Crime

Solicitor jailed for stealing from dead clients

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2009

A solicitor has been jailed for stealing £43,450 left by dead clients in their wills.

Alan Benstock, a former deputy coroner, used the money to fund his daughter’s private education, cover family medical bills and pay the mortgage on his home in Chapel Allerton, Leeds.

The 51-year-old admitted nine charges of theft over a four-month period in 2006.

He had set up a charitable trust into which he paid the money from three dead clients’ wills. He did not register the trust with the Charity Commission and kept it secret from colleagues.

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Orthodox man jailed for sex offences

By Leon Symons, October 13, 2009

An Orthodox academic has been jailed for four months after police found dozens of images of children in his computer.

Eight years ago Dr Benjamin Yudkin, 41, of Wolvercote, Oxford, escaped a custodial sentence after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old child in Reading.

Last week Yudkin appeared for sentence at Oxford Crown Court having previously admitted three counts of possession of indecent images.

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Stamford Hill sex predator fails in bid to clear his name

By James Brewster, October 8, 2009

A man who had sex with a 15-year-old Orthodox Jewish boy has failed to clear his name in the Court of Appeal.

Najibullah Ahmadzai, 25, of Walthamstow, was found guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court in June last year of sexual activity with a child.

Deemed a danger to the public, he was sentenced to indefinite imprisonment for public protection and ordered to serve at least three-and-a-half years behind bars before he could apply for parole.

He had sex with his victim, a member of the Orthodox Jewish community, after they met at a Stamford Hill internet cafe, where Ahmadzai worked.

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Anti-Israel protestor cleared of police attack

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2009

A founding member of an anti-Israel group has been cleared of attacking a policeman during a protest against Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Deborah Fink, of Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (JBIG), was arrested in London in May while demonstrating as Mr Lieberman spoke at an event at the home of JNF chairman Samuel Hayek.

Ms Fink was in a group of around a dozen protestors who were asked to move by police.

When they refused they were moved by officers. She admitted putting up “strong physical resistance” before she was arrested.

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Richard Caring offers £15,000 for stag killer

By Jessica Elgot, October 5, 2009

The Jewish owner of The Ivy restaurant is offering £15,000 reward for capturing the vandal who shot two stags on his estate.

Police are investigating the possibility that the attacks may have been intended to send a threatening message to Mr Caring.

Richard Caring, who also owns celebrity hotspot Annabel’s nightclub, has now hired former SAS soldiers as security guards for his estate in Exmoor.

The businessman, who is 146th on the Sunday Times Rich List and worth an estimated £360 million, called the hunter “a lunatic with a high-powered rifle”.

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Polanski's supporters demand 'immediate release'

By Jessica Elgot, September 29, 2009

Jewish filmmakers and artists have spoken out against the arrest of Rosemary's Baby director Roman Polanski.

Woody Allen, actor Wim Wenders and British director Stephen Frears are among the 138 Hollywood names who have signed a petition pledging to fight Mr Polanski’s extradition to the US.

Mr Polanski, who is a Holocaust survivor, has not returned to the US since pleading guilty to drugging and raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977. He currently resides in France where he holds citizenship.

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Special interests of Charedi cops

By Leon Symons, September 24, 2009

Patrolling the Golders Green streets, Nochum Dewhurst and David Baddiel look like any other policemen on the beat.

But the helmets of the young special constables cover black kipot — they are the area’s first Charedi law officers.

SPC Dewhurst, 21, a product of Menorah Grammar School, has been a special for two years while SPC Baddiel, 27, is a recent recruit. Educated at Pardes House, he is related to his TV personality namesake.

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Police swoop on Shabbat beach dinner

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2009

A bottle of kiddush wine was confiscated and poured away by police who pounced on a group of messianic Jews enjoying Shabbat dinner on a beach.

Five members of the Messiach Ben Yisrael community had been using the Palwin No 4 to make kiddush on Bournemouth beach.

The Basingstoke-based group had begun a post-kiddush discussion about the hymn Adon Olam when two police officers approached them for breaking “no alcohol” regulations.

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Israeli hairdresser convicted of sexual assault

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2009

An Israeli hairdresser faces jail after being convicted of kissing and stroking a 13-year-old girl while chatting about how to give her a new look.

Shay Kaldron, 33, told the girl she was beautiful after slipping his hand under her top and caressing her stomach.

He had gone to her home in Finchley, north London, to cut the teenager’s and her mother’s hair.

But when the mother left briefly to pick up her son, Kaldron took his chance to make a move on the girl.

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Man charged over racist attacks in Salford

By Jessica Elgot, September 17, 2009

A man has been charged with 14 racially aggravated offences after a number of Jewish people were targeted in Salford.

Dean Parker, 22, of Merrick Avenue, Wythenshawe, has been charged with 14 counts of racially aggravated common assault.

Between 8 June and 10 June 2009 14 people from the Broughton Park Jewish community were sprayed with water as a Fiat Doblo drove past them in the Broughton Park area.

He will appear at Salford Magistrates' Court on Monday 28 September 2009

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