Month: February 2019

Five Members Of The Same Family, Others Charged With Murder Of Eltham Teenager

Detectives investigating the murder of 18-year-old Jay Sewell in Eltham on 11 December 2018 have charged eight people in connection with the investigation.

All eight were charged on Wednesday, 27 February as follows:

Daniel Grogan, 20 of Sibthorpe Road, SE12 was charged with murder and grievous bodily harm [GBH] with intent.

Peter Grogan 22 of Sibthorpe Road, SE12 was charged with murder and GBH with intent.

Francesca Grogan, 29 of Sibthorpe Road, SE12 was charged with murder and GBH with intent.

Ann Grogan, 54 of Sibthorpe Road, SE12 was charged with murder and GBH with intent.

Robert Grogan, 57 of Sibthorpe Road, SE12 was charged with murder and GBH with intent.

Jamie Bennett, 31 of Sibthorpe Road, SE12 was charged with murder and GBH with intent.

Liam Hickey, 19 of Crown Wood Way, SE9 was charged with murder and GBH with intent.

Also charged with murder and GBH with intent was a 16-year-old boy from Greenwich.

They will all appear at Bromley Magistrates Court on Thursday, 28 February 2019.

Earlier, Charlie Dudley, 25 of no fixed address, was charged on 16 December 2018 with the murder of Jay Sewell.

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He appeared in custody at Croydon Magistrates’ Court on 17 December 2018 and next appears at the Old Bailey on Wednesday, 6 March.

Detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the witness line on 020 8721 4205, or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.


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2 Brothers Charged With The Murder Of Battersea Teen

Two brothers have been charged with the murder of Lejean Richards in Battersea.

Roy Reyes-Nieves – 23 of Parkham Street, SW11 and Roger Reyes-Nieves – 18 of Woodvale Walk, SE27 were both charged with Lejean’s murder on Sunday, 24 February.

They will appear in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 25 February.

Both were arrested on Saturday, 23 February.

This follows an investigation by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command.

An investigation was launched following a stabbing in Wolsey Court, off Westbridge Road, Battersea on Tuesday, 5 February.

Lejean Richards, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene.


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Evil Oncologist Deliberately Misdiagnosed And Treated Healthy Patients For Cancer Just To Make Money

An oncologist in Michigan who operated many upscale clinics in Detroit-area suburbs has been serving a 45-year prison sentence since February 2015..

Five years ago, Dr. Farid Fata, was accused of and arrested for giving cancer treatment drugs to his patients, even they did not need them, and some of them did not even have cancer.

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According to U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade:

“Dr. Fata did not care for patients; he exploited them as commodities. He over-treated, under-treated and outright lied to patients about whether they had cancer so that he could maximize his own profits.”

Even though chemotherapy is toxic to both cancerous and healthy tissue, Fata “gave poison to these people not to keep them alive but to make money. “

His patients had the chance to file claims and receive a fraction of the money he collected as a result of the fraud.  One of his patients, Chris Sneary, who visited the doctor due to testicular cancer treatment from 2010 to 2013, said:

“I gave full and total trust to this man to get me and my family through this journey I was about to begin. Dr. Fata took full advantage of my trust in him, my fear of dying and, most of all, my top of the line health insurance.”

Donald Crabtree, who did have cancer, spoke out in court posthumously, as his wife Marietta, read a statement aloud in court:

“None of the tumors were helped – they increased in number, they increased in size… I believe Dr. Fata knowingly and purposely treated me for the wrong cancer and gave me the wrong chemotherapy.”

In September 2015, Fata pleaded guilty to 13 healthcare and financial fraud charges and ordered to forfeit $17,600,000 by the U.S. District Court Judge Paul Borman.

He admitted that he gave unnecessary aggressive cancer treatments like chemotherapy and infusion therapies to 553 patients in order to increase billings, which totaled about $34,000,000 to Medicare and private insurance companies.

In a tear-choked voice, he said:

“I have violated the Hippocratic oath and violated the trust of my patients. I do not know how I can heal the wound. I do not know how to express the sorrow and the shame. They came to me seeking compassion and care. I failed them. My sins are many.”

Yet, his regrets were nothing in comparison to the grave sense of loss that weighed heavy in the courtroom:

According to the federal prosecutors, he was the “most egregious fraudster in the history of this country.”, treating his patients as profit centers only.

On the day of his sentencing, many of his victims wore bright yellow clothes to symbolize the last day he would see sunlight. After an hour of deliberation, the judge came back, and he was sentenced to 45 years behind bars.

Chief Weber said:

“This is the most egregious case of fraud and deception that I have seen in my career. Dr. Fata not only defrauded the government out of millions of dollars, but he lied to his patients about their health and intentionally put their lives at risk.

In fact, because of his lies, some of those patients who he was entrusted to care for likely died as a result of his actions. This defendant greedily cared more about his own financial well-being than the lives of his patients. This disgusting and diabolical scheme has hurt hundreds of patients and their families and stolen from them something that no punishment from the court can do to make them whole.”

London Stabbings – Updates

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Bright Akinleye at Euston Street, Camden on Monday, 18 February as officers continue to appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

Tashan Brewster, 30, [04.04.88] of Kennington Park road, SE11, was arrested on Wednesday, 20 February.

On Saturday, 23 February he was charged with the murder of Bright Akinleye.

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Brewster appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court later that same day where he was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey on a date to be confirmed.

Two other males arrested on Wednesday, 20 February on suspicion of murder have been released on bail to a date in late March.

Four men and seven women, aged from 19 to 28, who were arrested on Monday, 18 February at an address in Camden on suspicion of murder have been released on bail to return on a date in mid-March.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or the events immediately following the attack, is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0400, on 101, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.


 

Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses following the murder of a 22-year-old man in Wood Green on Friday evening.

The investigation is led by Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin of the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command.

DCI Goodwin said: “This murder took place at a busy time of night in a heavy footfall area. I know that there are people who either witnessed the incident or who can assist with filling in the gaps in the information we already have. Do you know who the attackers are? Did you see what happened leading up to or immediately following the murder? If you have information or footage of any of the events surrounding this incident we need to hear from you.

“My team has established that the attackers were armed with at least one firearm, knives and a samurai sword. Some, or possibly all, were riding bikes.

“I know that people may be reluctant or afraid to speak with police, but making a single call could help to remove dangerous, violent individuals from your area and all information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.

“If you don’t want to call police call the independent charity Crimestoppers – they won’t even ask for your name, but please, if you have information, do make the call.”

Police were called to Vincent Road, Wood Green, at 20.09hrs on Friday, 22 February to reports of a group of people fighting.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended.

Two men, believed to be aged 19 and 20, were found injured. They were taken to an east London Hospital by LAS and London’s Air Ambulance.

The 19-year-old injured male had suffered stab wounds. He died in hospital at shortly after 03.00hrs. Next of kin have been notified.

A post mortem will be scheduled in due course.

The 20-year old injured male suffered stab wounds and a gunshot wound. His injuries are not life threatening.

A damaged car was also found at the scene.

There have been no arrests. Enquiries continue.

Anyone witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call the Homicide incident room on 0208 785 8244, call 101 quoting CAD 7309/22FEB or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or tweet information to police via @MetCC or online at www.met.police.uk

To pass on information anonymously online young people can also visit the youth website “Fearless” https://www.fearless.org/en/give-info


A murder investigation has been launched after a man was fatally stabbed at a youth club in Brixton. 

DCI Mick Norman from the Homicide and Major Crime Command said: 
“This was an appalling attack on a young man in a youth centre – a place where he was entitled to feel safe.

“All the early indications are that this attack was premeditated and targeted.

“My team need to hear from those who were at the youth centre either before, during or after that attack. The youth centre was open at the time and sadly many young people present would have witnessed what unfolded

“Many of them will be shocked and traumatised by what they saw and perhaps fearful of potential reprisals if they speak to police. I would urge them to get in touch and if they want to do so anonymously they can either call Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111 or give information anonymously online via the Fearless website.

“Anyone with information about the attacker(s) is also urged to get in touch.”

Police were called at approximately 18:45hrs on Thursday, 21 February to reports of a man stabbed on Minet Road, SW9.

Officers attended and provided the victim with first aid. London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance also attended.

The man, aged 23, was pronounced dead at the scene at 19:27hrs.

His next of kin have now been informed.

Although we await formal identification officers are confident they know the identity of the deceased.

A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

The Homicide and Major Crime Command have been informed and will be leading the investigation.

A number of detailed forensic and CCTV footage related enquiries are in hand and police are appealing for information.

At this early stage, no arrests have been made. Enquiries into the full circumstances of the attack are ongoing.

A crime scene remains in place.

Detective Superintendent Sian Thomas from Central South which includes Lambeth said:

“Tragically the local community is now coming to terms with the senseless loss of life. To take a young life at a place designed to help support and nurture young people is appalling.

“I completely understand the alarm and concern it has raised from those who live and work in the area and particularly for young people, many of who used the youth enterprise centre regularly.

“A crime scene will remain in place today as officers continue their painstaking work to piece together the details of the attack.

“I would urge the local community to be patient and cooperate where possible with the work detectives are getting on with in the area.

“My officers will be out working to support investigators today and be there to talk to the public and listen to the concerns they have. Neighbourhood patrols will be stepped up in the area and locals can expect to see more police. I would urge anyone with information on the attack to contact police without delay.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 quoting reference 6141/21Feb.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111 or tweet information to police via @MetCC

To pass on information anonymously online young people can also visit the youth website “Fearless” https://www.fearless.org/en/give-info

Cannibal Waiter Killed His Mother, Cut Her Up Into A Thousand Pieces And Shared Her Remains With His Dog

A truly macabre case has impacted all of Spain after the arrest of a 26-year-old man who killed his mother, butchered her and spent the next month  eating her remains.

Alberto Sánchez Gómez was arrested last Thursday in Madrid and the details of the horrible crime have been known.

Suspicions were aroused when a friend of Maria Soledad Go’mez reported to the police that she had not seen her in over a month.

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The police visited the apartment of the 66-year-old woman and they found a spooky scene.

“The remains of María Soledad were scattered throughout the house” and inside plastic containers. “The woman had been murdered by her son, presumably, who later decided to cut her up,” says ABC.

According to the Spanish media, the containers were so small that Sánchez Gómez “had to use a chopper machine for that purpose”.

The crime scene was so frightening, that even one of the policemen broke down, had to go out into the street and vomited.

What followed was something even more terrible, as the young man made an incredible confession: “The dog and I have eaten our mother in pieces,” he told the agents.

So far, there is no information on how he killed his mother, but it was learned that the subject mistreated her multiple times and that María Soledad had denounced her son at least 12 times.

Sánchez Gómez was arrested immediately and has refused to deliver a statement.

Black Police Officer Talks About His Career With The Met And Growing Up As A Young Black Boy In South London

Acting Detective Sergeant Zac Idun OBE is a Family Liaison Coordinator based in the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command. He joined the police 26 years ago.

“When I walked through the door of Hendon Police Training College in March 1993 the world was a different place.

“It’s fair to say my parents, although proud, were concerned I would face racism from colleagues and resentment from some parts of the community. I was 30 years old and, don’t get me wrong, they knew I could cope but no parent wants their child subjected to humiliation at any age.

“Today, some people outside the organisation – particularly the younger generation – have the same concerns about racism within the police.

“I can hand-on-heart say that in my 26 years working for the Met Police, my experience has not been one of racism.

“As a youth in south east London, I grew up with a backdrop of the Brixton riots. There were areas my friends and I avoided travelling through at night because we knew there was a likelihood of being targeted by white youths. If we saw the police we crossed the road. Uniformed officers seemed to me to be anti-black and completely unsympathetic to communities that weren’t white.

“Every encounter I had with the police – especially the old Special Patrol Group, who tackled serious crime and public disorder – was a negative one. The sight of their vans patrolling was the catalyst for us running away. If our behaviour was suspicious it was because of our unease and the experience we had of some officers’ mistreatment of black people. As a community, my friends and I had little confidence in the organisation that was supposedly here to protect us.

“My parents raised me to respect the police but how could I if the police didn’t seem to respect me?

“When I joined the organisation that as a youth I had very little confidence in, it was a decision that completely changed my perspective.

“I was encouraged to take the plunge and apply for the police by an eminent barrister I had done some work for and a police officer who was really supportive when I asked for his advice on joining up.

“Despite the impression I had of the police, ‘the job’ itself appealed to me. I knew some people would think that I was selling out by joining but I liked the idea of making a difference to people’s lives and I wasn’t going to let the opinions of others stop me.

“I began police training on 24 March 1993 and the first few weeks altered my view of the police as I saw things from an additional perspective.

“Then, on 22 April 1993 – almost a month after my first day of training – Stephen Lawrence was murdered in one of the areas my friends and I had avoided as youths. Even today, I do not think people truly understand how the murder of Stephen affected the black community. As a new officer I thought very hard about whether I should even stay on.

Thanks to the relentless campaigning of Stephen’s parents and friends, his death was to be a catalyst for major change in the police’s perspective on diversity. Six years into my police career, in the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report, Sir William MacPherson concluded that the organisation I had joined was institutionally racist.

“Based on my personal experience, I didn’t recognise this description of the Met Police – we seemed to be far ahead of businesses and the legal system in our approach. But I knew the police did have fundamental issues – when I started out, my black colleagues who had been in the service for years told me horrendous stories of colleagues mistreating them in the 1970s and 80s. Surprisingly, they were very forgiving and keen to emphasise to their new team mate that things had changed.

“Yet it was clear that major improvements were still needed not just for black officers but for women and other under-represented groups.

“Based on my own experience, I can see the Met Police has come a long way. All officers are given diversity training when they join now. The organisation celebrates having a diverse police force, and those who are racist towards colleagues face serious consequences, like dismissal.

“This isn’t the only transformation I’ve seen. I started volunteering as a family liaison officer – or FLO – in 2003. To qualify for the role I had to go through a selection process, including successfully completing a family liaison training course. This training course is mandatory for FLOs across the UK, and development continues throughout their career.

“The role of the FLO is to support bereaved families while also gathering information that is potentially crucial to the investigation but at the time of Stephen’s murder it was not seen as so clearly defined. It was sometimes viewed by the public as a caring role with little flow of information. Although police treated the role seriously, even the perception from some colleagues was that it was to give families a cuddle and keep them away from the investigation. Sir William found that Stephen’s family and friends were not treated with the sensitivity and sympathy they should have been by the police.

“Even now the impact of what happened to Stephen on that night in April 1993 continues to be the cornerstone of effective family liaison and, personally, it’s still a cause of extreme sadness.

“As a full-time FLO and now as a Family Liaison Coordinator (FLC) managing a team of FLOs, I’ve assisted literally hundreds of people whose relatives have been murdered or otherwise killed tragically, including in the 7/7 attacks, the terrorist attack in Sousse 2015, the 2017 terror attacks and the Hyde Park bombings of 1982. Sometimes the relatives of suspects need support, as they are often not complicit in the crime and have also lost a loved one. Their involvement after an incident has led to the identification of essential evidence and contributed to families having a more detailed background about the person responsible for their loved one’s death.

“It’s a humbling experience to be present at the most sensitive, personal and traumatic time in a person’s life. It requires genuine compassion and a lot of personal resilience, but the result is a sense of satisfaction that you may have in some small way made someone’s life easier at a terrible time and helped an investigation team to establish what happened to a loved one.

“In December I was awarded an OBE for my services to policing. I’m pleased that 20 years on from Sir William’s comments, the quality and importance of family liaison has improved to the point that a FLC is receiving recognition for good work. And I’m not alone – across the UK there are thousands of FLOs who are committed to delivering the very best support to investigation teams and families.

“I’m due to retire this year, although I have been saying that for some time! My first priority is re-setting my body clock to more normal hours. Policing involves working long and sometimes extended hours under considerable pressure. It’s not for everyone but it was for me.

“I’m proud not only to have helped change the lives of others but to have been part of the change in the Met Police. We have far more black, Asian, female and minority ethnicity officers now than when I joined and we continue to need more, to represent London’s communities.

“From my perspective, it’s easy to sit on the side and criticise or complain but if you want to see change, you need to be part of the change. Consider joining the police, speak to officers you see and ask them about their experiences. Whatever colour, gender or religion you are, you will be welcome.”

The Met is recruiting police officers now. It’s not an easy job, but it is rewarding – packed with new and interesting experiences every day.

If you think you could play a part in making London a safer place, visit: https://www.met.police.uk/car/careers/met/police-officer-roles/ to find out how you could start your career in policing.

Follow the Metropolitan Police Service on Twitter via @metpoliceuk, and Instagram via @metpolice_uk

Police Name Euston Stabbing Victim As 22 Year Old Bright Akinlele

Detectives investigating the murder of a 22-year-old man in Camden can now name the victim.

Although we await formal identification, officers are confident that the deceased is university graduate Bright Akinlele, aged 22.

The sports management graduate who was forging a career in music management walked into a hotel in Euston Street, Camden shortly before 22:45hrs on Monday, 18 February suffering from stab injuries.

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service, but despite efforts to treat him, Bright was pronounced dead at the scene at 23:31hrs.

Enquiries have established that he entered the lobby of the hotel from the street and then collapsed.

Ivan Toney, a professional footballer for League One side Peterborough United, denied reports that Mr Akinlele had been involved in filming a “drill” rap video before the stabbing.

He added: “We are all devastated. His friends and family are devastated.

“I’ve known Bright for years. He was a university graduate who worked hard to get a degree in sports management to be where he wanted to be in life.

“He was doing what he loved and was working as a manager to an artist in the music industry.

“I spoke to him the day before he died and was so impressed with how committed he was to his work and how determined he was to live his life as a good, honest and humble person.”

Another close friend told the Standard: “Bright was an amazing person with an infectious energy. You can meet him once and remember him for a life time because he was simply an amazing person.

In an emotional tribute, Northampton MC, Izzie Gibbs said Mr Akinlele was a childhood friend who was “a clean-hearted human being trying to help people change their lives.”

Staff at the hotel immediately came to his aid, contacting the emergency services.

The victim’s next of kin have been informed. Formal ID has not yet taken place.

A postmortem examination carried out on Wednesday, 20 February found the cause of death to be a stab wound to the leg.

Four men and seven women, aged from 19 to 28, were arrested on Monday, 18 February at an address in Camden on suspicion of murder. All eleven have been released on bail to return on a date in mid-March pending further enquiries.

A murder investigation has been launched by detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command under the leadership of Detective Chief Inspector Glen Lloyd.

Enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or the events immediately following the attack, is asked to call the incident room on 020 8358 0400, on 101, Tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.