CourtNewsUK.co.uk, CourtNewsUK.co.uk http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/ News reports and pictures on London crown courts, General Medical Council and other courts en-us Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:55:54 GMT NUNN: 'IT WAS ALL A JOKE' CLAIMS TWITTER TROLL http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/ BRISTOL/WALTHAMSTOW A 'Twitter troll' accused of bombarding a Labour MP with abusive messages for supporting a feminist campaign claimed today (tues) it was all a 'really funny' joke. Peter Nunn, 33, allegedly retweeted messages threatening to rape Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy and branding her a 'witch' last year. He launched his campaign after the Labour politician backed the successful bid by feminist Caroline Criado-Perez to feature Jane Austen on the £10 note Nunn allegedly labelled the woman 'a coven of bloody witches' and later tweeted 'best way to rape a witch – try and drown her first and just as she is gagging for air that's when you enter.' Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:46:00 GMT http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/ REED: 'VICTIM' OF PUBLIC SCHOOLBOY RAPE WIPED TWEETS http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/ KENSINGTON A student who claims her former public school friend tried to rape her deleted the text messages she sent immediately after the alleged attack, the Old Bailey heard. Archie Reed, 20, is accused of groping and trying to rape the woman after a drunken night out in central London. The woman, also 20, claims Reed pounced on her while she was asleep, leaving her hysterical, in floods of tears, and unable to remember her own name. Jurors heard today (Tues) that the student, who cannot be named, wiped some of her sent messages before police seized her mobile phone. Texts sent less than an hour and a half after the alleged attack have gone, as well as messages she sent in the following week. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:45:00 GMT http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/ PAYNE: BOGUS ACCOUNTANT IN COURT http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/ SOMERSET A woman accused of masquerading as a qualified accountant for over four years and fleecing more than £70,000 from clients appeared in court today (tues). Vicky Payne, 40, allegedly swindled two businessman out of nearly £40,000 while claiming to be qualified, Hammersmith Magistrates Court was told. The alleged victims, Mark Prema-Ratner and Michael Mervyn-Jones, work for M-PR Consulting, a 'boutique corporate consultancy'. Payne is said to have passed herself off as an accountant between 2010 and 2014, collecting up to £73,000 for her deception. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:13:00 GMT http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/ RAHMAN:BULLIES KILLED JOBLESS MAN AS HE LOOKED FOR WORK http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/ STOCKWELL, THORNTON HEATH, MITCHAM, SOUTH LONDON A gang of teenage bullies battered an jobless engineer to death because he wanted to use a community centre computer to look for work, the Old Bailey heard. The ringleader, Monsur Rahman, 18, picked a fight with Donald McNicol, 54, by demanding that he stop using the terminal at the Stockwell Park community centre, it is said. When Mr McNicol refused, Rahman – nicknamed 'Shack' - his brother Mamunoor, also 18, and four other teenagers launched a 'vicious onslaught', punching him repeatedly in the face, the court heard. Mamunoor Rahman then allegedly slammed a chair onto the victim's head before the gang fled the scene, leaving Mr McNicol bleeding on the floor. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:25:00 GMT http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/ TRAVIS: JURY SWORN IN FOR RETRIAL OF HAIRY CORNFLAKE http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/ AYLESBURY, BUCKS A jury was sworn in today (TUE) for the retrial of former Top of the Pops presenter Dave Lee Travis for indecently assaulting three women. The 69-year-old former Radio One DJ faces a second trial in respect of two counts that jurors were unable to reach verdicts on earlier this year. Travis, charged under his real name David Griffin, is also accused of sexually touching a woman over her clothing on 17 January 1995. The jury, of six men and six women, were told that the trial at Southwark Crown Court would last, at the latest, until September 24. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:19:00 GMT http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/ BROWNE: 'I DIDN'T EVEN LIKE HIM' SAYS 'BOTTOM SPANKING' COP http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/ KENTISH TOWN A church-going Police Community Support Officer accused of spanking her colleague's bottom insisted that she did not find him attractive. PCSO Josephine Browne, 50, was allegedly caught peering at the young officer while he changed in scenes reminiscent of the Alfred Hitchcock film 'Psycho'. Waiting until they were alone in a lift together, Browne 'seductively' leaned towards him and said 'I know why you're taking me to the fourth floor', jurors heard. Browne is accused of spanking her fellow officer's backside six times, leaving marks that were visible an hour later. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:05:00 GMT http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/