, News reports and pictures on London crown courts, General Medical Council and other courts en-us Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:05:24 GMT JONES: DOUBLE KILLERS JAILED FOR AT LEAST 65 YEARS LEYTONSTONE Two gang members who ambushed and murdered a pair of drug dealers for straying into rival territory were jailed for a total of at least 65 years today (FRI). Casey Jones, 19, Alex Bernard, 21, stabbed Aaron Carriere, 21, and Josiah Manful, 20, 24 times in a brutal attack lasting just 79 seconds. The victims were stabbed 24 times after being lured into a trap by up to eleven men in a quiet residential street in east London. Their wounds were so horrific they looked like gunshot victims and one witness likened the attackers to 'a pack of wild animals'. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:06:00 GMT NICHOLLES: KILLER AT THE FUNERAL MANOR PARK, CLAPHAM A killer who stabbed his first victim at just 17 was locked up for nine years today (fri) for knifing a fellow mourner to death at a family funeral. John Nicholles, 53, slashed 55-year-old Peter John in the neck in front of his wife and daughter at the City of London cemetery in Manor Park, east London. Both men were attending the service on July 23 last year for Mr John's step-father in law, 70-year-old David Brown. Nicholles shouted 'you're grass' at Mr John before pulling a blade out of his pocket and knifing him, a jury Southwark Crown Court found. Mr John, a digger driver from East Acton, was later found unconscious as mourners including his wife Donna departed from the graveside. A blood-stained black crucifix and a pair of blood spattered Dolce and Gabbana sunglasses were later recovered from the scene. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:29:00 GMT WARD: CHEMISTRY SIR BANNED FOR PUPIL SEX TEXTS GREAT YARMOUTH A chemistry teacher who text messaged a pupil saying he was tempted to 'take you for a drink get you p***ed and tuck you up in bed' has been banned from the profession. Colin Ward, 53, exchanged over 150 sexually-charged text messages with the girl, known as Pupil A, between January and February 2014 at East Norfolk Sixth Form College, Great Yarmouth. In one the teacher who was the head of chemistry added: 'Bet the thought of texting me while me in the bath brought a little grin.' Ward also held the 'vulnerable' pupil's hand while inside his car outside of school grounds, the National College for Teaching and Leadership heard. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:20:00 GMT WELLS: LATEST BLOW TO JOURNALIST 'WITCH HUNT' CENTRAL LONDON, COLNBROOK, SLOUGH, WALTHAMSTOW, WEST NORWOOD The prosecution of another Sun journalist accused of paying a public official for stories has been abandoned in the latest setback for the under-fire £20m probe into the press. Home Affairs correspondent Tom Wells, 34, was cleared by a jury last Friday of paying two prison guards for stories about notorious child killer Jon Venables. Jurors failed to decided on a third charge, that he paid Colnbrook Immigration Centre guard Mark Blake £8,000 for a string of tips between 2008 and 2010. Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC today said the case against the journalist was being abandoned and he would not face a retrial. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:16:00 GMT PEARSON: BOYFRIEND CAGED FOR BRAIN BLEED PUNCH DAGENHAM A boyfriend who punched his partner so hard he left her with a bleed on the brain was jailed for just 10 months today (Fri). Malcolm Pearson, 30, struck Karen Tiffen after spending the afternoon with her at his home on Braintree Road, Dagenham. The blow caused Ms Tiffen, who has a lung condition, to double over coughing up blood, but despite the attack she pleaded with police that Pearson was ‘not a woman basher’. She was in so much pain Pearson himself dialled 999 and Ms Tiffen was rushed to hospital, where it was found she had the serious head injury, as well as a fractured eye socket and a broken nose. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:12:00 GMT SALVADOR: CAGE FIGHTER DECAPITATES GREAT GRANNY EDMONTON, ENFIELD A would-be cage fighter admits that he beheaded a great-grandmother in her back garden, but claims he is insane, Old Bailey heard today (Fri). Nicholas Salvador, 25, allegedly murdered 82-year-old Palmira Silva during a 38-minute rampage in Edmonton, north London. A Muslim convert, Salvador is accused of hacking the cafe owner's head off before assaulting one of the first police officers to the scene, PC Bernie Hamilton. Today (TUE), the accused killer appeared via video-link to plead not guilty to murder and assaulting a police officer. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:24:00 GMT