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Court Sentences a City Banker for Killing a Woman in Crawley

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A court in Lewes sentenced a City banker, Zahid Naseem, to prison for 19 years with charges of bashing a woman to death with a pestle, in Crawley, on her birthday. The incident took place in May, when Naseem bludgeoned Christina Abbotts, a sex worker, on the back of the head 13 times with a ceramic kitchen utensil.

On being indicted, the 48-year-old financial consultant claimed that he hit her in self-defence, as he was terrified of being strangled to death in a sex game gone wrong. However, after four hours of deliberations, a jury at the Lewes crown court found him guilty of murder.

Abbotts was described as a “socialite” living in London. She was hiding her profession from her family that believed she worked in IT. However, their daughter advertised her services on the AdultWork.com website, where Naseem found her offering overnight rates of £1,000, under the pseudonym Tilly Pexton.

According to a CCTV footage, both of them were last seen in public on May 24, when Naseem met her in Crawley, West Sussex to spend the night together.

Abbotts’ friends grew anxious when she failed to turn up the next day to her birthday party in South Kensington, and started searching her. It was after two days when she was located by the police.

In the early hours of May 26, her body was found in an apartment at Crawley. The police broke down the door of the flat, and also found Naseem pretending to be unconscious in the next room.

On interrogation, Naseem first claimed that he could not remember the incident. However, on giving evidence in court, he admitted about striking Abbotts, though in self-defence.

He also stated that it may have been out of a “red mist.” However, his testimony was completely dismissed by the prosecutor, Christopher Tehrani, who called it a “pack of lies.”

The judge, Christine Laing stated that the attack on Abbotts was of “extraordinary ferocity.”

She said, “When I consider the extent of all the injuries, you inflicted considerable pain,” adding that “the terror of her final few moments of life is unimaginable.”

Laing also said that Abbotts, as an escort, “had chosen to earn her money in a business that is as old as time. And one that has always carried with it huge risks of danger, as this case sadly demonstrated.”

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Men in Black Injure Three from Acid Attacks in London

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Rising crime rate of the UK is often associated with the stabbing, but acid attacks remain a different reality to the offenses. On Friday, three men were injured with attacks suspiciously conducted using corrosive substance, in east London.

The first attack took place at Walthamstow High Street in the morning, where two men “wearing burkas” threw the substance on a market stall worker. Whereas, two other men became a victim to similar attack shortly before 7:30 p.m. at Cricketfield Road near Hackney Downs.

The 45-year-old Walthamstow victim was taken to an east London hospital for treatment, and the police believes there were no life-threatening injuries. However, a market trader stated that the man was hit in the face with a substance, which also affected his eye.

Whereas, the two victim of the second attack suffered from burns as per the police and paramedics. Aged in their 20s, the two can be seen sitting doused in water at road side in the images from the scene.

They were reportedly helped by the onlookers in the area, who poured water over their bodies in an effort to wash off the acid. Later, the victims were also taken to an east London hospital, and were reported to have no life threatening injuries after the acid attacks.

As per the reports, the police is looking for the two men in burkas, after the first attack. However, no arrests have been made yet, according to the Scotland Yard.

Following the reports of the attacks, police were called to Walthamstow High Street at around 6:30 a.m., whereas at 7:21 p.m. to Cricketfield Road.

A Met police spokesman stated, “It is alleged that the victim had been approached by two suspects, both wearing burkhas, and had the substance thrown at him before they fled in a waiting car.”

According to Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI), the UK has one of the highest rates of acid attacks per capita across globe. In 2016, a total of 601 of such attacks were recorded, and London emerged as one of the most affected areas. The capital records more than half of the total incidents taking place within the country.

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North London: Mother of Three-Year-Old Stabbed in Thigh

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Last updated on June 16th, 2019

Mother of three-year-old boy was reportedly stabbed in North London after she refused to hand over her phone to the attacker. Christel Stainfield-Bruce, 36, was approached by a teenage boy, believed to be between 14 and 16, while she was pushing her baby in a pram along Caedmon Road in Islington on a Friday afternoon.

The attacker approached the women and asked her for directions before telling her “give me your phone”. Upon women’s denial, he stabbed her in the thigh and then ran off without snatching the device.

Despite erring to maintain a check on such activities, the number of stabbing cases in London has overwhelmingly surpassed the alarming levels. Even this year, dozens have already been pronounced dead; courtesy knife crimes.

Besides, post attack, Stainfield-Bruce received treatment in a hospital and is now recovering at home. The doctors confirmed that she was fine, yet really lucky because the knife only narrowly missed a major artery.

The victim though said that she was still in shock following the incident, and was really anxious about leaving her home. Correspondingly, with the crime rate climbing up so rapidly, the streets of London ought to have issued a blood-filled note to every civilian life, asking to beware of the surroundings.

“It feels so unnecessary,” the nursery worker told the BBC. “There was no gain, he didn’t even get my phone or bag or anything, but it must be a symptom of a wider problem.”

“What is the state of the country when young children are causing a big wound to people they don’t know; with people you’ve got no history with? What’s going through these people’s heads,” she added.

Metropolitan Police said officers were quick to react and reached the scene of crime shortly before 5pm on Friday. As per the initial reports, the assailant has been described as a black male, 5’3ft, wearing black coloured clothing, including jacket and a “trucker” style cap.

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NCA Appeals for More Aid to Bring Down Rise in Organised Crime

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On Sunday, Lynne Owens, the Director-General of the National Crime Agency(NCA) made a statement that the organised crime is targeting a lot more victims than terrorism, war and natural disasters combined. The agency also stated that there is a need of financial aid to get it under control.

Ms. Owens also in her interview said, “Against a backdrop of globalisation, extremism and technological advances, serious and organised crime is changing fast and law enforcement needs significant new investment to help combat it.”

The National Crime Agency will publish its thorough evaluation on Tuesday. In the evaluation, NCA will reveal how the perpetrators are using technological advancement and traditional methods to execute organised crimes. This combination might be one of the reasons why the law authorities are experiencing difficulties in stopping such crimes and nabbing the criminals.

Recently, the NCA confiscated belongings and property of worth millions of pounds from Amanda Nuttall due to reasons of money laundering. Award winning White Horse Hotel and a Bentley are among some of the assets seized after the involvement of money laundering was discovered.

Along with Mrs. Nuttall, her two accessories Property developer Eric Grove and Barrister Timothy Becker also gave up some of their assets. Investigators looking into the business of her husband Jonathan Nuttall said that he amassed the wealth illegally and held it in his wife’s name.

They also believe that Mr. Nuttall was involved in international money laundering and he is responsible for the transfer of hundreds of millions of pounds, made through various accounts of Hong Kong, Russia, Switzerland and UK.

According to Andy Lewis, the Head of Asset Denial in National Crime Agency said, “Jonathan Nuttall amassed considerable wealth as a result of his and others’ unlawful conduct.”

“He is not himself a party to the claim. That is because he structured his business affairs so that he didn’t hold any of the recoverable property himself,” he added.

According to the UK government, organised crimes alone cost £37 billion per year to the UK economy.

With continuous enhancement in the methods to conduct organised crimes, National Crime Agency might need to develop its ways to apprehend the offenders and curb the cases. Ms Owens’ suggestion of more aid to the agency might also help to put an end to the rapidly rising number of organised crimes.

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1 killed and 8 injured after two students opened fire in Colorado School

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Two high school students opened vacuous firing at students of a Colorado community school, killing at least one and injuring eight others.

According to the Douglas County sheriff officials, the 18-year-old Devon Erickson and a juvenile student rushed into the classrooms of STEM School Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on Tuesday afternoon, causing havoc in the corridors.

Within a few minutes, the suspects were engaged and taken into custody by the Douglas County sheriff officials.

Eight victims, of age 15 and older, received treatment at local hospitals, including two who were in critical condition. At least four other victims were released the same day. No employees or teachers were injured in the shooting, authorities have confirmed.

Sheriff Tony Spurlock said that the motive behind shooting was unclear, and the officials have not received any information about someone being particularly targeted by the juvenile shooters.

The FBI and Denver’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were rendering assistance in the investigation.

In an official statement, the White House said that the tragic incident was reported back to President Donald Trump, and he is monitoring the situation.

“Tragically, this community and those surrounding it know all too well these hateful and horrible acts of violence,” Judd Deere, the White House deputy press secretary, said. “We offer our full support to local law enforcement and first responders and thank them for their heroism.”

The STEM School and other nearby schools were completely evacuated and locked-down for many hours, as stated by the Douglas County School District.

Over 1,850 students in elementary, middle, and high school have been enrolled in STEM School, according to its website.

STEM School is situated close to the Columbine High School, where 13 people were shot dead by two students on April 20, 1999. The incident was so far the worst in US’s history.

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London Stabbings: Blood Spilled Day Witnesses Death and Injury

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Last updated on April 29th, 2019

Consuming lives at a nerve-wrecking pace, a pest named stabbing has added another infamous death to its list. A 29-year-old man was reportedly stabbed on Frampton Park Road in Hackney, London. However, it was not only the case reported in a day, with another victim reportedly stabbed, luckily escaping death, the cops informed.

Following the death of the 29-year-old, the detectives opened inquiry and have successfully caught hold of the suspect in the process.

Name of the victim hasn’t been confirmed by the police. However, he was described as a “decent young man” by a local youth worker and former schoolmate, Hannah. “It’s got to the point that the kids don’t value lives anymore. It’s just sad that this couldn’t have been prevented, “she said condemning the move.

Further commenting on the brutal activity, she affirmed that the antisocial behavior was pretty common in the area, with very minimal amount of people paying heed to the matter. “These are our kids that are dying,” she added showcasing the attention that the matter requires.

First information of the incident was reported at around 3pm and saw the 29-year-old pronounced dead, only a while after he was taken to the hospital. Likewise, a second incident, which took place just half-a-mile apart, also witnessed a man getting severely injured and taken to the hospital, where his situation was later confirmed as stable.

Dean Saliba, an eyewitness of the aftermath of the first killing said “I turned up after. Someone in the shop said he was stabbed in the back as he ran to escape”. “He was having a seizure when I arrived and there was a lot of blood,” she added.

Scotland Yard confirmed that one man was arrested on charges of suspicion of inflicting bodily harm and was taken in custody. A London ambulance service spokeswoman said it dispatched the air ambulance to deal with the first case, adding: “We treated a person at the scene and took them to hospital as a priority.”

London has been stuck midst knife stabbings for years now. Besides, even with measures such as increased government spending, the numbers have multiplied signaling the failure of government to control the youth of committing such horrendous crimes.

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