Crime

New York synagogue bomb plotters sentenced

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

A trio behind a plot to bomb a Bronx synagogue in 2009 have been given 25-year-sentences by a federal judge in the United States.

The FBI intercepted the plans before the men, James Cromitie, David Williams and Onta Williams, could carry them out.

Undercover agents gave the men fake bombs so that when they came to plant the devices in two cars by the synagogue, there was no explosion.

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Drunken Chasidic man charged with racist assault

By Jessica Elgot, June 28, 2011

A strictly Orthodox man has been charged with assault after he apparently poured beer on his Turkish neighbour and called her a “terrorist” – and then hid from police in his synagogue.

Simchon Schwartz, 46, from Brooklyn, is said to have grabbed his neighbour, Selda Turan, 27, and shoved her head down on his car, pouring beer over her, and then to have hit her husband in the street.

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Man found guilty of Stamford Hill pensioner killing

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

A Polish decorator has been found guilty of manslaughter after he left an elderly Stamford Hill woman gagged and bound to a chair while he raided her home.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, died a "slow death" of hypothermia and lay undiscovered for five weeks before she was found by relatives on New Year's Day 2009, her decomposed body still bound to a chair in her bedroom.

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Jailed Halimi honey trapper seduced her prison wardens

By Michel Zlotowski, June 23, 2011

Iranian-born Sorour Arbabzadeh is serving a nine-year sentence for her participation in the brutal killing of Ilan Halimi in 2006 - but she is again in the headlines for having seduced two of her prison wardens.

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Burn victim hands rabbi $18m lawsuit

By Ellen Tumposky, June 23, 2011

An arson attack that left a man with severe burns has brought unwelcome scrutiny to a New York enclave of a strict Chasidic sect.

New Square - about 40 miles from New York City in Rockland County - is populated by Skver Chasidim, a group that originated in the Ukranian town of Skvyra. David Twersky has been its Grand Rabbi since his father died in 1968.

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'Confession made up' in Stamford Hill pensioner murder case

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

Police "fabricated" evidence in a desperate attempt to seal a conviction for the unsolved manslaughter of a Stamford Hill pensioner, a court has heard.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, died alone after burglars raided her home and left her bound and gagged.

She lay undiscovered for five weeks before she was found by relatives on New Year's Day 2009.

Her home had been "ransacked" after two burglars

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Raid victim 'bound and left to die'

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

A pensioner died alone in her bedroom after burglars ransacked her home and left her bound, gagged and unable to call for help.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, lay undiscovered for five weeks before relatives found her body on New Year's Day 2009.

The men broke in through the basement of her five-bedroom home in Leweston Place, Stamford Hill, north London, an Old Bailey jury heard this week.

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Pensioner gagged and left to die 'slow death'

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2011

A Stamford Hill pensioner was left gagged and bound to a chair by burglars for five weeks before her body was discovered, a court heard this week.

Two Polish men broke into 83-year-old Eveline Kelmenson's house through the basement in the middle of the night, before taping her to a chair, robbing her and ransacking her home, a jury at the Old Bailey was told.

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Pig's head left at Scots doorway

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2011

Police have said that the leaving of a pig's head outside the home of a Jewish woman in Aberdeen is not a racial incident.

The head, reportedly with a knife stuck in it, was left on the doorstep of the woman on Friday evening the week before last.

But Grampian Police stated this week: "Following our initial inquiries we can confirm the incident is being treated as a breach of the peace and n

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Ripper: East End acid murderer driven by Angel lust

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

The case of a Jewish umbrella salesman convicted of murdering a pregnant housewife was revisited this week - 124 years after he was hanged for the crime.

In a heated debate at the Whitechapel Society in Aldgate, just minutes from the site of the murder, a modern-day jury heard the case against Israel Lipski, a near-penniless 22-year-old who had emigrated from Poland in 1885.

On a Tuesday mor

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