon Urquhart says on camera the police are no closer to catching the killer.

• 16 May 2007: Police confirm they have a new suspect and pass a report to the procurator fiscal.

• 22 May 2007: Police confirm the arrest of a suspect.


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Pair cleared of murder after shop row.

Two teenagers were yesterday cleared of murdering a man outside a takeaway shop after a jury agreed that they had acted in self-defence. Kes Ingoldsby, 18, the son of a millionaire music producer, and James Diggens, 19, admitted getting into a fight with Stephen Langford last year, but claimed the 18-stone fitness enthusiast was the aggressor.
 

Their defence accused the prosecution of "misleading" the jury by omitting from its opening crucial evidence from a witness who said the teenagers had been defending themselves.  

The defence branded the prosecution's action as an "affront to British justice".
The pair had been accused of beating Mr Langford, a sales director, to death in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. The prosecution told Inner London crown court they laid in wait for the 43-year-old father of two after a row, knocking him to the ground and kicking him in the head.

Mr Langford - a friend of the local Tory MP Boris Johnson - had stopped at a takeaway shop with a friend in the early hours of December 9, where witnesses saw him "laughing and joking" with staff.

Mr Diggens, Mr Ingoldsby, his girlfriend and another youth arrived and a row ensued. Julian Baughan QC, prosecuting, claimed Ingoldsby "singled out" the older man, but the teenager said problems began after he noticed the businessman staring intently at his girlfriend.

After they left the takeaway, Mr Ingoldsby said Mr Langford ran out and charged towards him with "fists clenched". Mr Diggens said he punched the "much bigger" executive in the face to defend his friend. Witnesses heard Mr Langford's skull crack as he hit the ground.

A prosecution witness who saw the incident said Mr Langford had been the aggressor. "The man ran at them with his fists," said Desmond Dominic. "If they hadn't swung at him, he would have hit them. The first hit was in self-defence."



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Hundreds of Metropolitan Police officers must re-sit their promotion exams after a series of mistakes.

The force said staff shortages and technical problems had forced them to scrap results for 562 candidates hoping to become inspectors.

It will cost £73,000 for the exam, taken on 12 March, and selection process to be repeated, the Met said.

A spokeswoman said supervision on the day had been "inadequate" but the candidates were not to blame.

'No cheating'

She said: "The issues that led to the need for the re-sitting of this exam lie entirely with the logistical management of the day.

"We do not assume or believe that any candidates were cheating - only the fact that the supervision on the day was inadequate.

"It would be impossible to address the issues without asking all officers to re-sit the exam."

It has thrown a spanner in the works and officers are understandably upset
Glen Smyth, Metropolitan Police Federation

Candidates were being selected for vacancies anticipated over the next 12-18 months.

But the force insisted policing would not be affected as some officers from previous inspector selection processes were still awaiting a posting.

Glen Smyth of the Metropolitan Police Federation described it as a "disaster" which they did not want to see repeated.

He said: "Hundreds took the exam and it is quite a stressful situation. A lot hinges on this.

"It has thrown a spanner in the works and officers are understandably upset."


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Official is sentenced to die over fake drugs...


The former head of China's food and drug administration was sentenced to death yesterday for corruption in the wake of growing fears that fake foods and medicines have been responsible for scores of deaths at home and abroad.

Zheng Xiaoyu, 62, is the most senior central government official to receive the death penalty for seven years.

He has the right to appeal, and under revised rules intended to restrict the use of the ultimate deterrent the sentence will have to be confirmed by the Supreme Court before it is carried out.

But the severity of the sentence, which surprised legal experts, is a mark of the country's embarrassment over a series of scandals about food and drug safety.

In the most recent case, the authorities in Panama found a fake medical additive imported from China was responsible for the deaths of 51 people.

Several Chinese whose relatives died are suing the manufacturers, while the same additive was also found in Chinese toothpaste on sale in central America.

Many more people have died from adulterated food products, most notoriously an unknown number of babies three years ago who had been fed on a brand of locally made milk powder that was found to have no nutritional value.

Even pets have been affected. America was outraged last month when cats and dogs began dying after eating food that contained another false additive supplied by Chinese factories.

In a further scandal, the group that affixed a "happy smile" logo to domestic toothpaste assuring customers it was "approved" was disbanded after it was discovered it had no legal basis, applied no tests, and distributed the large fees among its officials.

Zheng was accused of dereliction of duty and accepting £430,000 in bribes and gifts to approve drug licences for hundreds of products, some of which turned out to be fake.

One antibiotic alone was responsible for 10 deaths.

If the sentence is upheld, he is most likely to be given a lethal injection, which has replaced the firing squad for most executions in Beijing.

His secretary, wife and son, along with officials at several drug companies, also face charges, according to newspaper reports.


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Police worker shot in firearms safety class...

A police worker remains in hospital today after being shot during firearms training.

The support staff member was shot during a Thames Valley Police "firearms awareness training session" at Kidlington, Oxfordshire, at lunchtime yesterday.

Police said the wounded man was in hospital in Oxford in a serious, but stable condition.

Independent Police Complaints Commission was called in by Thames Valley Police to investigate the incident.


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A ROBBER fooled police into believing he had been part of a group of customers which chased him from a village store, a court heard yesterday.

In the raid, David Kennedy, 26, wore a mask, which he dumped with a gun in bushes as he fled. He doubled back and joined witnesses who had pursued him, and after returning to the shop gave police a statement and his name and address.

His ploy worked until, two months later, guilt got the better of him. He attempted suicide, and confessed to his father. His father then reported him.

Kennedy, of Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire, admitted robbing Brae Shop in the nearby village of Rhu on 8 February. He will be sentenced next month.

The advocate-depute, Alex Prentice, told the High Court in Edinburgh that Sarah Hunter, 50, was alone in the shop, preparing to close for the night, when Kennedy came in. He was wearing a dark coat and a balaclava.

He demanded money and pulled a handgun - later discovered to have been an air pistol - from his pocket. She took £80 from the till and gave it to him.

As he fled she shouted to two men who chased Kennedy but lost sight of him. He dumped the coat, balaclava and gun in bushes then joined one of the men, sweating and out of breath.

He said he had been driving by, had seen the chase and got out and joined the pursuit.

He later gave a witness statement to police.

On 8 April, Kennedy overdosed on his medication for Tourette syndrome, and was detained under the Mental Health Act. He admitted to his father that he was the robber.

 


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Police worker shot in firearms safety class...

A police worker remains in hospital today after being shot during firearms training.

The support staff member was shot during a Thames Valley Police "firearms awareness training session" at Kidlington, Oxfordshire, at lunchtime yesterday.

Police said the wounded man was in hospital in Oxford in a serious, but stable condition.

Independent Police Complaints Commission was called in by Thames Valley Police to investigate the incident.

Police marksman suspended after shooting civilian during pistol demonstration...

 

police model handgun pistol armed

The victim was apparently being shown the workings of a Glock pistol like this when it went off...

A police marksman is under investigation after accidentally shooting a colleague in an extraordinary blunder.

The victim, a civilian employee, was seriously injured in the accident at a lecture room at the HQ of Thames Valley Police near Oxford.

He was apparently being shown the workings of a police Glock pistol when it went off, blasting him in the torso.

The victim, aged in his 50s, was left writhing in agony with blood pouring from the wound.

He underwent emergency surgery and his condition was described as serious but stable.

The hugely embarrassing incident prompted a major internal investigation and stunned officers.

One police source at the HQ said: "There are a lot of red faces about this. Why the hell was an experienced firearms officer demonstrating with a loaded pistol in an enclosed environment?

"Someone’s head will have to roll."

The victim was among a group of about a dozen civilian employees attending a pre-lunch lecture at the Kidlington headquarters when the blunder happened.

New employees were being shown the work of the tactical firearms unit when the gun went off and the man was hit at close range.

He was taken by ambulance to hospital in a serious condition, having lost "a lot of blood".

The police source added: "There was a tremendous hoo-haa as it was realised the gun which he was showing off had actually 'got one up the spout' and had shot one of his colleagues.

"There was lots of claret (blood) about as a result of the shooting and the officer was immediately suspended and his gun seized."

In a statement the IPCC said: "We are conducting an independent investigation into the discharge of a Thames Valley Police firearm that occurred yesterday.

"The incident occurred during a Thames Valley Police firearms awareness training course, when one bullet was discharged, wounding a member of police staff (a control room operator) in the torso.

"The wounded man, who is in his 50s, is in hospital in Oxford and is in a serious but stable condition.

"The firearms awareness session was taking place in a room on police property in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, and involved 11 police control room operators from across the force.

"Thames Valley Police referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, and IPCC investigators have attended the scene of the discharge today, and begun to gather evidence."

IPCC Commissioner Deborah Glass added: "I have decided that we should conduct an independent investigation, using our own investigators, to establish the circumstances of this incident.

"The investigation will examine how live ammunition came to be present in a firearm during an awareness session and consider whether any criminal or disciplinary offences have been committed."

She added that details of the police marksman who fired the gun would be a matter for Thames Valley Police to reveal if they wished.


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The Ulster Defence Association has been warned it must decommission its arsenal if it wants its political wing to keep government funding.

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The UDA say they will not give
up their guns.

Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie's department is responsible for a policy approved by her direct rule predecessor.

It gives almost £500,000 a year to the Ulster Political Research Group.

The minister said she was alarmed by UDA leaders saying that giving up guns was "not on their radar screen".

"If this funding is to continue, then the UDA have to decommission their arsenal," she said on BBC Radio Ulster's Inside Politics programme.

"An intergral part of the transformation initiative is decommissioning.

"I have already communicated that message to them and I, as the minister, demand that they do that. The public demands that they do that."


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7 June 2007
CROOK 'PLANNED TO MEET HIS KILLER'

POLICE are investigating whether crooked company boss Andrew Best arranged to meet his murderer.

They believe the 44-year-old thought he was going to discuss a business deal.

Instead, his throat was slashed and he was left to die in a pool of blood.

Detectives think Best could have owed his attacker a lot of cash.

Last night, a source said: "Cops believe Best drove from his house to meet his killer.

"They think it was some sort of an underhand business meeting."

Best, who had recently returned to Scotland from Spain, was found dying by a passer-by near Dobbies Garden Centre in Cumbernauld on Monday night.

He had driven from his home in Stirling in a white van with his company logo on the side. Forensic experts have analysed Best's van and a blue Mercedes car, which was found at the scene, for DNA evidence.

A police spokesman said: "We are appealing for witnesses who may have seen him or spotted the car."

Best has a number of enemies after leaving a trail of debt with his dodgy dealings.

He was first declared bankrupt in 1997 when 10 companies he headed all went bust.

Weeks later, he was convicted of a pub attack where he broke a fireman's jaw in 11 places - but escaped with a £250 fine.

The same year, he had his face slashed in Cumbernauld.

Three years later, he started up two businesses but both went into liquidation within a year.

He was declared bankrupt again in 2002.


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In October 2006, a number of police officers faced a private misconduct hearing for allegedly failing to take action...

An IPCC spokesman said:

"The public needs to see that justice is being done."

Critics said that Scotland would now be left with a second-rate service because the newly appointed "police tsar" will only work part-time and has no powers to investigate criminal matters such as police corruption.

Jim Martin, a former teaching union boss, was made Scotland's first police complaints commissioner this week and takes up his post in April.

John Scott, a solicitor-advocate and human rights expert, said: "The office in Scotland lacks teeth compared to what they've got down south.

"This is a second-class service up here. People are going to be very disappointed when they realise how narrow his remit is."


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In October 2006, a number of police officers faced a private misconduct hearing for allegedly failing to take action...

An IPCC spokesman said:

"The public needs to see that justice is being done."

Critics said that Scotland would now be left with a second-rate service because the newly appointed "police tsar" will only work part-time and has no powers to investigate criminal matters such as police corruption.

Jim Martin, a former teaching union boss, was made Scotland's first police complaints commissioner this week and takes up his post in April.

John Scott, a solicitor-advocate and human rights expert, said: "The office in Scotland lacks teeth compared to what they've got down south.

"This is a second-class service up here. People are going to be very disappointed when they realise how narrow his remit is."




An IPCC spokesman said:

"The public needs to see that justice is being done."

Critics said that Scotland would now be left with a second-rate service
 
"second-rate service" ?? ......If only....Our's is a third-rate service if that!

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"second-rate service" ?? ......If only....Our's is a third-rate service if that!

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LAYWER Donald Findlay's career is on the line today over claims he made a sick joke about the late Pope John Paul II.

The top QC will appear before a Faculty of Advocates disciplinary tribunal in Edinburgh.

He could be fined or even expelled from the faculty for his alleged remark at a Rangers fans' function in Northern Ireland in April 2005, just days after the Pope died.

 

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Leading defence QC Donald Findlay faces a disciplinary hearing following allegations that he made sectarian remarks.

A tribunal of the Faculty of Advocates - the professional body for Supreme Courts lawyers - will hear the case against Mr Findlay.

The faculty's complaints committee has already heard the allegations but the QC submitted a written defence.

He denied bringing his profession into disrepute.

The tribunal will be headed by Lord Coulsfield, a former judge, along with two other lawyers and three lay members.

It follows two complaints about alleged sectarian comments made by Mr Findlay in an after-dinner speech in Northern Ireland and an interview he gave to an American journalist.

The QC has appeared in some of Scotland's most high-profile trials such as the Jodi Jones, Kriss Donald and Angelika Kluk murder cases.

He will be represented by leading Catholic QC Paul Cullen.

The tribunal can impose fines on an advocate or in extreme cases expel them.


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A MAN of 87 woke from a coma and sat bolt upright — during his Buddhist FUNERAL in Taiwan.
 
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Censors ban video game for its 'casual sadism'.

A video game which portrayed "casual sadism" and an "unrelenting focus on stalking and brutal slaying" has been banned by censors.

The British Board of Film Classification said yesterday that Manhunt 2, sequel to the controversial Manhunt, "constantly encourages visceral killing".

 
A scene from Manhunt 2, Censors ban video game for its 'casual sadism'
The game was criticised for its cumulative casual sadism

The board's ruling means the game cannot be legally supplied anywhere in the UK. It is the first video game to be refused a classification since Carmageddon in 1997 although that ruling was later overturned..

David Cooke, the board's director, said: "Manhunt 2 is distinguishable from recent high-end video games by its unremitting bleakness and callousness of tone in an overall game context which constantly encourages visceral killing with

exceptionally little alleviation or distancing.

"There is sustained and cumulative casual sadism in the way in which these killings are committed, and encouraged, in the game."

The original Manhunt was given an 18 classification in 2003 and was "at the very top end of what the Board judged to be acceptable at that category", he said. To issue a certificate to Manhunt 2 "would involve a range of unjustifiable harm risks to both adults and minors".

Manhunt 2, produced for PlayStation2 and Nintendo Wii consoles, is made by Rockstar Games, which has six weeks to appeal.

Manhunt was blamed for the murder of 14-year-old Stefan Pakeerah, who was stabbed and beaten to death in Leicester in Feb 2004. His parents believe the killer, Warren LeBlanc, 17, was inspired by the game although police and lawyers in the trial said there was no evidence that it had played a part.

Stefan's mother, Giselle Pakeerah, had condemned the sequel, branding the gaming industry "morally irresponsible".

She said yesterday that she was "absolutely elated" at the ban. "It sends a message that we do have standards and we are not an amoral society," she said. "Manhunt represents a genre of games that are not, in my view and the views of many other people, fit for public consumption.

The imagery they depict is of human suffering and violence. It is brutality for brutality's sake."

The Entertainment Leisure Software Publishers Association, which represents the computer and video games industry, said the decision showed the games ratings system was effective and working well.

The Leicester MP Keith Vaz, who campaigned with the Pakeerahs, welcomed the "excellent decision".

He said that another game, Resistance: Fall of Man which features a shoot-out in Manchester Cathedral, should also be banned.

 

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