Crime

Israeli 'polygamous guru' held for rape allegations

By Jessica Elgot, January 15, 2010

Israeli self-styled ‘guru’ Goel Ratzon has had his appeal for bail rejected after he was arrested on suspicion of enslaving and raping several of his 17 ‘wives’.

The Tel Aviv District Court on Friday rejected an appeal filed by Mr Ratzon against the extension of his 12-day remand.

He will be held in a Tel Aviv jail until his court date. No formal charges have been made but he is held on suspicion of enslavement, rape and extortion.

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Child killings fuel Israel 'crime-wave' fears

By Nathan Jeffay, January 14, 2010

After a murder reminiscent of the James Bulger case and several other apparently violent deaths since the New Year, Israelis are becoming increasingly concerned about violent crime.

On January 1, police found the body of seven-year-old Leon Kalantarov in the bedroom of Naor and Adir Sudmi, twins in their 20s who live in the boy’s home town, near Ashdod.

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Man guilty of kosher bakery break-in

By Jessica Elgot, January 8, 2010

A man has pleaded guilty to stealing a laptop and causing several hundred pounds worth of damage to a kosher bakery in Stamford Hill.

Mehmet Kama, 29, of Bridlington Road, Enfield pleaded guilty at Thames Magistrates Court to burglary, following a break-in at Grodzinski kosher bakery.

DCI Gary Bruce of Hackney Police said: "This individual was quickly identified and apprehended following extensive police enquiries, with help from the Jewish community.

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Man fined for New Year antisemitic abuse

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2010

A 20-year-old Romanian has been fined after he shouted antisemitic abuse at two revellers and spat at police officers in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Two Jewish men alerted police after they were shouted at outside The Refectory pub in Finchley Road, Golders Green, at 3.15 am on January 1.

When officers arrived they found a group of men involved in a scuffle. Two ran away but the third, Daniel Cader, was arrested. While being detained he spat at the police and paramedics.

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Cocaine rabbi escapes jail sentence

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 17, 2009

The rabbi convicted of cocaine possession has received an order to attend narcotics rehabilitation within the Jewish community, escaping a jail term.

At his trial in November, Rabbi Chalomish had pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of high-quality cocaine after falling into heavy addiction. The jury found him guilty of possessing 100g of cocaine, but unanimously cleared him on two counts of the more severe charge of intent to supply the drug.

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Police death motorist walks free

By Leon Symons, December 17, 2009

An Israeli has walked free from court after admitting causing the death by careless driving of an off-duty motorcycle police officer.

Liron Shnaider, 26, of Finchley Road, Golders Green, north west London, was given 20 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, and 100 hours’ community service when he appeared for sentencing at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday.

He was also disqualified from driving for two years and must sit tests before he can drive in Britain again.

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Rabbi's finger bitten off at Chanucah celebration

By Beth Alexander in Vienna, December 15, 2009

A man is alleged to have bitten off a rabbi’s finger at a public Chanucah celebration in Vienna.

Rabbi Dov Grussman was responding to apparent antisemitic jibes from the Muslim man, who is said to have hurled himself at the Chabad Rabbi and punched him.

During the struggle, the man is alleged to have bitten the rabbi, severing part of his finger. He was later arrested by Austrian police.

Rabbi Grussman was taken to hospital where doctors attempted to reattach the severed finger. He is currently being monitored for infection from the injury.

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Leeds United ex- director in blackmail charge

By Jessica Elgot, December 9, 2009

Former property magnate and director of Leeds United Simon Morris has been charged with conspiracy to blackmail.

Mr Morris, 32, was declared bankrupt a year after his business empire SRM Holdings Group collapsed with debts of around £50 million.

The charges come after a long investigation by West Yorkshire police into the demise of the business.

He will appear before magistrates in Leeds next week, jointly charged with an unnamed 49-year-old man from Hyde, Cheshire.

His co-accused is also charged with possession of a firearm and possession of an offensive weapon.

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Attack on Stamford Hill woman

By Robyn Rosen, December 9, 2009

A strictly Orthodox woman has been attacked after she disrupted an armed burglar in her home in Stamford Hill.

Police were called at 7.48am on Tuesday to reports of a burglar armed with a knife at an address in St Andrew’s Grove.

The burglar was disturbed by a woman, aged in her 50s, who was attacked by the male suspect, during which she was hit in the face and received a bloody nose and cracked tooth.

The suspect then made off with cash and jewellery. Police searched the area with a helicopter but failed to find the suspect.

No arrests have been made.

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Rabbi cleared of supplying cocaine faces rehab

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 25, 2009

The rabbi standing trial for supplying cocaine at a lavish party for rich doctors, businessmen and prostitutes has been cleared by a jury at Manchester Crown Court.

Baruch Chalomish, 54, escaped a lengthy prison sentence and was given unconditional bail. It was indicated by the judge that he would face an order to attend narcotic rehabilitation organised by the strictly Orthodox Jewish community when he reappears for sentencing on December 17.

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