Crime

Charedi man regrets affair, denies rape

By Simon Rocker, November 2, 2012

A Chasidic businessman charged with rape and indecent assault of a young woman may have to face a new trial in after a jury at Wood Green Crown Court failed to return a verdict.

Menachem Mendel Levy, a father of five aged 40, had pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing the woman from the age of 14 until 20.

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Looters hit Amy Winehouse's former home

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2012

Singer Amy Winehouse’s former home has reportedly been hit by looters who stole items worth more than £130,000.

Two iconic dresses, including the Back to Black-star’s wedding dress and a newsprint dress worn during a television appearance, were stolen from the property in Camden, north London, according to the Sun.

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Antisemitic abuse aimed at teen thieves

By Marcus Dysch, October 26, 2012

Two teenagers who broke into a synagogue have been released from a young offenders’ institute after winning an appeal against their original sentences.

David Gutweith, 18, and Uriel Broder, 19, were initially ordered to serve 16 weeks in a young offenders’ institute earlier this month after admitting taking part in a burglary at the Beth Shmuel Synagogue in Golders Green.

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Jewish school burglary verdict

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

A 22-year-old man faces a possible jail term after admitting repeatedly burgling a Jewish primary school.

Schneur Simmons appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Monday, charged with four counts of burglary at the Torah Vodaas Primary School at Golders Green Synagogue, Dunstan Road, between January 2011 and August this year.

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Rape accuser: rabbis would not help me

By Simon Rocker and Anna Sheinman, October 25, 2012

A trial opened this week to allegations of rape inside the strictly Orthodox Jewish community.

Menachem Mendel Levy, 40, denies eight counts of rape or sexual assault of a young Orthodox woman, including three of indecent assault when she was a minor.

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Terror trial: ‘Would-be suicide bombers discussed gun attack on synagogue’

By JC REPORTER, October 25, 2012

The three Birmingham men accused of plotting a huge terror attack in the UK discussed storming a synagogue armed with guns had they been unable to make a bomb, a court heard today.

The would-be suicide bombers made a bungled attempt to destroy blueprints for a terror attack more deadly than 7/7, the court heard.

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Israeli police ordered offline over cyber attack fear

By Anna Sheinman, October 25, 2012

Israeli police officers have been ordered to disconnect their computers from the internet following fears of a possible attack on their computer system.

Following an intelligence tip-off indicating that a virus attack would be carried out using a CD or USB stick, an order was issued at 10.30 this morning to avoid inserting any hardware into computers, and all computers were taken offline.

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Men charged over grave desecrations in New Zealand

By Dan Goldberg, October 25, 2012

Three men have appeared in court in New Zealand charged with desecrating more than 20 Jewish gravestones in a historic cemetery last week.

The men, aged between 19 and 23, are alleged to have daubed the graves in Auckland, some of which date back to the 1880s, with swastikas and the number 88 — code for “Heil Hitler”.

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Jimmy Savile admitted he was 'crooked' in interview before his death

By Sandy Rashty, October 19, 2012

In a previously unpublished interview given just before his death last year, Jimmy Savile admitted that his reputation would collapse after his death, saying that he was “not a straight punter” and would soon be regarded as “crooked”.

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UK money pays for Palestinians jailed in Israel

By Sahar Zivan, October 18, 2012

A report by the watchdog, Palestinian Media Watch, has revealed that every month almost £3 million from the Palestinian Authority goes towards paying salaries to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. These salaries are drawn from the PA general budget, funded by international donors, among them the UK.

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