Parents face a further legal battle over son’s ‘avoidable’ murder

By Leon Symons, April 18, 2008

A couple who have fought for five years for justice for their murdered son will have to face the full might of the government at a House of Lords appeal next month.

Irwin and Corinne Van Colle have already won two judgments against Hertfordshire Police in the High Court and the Court of Appeal. On both occasions, judges decided that the police force had failed to protect their son Giles, who was murdered by one of his former employees in November, 2000.


Man accused of flashing

April 18, 2008

A 33-year-old man was due to appear before Salford Magistrates yesterday (Thursday) in connection with a string of sex offences.

Avraham Avraham, who lives at an address in Higher Broughton, Salford, was expected to face seven charges of indecent exposure. The offences were alleged to have taken place between September last year and January of this year.

Six of the offences were alleged to have occurred in the Broughton Park area of Salford, and one in Whitefield.


Masonic pair 'ran a six-year loans fraud'

By Lynda Roughley, April 18, 2008

A Manchester businessman was involved in a huge international “advance fee” fraud, a court heard.

Michael Rashman and fellow Freemason Carl Montlake are said to have created and operated a number of businesses, beginning in 1990.

The traded in the sub-prime mortgage market for both residential and business properties. Some businesses traded at the same time.

The prime vehicle for the fraud was a company called Alliance International Ventures, which was formed after 1997 to offer funding for foreign commercial projects ranging from $1m to $120m, the court was told.


Abducted boy goes to gentile dad

By Ruth Eglash, April 18, 2008

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled that an eight-year-old boy being raised here by his mother as an Orthodox Jew must be returned to his estranged non-Jewish father, under the terms of the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction.

French-born Ronite Biton, who has been fighting for custody of her son for the past six years, was ordered to return the boy to Belgium, where a local court will determine whether she or her ex-husband, Vincent Georis, will raise him.


Prisoner wins payout

April 18, 2008

A former prison inmate in Vermont, Gordon Bock, 53, is to receive $25,000 (£12,500) in compensation after complaining that he had been denied Pesach food and festival items during his prison term in 2004 and 2005.


Businessman’s not guilty plea

April 11, 2008

A businessman who has pleaded not guilty to five counts of false accounting will face trial in January next year. Alan David Meltzer, 60, from Stanmore, Middlesex, appeared at Harrow Crown Court last Wednesday.


Legal executive jailed for fraud

April 11, 2008

A legal executive has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading to nine charges of fraud. Nigel Gladstein, of Clayhall, Essex, was sentenced last Friday at Harrow Crown Court.


Shekel-scam conman back on the trains

By Leon Symons, April 11, 2008

The shekel scammer has struck again. At least seven more people have fallen prey to the man whose patter has separated Jewish travellers from their money.

However, British Transport Police hinted this week that they were stepping up their efforts to track down the man, who has wormed his way into the confidence of Jewish London Underground passengers.


Rabbi on run after child is forced to drink solvent

By Eric Silver, April 11, 2008

Israel is seeking the extradition of a strictly Orthodox rabbi, Elior Chen, who fled to Canada after being accused of instructing a mother of eight to brutally abuse her children as a means of “cleansing” and “educating” them.

The case, the second of its kind in recent weeks involving Charedi families, has shocked Israelis.


Men on trial for dog attack

April 11, 2008

Two German men, aged 27 and 31, have been put on trial for an alleged antisemitic attack in January in which they set their dog on a Jewish schoolboy in Berlin while giving the Nazi stiff-armed salute. The victim was not harmed.