Crime

Judge wants full details of stab woman's death

June 12, 2014

A Romanian who murdered an Israeli woman in her home is facing life behind bars.

Nicolae Patraucean, 20, left Rivka Holden, 55, so badly mutilated it is still unclear exactly how she died, the Old Bailey heard.

Ms Holden suffered horrific wounds in the attack at her home in Colindale, north-west London, and may also have been sexually assaulted by Patraucean.

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Jewish teenagers fall victim to gambling menace

By Marcus Dysch, June 12, 2014

Gambling now poses the biggest threat to Jewish teenagers - even more than drink and drug abuse.

The rise in the number of betting shops and online applications is blamed for a problem experts say is being ignored.

And, they add, smartphones have done much to encourage the bet-anywhere-anytime philosophy and help keep the problem hidden.

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Palestinian teenager found guilty of stabbing soldier

By Charlotte Oliver, June 3, 2014

A Palestinian teenager was convicted on Monday by an IDF military court of stabbing an Israeli soldier to death late last year on a public bus in northern Israel.

IDF recruit Eten Atias died in hospital aged 18 last November after the 16-year-old Palestinian boy, who could not be legally identified, attacked him as their bus entered the Afula central bus station.

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Brighton plaque honours Victorian policeman

By Cecily Woolf, June 2, 2014

A blue plaque has been unveiled by Brighton mayor Brian Fitch to commemorate Henry Solomon, the first chief officer of Brighton Borough Police and the only one to have died on duty.

Mr Solomon was appointed in 1838 and commanded 31 officers for six years but he was attacked with a poker in his office by a petty thief, John Lawrence, on March 13, 1844, and died a day later of his wounds.

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New hope for Duggan mother as she heads to court

By Daniel Easterman, May 29, 2014

The mother of a north London student who died under suspicious circumstances in Germany has taken her quest for justice to the British courts.

Erica Duggan has waged an 11-year battle with the German authorities over the fate of her son Jeremiah.

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Museum bloodbath puts Belgians on terror alert

By Yossie Lempkowicz, Marcus Dysch and Orlando Radice, May 29, 2014

V Five days after a lone gunman shot dead four people at Brussels’ Jewish Museum, the fear and anger is palpable.

“We are in a state of war. The terrorist is still at large. When you see the video images of the shooter, it’s really frightening because he might act again,’’ said Brigitte Weberman, a consultant who works for a local Jewish radio station.

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Hampstead stockbroker and family robbed by motorcycle gang

By Sandy Rashty, May 22, 2014

A motorcycle gang robbed a stockbroker and his wife of watches worth £20,000 as they returned to their car after a family day out at Kenwood House in north London.

Two bikes drew up alongside the VW Tiguan at around 5pm last Saturday. Four men surrounded it and one smashed a hammer into the side of the car.

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Pair held over Nazi salute outside Golders Green kosher restaurant

By Marcus Dysch, May 1, 2014

A barrister has described how he witnessed a neo-Nazi attack outside a kosher restaurant just hours after Holocaust memorial day.

Two men performed Nazi salutes and shouted “Heil Hitler” during the incident.

Neville Kesselman, 71, was with a group of friends when the pair carried out the attack in Golders Green, north-west London, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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Gateshead man cleared of sexually abusing teenage boy

By Charlotte Oliver, May 1, 2014

A member of Gateshead's Orthodox Jewish community has been cleared of sexually abusing a teenage boy.

Jeremy Bernstein, 37, had been on trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

He was accused of touching the boy inappropriately and forcing him to carry out sex acts between December 1998 and December 2003.

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Gateshead man on trial over ‘sex abuse’ of teen

May 1, 2014

A member of the Gateshead Orthodox community went on trial this week accused of a string of historic sex offences against a teenage boy.

Jeremy Bernstein, 37, was accused of touching the boy inappropriately and forcing him to carry out sex acts between December 1998 and December 2003.

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