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Police launch murder hunt after man found shot dead in street

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:20 PM on 29th April 2010

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was shot dead just after midnight today, police said.

The victim, in his forties, was discovered outside a house in the West Derby area of Liverpool.Emergency services were called to the scene, in South Cantril Avenue, around 12.10am.

The man, who has not been formally identified, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

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Crime scene: Police have closed South Cantril Avenue, in the West Derby area Liverpool, as forensic teams gather evidence after the midnight shooting

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said the motive for the shooting remains unclear.The area was sealed off for forensic examinations and house-to-house inquiries were taking place.

Anyone with information should contact detectives on 0151 709 6010 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Residents today described their shock at the man's death.

Mother-of-two Terri Patterson, 30, said: 'It's normally a very quiet area, I am really shocked by what's happened.

'I usually let the kids play out in the street and we don't tend to get much trouble around here. It's certainly made be more fearful.'

Gary Deacon, 48, who also lives on road, said: 'I didn't hear anything, it's not the type of area that gets a lot of trouble.

'There are no gangs of kids hanging around and you don't hear of any disturbances or anything like that.'

The road remained partly sealed off today as police carried out house-to-house enquiries.

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Chinese knifeman stabs 31 at kindergarten in FOURTH school attack in weeks

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 12:03 PM on 29th April 2010

A knife-wielding man injured 28 children, two teachers and a security guard in a kindergarten in eastern China today in what has become the country's fourth school stabbing in recent weeks.

Xu Yuyuan, 47, an unemployed local man, broke into a classroom in the Taixing city of eastern Jiangsu province on Thursday morning, attacking the children with a 20 cm long knife, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The injured children were all about four-years-old, and five are in critical condition, it added.

Horror: Drops of blood are seen on the steps of the kindergarten in Taixing, where a knifeman injured 28 children, two teachers and a security guard today

Horror: Drops of blood are seen on the steps of the kindergarten in Taixing, where a knifeman injured 28 children, two teachers and a security guard today

Xu has been jobless since he was fired from a local insurance company in 2001, and then took part in pyramid selling schemes, Xinhua added.

The attack is the fourth reported school stabbing in China in recent weeks, and the rash of violence has prompted public calls for more measures to protect students in a country where many couples only have one child.

A man stabbed 16 students and a teacher at a primary school in southern China on Wednesday, the same day that a former doctor was executed for stabbing to death eight school children last month.

Concern: People concerned for their loved ones crowd outside the school building after the attack

Concern: People concerned for their loved ones crowd outside the school building after the attack

'More concrete measures should be taken to make school the safest place,' a commentary in today's Beijing News said, calling for more serve punishment for these killers.

Some Chinese people have taken to the Internet to discuss the root causes of the increasing number of school tragedies.

'We should think about these cases from a deeper side, the voices of weak people were ignored, and then they took revenge on society,' said one commentary on the online Bulletin Board System of Tsinghua University.

A commentary by the official China Youth Daily, shortly after the first stabbing, said that in addition to beefing up security at schools, the government should offer more psychological counselling across the country.  

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Boy, four, already excluded from school THREE times

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:53 AM on 29th April 2010

He is only four years old but Dylan Wilson has already been excluded from school three times.

The little boy's teachers claim they can't cope with his behaviour which ranges from spitting and throwing books to kicking and biting.

In the latest incident he was allegedly slapped by a teaching assistant after he caught hold of her breast - which led to police being called.

His mother Jessica believes Dylan's problems stem from the suicide of his father Shaun, who hanged himself the day before the boy started school.

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Excluded: Dylan Wilson has been a pupil at Monteney Primary School, in Sheffield, for 18 months

'Dylan has been hard for teachers to deal with,' she admitted. 'But he is still suffering from the death of his father.

'They say he is a high risk to everyone, he kicks, bites and spits. He lashes out and he has thrown books about. It seems to get worse every time.

'But he is only four and he is small for his age. When he kicks off the school always phones me because they don't seem able to cope.'

Dylan started at nursery at Monetenay Primary School, in Sheffield, in 2008 before progressing to a reception class. He has now been at the centre for 18 months.

The incident which sparked his third exclusion involved him grabbing hold of the teaching assistant, who has not been identified.

She allegedly responded by lashing out at the child, resulting in the school also suspending her and a police investigation into her actions.

Officers decided not to press charges and she has now returned to work.

'A police officer and a social worker came to see us and they saw the mark on Dylan's face,' Jessica said.

'The teaching assistant was suspended and we were told she would be prosecuted.

'We later heard no charges were being brought, that the woman had been remorseful when interviewed and she'd said she didn't feel she could return to that school.

'Now I've found out she is back in school while Dylan is still in a unit - and we have never had an apology.

'Dylan still has nightmares about being smacked.'

The boy is now being taught in a special inclusion unit where he has been seeing an educational psychologist once a week.

'I can handle Dylan with no problems and I have been teaching him at home as well.

'I've been also using grieving books to try and help him understand what happened,' Jessica said.

Monteney's executive head teacher Nicola Shipman said: 'We want to assure parents that the safety, wellbeing and happiness of our pupils is of paramount importance to us, and we take any concerns of parents very seriously. 

'This is why when the incident took place we took immediate action by suspending the individual, and reported it to the police so that they could conduct an appropriate investigation.

'As a school we work closely with social services and health professionals to ensure both pupils with additional needs and their families are offered all the support they need. 

'When a very young child comes to us with these kind of problems we would always do everything possible to help.

'I am confident that the way the member of staff reacted was completely out of character, and she was very upset after it happened.

'It must be remembered that no action was taken by the police following a full investigation and the matter is now resolved.

'This is a colleague who does excellent work with the children, who is trusted by school staff and parents, and is very well-liked by pupils. She is a valued member of our team who is determined to do the best for our pupils, and we all want to put this incident behind us.

'Monteney is an outstanding school and I believe we can move on from this.'

The school has 414 pupils, including 78 children part-time in the nursery.

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Organiser of 'carnage' pub crawl spared jail after punching 61-year-old unconscious for complaining about noise

By Daily Mail

Last updated at 2:19 PM on 29th April 2010

A national organiser for a controversial student pub crawl firm, who punched unconscious a resident who voiced concerns about noise levels, was spared jail today.

Ryan Hilton, 23, was given a six-month sentence suspended for two years for attacking 61-year-old Mark Roberts during one of Carnage UK's late-night events in Bangor, North Wales.

Mr Roberts, a commercial diver who lives in Bangor city centre and near a number of student venues, had approached Hilton to seek reassurance that he would get a good night's sleep.

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Vitctim's plea: Judge Miriam Shelby said today that Ryan Hilton, above left, was spared jail only because his victim, Mark Roberts, had asked for leniency

But Hilton, a 6ft 4in nightclub bouncer, responded with a foul-mouthed outburst and punched the older man on the chin with such force that he fell to the ground, banged his head and fell unconscious.

Hilton, from King Street, in Muston, Filey, North Yorkshire, was convicted by District Judge Miriam Shelby following a trial at Llandudno Magistrates' Court last month.

Sentencing today, Judge Shelby told Hilton she was convinced to suspend the jail term following a plea for leniency from Mr Roberts.

She said: 'You were employed by a company with an unsavoury name - Carnage UK - which is involved in making commercial profit from mass bar crawls for students in university towns.


Notorious nights: Carnage UK pub crawls have been criticised for binge drinking

'You told me it was your job to sort out complaints. Mr Roberts was a 61-year-old man living in the area directly affected that night.

'Your response to him was to abuse him verbally and punch him to the face with such force that you knocked him to the floor and he lost consciousness.'

The judge added that, in her view, the force of the attack and the disparity of age between the two men meant Hilton should go straight to jail.

But she said: 'It is unusual to hear such a cogent plea from the victim that the offender should be spared a prison sentence.'

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Outrage: Philip Laing faced court last year for urinating on a war memorial in Sheffield during a Carnage pub crawl

Hilton, who no longer works for the pub crawl firm and can no longer work in security because of his conviction, was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay Mr Roberts £1,500 in compensation.

Carnage UK has drawn criticism over apparent excessive drinking by students taking part in its pub crawls across the country.

Last year Sheffield student Philip Laing, 19, was convicted after being photographed urinating on a war memorial during a Carnage UK event. 

Andrew McInnes, in mitigation, said Hilton did not accept the guilty verdict. It is understood he is planning to appeal.

Outside court, Mr Roberts said he was pleased with the sentence.

He added: 'Nothing would have been served by sending him to jail - there has got to be a better way.

'I wrote to the judge saying I would like to see him carry out community service, perhaps cleaning up the streets after one of the Carnage events.'

Hilton's trial last month was told around 1,000 students were taking part in the Bangor pub crawl on March 3 last year, watched over by 25 volunteer stewards recruited from the local university population.

Following a Carnage night in the city the previous year, North Wales Police had expressed concerns about the event taking place.

Mr Roberts told the trial he had approached Hilton shortly before 11pm that night to ask what arrangements were being made to bring the event to a peaceful end, but Hilton replied by telling him to 'f***    off', then walked away.

Mr Roberts, who had earlier that night attended Choral Evensong at Bangor Cathedral, said in evidence: 'I wasn't quite satisfied with that response so I walked behind him and tapped him on the shoulder.

'My only intention was to recover his attention. He swung round so fast and, with his right hand, he caught me on the chin.'

Mr Roberts said as he fell backwards he heard the defendant say: 'Get your f****** hands off me.'

The victim's ordeal continued even after an ambulance was called.

He told the court a student wearing a Carnage T-shirt followed him and the paramedics to the vehicle, and accused him of exaggerating his injuries to spoil their party.

Mr Roberts said the ambulance workers locked him in the vehicle with them for their own protection when the unknown youth added: 'I'll finish the job.'

Hilton had claimed Mr Roberts was drunk and aggressive, and that he was acting in self-defence when he 'pushed' the resident away from him.

Following the day-long trial, Judge Shelby rejected Hilton's version of events and returned a guilty verdict.

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British girl, 10, fights off two men who tried to rape her in Dubai

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:24 AM on 29th April 2010

A ten-year-old British girl was snatched by two men who tried to rape her in Dubai.

The girl was by herself in a sandy play area near where she lived with her family when she was attacked.

One of the sex fiends grabbed the youngster round the waist while the other attempted to  remove her clothes.


Attack: A 10-year-old British girl fought off two men who tried to rape her while she was playing near her home in Dubai

But girl managed to fight them off by kicking the men and screaming, before running away.

She was discovered by her family more than two hours later with a security guard from the complex where she lives.

Bangladeshi Abdul Aziz, 27, has been charged with attempted rape and has appeared in court in Dubai. The other man is still at large.

Aziz is said to have told police that he and the other man saw the girl on her bike and that they tried to undress her for sex but she managed to escape.

The girl’s 44-year-old father rushed back from work to join the search for his missing daughter after being informed by his wife she had not returned home.

He told Gulf News: ‘Around 6pm, we spotted our daughter standing at the villa’s entrance near the security guard and she was crying.

‘We took her inside to know why she didn’t come back home.

‘She claimed to me that one of them grabbed her by her belly and put his hand on her mouth, then asked the other one to undress her, wanting to abuse her.

‘Then she alleged that she freed herself and kicked one of the men and left the place.’

A Dubai court source told The Sun: 'It was an extremely serious assault - the prosecution say there was clear intent to rape or carry out a serious sexual assault on the girl.

'She was very lucky to escape and very brave to have fought back.

'Her parents were frantic when she disappeared and incredibly relieved when she was found.'

The trial was adjourned until May 20

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BREAKING NEWS: Teacher who attacked pupil with dumb bell in science class cleared of attempted murder

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 5:25 PM on 29th April 2010

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Not guilty: Peter Harvey

A teacher who snapped and attacked a pupil who had been goading him walked free from court today after being cleared of attempted murder.

Peter Harvey, 50, battered the 14-year-old student with a dumb-bell while screaming 'Die, die, die' during a science class.

It emerged that the teacher, who has just returned to work after suffering from stress, had been regularly tormented by pupils.

One girl had even been secretly using a camcorder to record his reactions in a concerted ploy to humiliate him.

A jury at Nottingham Crown Court took less than two hours to acquit Mr Harvey of attempted murder and of grievous bodily harm with intent.

The father-of-two - described in court as an 'extraordinary' and 'devoted' teacher - had already admitted a lesser charge of GBH without intent. He had spent eight months on remand awaiting trial.

Speaking after the verdict, Judge Michael Stokes told the teacher he would not impose a jail term when he is sentenced on May 21.

'Common sense has prevailed now we have heard all the evidence,' he said.

'These are not easy cases and it's plainly in the public interest where an event of this nature takes place in a school that the jury representing the public should consider the level of guilt.'

Mr Harvey bowed his head as the jury of six men and six women returned unanimous not guilty verdicts. He later left by a side exit.

The attack took place at the All Saints' Roman Catholic School in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on July 8 last year.

The victim, described as a known troublemaker, suffered a fractured skull. He has since made a good recovery.

It emerged during the trial that Mr Harvey, who had taught at the school for 16 years, had only just returned to work after several months off with stress

He had been sent home in December 2008 by its education adviser Shahrukh Mugaseth after he admitted having thoughts of harming someone.

But he returned to work in April last year after receiving counselling sessions from a therapist who told him he was too 'peaceful and passive' and needed to be better at letting his anger out.

He could often be heard talking to himself and could be aggressive towards students.

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Mocked: The attack happened at All Saints' Roman Catholic School in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire where Mr Harvey had been a teacher for 16 years

In the wake of the attack, Mr Harvey was taken to a police station where he was seen headbutting a screen after glimpsing his reflection.

When he was interviewed, he told police he thought he had killed the boy.

'I can remember the boy saying 'f***  off' and when that happened I was not really there,' he said.

'I do recall it was like watching it on television, like it was not actually happening to me.

'We went through the door into the prep room and I remember standing over him with this metal weight and I remember hitting him twice.

'Something happened and I'm sure I dropped it. I remember feeling really peaceful.'

He added: 'The nice guy (education adviser Shahrukh Mugaseth) went with me to the police station and I could see my reflection in the screen.

'It was me but it was horrible me. I wanted to destroy it but I couldn't get my hands up so I headbutted it.

'I just kept seeing the boy's head with me hitting it twice. I kept seeing it all the time and I thought I had killed him.'

Mr Harvey's lawyer argued his client was in such a state when he battered the boy he could not have possibly intended to kill or seriously harm him.

The court also heard from two former pupils at the school, who described Harvey as a 'charismatic' teacher who cared deeply about his students.

Caroline Frith, who left the school in 2004, said she was inspired to become a history teacher by Harvey.

She said: 'He was a very good teacher in every aspect. He was incredibly charismatic and he commanded the respect of his students.

'He put a lot of planning into his work and he could get the children involved and enthused about science.'

Mr Harvey, who did not go into the witness box during his trial, was also described as a 'caring and giving' man who would regularly take part in school plays.

On one occasion he grew a beard for the role of Mr Bumble in Oliver Twist.

But he had struggled to help his wife Samantha cope with depression after she had to give up her job as a teacher because of her illness.

The couple have two teenage daughters, one of whom has Asperger's Syndrome.

Nick Harding, a magistrate and friend of Harvey's for 20 years, said he was an 'extraordinary' teacher.

He said: 'Peter was devoted to the job and about his subject. Peter is a very caring, loving and giving man. I have never seen him be anything but that.'


The boy at the centre of the case was a trouble-maker with a poor disciplinary record.
He had been in trouble with teachers on nine different occasions in the year before the attack.

The jury was told he was a 'leading light' in class when it came to goading teacher Peter Harvey.

In the moments before Harvey snapped and attacked him, the boy and other pupils had been playing volleyball with balls of paper.

He then started sword-fighting with wooden metre rulers in a game of 'high jinks' which was secretly filmed by a fellow pupil on a camcorder smuggled into the classroom.

The boy and his classmates would wind up the teacher and capture his reaction on film so it could be shown around the school to 'humiliate' Harvey.

The boy gave evidence during the trial via video-link from a room in the court building.
Rex Tedd QC, defending, put it to him in cross-examination that he regularly disrupted lessons.

Mr Tedd said: 'On nine occasions in the last year you deliberately disrupted the teaching of your class. Can you remember anything about that?'

'No,' replied the boy.

'My suggestion is that you were a leading light in the trouble that took place in that class.'

'No,' repeated the teenager.

The barrister said: 'You're saying you cannot remember any of the trouble that took place in that classroom?'

'No,' the boy said.

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Admin says: I'm actually pleased that the teacher hasn't been found guilty. I don't agree with what he did, but I don't think for one second that his act of violence towards his pupil was premeditated - he has obviously been the children's focus of torment for some time, and I believed he did what anyone would do in that situation - he snapped. I sincerely hope he manages to get his life back together, and perhaps the school clown that caused this poor man to break like he did, will have learned his lesson and have a bit more respect for his teachers.

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Pictured: The gang of women 'date robbing' rich men by spiking their drinks then stealing from their homes

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 11:59 AM on 29th April 2010

A gang of female thieves are targeting men in bars, spiking their drinks and then robbing them in their homes, U.S. police fear.

The women, dubbed the bombshell bandits, are believed to have struck at least 10 times in the last six weeks in cities across south Florida.

One victim, who asked for his identity to be concealed, told an NBC reporter that he felt 'definitely violated and vulnerable' when two women date robbed him.

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Girl gang? These women are alleged to have spiked a man's drink and taken his watch, jewellery and $15,000 from his apartment in south Florida

He said that he had his watch stolen along with other jewellery and £15,000 of cash after the women allegedly spiked his drink.

The victim also claims they ran up thousands of dollars on his credit cards.

'Next thing I knew it was two o'clock in the afternoon on Friday,' he said. 'And I woke up in bed with all my clothes on and my Cartier Roadster watch missing off my wrist.'

The man had passed out in a cab after meeting two women at a Miami beach club. 

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Accused: This woman is being sought by police after being accused of talking her way on to a man's boat, spiking his drink and robbing him

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Bombshells: More than 10 attacks have occurred in the last six weeks, say police

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Police chief Steve Griffin fears a man could be seriously injured or killed

He claims they targeted him because of his expensive watch and flattered him before spiking his drinks and spending thousands on his credit cards.

The women went home with him and stole more watches from his home along with cash, jewellery and gifts, he claims.

Police said the two women could be part a ring of girls who are chatting up rich older men in clubs.

Another woman, who police could also be part of a gang, is suspected of talking her way onto a man's boat, drugging his drink and robbing him.

Steve Griffin, Palm Beach Shores police chief, said: 'The biggest danger is we're going to find out that the person was the victim of a robbery and he's also dead. That's our main concern.'

In Austin, Texas, a female gang were found to be drugging men and robbing them around two years ago. In Wisconsin, a group of women has targeted already drunk men.

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Victim: This man, who wanted to remain anonymous, claims to have had his drink spiked and watch and cash stolen by two women

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Malcolm X killer Thomas Hagan freed on parole 45 years after gunning down civil rights leader

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 1:43 AM on 29th April 2010

The only man to admit his role in the assassination of U.S. civil rights leader Malcolm X has been freed on parole.

Thomas Hagan, 69, was freed from a New York prison yesterday 45 years after he took part in the murder.

The attack took place as Malcolm X was beginning a speech at Harlem's Audubon Ballroom on February 21, 1965.

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Assassination: Thomas Hagan struggles with police outside the New York ballroom where, moments earlier, he had gunned down Malcolm X



Malcolm X rose to fame as an militant voice for black empowerment who urged African-Americans to claim civil rights 'by any means necessary'.
He called white people 'blue-eyed devils'.

But after breaking with the Nation of Islam in 1964 and making an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, he began renouncing racial separatism.

After he was killed at age 39, a New York Times editorial called him a 'twisted man'.

Time magazine described him as a demagogue whose 'gospel was hatred'.

But his stature grew after his death with sales of 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X,' written with Alex Haley, and later with Spike Lee's 1992 film 'Malcolm X,'. starring Denzel Washington, as shown above. By 1999, Malcolm X was on a postage stamp.

The former Nation of Islam member confessed to being one of the three men who shot Malcolm X in front of a crowd of hundreds - including several of his young children.

Two accomplices created a distraction in the audience before the gunmen opened fire.

However Hagan always insisted that the two men convicted with him were not involved.

They, too, maintained their innocence and were paroled in the 1980s.

No one else has ever been charged, a fact that has perpetuated debate and theories surrounding the slaying.

Hagan was sentenced to life in prison for what he described two years ago as the deed of a young man who 'acted out of rage on impulse and loyalty' to religious leaders.

The assassins gunned down Malcolm X out of anger at his split with the leadership of the Nation of Islam, the black Muslim movement for which he had once served as a prominent spokesman, said Hagan, then known as Talmadge X Hayer.

Malcolm X had spoken out against its leader, Elijah Muhammad, in comments that some of Muhammad's followers denounced as slander.

Hagan said in 1977 that at the time of the shooting 'I thought I was fighting for truth and right'.

His decision to speak out aimed, unsuccessfully, to get his co-defendants' convictions overturned.

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Civil rights leader Malcolm X (left) two years before he was murdered  and (right) Thomas Hagan, one of his killers, pictured in 2008. Hagan has been freed on parole

Last month he told a parole board that in the years since the assassination: 'I've had a lot of time, a heck of a lot of time, to think about it.

'I understand a lot better the dynamics of movements and what can happen inside movements, and conflicts that can come up, but I have deep regrets about my participation in that.'

Hagan also told the parole board that he has earned a master's degree in sociology since his conviction.

He said he was still a Muslim but no longer a Nation of Islam member.

When asked about the parole board's decision to release him, he said: 'I really haven't had time to gather my thoughts on anything.'

The Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, an organisation founded by the civil rights leader's late widow, hasn't taken a position on Hagan's parole.

However another group, the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, criticised the decision saying the crime was too serious to allow for his release.

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Gunned down: How the assassination was portrayed in the 1992 Spike Lee film Malcolm X which starred Denzel Washington


A police sergeant holds Hagan down as he is examined by doctors after being wounded after the murder

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Civil rights heroes: Malcolm X, right, with Martin Luther King Jr, right, in 1964

'(Malcolm X) was and still is an enormous international figure and revolutionary hero,' said spokesman Zayid Muhammad.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office, which prosecuted Hagan and his co-defendants, declined to comment on Hagan's release or his account of the killing.

Hagan tried 17 times before being approved last month for parole. He had been on work release for nearly 22 years.

He spent five days a week working in settings that included a homeless shelter; he spent those nights at his Brooklyn home with his family.

He told the parole board he hopes to become a substance abuse counsellor.

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Man detained over body found in Glasgow flat

A 28-year-old has been arrested in connection with the death of a man found dead in his flat in Glasgow, police have said.

Martin Trusdale, 55, was found with fatal head injuries in his home in Wellgreen Court in Pollokshaws on 5 April.

Strathclyde Police said a 28-year-old man had been arrested and detained in custody in connection with the death.

A full report is being sent to the procurator fiscal.

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Man admits trying to kill fiancee

29th April 2010

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Wallace admitted carrying out the attack after an argument

A man has admitted attempting to murder his fiancee by strangling her with a dressing gown belt.

Derek Wallace, 31, attacked 26-year-old Laura Jeffrey following an argument at her home in Chryston, Dunbartonshire, in February last year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that Wallace, from Knightswood, had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after being assaulted in 2008.

Sentence was deferred until June for background reports.

The court was told that Wallace had spent the night at Ms Jeffrey's home and an argument developed as they were lying in bed chatting about the attack on him.

He then put her face down on a pillow and used his body weight to keep her down.

He then punched her on the head and body and tried to strangle her with a towelling dressing gown belt.

The court was told that Wallace then let the belt go, curled up into the foetal position and began to cry.

Ms Jeffrey phoned for the police and Wallace was arrested when officers arrived.

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Angry mob of Lebanese villagers lynch murder suspect in town centre in gruesome vigilante attack

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 9:24 PM on 29th April 2010

A mob of angry Lebanese villagers stabbed to death an Egyptian man and then lynched his naked body in the centre of town over allegations he killed four members of a local family.

Mohammed Msallem, a 38-year-old Egyptian who worked as a butcher in Ketermaya, had been arrested a day earlier on suspicion of shooting to death an elderly couple and their two young granddaughters, aged seven and nine.

He was leading police investigators through a re-enactment of the killings when dozens of residents attacked him with sticks and knives, security officials said.

Police rushed Msallem to the intensive care unit of a nearby hospital, but residents broke in, dragged him out and pounded him with sticks.

undreds of Lebanese villagers gather around the hanging body of Egyptian Mohammed Msallem after he was stabbed to death and paraded through town

Vigilante attack: Hundreds of Lebanese villagers gather around the hanging body of Egyptian Mohammed Msallem after he was stabbed to death and paraded through town

A security official said police at the scene could not stop the attackers, who blocked streets in the village to prevent police reinforcements from reaching the scene. 

After killing Msallem, the attackers stripped his bloody body down to the victim's underwear and drove it through town on a car hood, with several local men standing on the hood cheering.

They then hanged the body from a pole in the centre of town as hundreds of residents cried 'Allahu Akbar,' or God is great. Some villagers even took photos of the dead man with their mobile phones.

Lebanese women take pictures of the dead murder suspect with their mobile phones

Shocking: Lebanese women take pictures of the dead murder suspect with their mobile phones

The villagers attacked Msallem after he was arrested on suspicion of murdering two girls and their grandparents

Looking on: The villagers attacked Msallem after he was arrested on suspicion of murdering two girls and their grandparents

His body hung from the pole for about ten minutes before Lebanese army troops took him down and drove him away in a jeep.

The rare mob attack shocked many, and security officials said police who were escorting the man at the time were unable to prevent the killing in the Chouf mountain town of Ketermaya.

Interior Minister Ziad Baroud ordered an investigation and said such vigilante justice was 'extremely dangerous'.

A Lebanese soldier removes the body from the scene and takes it away in an army truck

Exit: A Lebanese soldier removes the body from the scene and takes it away in an army truck

Security officials said Msallem had confessed to killing the four family members, but the motive was not immediately clear.

One official said Ketermaya residents also believed Msallem had raped a 15-year-old local girl a month earlier, but that report could not be independently confirmed.

There was no immediate word of arrests in the attack.

Crime has been on the rise in Lebanon but such vigilante mob killings have been rare since the end of the 1975-90 civil war, during which political violence was common.

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Vice law chaos after mother-of-two, 49, acquitted of running brothel from her village home

By Andrew Levy
Last updated at 12:42 AM on 30th April 2010Claire Finch argues that it is much safer for prostitutes to work in her home

Victory: Claire Finch argues that it is much safer for prostitutes to work in her home

Britain's 'antiquated' vice laws were thrown into confusion yesterday when a massage parlour boss was cleared of running a brothel.

Claire Finch, 49, admitted offering topless massages 'with happy endings' from her bungalow and advertised in local newspapers.

Up to four women - some offering 'other services' - would work from her home at any time and she would take a percentage of their fees.

Despite the overwhelming evidence against her, she fought the case to highlight the need for prostitutes to have a safe environment by working in the same premises as other women.

After a four-day trial, a jury of eight men and four women supported her by taking just 90 minutes to acquit - a verdict which was greeted with cheers from a large group of supporters.

Miss Finch's success paves the way for far greater freedom of publishing explicit material and the prosecution was ridiculed for being out of touch with changing social opinions.

After yesterday's hearing, Miss Finch's legal team called on Parliament to 'clarify' the law.

But police and the Crown Prosecution Service insisted they would continue prosecuting brothel bosses.

Mother-of-two Miss Finch said: 'This is a victory for women who want to do this work from the safety of their houses. This has been 16 months of sheer hell for me but I have had my own "happy ending".

'I will do whatever I can to campaign to have the law changed. Thank goodness the jury used their common sense.'

Luton Crown Court heard Miss Finch ran the business from her home, which had a swimming pool, in the quiet Bedfordshire village of Chalton. Adverts in local papers read: 'Relaxing body massage in village location Monday to Saturday'.

An online advert quoted an £80 fee for a full massage and services included 'foot worship and a lot more'.

Miss Finch runs her massage parlour business from this house in the quiet Bedfordshire village of Chalton

Relaxing location: Miss Finch runs her massage parlour business from this house in the quiet Bedfordshire village of Chalton

Prosecutor Samantha Cohen said: 'A brothel is a premises where sexual services are offered by more than one person. Miss Finch works as a prostitute and has done so for many years.'

But the defendant's barrister, Anna Morris, told the jury the law, which was drafted in 1956, was 'antiquated' and did not reflect modern public opinion.

She also highlighted 18 incidents of serious violence against sex workers in Bedfordshire over a four-year period.

Miss Finch described her clients as 'very nice people', including police officers and accountants. Asked if she allowed drugs in her home, she replied: 'Absolutely not. Our biggest thrill is cookies.'

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Admin says: Miss Finch and several others offer 'topless massages and other services' from her house - a spade is a spade, and Miss Finch is a whore, running a brothel. I don't see anything antiquated in the law at all - selling yourself for sex is the antiquated issue here, and for once I'm on the side of the law. Yet Miss Finch was acquitted. My guess? THE JUDGE IS PROBABLY A CUSTOMER.

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Pervert ... vile Philip Thompson.

A PAEDOPHILE was finally found guilty of abusing two young boys yesterday - after years of evading justice.

Philip Thompson, 71, used booze, cannabis and cigarettes to lure dozens of youngsters to his home before raping his victims.

The two boys - regularly sexually assaulted from the ages of eight to 15 in the 1970s and 1980s - finally told police of their ordeal in 2002.

Sickening ... Thompson lured kids with Lancia

But by then Thompson had fled to Thailand, where he was caught having sex with another boy aged eight.

Thompson was bailed by the Thai authorities and fled again - this time to central America. He was finally arrested at Heathrow last November.

The court heard how the geologist used his status and red Lancia convertible to befriend kids.

He kept an "open house" for children in Brixton, South London, and documented abuse on a Polaroid, Inner London Crown Court heard.


In 1981 he took one of the victims to Berlin and "traded" him for another boy with paedophile British Army doctor Paul Morris - who later committed suicide. A young girl who was abused by Thompson on the trip also later killed herself.

Police believe he may have assaulted many more. One of the victims, now 41 and married with two kids, said outside court: "This man destroyed my childhood."

Thompson, of Parsons Green, South West London, had denied charges including indecent assault and taking indecent photographs of children.

The paedophile - jailed for two years in 1987 for molesting three boys - was remanded in custody to be sentenced on June 10.

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Man who stabbed gran to rape children sentenced

Ryan Yates attacked the woman in a Bridge of Don park with plans to abduct and rape the children aged eight and two.

30 April 2010 04:35 GMT

A sex predator who tried to murder a grandmother in a park in a bid to abduct and rape her two young granddaughters is due to be sentenced.

Ryan Yates, 29, stabbed his 60-year-old victim and spat in her face as she struggled and screamed as the older child ran from the scene with her younger sister in her buggy in Bridge of Don.

Yates carried out the attack five days after he was released from jail for a previous sexual offence and two days after concerned authorities had secured a court order banning him from accosting females in public in a bid to stop further sex crimes.

A blood-stained Yates was caught by police shortly after the park attack and told officers that he had gone out that day "looking to find some children to have sex with".

The sex offender went on to explain that he intended to kill the woman he assaulted "so that I can get to the kids" and added that he intended to "rape them, have sex with them, sexually assault them".

Unemployed Yates, from Aberdeen, admitted attempting to murder the grandmother at Westfield Park, with the intention of abducting and raping the children aged eight and two on October 14 last year.

He also pleaded guilty to breaching an interim Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) imposed on him at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on October 12, when he appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Yates, who was first given a custodial sentence after committing sex offences at the age of 14, could now face a life term after a judge called for a full risk assessment to be carried out on him.

The court heard that officers from Grampian Police offender management unit visited Yates just hours before his latest attack to discuss the imposition of the SOPO and its conditions.

The grandmother had taken her grandchildren to the park to play when Yates approached them with a sharp kitchen knife which he had purchased the day before.

Without warning he thrust the blade towards her chest and during the struggle she was knocked to the ground.

As the older child fled along with her younger sister, Yates was disturbed and turned and left the scene “quite calmly” after a passer shouted at him.

Yates was picked up by nearby by officers who noticed blood on his hands and jackets. He told the police: "It was me. I tried to stab her. She's got the knife." He went on to state that he had carried out the attack "to get to her daughter".

He later revealed that he lived in a “fantasy” and he thought of “a world without adults, just me and children”.

Lord Pentland had deferred sentence on Yates and called for a risk assessment report.


Admin says: Risk assessment report? Hasn't this subhuman creature already demonstrated quite clearly that he poses a risk to society and our children? Save taxpayers hard earned money - throw these people in jail and let the inmates dole out the justice.

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Martyn Barclay murder trial jury to retire

Caroline and Paul Igoe both deny shooting her boyfriend on his doorstep in Edinburgh.

29 April 2010 15:56 GMT

The jury in the trial of a brother and sister charged with murdering her boyfriend will retire to consider its verdict first thing on Friday morning.

Caroline Igoe and her brother Paul Igoe, or Hunter, deny shooting Martyn Barclay in the head on his doorstep in Edinburgh's Hazelwood Grove in January last year.

On Thursday, jurors at the High Court in Edinburgh heard closing speeches from the pair's defence lawyers, with both teams insisting their clients are innocent.

Defence solicitor advocate Jim Keegan QC told the court that the only thing 32-year-old Caroline Igoe was interested in before Martyn Barclay died was becoming a cheerleader and getting on the catwalk.

The court was told Ms Igoe and Mr Barclay had argued on the phone in the hours before his death over his decision to go out drinking.

Mr Keegan said the prosecution then alleged that Ms Igoe unpacked the gun in the street and shot Mr Barclay in full view of residents. He said: "The Crown case is she unpacks it in the street and shoots him and she shoots him in full view of the street.

"How likely is it that he stands there and waits?

"The Crown are asking you to accept the only one that uttered anything was Martyn Barclay who called out her name twice.

"Not only is she a callous killer but she is a silent killer, that is the stuff of pure fantasy, and apparently because they fell out over her desire for him to get home early."

Mr Keegan pointed to evidence about a car journey in which the court heard Mr Barclay said he had a gun. He said: "He said his lifestyle meant he needed a gun.

"The only thing Caroline was interested in was becoming a Score Angel and getting on the catwalk right up to January 17."

Defence advocate for Paul Igoe, Gordon Jackson QC, asked the jury to dismiss evidence that Paul admitted he shot Mr Barclay as the drunken ramblings of an eejit.

He said: "There is a pattern in what he said, drunk, wrong story, nobody believes him, eejit."

Mr Jackson also said that for someone to use the murder weapon they would need to be familiar with it before it would work, adding that Paul had "no link to the gun whatsoever".

Both defendants also deny firearm charges, involving possession of a gun and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Lord Bracadale is expected to finish summing up to the jury on Friday morning.

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