Crime

Paedophile gets community service sentence

By Anna Sheinman, September 3, 2013

A paedophile who was convicted of sexually assaulting his young step-daughters has walked from court with just a community sentence.

The 45-year-old Orthodox Jewish man from north-west London, who cannot be identified, was given 150 hours of unpaid work as well as supervision to address his attitude towards women despite the judge saying he caused “incalculable harm” to his victims.

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Acid victim Kirstie Trup fears attackers will not be caught

By Anna Sheinman, September 1, 2013

Acid attack victim Kirstie Trup has spoken of her frustration with the lack of progress to find the men who attacked her in Zanzibar.

Eighteen-year-old Ms Trup told the Sunday Times: “I feel very frustrated and upset that our attackers haven’t been caught.”

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Steven Berkoff fined over Oxford Street collision

August 27, 2013

Veteran actor and director Steven Berkoff has been fined for knocking down a pedestrian while driving in London’s Oxford Street.

The 76-year-old, known for such roles as the villain in the James Bond film Octopussy, hit Fiona Scully in his Volkswagen Beetle as she crossed the road on New Year’s Eve last year.

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'I'll go back to Zanzibar and secure justice'

By Anna Sheinman, August 22, 2013

Acid attack victim Kirstie Trup is prepared to return to Zanzibar to help bring her assailants to justice, and insists she has “no regrets”.

Ms Trup and her friend Katie Gee, both 18-year-old former JFS students, were injured in the attack on the east African island where they were working as volunteer teachers.

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Family ‘distressed’ as killer challenges life sentence

By Anna Sheinman, August 22, 2013

The relatives of three murder victims have expressed their distress that their killer is challenging his whole life sentence.

Arthur Hutchinson, 73, stabbed Basil and Avril Laitner and their son Richard to death on the night of daughter Suzanne’s wedding in October 1983, before raping a female wedding guest who was asleep in the house.

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Keep volunteering after acid attack, says charity boss

By Anna Sheinman, August 15, 2013

A major Jewish volunteering charity has urged young Jews to continue to work on projects abroad following the acid attacks on two young aid workers in Zanzibar.

Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee, both 18 and from north-west London, will undergo surgery after sulphuric acid was thrown at them by two men on a moped in Zanzibar, East Africa.

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Police drop investigation into Shomrim man

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2013

Police have dropped their investigation into an Orthodox man arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Gary Ost, 26, was one of four men questioned by police earlier this year as part of an investigation into Rabbi Chaim Halpern.

Mr Ost temporarily stood down from his role as chief executive of community security group Shomrim during the investigation.

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Acid attack victim released from hospital

By Anna Sheinman, August 12, 2013

One of two 18-year-olds JFS students burned in an acid attack in Zanzibar has been discharged from hospital.

Kirstie Trup left the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Sunday night.

Katie Gee, who was volunteering in Zanzibar with Ms Trup, is still being treated. She is set to undergo surgery after suffering burns to 80 per cent of her right arm and 50 per cent of her torso.

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Acid attack girls' injuries are 'absolutely horrendous'

By Anna Sheinman, August 9, 2013

The injuries sustained by Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee after being attacked with acid are “absolutely horrendous” and “beyond imagination”, said Katie’s father Jeremy Gee.

Mr Gee told the Daily Mail: “The photographs I have seen are absolutely horrendous.” He said: “The level of the burns are beyond imagination.”

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Guernsey Holocaust memorial vandalised

By Anna Sheinman, August 9, 2013

A plaque that commemorates three women victims of the Holocaust in Guernsey has been vandalised.

The Jewish Women’s Memorial, which commemorates the deaths of the women who were deported from the island in 1942 and eventually gassed in Auschwitz, was knocked from the wall it was attached to on Wednesday night.

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