Assault

Latin teacher accused of assault on pupils

By Nick Cullen, January 28, 2010

A Latin master at a top London public school subjected three pupils to a sustained campaign of sexual abuse, a court has heard.

Michael Gordon, 55, a member of Pinner and Northwood Liberal Synagogue, regularly stroked the youngsters and pressed himself up against them, it is claimed.

The boys, who were all aged between 10 and 13 at the time, said the abuse made them feel “shivery” and “horrible”, Southwark Crown Court heard.

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Teacher charged with sex assault

September 3, 2009

A teacher has appeared in court charged with sexually assaulting two children.

Michael Gordon, 55, a member of Pinner and Northwood Liberal Synagogue, faces 11 charges of sexually assaulting a boy under the age of 13 by touching, and three charges of sexually assaulting a boy aged 13.

He appeared at City of London Magistrates’ Court on August 25 and was bailed. He did not enter a plea.

It is alleged that the offences took place between September 1, 2007, and April 9 this year.

Mr Gordon, of Thrush Green, Harrow, will appear at Southwark Crown Court on September 22.

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5ft 2 woman in court for attacking 'stocky' neighbour

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2009

A mother of four has spoken of her relief at being cleared of assaulting a neighbour during a row over a lost football.

Petite Susannah Marmot, 42, endured a ten-month ordeal following a scuffle with stocky George Louka outside her home in Edgware, north west London.

She was accused of actual bodily harm after Mr Louka fell and cut his head, requiring ten stitches, as she tried to retrieve her son’s ball.

Dustman Mr Louka was described in court as an “Alf Garnett” figure who regularly shouted abuse at neighbours and called police to make complaints.

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Samurai assault on pair who challenged noisy neighbours

By Robyn Rosen, August 27, 2009

A property developer assaulted his neighbour with a samurai sword after a dispute about noise reached a climax, a court heard.

Estate agent Simon Korn, of Marylebone, central London, opened his door in the early hours of October 26 last year to see pyjama-clad Simon Carson, 58, wielding an antique samurai sword.

Mr Korn grabbed the sword, accidently slashing own his hand as he grappled Mr Carson to the ground, before Mr Carson’s wife, Freddie Booker-Carson, began slapping Mr Korn’s wife, Madeline, Southwark Crown Court heard.

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'Strangler' cleared of attacking Nicole Farhi

By Keren David, June 24, 2009

A 27-year-old man has been cleared of attacking the fashion designer Nicole Farhi, but found guilty of seven "strangulation" robberies.

Matthew Mykoo, of Brent, north-west London, was convicted of the attacks at Wood Green crown court today. He was found not guilty of of robbing Farhi, 62 on her doorstep in Highgate last year, a crime that his brother Daniel Mykoo, 28 admitted.

The French-born designer lost consciousness in the attack. She told the court she came round to discover the men stealing her diamond ring, along with a Rolex watch that had belonged to her father.

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Charedim battle sex-abuse bill

By Nathan Guttman, May 27, 2009

Attempts to bring justice to victims of sexual abuse are opening old wounds in New York’s strictly Orthodox community and its leadership, which is largely viewed as trying to block these attempts.

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Sea mystery as passenger claims ‘we beat pirates’

By James Martin, May 27, 2009

A London woman who was on a cruise ship attacked by Somali pirates said this week that “the heroic efforts of passengers in fending them off has been overlooked”.

Frances Pallas was a week into a three-week cruise, which ran from Durban, South Africa, to Genoa, Italy, when the MSC Melody was attacked by pirates last month.

Mrs Pallas disputes the claim of the ship’s owners, MSC Cruises, that pirates were thwarted by Israeli security guards, who “acted immediately and successfully” in response to an attempted hijack.

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Argentina knife attack

By David Labi, May 21, 2009

Argentinian Justice Minister Ánibal Fernández has denied that there was “an outbreak of antisemitism” in the country, after a Jewish crowd was attacked by a knife-wielding gang.

The incident took place during an event marking Israel’s 61st anniversary in Buenos Aires last week, attended by 500 people. Twenty men emerged from a subway entrance armed with sticks, knives, a flail and a banner accusing Israel of genocide, and began assaulting crowd members.

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Toy gun pest handed 12-month curfew order

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2009

A man who shot an Orthodox Jew with a pellet gun has been sentenced to a curfew order.

Kris Cherry, 20, must not leave his home in Gateshead between 8pm and 7am for the next three months after admitting he carried out the attack because he “didn’t like Jews”.

His victim, who has not been named, was not injured in the March 14 shooting despite being hit on the arm.

Unemployed Cherry fired the gun from a car “for a laugh” while travelling through Bensham, home to the North East’s largest Jewish community.

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Gateshead shooter sentenced

By Marcus Dysch, May 13, 2009

A man who shot an Orthodox Jew with a pellet from a toy gun has been sentenced to a curfew order.

Kris Cherry, 20, must not leave his home in Bensham, Gateshead, between 8pm and 7am for the next three months after admitting he carried out the attack because he “didn’t like Jews”.

His victim, who has not been named, was not injured in the March 14 shooting despite being hit on the arm.

Unemployed Cherry fired the gun from a car “for a laugh” while travelling through Bensham, home to the North East’s largest Jewish community.

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