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March 31, 2015

GOOGLE: TRIAL DELAYS IN PRICE COMPARISON CASE

CENTRAL LONDON A UK price comparison site suing Google over alleged search manipulation won an adjournment after a judge ruled it was 'inappropriate' to hold a trial at this stage of the European Commission's probe into the internet giant. The High Court trial, between Infederation, the operator of Foundem.co.uk, and Google, has been postponed until July 2016 after the court received two confidential letters from the Commission which gave an update on the state of their investigation. The English litigation and the European probe are looking into similar allegations against Google, but under European law, national courts cannot give judgments that could conflict with future decisions of the EC. In practice, this often delays damages trials until the conclusion of anti-trust investigations and related appeals in Luxembourg.

 
March 31, 2015

OPERATION ELVEDEN: 'FULL REVIEW' INTO PRESS PROSECUTIONS

CENTRAL LONDON The latest trial of a journalist for paying public officials has been delayed for three weeks to allow a full review of the Operation Elveden cases. Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, is considering the recent ruling of the Court of Appeal, the Old Bailey heard. Asked how many cases were being considered, prosecutor Mark Stafford QC told the court: 'This case is being considered against the backdrop of other cases and against the court of appeal judgement. 'I cannot say that other cases are being considered but inevitably there will be reflections on those others.'

 



 
March 31, 2015

SANSOM:SEX CHARGE TEACHER RECOVERING FROM HEART SURGERY

BARNES, WEST LONDON; PURLEY, SOUTH LONDON A former teacher charged with a string of sex attacks on children at chancellor George Osborne's old school was unable to attend court while he recovers from heart surgery. David Sansom-Mallett, 68, was charged in January this year in relation to Operation Winthorpe, a probe into claims of sexual abuse at St Paul's School in Barnes, west London. Sansom-Mallett is accused of seven counts of indecent assault and three counts of gross indecency with boys under 16. He was unable to attend Westminster Magistrates' Court today (tues) because he is recovering from major heart surgery.

 
March 31, 2015

MIRZA: TEEN DENIES STUDENT SLAYING

MARYLEBONE, WESTMINSTER, KENSINGTON A 16-year-old boy denied stabbing a college student to death in the street when he appeared at the Old Bailey today (tues). The youth, who cannot be named, allegedly murdered 18 year-old Bilal Mirza outside a block of flats in Marylebone, west London, on the morning of 8 January. Bilal, a City of Westminster college student and a devout Muslim living in North Kensington, was attacked as he walked home along Salisbury Street after having dinner with his mother and grandmother. He was pronounced dead at hospital and a postmortem gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the thigh.

 
March 31, 2015

KHUBAIB: 'MUG BUSINESSMAN WAS USED FOR BOOZE'

PETERBOROUGH A businessman accused of grooming young girls for sex was a 'mug' used by teenagers to provide alcohol and free taxi rides, the Old Bailey heard today (tues). Mohammed Khubaib, 43, who ran Peterborough restaurants Zaika and Asian Fusion, was taken advantage of by a string of 'precocious' teenage girls willing to 'manipulate' him to get what they wanted, jurors were told. The letting agent is accused of enticing girls as young as 12 into spending time with him using gifts of cash, flowers, tobacco and McDonald's meals. The married father-of-five then drove them to properties around Peterborough where they were plied with alcohol and used for the sexual pleasure of him and his friends, it is alleged.

 
March 31, 2015
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ALEX BAAH: 18 YEARS FOR 'WICKED' CHILD ABUSER WHO MADE RAPE ROUTINE

CROYDON, ABBEY WOOD A sex attacker who repeatedly raped a 13-year-old was jailed for 18 years today (tues) and banned from any contact with girls for the rest of his life. Ghanaian Alex Baah, 42 paid the girl £2 for sex and assaulted her so often it became 'routine,' the Old Bailey heard. For three years he raped her once or twice a week at an address in New Addington, south London and sent her perverted text messages, The victim, who knew Baah by his middle name, Kwame, finally complained to police in August 2013 when she was aged 15.

 
March 31, 2015

JOYCE: 'MP ATTACKED OFF LICENCE TEENS'

WESTMINSTER, CAMDEN, FALKIRK An independent MP attacked two teenagers in a shop and caused £200 damage to groceries and sweets, a court heard today (TUES). Eric Joyce, 54, allegedly scuffled with the boys aged 14 and 15 during a confrontation in the off licence in Camden. Joyce, a former Labour party MP, claimed on his online blog that he had 'detained' a youth at the News & Food Express on Chalk Farm Parade on 17 October last year. He was previously fined £4,400 for fighting in the House of Commons bar on 22 February 2012, in which a Conservative MP was headbutted and punched.

 
March 31, 2015

SEBASTIANI: NEWLYWED MADE 'UPSKIRT' VIDS OF WOMEN SHOPPERS

CENTRAL LONDON, CHISWICK An Italian man was caught with more than 500 upskirt videos of unsuspecting shoppers shortly after getting married, a court heard today (tues). Jacopo Sebastiani, 32, filmed hundreds of women in short skirts at stores in London's West End during June and July 2014. After his arrest Sebastiani said he had done a 'silly' thing because he had only recently become married. Sebastiani was spotted by a security guard in Topshop's flagship store in Oxford Street covertly filming women on 11 August, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard.

 
March 31, 2015
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EDWARDS:THUG BEAT PARTNER LIKE 'HUMAN PUNCH BAG' IN FRONT OF KIDS

SHEPHERD'S BUSH, WEST LONDON A jobless thug caught on CCTV battering his partner like 'a human punch bag' in a shopping centre lift in front of his three young children was jailed for two years. Jason Edwards, 36, trapped the victim in a corner of the cabin and threw at least 15 punches at her before the doors opened. The pair had spent the afternoon of 5 February shopping at the Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherd's Bush before Edwards assaulted his victim. The attack, which lasted around two minutes, took place in front of the victim's three children who are all under the age of 13.

 
March 31, 2015
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SHOFOLOHAN:JAIL FOR NEW DRIVER WHO KILLED FAMILY FRIEND

STOKE NEWINGTON, HACKNEY, EAST LONDON A new driver who crushed a family friend beneath the wheels of his Honda Civic was jailed for three years today (TUES). Olugbenga Shofolahan, 44, collided with 30-year-old Tamika Malo when he reversed at high speed out of her driveway on 12 October 2013. Ms Malo's daughter had been for a sleepover at Shofolahan's home with his children and he was dropping her back home in Lordship Road, Stoke Newington, north London. The victim had just got out of a taxi and was paying her fare when the car shot across the road and hit her before smashing into a garden wall on 25 February.

 
March 31, 2015
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BROUGH:JONATHAN AITKEN WOULD BE PM IF IT WEREN'T FOR JOURNALIST

MORTLAKE, WEST NORWOOD, CROYDON, SOUTH LONDON; SLOUGH, BERKS Corrupt former MP Jonathan Aitken would be Prime Minister if it had not been for a Mirror journalist now on trial for paying public officials, a court heard today (TUES). Graham Brough, 54, also helped expose the Metropolitan Police as 'institutionally racist' and promoted the rights of war-hero Gurkas, jurors heard. Brough, who has since left the Mirror, is said to have paid Pentonville prison guard Reggie Nunkoo for stories, including the jail time of singer Boy George. He claims he had no idea at the time that Nunkoo was a prison officer and insists that the stories were in the public interest.


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