Crime

Lawyer's court date over fund theft

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 18, 2011

A top lawyer is to face two charges of theft totalling £95,000.

David Friesner, one of Manchester's most highly regarded barristers, will appear before Leeds Magistrates' Court over £81,500 of missing funds at his former St John Street Chambers in Manchester.

He also faces a separate charge of stealing £13,500 which was paid to him by the Crown Prosecution Service.

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Israel revolted by Jordan's justice minister plea for murderer

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2011

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has heavily condemned a Jordanian minister’s demands for the early release of a man convicted of murdering seven Israeli schoolgirls in 1997.

Ahmed Daqamseh, a former Jordanian soldier, shot the girls with an automatic rifle and injured seven others at Naharayim, a spot on the Israeli-Jordanian border.

The girls were on a school trip when they were murdered.

Daqamseh was sentenced to a life (25 years) behind bars, but this week the new Jordanian justice minister Hussein Mjali joined anti-Israel demonstrators to demand his release.

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Warrant for croc attack Stamford Hill husband

By Jessica Elgot, February 11, 2011

An arrest warrant has been issued for a strictly Orthodox man, convicted of clubbing his wife with a pink Croc sandal, because he failed to appear in court for sentencing today.

Solomon Glausiusz, 42, of Stamford Hill, who attacked his wife of 14 years, Yerusha while their baby daughter was being held, was convicted after a three-day trial last year.

The unemployed father of six pleaded not guilty and said the attack, in June 2009, had been in self-defence. He was due in Snaresbrook Crown Court this afternoon to be sentenced for actual bodily harm.

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Police tackle hate crime reporting

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 11, 2011

Greater Manchester Police are launching two initiatives to tackle under-reporting of antisemitic incidents.

In the next few weeks, the force will pilot a hate crime victim support system in Prestwich and Whitefield in partnership with the Community Security Trust. Prestwich's strictly Orthodox community will also have a forum at public meetings in a separate move to engender more engagement with police.

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Policewoman gets honour from Met

By Robyn Rosen, February 10, 2011

A beauty therapist turned police officer has received a Metropolitan Police commendation for ideas she developed to help reduce crime in nightclubs.

Jo Poole, 57, who has spent 17 years on the force, was presented with the award on Monday. "It means a lot to be recognised for your work," she said.

"I'm most proud of instigating the stickers at cash machines to warn people to look behind them when they take out money. It helped reduce crime in one street in Soho from 167 attacks in six months to nine."

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Jail for 'deceptive' Chasidic psychologist

By James Brewster, February 8, 2011

A top psychologist who used a string of aliases to avoid paying off massive debts had his sentence backed by top judges today.

Yehuda Crammer, of Danesway, Prestwich, was jailed for two years and six months at Manchester Crown Court last June after admitting two counts of "concealing property" in breach of the Insolvency Act.

Mr Justice Irwin, sitting in London's Appeal Court with Lord Justice Aikens and Judge Jeremy Roberts QC, said Crammer had been declared bankrupt in January 2004, with evidence suggesting he had accumulated over £1 million in debts.

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Seven years prison after violent assault

By Robyn Rosen, February 3, 2011

A Jewish man has been sent to prison for seven years after luring a teenager to a restaurant in Golders Green and repeatedly stabbing him following a feud over a girl.

Jacob Butchoff, 20, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent and was handed the sentence in Wood Green Crown Court today.

He was arrested in September last year after he attacked an 18-year-old man at a Chinese restaurant in Golders Green Road.

The victim had begun a relationship with Butchoff’s ex-girlfriend in 2007 which prompted animosity between the two.

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'Nigeria 'bribe' lawyer loses extradition-appeal

By James Brewster, January 20, 2011

A British solicitor has failed in a High Court bid to block his extradition to the United States where he faces charges of aiding and abetting an enormous corruption plot.

Jeffrey Tesler, 62, is accused by the American authorities of involvement in an international conspiracy to channel bribes to senior officials in Nigeria.

Mr Tesler, who works for a legal practice in Tottenham, north London, argued that the alleged conduct complained of did not occur in America, and there were “insufficiently substantial links” between it and the US to legally justify extradition.

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Israeli police arrest scroll gang rabbi

January 13, 2011

Police hope to have put a brake on the rising number of Torah scroll thefts from synagogues around Israel after arresting two gangs last week.

In the largest of the swoops, police uncovered an unusual example of Arab-Jewish co-operation when they charged three Arabs in Lod and a prominent rabbi from the strictly-Orthodox town of Elad, near Petach Tikvah, with the theft of 70 Torah scrolls.

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Jewish security team nab Craigslist car thief

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2011

Members of an Orthodox Jewish security force in New York helped catch an alleged car thief by setting up a sting operation.

Valsyl Lazoryshyn is believed to have stolen a car after its owner advertised the vehicle for sale on the website Craigslist.

After being fooled by Mr Lazoryshyn, who drove the car away during a test drive, the owner decided to contact the Shomrim.

The Brooklyn branch of the Jewish security group helped by arranging a second car sale at which he could pose as a prospective buyer.

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