Crime

Ballet school vice-principal charged with racially abusing Jewish student

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

The vice-principal of a leading Scottish ballet school based in the Highlands has appeared in court charged with racially abusing a Jewish student.

Jonathan Barton, of the Ballet West centre of excellence in Taynuilt, Argyll, is said to have told pupils practising a routine: “You look like the Jews lining up waiting to be shot.”

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The great Golders Green etrog theft

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

A man has been fined after he stole an etrog from a specialist Succot store.

Ali Kerman-Shali was arrested after he put the fruit in his pocket and ran away from the shop in Golders Green, north west London.

The etrog was estimated to be worth around £80.

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Teenager on trial over cardiff death

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2012

A teenager charged with the murder of a synagogue caretaker is currently on trial at Cardiff Crown Court.

Bleddyn Rees King, 18, from Abercynon, allegedly murdered David Evans, 64, during a fire at his home in January.

Mr Evans worked at the Cardiff United Synagogue for three years but there is no apparent connection between Mr Evans’s employment at the shul and his death.

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Crime wave prompted by gambling debt explosion

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

A spate of so-called “Jew-on-Jew” crimes has been linked to an explosion in gambling debts among the strictly Orthodox.

A 23-year-old north-west London Jewish man will stand trial next month after denying four charges of burgling a Jewish primary school in Golders Green.

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I was angry with my ex-lodger — so I sent her dog poo at work

By Anna Sheinman, September 27, 2012

A Golders Green woman who sent dog excrement in the post to a former lodger received a harassment conviction and a conviction for assault on a police officer, at City of London Magistrates’ court last week.

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Stockbroker Nicholas Levene faces jail

By Anna Sheinman, September 25, 2012

City stockbroker Nicholas Levene faces a “substantial” jail term after he pleaded guilty, at Southwark Crown Court on Monday, to cheating investors out of £32m.

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Former Israel PM Ehud Olmert handed suspended sentence

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2012

Israel’s former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been handed a suspended jail sentence and a fine for breach of trust.

A Jerusalem court convicted Olmert in July of being improperly involved in directing contracts to friends of a business associate.

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Woman posted dog poo in lodger row

By Anna Sheinman, September 20, 2012

A Golders Green woman has been convicted of harassment and assault on a police officer, after a sequence of events during which she sent dog excrement to a former lodger by post.

Yanina Heuberger, 53, was convicted of sending both an abusive email and a further offending letter to lawyer Lisa Hirsowitz following a small claims settlement over the lodger’s rental deposit.

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Teen trio broke into synagogue and stole car

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2012

Three Jewish teenagers burgled a synagogue on a Shabbat and stole a congregant’s car.

They entered the Beth Shmuel Synagogue in Golders Green, north-west London, and took the keys for the vehicle, which was parked outside.

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Chabad rabbi punched

By Marcus Dysch, September 14, 2012

A rabbi has described how he was punched during a scuffle with men who shouted antisemitic abuse.

Rabbi Yisroel Lew was struck in the ear after the men launched an unprovoked attack in the early hours of the morning in Baker Street, central London.

The Bloomsbury Chabad director and a friend had been moving items from his office when the incident happened.

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