Month: March 2019

Man Jailed For 2014 Rape After Being Linked By DNA Collected For 2017 Crime

A man has been jailed for a rape he committed in 2014 after his DNA was taken in connection with a GBH incident in 2017.

Kevon Leslie Inniss, 37, of no fixed address, appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday, 29 March after he pleaded guilty to rape.

He was sentenced to seven years and six months’ imprisonment.

On Sunday, 12 October 2014, a woman, then aged 66, attended an event at a Hotel in West Brompton. At the event the victim met two men.

The men were seen on CCTV accompanying the victim to her hotel room where they both raped her.

In June 2017, Inniss was arrested in connection with an assault [GBH]. His DNA was taken and linked him to the unsolved rape in West Brompton.

When questioned by detectives, Inniss denied having sex with the victim, but when faced with the DNA evidence he changed his plea to guilty.

He pleaded guilty at Isleworth Crown Court on 19 December.

Detective Constable Jonny Norman, the investigating officer, said: “Despite Inniss having admitted this offence and being sentenced, it should be mentioned the victim in this case has lived for years with the effects of having been raped.

“She has shown incredible strength throughout and I hope that today’s sentencing brings a measure of comfort.”

At the time of conviction, Inniss was serving a sentence of seven years and six months imprisonment for the GBH in June 2017.

The second suspect was never identified. Efforts to identify and trace him continue.

Man Who Got Away With Murder For 20 Years Caught After Supplying Fingerprints For Job Application

Sondra Better was battered to death in 1998 by a killer who left a trail of clues — blood, fingerprints and DNA. But he eluded detectives for two decades.

According to Acting Delray Beach Police Chief Javaro Sims “Our detectives worked years trying to find the killer in this case.” “We had fingerprints, we had blood, we even had a possible description from a witness. But the person responsible for this heinous case seemed to just disappear.”

But two months ago, Delray Beach police got a huge break in the cold case that had frustrated two generations of detectives.

Todd Barket, 51, of Brandon made the mistake of applying to the state to become a certified nursing assistant, a job that required him to undergo a background check and submit his fingerprints, police said.

In January, those prints matched evidence Delray Beach police had submitted to a national database at the time of the August 1998 killing

Barket was arrested Wednesday and faces a first degree murder charge, the department said during a news conference.

Better, who was 68 when she was killed, didn’t need her job selling used furniture and knickknacks in a strip mall consignment shop.

But she wanted to keep busy. And that Monday afternoon, she was at work at the Lu Shay store, which used to be at 3175 S. Federal Highway. The coming Friday was to be her last day, and she and her husband Seymore “Zeke” Better were to travel from their Highland Beach home to New York to renew their vows.

Instead, Better fought against an attacker who repeatedly stabbed her neck, and beat her head. A heavy glass ashtray was shattered around her, and decorative marble balls were by her corpse, an arrest report said.

“She was violently killed by an unknown assailant,” Sims said. “She was stabbed, she was bludgeoned, and no one deserves to die in that manner.”

Better’s body was found on the bloodied floor of the shop. She had defensive wounds on her hands and one of her fingers was nearly severed. One of the decorative marble balls held Barket’s prints, police said.

Barket was 29 and lived in Lantana at the time of Better’s killing. Since then, police believe, he may have worked in a nursing home and avoided trouble.

“He has had no contact with law enforcement, getting arrested or anything,” Capt. John Crane-Baker said. “He had a minimal criminal history, mostly traffic citations. So he flew under the radar, even for 26 years before this occurred. It was quite surprising.”

After police said they matched to their evidence to the fingerprints Barket had submitted for the job application, special agents from the West Palm Beach office of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and detectives tracked him down, police said. FDLE agents began surveilling Barket and police obtained his DNA.

On Tuesday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Crime Lab matched Barket’s sample to DNA evidence gathered from the consignment shop, police said.

Detectives don’t know whether money was taken from the store, or if robbery was the motive behind the violence.

Delray Beach Police Detective Robert Stevens investigated Better’s killing for a decade until he retired. He got to tell Better’s surviving adult daughters that there had been an arrest.

“It felt really good,” Stevens said. “There were some tears, there was some joy and of course now it’s gonna bring some closure to them.”

He said one of the couple’s daughters kept a file of newspaper stories from across the country that described how DNA helped solve other cold cases.

“She was hoping that one day she would get that call,” Stevens said. “And today was the day.”

Better’s husband, who volunteered at the police department for 15 years, is dead.

“He was a really nice guy,” Stevens said. “He was devastated by the loss of his wife. They were just getting ready to redo their vows. That’s a tragic way to end a marriage.”

Stevens said the couple’s children are in shock with the news, but will be involved in the case.

“Hopefully it goes through the courts smoothly and we get a conviction,” he said.

Gang Of Brothers And Their Wives Convicted Of High Value Diversion Fraud

A gang of fraudsters including 3 brothers have been convicted for their parts in the theft of millions of pounds from businesses and individuals in the UK and abroad.

The following people were convicted for their roles in a large-scale “diversion fraud” scam using hacking software, following a six-month trial at Blackfriars Crown Court:

– Bonaventure Sunday Chukwuka, 41 (21.08.1977) of Roding Gardens, Loughton was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, and conspiracy to conceal/transfer criminal property (money laundering). He was also found guilty of possession of a prohibited item (a phone) in prison.

– Emmanuel Chike Chukwuka (brother), 27 (11.12.1991) of Roding Gardens, Loughton was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud. He was found not guilty of conspiracy to money launder.

– Christian Chukwuka (brother), 39 (24.12.1979) of Latchetts Shaw, Basildon, Essex was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to conceal/transfer criminal property

– Nadeem Abbasi, 48 (20.04.1970) of St Michaels Avenue, Wembley pleaded guilty to conspiracy to convert/conceal criminal property.

– Mansoor Zaman, 27 (31.03.1991) of no fixed abode was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, and conspiracy to conceal/transfer criminal property.

– Andrew Chike Chukwu, 35 (19.09.1983) of River Road, Buckhurst Hill was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to conceal/transfer criminal property

– Mohammed Rahman, 31 (25.12.1987) of Garnies Close, Peckham was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to conceal/transfer criminal property.

– Queen Chukwuka, 32 (01.10.1986) of Roding Gardens, Loughton was found guilty of acquiring/possessing criminal property.

– Grace Plange Chukwu, 39 (20.02.1980) of River Road, Buckhurst Hill was found guilty of acquiring/possessing criminal property.

– Ionut Relu Muresan, 34 (09.09.84) of Long Deacon Road, E4 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to money launder.

– Gheorghe Alexandru Scurtu, 20 (11.1.99) of Ladysmith Road E16 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to money launder.

They will be sentenced at the same court on a date to be confirmed.

The court heard during the trial that Bonaventure Chukwuka led an organised criminal gang that targeted businesses and individuals by hacking into their email accounts and stealing large sums of money.

Officers from the Met’s Falcon Fraud Squad led the investigation. Detectives identified a total of 228 separate frauds, committed from 2014 to 2018 and totalling £10,112,312.54.

A total of 69 victims provided evidence during the trial. Many of them have been unable to recover their losses.

Several victims were traced with the help of the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau whose Action Fraud service allows both domestic and overseas victims to report fraud online.

The gang used computer malware to intercept and steal the log-in details of email accounts belonging to businesses and private individuals worldwide, with the intent of identifying high-value financial transactions.

They then intercepted emails about these transactions and sent spoof emails, duping the victims into paying the funds into alternative UK-based ‘mule’ bank accounts controlled by the fraudsters, instead of the intended recipient.

A total of 165 mule accounts, opened with fake identification documents or bought from unscrupulous account holders, were identified by detectives.

They were used to receive the proceeds of the diversion fraud, where the money was quickly transferred onto other accounts, some of which were untraceable.

The fraudsters also used the funds from mule accounts to buy and export thousands of pounds of baby milk to Nigeria, to launder the money.

One of the fraud victims was a small construction company with a small team of employees based in the south west of England. It was defrauded out of nearly £13,000 by the group in 2017 and had to close as a result.

Bonaventure, Emmanuel and Christian Chukwuka were arrested on 26 January 2018 on suspicion of fraud. They were charged the following day.

Abassi established a sham company and opened business bank accounts, one of which received £1.9m on behalf of the wider gang. Abassi was arrested at Heathrow airport on 14 February 2018. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to launder money on 2 November 2018.

Zaman and Rahman sourced mule accounts. Zaman was arrested at Gatwick Airport on 4 April 2018. Rahman was arrested on 11 April.

Following the arrest of the Chukwuka brothers, Andrew Chike Chuwku was identified as a significant associate. He was arrested on 11 April 2018.

Queen Chukwuka and Grace Chukwu – the wives of Bonaventure and Andrew – received funds into their own personal bank accounts.

Officers will now begin confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act to try and recover the money stolen.

DC Chris Collins of the Met’s Falcon Fraud Squad said: “This has been an exceptionally long trial and the convictions mark the end of a complex, protracted investigation carried out by the Met’s Falcon Fraud Squad.

“The evidence amassed by detectives and presented during the trial was comprehensive and pointed towards a large-scale, planned fraud operation where successful businesses and wealthy individuals were targeted and deceived by a convincing fraud which involved payments arranged between two parties being successfully diverted by this gang.

“I would like to thank the victims in this case for giving evidence. Their accounts undoubtedly helped the jury arrive at their guilty verdicts. They have shown themselves to be unscrupulous fraudsters who have not given a second thought to the misery their actions have inflicted.

“I hope this conviction sends a strong message to online fraudsters: even though you think you are committing fraud at your keyboard in privacy, we have the ways and means of tracing you and we will seek to bring you to justice.

“We would advise anyone conducting financial business by email to verify the bank account they are sending their money to, by contacting the intended recipient and taking precautions to ensure the money is going to the right place.”

For more information about how you can prevent yourself from becoming a victim of fraud or cyber crime, visit https://www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/

You can also find out more about online fraud and report offences via Action Fraud – call 0300 123 2040, or visit https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

= Mohammad Taleb (who also went by the name Joeshep De Souza), 30 (29.12.1988) of Garnies Close, Peckham was found not guilty of conspiracy to money launder, and entering into a money laundering arrangement (contrary to section 328 of the Proceeds of Crime Act).

10 Year Old Dies After Classroom Fight With Another Pupil

A fifth-grade student in South Carolina died Wednesday morning after suffering injuries from a classroom fight two days earlier.

RaNiya Wright, 10, was identified by her family after reports of her hospitalization began to circulate on Monday evening. On Wednesday morning, the girl’s mother, Ashley Wright, took to Facebook to announce that her “baby girl has gain [sic] her wings.”

According to the Colleton County School District (CCSD), a fight occurred in RaNiya’s classroom at Forest Hills Elementary School in Walterboro, South Carolina, earlier this week, prompting emergency medical services to be called.

The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office expanded in a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle to say that Wright was unconscious but breathing at the time that emergency personnel was dispatched. She was airlifted to the Medical University of South Carolina for further treatment.

The 10-year-old remained unresponsive since the incident, while Ashley took to her Facebook page to give updates and to ask for prayers. Unfortunately, the family and the school community are now grieving the loss of RaNiya.

“Our community has suffered a tremendous loss,” a statement from the office of the CCSD superintendent read. “We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with this family in the difficult days ahead.”

The district remembered RaNiya as “a wonderful student.”

“She loved to write, spend time with her friends, play basketball and loved being a big sister,” the district’s statement said. “She was actively involved in her church as a junior usher. She will be missed greatly by her family, friends, and the entire school community.”

The Colleton County’s Sheriff’s Office additionally offered prayers to the family in a statement about RaNiya’s death. As for the details surrounding the incident, officials have declined to release further information because of the ongoing investigation. However, RaNiya’s mother labeled it as a case of “bullying.”

The cause of death is pending an autopsy scheduled for Friday, and the student involved in the fight has been suspended.

Forget Cherie Blair, Rape Is More Common As African Women’s First Experience Of sex Than We Care To Admit

Former UK Prime Ministers wife Cherie Blair disturbed a hornest nest by saying what we all know but few will admit to that in Africa, many women’s first sexual experience is through rape.

The barrister and women’s rights campaigner made the comment during a talk about women and leadership at the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School in London, attended by about 100 people.

I remember I treated this very topic on my radio show a few years back and several women called in to confirm this statement. Some even took the risk of recounting their own experiences.

And these instances are more often with familiar acquaintances than with strangers.

Many African teenage girls’ first sexual encounter (forget about perverse uncles, relatives etc) is when they visit their (new) boyfriends or someone they consider a “toaster” (someone who has asked them out and they are considering if they want to enter into a relationship with them) who forcefully have sex with them èven though they are not ready to or simply do not want to have sex with them.

How many young girls weakly gave in to their boyfriend’s “You will do it if you love me” emotional blackmail?

Many boys who are now men – fathers, grandfathers are guilty of this & know this to be true. Many of them also take this practice into their marriages and practice it on their wives. A woman will be overpowered, pinned down or rolled onto by her husband whenever the feeling comes upon him with her “Not now”, “I’m tired”, “please stop”or “I don’t want it” objections simply ignored.

There is an age long belief among men – African/Nigerian men that when a lady says “NO” what she actually means is “YES”.

Few men believe that it is a woman’s prerogative to decide when or if she wants to have sex. It is also believed that a woman who visits a man or finds herself alone in a man’s company must be after sex, and it is a man’s right to have sex with such woman. And if she says NO, you should coerce her – that is persuade her forcefully until she gives in against her own will, or aggressively, physically overpower her and have your way with her.

Sadly, many of our men even well into their middle age still hold this belief and fail to see it for what it is – RAPE. Not long ago, I had a rather unsettling conversation with a 50-something church going Nigerian grandfather living in the UK, who smugly and arrogantly, expressed exactly the same opinion.

This rather distasteful opinion is held widely among the African community that a woman cannot take personal responsibility for when to have sex in a relationship or decide if or when she wants to. The decision must be made for her – and that sometimes takes the form of aggressive coercion (rape). Ironically enough, a woman who initiates sex is also unfavorably looked upon – even in this day and age.

Unfortunately, the African moral system is shamefully biased against women that whether a woman is raped, abused by her father, uncle or step-day, the blame is more often laid on her. And even more shameful is the fact that many women also take this stand and will join in in blaming a fellow woman who is unfortunate enough to get raped – or will cover up for a man who has committed the crime of rape. Stories abound of mothers who will chose to take the word of their husbands when their daughter reports she has been abused by her own father or stepfather.

Many women are also on the forefront of blatantly denying the existence of the “rape culture” in Africa.

Many rape victims will never speak out about their ordeal no matter how brutal. And a typical Nigerian women who has been raped or sexually abused will keep her experience a secret forever.

This is in order to avoid the humiliation and shameful stigma that comes with being raped. Not to talk of the fear of being blamed for bringing the attack upon herself.

In countries such as the US or the UK, the identity of a rape victim is kept hidden but the opposite is the case in Africa, The name and images of a woman who alleges rape is splattered all over the newspapers and she is paraded as an immoral woman rather than a victim.

The jury is still out as to whether Cherie Blair was right in making the speech about African women and rape. But the fact remains that many of us know her statement carries more truth than we will care to admit.
Even the guilty ones..

Especially the victims.

BJ.

Charges Against Jussie Smollett Dropped

In a stunning reversal, Chicago prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett just weeks after he was indicted on 16 felony counts for allegedly filing a false police report.

NBC reports Smollett, 36, was seen arriving at a Chicago courtroom around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday for an emergency hearing. Following his court appearance, his attorneys released a statement saying that the actor’s “record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him.”

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“Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgement,” the statement read.

“Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions. This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion. That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result.”

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Smollett was charged earlier this month by a grand jury of 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report, according to a criminal complaint.

In February, he was charged with felony disorderly conduct after Chicago officers said he orchestrated his own alleged hate crime on himself in January because he was unhappy with his salary on the show “Empire.”

His role on the Fox series, where he played Jamal Lyon, was cut from the final episodes of the fifth season “to avoid further disruption on set,” the show’s executive producers said in a joint statement on Feb. 22.

Smollett had told police on January 29 that he was beaten up by two masked men while he was out getting food in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. The actor, who is black and gay, said his attackers hurled racist and homophobic slurs before punching him, putting a noose around his neck and pouring what he said was bleach on him.

Brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo were arrested in February as police investigated the alleged assault but were later released by police. They are not considered suspects.

Smollett was then labeled as a suspect in his own alleged assault and arrested in February. Prosecutors and police said Smollett allegedly paid the Osundairo brothers $3,500 via a check to attack him and also gave them money to buy the supplies they would need to carry out the hoax crime.

The actor and his attorneys have repeatedly denied the allegations against him. Mark Geragos, who represents Smollett, said in a statement to NBC News earlier this month that the indictment was “the prosecutorial overkill.”

“This redundant and vindictive indictment is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines in order to distract from the internal investigation launched to investigate the outrageous leaking of false information by the Chicago Police Department and the shameless and illegal invasion of Jussie’s privacy in tampering with his medical records,” Geragos said.

Former Labour MP Chuka Umunna’s Group Receives Funding From Top Tory Donor

The Independent Group leader Chuka Umunna has accepted £10,000 in funding from one of the Conservative Party’s top donors, according to a story in the political news publication Inews.

A donation from City banker Jeremy Isaacs was listed in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, published earlier this week and reported by Buzzfeed News. The sum of money, accepted on 25 February, shortly after the formation of the group, will go towards “funding the salaries and expenses of staff” in the former Labour MP’s office.

Who is Jeremy Isaacs?

Mr Isaacs is a founding partner of private equity investment firm JRJ Group. He has also been a member of Conservative donor club The Leader’s Group.
Members of The Leader’s Group pay £50,000 each year to get exclusive access to Conservative events and top Conservative politicians. Fee-payers are invited to “join Theresa May and other senior figures from the Conservative Party at dinners, post-PMQ lunches, drinks receptions, election result events and important campaign launches,” according to the Conservative Party website. Mr Isaacs also donated £25,000 towards the campaign for Britain to remain in the EU in the 2016 referendum. His last donation to a member of the Conservative party was in December 2018, paying backbench MP Tom Tugendhat £12,500.

The Independent Group said after its launch that it will name any donors in excess of £7,500 and will publish accounts regularly declaring donations in excess of £500. MP Chris Leslie welcomed the donations saying the group needed to “tool up” quickly. “We have had thousands of people giving small sums and some wanting to give larger sums” he said. “While we are not a political party yet, we have set out to say we will map over the rules on parties as though we were a political party and comply with the full disclosures of that.

“Obviously there are certain requirements to check the permissibility and above certain thresholds there will be publication in due course.”

In February, Labour MP Ruth George was forced to apologise after appearing to back an initial claim on Facebook that Israel could be secretly funding the group. She said: “On my earlier response to a Facebook comment, I unreservedly and wholeheartedly apologise for my comment. “I had no intention of invoking a conspiracy theory and I am deeply sorry that my ill-thought out and poorly worded comment did this. I withdraw it completely.”