, News reports and pictures on London crown courts, General Medical Council and other courts en-us Thu, 03 Sep 2015 07:46:43 GMT WEST:BOOZE CRUISE TYCOON WAS OVERBEARING ALCOHOLIC CENTRAL LONDON Booze cruise tycoon David West was an overbearing alcoholic who verbally abused his staff for years before being stabbed to death by his son, the Old Bailey heard today (Weds). The 70-year-old self-made millionaire, known to staff as 'Papa Bear', would regularly 'scream and shout' at employees for no reason, according to his personal assistant. Oksana Stanzione said rows between West and his son, also called David, were a 'way of life' as both men tried to rescue the family business from financial ruin. West junior, 45, is on trial accused of murdering his father after a blazing row at their Piccadilly restaurant Abracadabra. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:18:00 GMT SAMI: ENTREPENEUR DIED AFTER COLLISION WITH UNINSURED DRIVER BROMLEY, DULWICH, SOUTH NORWOOD, SOUTH LONDON A talented young businessman died after he was involved in a collision with a uninsured driver, an inquest heard. Mohammed Zarif Ahmed-Sami - known as Sami - was killed on his Yamaha 125cc motorcycle just two days before he was due to open a restaurant in Bromley, south London. According to a police investigation the 18-year-old businessman had been riding at 60mph in the lead up to the smash on Lordship Lane, Dulwich. He then collided with Steven Orford's Vauxhall Zafira people carrier and two other parked cars at 35mph after applying the brakes but was pronounced dead at the scene. Southwark Coroner Miss Shanta Deonarine ruled that the 18 year-old died as a result of a road traffic collision on June 3 last year. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:25:00 GMT PLUMMER:MAN CLEARED OF RAPING GIRL 45 YEARS AGO CAMDEN, NORTH LONDON A man sobbed uncontrollably in the dock today (weds) after he was cleared of raping a 13-year-old girl 45 years ago. John Plummer, 62, was just 17 when he struck up an intimate relationship with the teenager at her home on one of the 'grandest streets' in north London. He had become friends with a family member who invited him to the home and introduced him to the complainant in the spring of 1970. She accused him of attacking her after begging her to play truant and go to his house to listen to music. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:32:00 GMT SINGH:SHAMED DOCTOR MADE £200,000 SELLING DRUGS OVER INTERNET THREE BRIDGES, WEST SUSSEX A disgraced doctor who made £200,000 in just five months by flogging medication illegally over the internet is facing jail. Raghbir Singh, 68, set up a website selling over-the-counter drugs in 2011 but then started supplying potentially dangerous, unauthorised medication from August 2012. The GP, who is now suspended, sold products used to treat enlarged prostate glands, urinary infections and male pattern baldness containing the compound Finasteride. The medic admitted selling drugs without valid prescriptions and selling or supplying unauthorised medicines at Southwark Crown Court today (weds). Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:20:00 GMT JONES:HAPPIEST THIEF WAVES AND GRINS AT JUDGE BRIXTON, SOUTH LONDON One of the country's happiest thieves waved and grinned at a judge as he was let off for snatching a phone from a bus passenger. Tomie Jones, 27, avoided prison despite being in breach of a suspended sentence after a court heard he had no idea how serious his actions were. His barrister Michael Williams described him as 'one of the cheeriest individuals I have ever met'. Victim Jane Ogwood was on the 59 bus from Brixton, southwest London, heading towards King's Cross on the afternoon of 15 May this year. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:12:00 GMT CAMPBELL: RESTAURANT MANAGER WHIPPED £47,000 OF TAKINGS BELGRAVIA The floor manager of a top London restaurant stole £47,000 in cash from the till, a court heard today (weds). Laura Campbell, 24, took the money over 18 months she was working at Thomas Cubitt in Elizabeth Street, Belgravia from December 2013, the court was told. She pleaded guilty to a charge of theft by employee today (Weds) at Hammersmith Magistrates' Court but claims to have only stolen £9,000. Deputy District Judge Kevin Gladwell said: 'Miss Campbell clearly this is a serious matter, this accusation against you. Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:09:00 GMT