, News reports and pictures on London crown courts, General Medical Council and other courts en-us Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:31:34 GMT FARAH: FRAUDSTERS IN £7K SPENDING SPREE WALK FREE FROM COURT BARNET, NORTH LONDON Two fraudsters who racked up more than £7,000 using stolen credit card details during a four day online 'spending spree' walked free from court today. Students Ibraahim Cabdulgadir and Abdikahim Farah both 21, also splashed out on tickets to Manchester United matches, clothes and hotel stays in a 'dishonest and selfish' crime, the Old Bailey heard. They spent £7,285 in total but were caught by an online booking system which detected their fraudulent details after trying to get rooms at book accommodation at the five star Andaz Hotel in central London. Cabdulgadir, of West Hendon Broadway, Barnet, north London, who is in his first year of a Business Studies degree at London's Southbank University made £3,046 in purchases. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:27:00 GMT PYATT: THE SUN EXPOSED CULTURE OF OUT-OF-CONTROL INMATES AT BROADMOOR HOSPITAL WAPPING, EAST LONDON; WINDSOR, BERKS; BRENTWOOD, SAFFRON WALDEN, ESSEX The Sun exposed a culture at out-of-control inmates at Broadmoor Hospital which authorities wanted to keep ‘hush hush’, a court has heard. Journalists from the tabloid are accused of paying hospital worker Robert Neave for a string of leaks from inside the maximum security hospital. They published tales of notorious murderers like the Yorkshire Ripper enjoying a Halloween fancy dress party, and ‘Freddy Krueger’ killer Daniel Gonzalez killing himself with a broken CD. Martin Hicks, QC, defending The Sun’s former deputy news editor Ben O’Driscoll, said the stories were all true and did not draw any complaints when published. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:23:00 GMT WEST: SON OF FLAMBOYANT CLUB OWNER DAVID WEST IN COURT CHARGED WITH DAD'S MURDER WESTMINSTER, CENTRAL LONDON The son of flamboyant nightclub owner David West appeared in court charged with his dad's murder today (weds). Self-styled 'Lord' West, 70, died from a single stab wound on the night of December 12 after an incident at his £2.5 million flat in St James's, central London. His son and business partner, also called David West, was arrested nearby and charged with his father's murder, after a suspected drunken row. He lives on Jermyn Street just one block from his fathers' flat. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:28:00 GMT O'BRIEN: DRUNK NURSE WHO SMASHED INTO BROKEN DOWN CAR CAUSING DRIVER TO HAVE HIS LEG AMPUTATED IS STRUCK OFF ASHTON-UNDER-LYME, CHESTER A nurse who drunkenly ploughed her car into a stationery car causing a man to have his leg amputated has been struck off. Helen O'Brien was driving along a country lane on the wrong side of the road late when she smashed into a parked vehicle. The victim was helping change the tyre when O'Brien smashed into the car on the evening of 15 July last year, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard. He suffered such severe injuries his leg had to be amputated. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:34:00 GMT BALAKRISHNAN: MAOIST CULT LEADER IN COURT ACCUSED OF IMPRISONING AND RAPING THREE FOLLOWERS BRIXTON, SOUTHWEST LONDON An alleged Maoist cult leader accused of raping and imprisoning three female followers appeared in court today (WED). Aravindan Balakrishnan, 74, faces 25 charges including indecent assault and cruelty to a child under 16, Westminster Magistrates Court. He was arrested after a police raid on a house in Brixton, where he allegedly kept his followers as 'slaves'. The offences are said to have taken place between January 1980 and October 2013. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:29:00 GMT MCKOY:35 YEARS FOR LAYABOUT WHO KILLED MOTHER AND DAUGHTER BECAUSE OF HIS 'MONSTROUS EGO.' HACKNEY A jobless father who hacked his ex-partner and his 22 month-old daughter to death with a machete after being told to move out of the family home has been jailed for 35 years today (weds). Roland McKoy, 54, killed Valerie Forde, 45, and 22-month-old Real-Jahzarah McKoy with a machete, a hammer and a screwdriver. Ms Forde, a charity office manager, had ended their relationship after McKoy failed to pay anything towards the rent or the upkeep of the children. She also reported McKoy to police after he threatened to kill his family by setting the house on fire but no action was taken. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:26:00 GMT