Crime

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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Settlers go on revenge rampage

By Simon Griver, September 8, 2011

West Bank settlers have set fire to a mosque in the Palestinian village of Qusra, south of Nablus, and vandalised an IDF base.

The attacks are thought to be in retaliation for the Israeli government's destruction of three houses on Sunday in the illegal Jewish settlement of Migron. Settlers were seen placing burning tyres inside the mosque before dawn on Monday, badly burning its interior.

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Israeli escapes German torture chamber

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2011

An Israeli woman managed to free herself from the clutches of a German captor after he trapped her in a room rigged with explosives.

The woman, who is 26, has not been named but reportedly was acquainted with her captor. Despite being handcuffed in the tiny room – an adapted telephone box - she escaped after a few hours when her captor Thomas Fischer failed to lock the door.

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Judaica found in Golders Green house

By Jennifer Lipman, August 18, 2011

These are some of the items found in a Golders Green house raided by police last week. Eight men have been charged in connection with the thefts.

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Squatters charged after Judaica found in Golders Green house

By Jennifer Lipman, August 18, 2011

Eight men have been charged with four counts of burglary in connection with the thefts of Judaica items and other valuables from properties in Golders Green.

Barnet police discovered the men squatting in a house on the Ridgeway in Golders Green last week and arrested them.

The stash police found at the house included a grandfather clock, jewellery, cameras and laptop computers.

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