Crime

Banker convicted for stalking former lover

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2011

An employee of JP Morgan pretended to be a Mossad agent as part of a ploy to win back his former girlfriend and colleague.

The year-long affair between US bankers Daniela Rausnitz and David Gray, who was married at the time, came to a head yesterday at West London Magistrates' court. Mr Gray, 28, was convicted of harassing her after the couple broke up.

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Jail for gang of four who targeted Golders Green

November 17, 2011

A gang of squatters who burgled the Golders Green area of Barnet on an "industrial scale" have been sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court.

Florin Pacuretu, 21, received two years and eight months in prison; Constantin Parcuretu, 23, two years four months; Catain Mogos, 25, three years and four months; and ninteen-year-old Victor Furcila received a 14-month sentence.

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Arsonist fails to shut museum

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 17, 2011

An arson attack on a telephone pole has left Manchester Jewish Museum using Twitter and staff's personal mobile phones to tell visitors that it is open.

The vandalism, which happened last Wednesday, means that email and telephone communications are down until engineers can install a new pole next week.

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Ex Leeds United director jailed

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

Property millionaire Simon Morris has been jailed for 18 months for threatening his former business partner by sending his 21-stone bodyguard into the former partner's home.

Former Leeds United FC director Morris sent his bodyguard Jonathan Ashworth to threaten Hedley Manton over a disputed £100,000 loan. Both parties are members of the Leeds Jewish community.

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From jail to succah

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 27, 2011

An Orthodox prisoner has been released early because he faced extending his sentence by three days unless he broke halachah. The case comes as new guidelines on the needs of Jewish prisoners are taking effect for the first time.

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Lawyer: Murder confession 'false' in Leiby Kletzky case

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2011

The lawyer for a man accused of the shocking and brutal murder of an eight-year-old boy from a Chasidic Jewish community in New York has claimed his client was pushed into confessing to the crime.

Levi Aron, who admitted to killing Leiby Kletzky in July after the boy's dismembered body parts were found in a suitcase and at Aron's home, appeared at a court hearing in Brooklyn on Monday.

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Mosque attack latest in revenge campaign

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 6, 2011

An arson attack on a mosque in Israel's north this week escalated into a two-day rioting spree increasing the security services' fears of extreme right-wing violence.

The arsonists set light to the mosque in the village of Tuba Zangaria in the Upper Galilee in the early hours of Monday morning, causing major damage to the building's interior and burning hundreds of Korans and other prayer-books

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Ex Leeds United director convicted of blackmail

By Jessica Elgot, October 3, 2011

Property mogul Simon Morris, who sent his 21-stone bodyguard to force a former business partner and fellow member of the Leeds Jewish community into repaying a loan, has been found guilty of blackmail and told he will face jail.

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Bodyguard threat to businessman

By Zoe Beaty, September 22, 2011

A property mogul sent his 21-stone bodyguard to force a former business partner and fellow member of the Leeds Jewish community into repaying a loan, a court has heard.

Former Leeds United boss Simon Morris, 34, who was heavily in debt after several failed dealings, asked Johnathan Ashworth, 51, to visit Hedley Manton at his office to collect £100,000 he had lent him to buy a house.

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Shtreimel thief wrong-footed by name label

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

A thief who walked off with a religious Jew's fur hat was caught - because the owner's name was written on the inside.

Shtreimels – large fur hats lined with velvet – have been worn by married Charedi men for centuries and can be worth up to £4,000.

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