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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


Parents deny acid attack girls were disrespectful during Muslim festival

By Anna Sheinman, August 9, 2013

The parents of acid attack victims Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee have denied the girls were targeted because they were inappropriately dressed during a Muslim festival.
The two 18-year-olds, both from north-west London, were attacked in Zanzibar, east Africa, as the local population was observing Ramadan.


Shul sues its former accountant

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2013

West London Synagogue has sued its former accountant, Anne Allen, in the High Court in an attempt to recover damages of more than £500,000, a year after charges of theft against her were dropped.

Mrs Allen was due to stand trial at the Old Bailey in 2012 but the Crown Prosecution Service withdraw the charges only days before the case was due to heard.


Amnesty urges Hamas to stop Gaza executions

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

Amnesty International has attacked Hamas’ plans to carry out executions in Gaza following the Muslim festival of Eid.

The charity said the threat facing prisoners sentenced to death was “deeply disturbing”.

Hamas’ Attorney General in Gaza announced plans last week to execute a number of what he said were “convicted criminals” as a “lesson” to other Palestinians.


Assault on top cop — appeal fails

By Simon Rocker, August 2, 2013

A pro-Israel demonstrator has lost an appeal against his conviction for assault on an off-duty police chief.

The incident occurred during Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s visit to address a meeting in Hendon, north-west London, in May 2012.