Parents of murdered man fail in court bid

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2012

Next week, Irwin and Corinne Van Colle will mark 12 years since their 25-year-old son, Giles, was murdered, shot by a former employee.

The couple had hoped that, by now, the European Court of Human Rights would have confirmed what the High Court agreed in 2006 and the Appeal Court upheld the following year — that Hertfordshire Police had failed in its duty to protect their son.


King of Thailand grants Israeli murderer a royal pardon

By Sandy Rashty, November 14, 2012

An Israeli who murdered his ex-wife and dismembered her body in Bangkok, has received a royal pardon from the King of Thailand.

Eli Cohen Maimon was arrested in February 2004 after he killed his ex-wife Carol within 24 hours of them arriving in Bangkok.

He was arrested at the Israeli embassy as he filed a missing person report, according to the Jerusalem Post.


Strasbourg rules against parents in case of murdered optician

By Jennifer Lipman, November 13, 2012

The parents of an optician murdered by a former employee have lost their final attempt to win justice in the courts for their son over alleged failures by Hertfordshire Police.


Giffords faces shooter as he is sentenced to life

By Hadas Haimov, November 9, 2012

Former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords stood in federal court on Thursday to face her would-be assassin.

On January 8 2011, Jared Loughner, 24, a college dropout with a history of psychiatric disorders, opened fire near a supermarket in Arizona.


Former City stockbroker Nicholas Levene jailed for Ponzi scheme

By Anna Sheinman, November 8, 2012

Former City stockbroker Nicholas Levene has been jailed for 13 years for “unprecedented” fraud, running a Ponzi scheme worth £32m.

The former deputy chairman of Leyton Orient defrauded a string of investors, many of them Jewish or Israeli, and blew £18m on parties and holidays, as well as numerous properties in Israel.


New York man beaten and mugged during Hurricane Sandy

By Hadas Haimov, November 2, 2012

A Jewish man from Brooklyn was beaten and mugged during Hurricane Sandy.

The gang of five took advantage of the empty streets and attacked the man at 7pm on Monday.

The attackers kicked their victim repeatedly and knocked him unconscious. While the man was lying on the ground bleeding, the five stole his wallet and phone.

The victim was taken to hospital.


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.


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.


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.


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.