Category: LONDON DIGEST

Jail For Thief Who Head-Butted Police Officer

A man who head-butted a police officer that stopped him from shoplifting has been jailed.

Jamie Patterson, 34, of Thurtle Road, Hackney, left a City of London Police officer with a cut above his right eyebrow and needing hospital treatment in October.

At Inner London Crown Court he was sentenced to 23 weeks in prison for his actions.

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Jamie Paterson assaulted a City Police officers

It was described in court how Patterson was spotted shortly after 11am on 30 October by an officer inside a Gracechurch Street clothes shop putting items worth £219 into a carrier bag and leaving the store without making any attempt to pay.

Patterson (inset) ran off but was detained by the officer in a nearby street and brought back to the store. He started to struggle with the officer, head-butting him in the process.

He ran off a second time but was again detained, and arrested.

A staff member later recognised Patterson from a previous shoplifting offence at the same location 13 days earlier, when he stole various items of clothing from a display worth a total of £319. He was soon further arrested for this offence.

The officer received three stitches for the injury to his head. Patterson, meanwhile, refused to answer any questions when interviewed by detectives.

Detective Constable Syed Shah of the City of London Police said: “This was a nasty and completely unwarranted assault on a City of London Police officer who was simply doing his job and did not deserve to be attacked in this way.

“I hope Patterson will take the opportunity in custody to reflect on his actions, and that this sentence will show that we do not tolerate either theft or violence towards our officers and will do everything in our power to bring those responsible to justice.”

Patterson pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of theft and actual bodily harm (ABH). He received a 15-week sentence for ABH, to run consecutively with an eight-week suspended sentence for a previous offence, which was activated.

He also got two concurrent 14-day sentences for theft and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge, but no costs or compensation.

Former Mayor Of Greenwich Buries Mum In Ibadan

The former mayor of Royal Borough of Greenwich Cllr Olugbenga Babatola recently exchanged the metropolitan streets of London for his ancient hometown of Ibadan in Oyo state, Nigeria to bury his mother, late Mrs Folashade Emily Babatola Olaniyi who sadly passed away last year at the ripe old he was age of 105

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The former mayor was accompanied by his wife Mrs Babatola

The funeral service and internment took place on Saturday 19th January 2019 at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Abudooro in Lagelu Local Government area of Ibadan after the service of songs at the deceased’s residence at Ori-Okuta, Wofun on Friday the 18th.

Guests were hosted at a reception at the Prof Emeritus Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, UCH, Ibadan

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Cllr Babatola and his siblings after the service of songs

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Wedding Gate-Crasher Left Guest With Fractured Skull And 3 Lost Teeth

On Friday 14 December 2018 two men entered wedding reception uninvited and immediately started a fight. They punched a wedding guest and stamped on his head. The victim suffered a fractured skull and eye socket, and lost three teeth.

Officers investigating the incident released an image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the grievous bodily harm which took place on Farringdon Street (EC4).

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After entering the wedding reception uninvited, two men were asked by several guests to leave the premises. They refused to do so and became abusive to guests including the best man, father of the bride and another male. After several minutes the two men were ejected from the venue but as they were leaving they grabbed hold of one of the guests and punched him to the floor. When on the floor, the two men stamped repeatedly on his head before walking off.

Officers are now asking the public for their help in identifying the man in the CCTV image released today, to help further their enquiries.

gate crashedThe man is approximately 6 foot tall, black, slim, and has long dreadlocks.

PC Ben Hurley from the City of London Police said:

“Violence of any kind will not be tolerated by the City of London Police and we would encourage anybody who recognises the man in the image released today to get in touch with us.”

“This was a traumatic incident for the victim and numerous other people who had their special day ruined by violent strangers intent on causing trouble.

“It is vital we identify those responsible and bring them to justice.”

If you witnessed this incident, or are able to identify the man, please call the City of London Police on 0207 601 2115. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or give information via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Ghanaian Credit Cards Scam Gang Jailed Following £1m Spending Spree

A gang who went on a £1 million spending spree in the West End during a credit card scam have been jailed.

Marcus Carter, 38, and his co-accused splashed out on Rolex and Cartier watches and kitted themselves out in Burberry, Gucci and Prada.

They browsed for luxury goods on mobile phones and tablet devices worth £126,000 and dined at restaurants such as Gaucho and the Dorchester Hotel.

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Carter along with Jeffrey Spencer, 35, and Frank Allan, 33, used details of old companies to secure huge lines of credit, then maxed out their American Express and Barclays cards.

Carter convinced ex-lovers Yaa Abrefa, 37, and Abena Frempong, 34, to allow their bank accounts to be used to process the fraudulent transactions. Frempong used the cards to buy high-end items which were exported to Ghana.

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Spending spree: Marcus Carter, Frank Allan and Jeffrey Spencer pose in their Rolex watches during a lavish meal out ( ES picture desk )

Between 2014 and 2016 Carter, Spencer and Allan posed as directors of lucrative companies to convince credit card chiefs they were doing business with big-time players.

They then supplied phoney accounts to Companies House to make it look like they were successful traders, Southwark crown court heard last Friday.

Staff at American Express eventually became suspicious and contacted the City of London Police’s Fraud Squad. Addison Lee taxi journeys led to their identification.

Carter, also known as Marcus Boahene-Coabbina, was sentenced to seven years and two months after admitting conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to acquire criminal property.

Spencer, aka Victor Templar-Quarshie, of South Norwood, and Allan, aka Frank Templar-Quarshie, also of South Norwood, were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to acquire criminal property and failing to disclose the PIN to their phones.

They were jailed for nine years and seven years and nine months respectively. All were disqualified from being a company director. Abrefa, of Thornton Heath, and Frempong, of Petts Wood, were convicted of conspiracy to acquire criminal property.

They were given suspended 18-month and 12-month prison sentences and ordered to carry out unpaid work.

The prosecution is seeking Proceeds of Crime Act orders to remove any financial benefit the gang gained during the fraud.

Murdered Teenager Had Been Excluded From School Just Weeks Before He was Killed

Teenager Jayden Moodie had been excluded from school weeks before he was murdered it emerged today, as his local MP called for vulnerable children to be given better support to stay in mainstream education.

Friends of the 14-year-old said he had been excluded from Heathcote School in Chingford for activities outside school, which teachers spotted on social media.

One said: “He was excluded from school a few months ago. It was not for stuff done at school, he was bright and good at school, he was in the top sets for almost everything but it was social media things which got him in trouble.”

They added: “He was well liked and clever we are all very upset. It’s a good school and we all devastated about this.”

Jayden’s family read a statement on the tragic stabbing (PA)

Jayden was rammed off a moped then repeatedly stabbed on Tuesday night in an area of east London notorious for drug dealing and blighted by feuding gangs.

Detectives believe the attack was “targeted and intent on lethal force from the outset” and they are hunting three men who used a Mercedes B Class car to ram the boy off his moped.

Investigators at the scene in Waltham Forest (Nigel Howard)

Neither the school or Waltham Forest council would comment on the exclusion today.  It is understood the teenager was offered a place at a Pupil Referral Unit but it is not known if he had attended.

The development emerged as local MP Stella Creasy said deaths of children in gang violence in London are increasingly linked to exclusions from school.

She said victims were often children sent home from lessons because of mental health problems and urged the Government to give more support to vulnerable teenagers to help them stay in education and avoid being exploited by criminal gangs as drug couriers.

In a letter to Health Secretary Matt Hancock, the Walthamstow MP said this week’s “horrific” murder was the sixth death of a young person in her borough in 18 months

“There is a recognised link between social exclusion and mental illness,” she said. “Amongst the violence we are seeing in our community there is clear evidence of the relationship between the educational status of a child and their vulnerability, and the importance of well-being in preventing any escalation of violence.”

Child victim: Jayden Moodie in a Facebook picture. His sister said he was caring and loving

Ms Creasy said keeping teenagers safe from gang exploitation and violence would require a “public health” approach to crime, including mental health specialists in Pupil Referral Units and more funding for organisations working with children excluded from schools.

Police have briefed MPs that in one London borough, Croydon, a study found that 60 kids involved in serious violence had all been excluded from schools.

Meanwhile further details emerged today of the teenager’s troubled background and his possible interest in gang culture.

The boy was said to have been stabbed in the back seven times (Nigel Howard)

His father Julian Moodie, 51, was reportedly jailed in 2009 after he was caught selling crack cocaine and heroin to an undercover police officer in a sting operation in Basildon, Essex. He moved to Jamaica on his release.

On his Facebook page the boy describes himself as a “trapper kid”, urban slang for drug dealer,  while in one picture he appears making the sign of a handgun and in another he clutches a fistful of bank notes.

Last night the boy’s family insisted he had “absolutely no affiliation with gangs”.

Jayden’s cousin, Leon Green, said: “Focus needs to be on the fact that he has been brutally murdered in cold blood and deserves a fair chance at justice as much as anyone else in this situation.

“If there are people in our streets that are capable of killing a 14-year-old child, then no-one is safe, and they need to be caught and brought to justice.”

Anyone with information should call 020 8345 3734 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Tragic Case Of Camberwell Stabbing Victim Who Died After Falling On Knife In Her Own Bag During Fight With Ex Boyfriend

A teenage girl died after falling onto a knife during a struggle with her ex-boyfriend, a court has heard.

Katerina Makunova, 17, was found slumped in a block of flats in Brisbane Street, Camberwell, last July and died from a stab wound.

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The teen, from Forest Hill, had been described as a “loving ambitious” girl by her brother.

Oluwaseyi Dada, also of Brisbane Street, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Wednesday at the Old Bailey.

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The court heard the pair had been in a relationship that had recently deteriorated.

In tragic circumstances, the court heard how Ms Makunova fell onto a knife after an altercation began between the pair.

On July 12, Ms Makunova and Dada went onto the lobby of a block of flats where Dada lived. According to police, “a struggle began”.

Police said: “During the course of this altercation both of them fell, but unfortunately Katrina was carrying a knife in her handbag

“Katrina fell onto the handbag, causing the knife to pierce the bag and then stab Katrina in the chest.”

Officers arrived to the scene, at about 12.15pm, and found Dada desperately administering CPR to Ms Makunova.

Despite the efforts of paramedics and Dada, she was pronounced dead at the scene an hour later.

A post mortem examination took place and gave cause of death as a single stab wound.

Detective Inspector Domenica Catino of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “A young woman has lost her life and my thoughts are with her family and friends, who have been devastated by Katrina’s death.

“This is another young person who has been killed as a result of a knife and we need our communities to work with the police to end this scourge.”

Her sister-in-law Shannon Jodie-Leigh Butcher said the whole family were “heartbroken and devastated”.

“I would like her to be remembered as a young, joyful and beautiful girl,” she added. “She was bright, confident, always smiling.

Dada will be sentenced on Tuesday, January 29.

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Promising Young Footballer In Court Over New Year’s Day Assault

A 23 year old has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm by detectives investigating an assault on a woman in Clapham High Street on New Year’s Day at

Andrew Akingbaje, 23 (02.03.1995) of Poplar Road, Brixton, has also been charged with two counts of assault by beating against two other women alleged to have taken place during the same incident.

He will appear in custody at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on 3 January.

The vicious and shocking New Year’s day attack happened outside the club, which had hosted an event called ‘Galaxy Gala 2019 – New Year’s Eve at Lotus’, with tickets costing up to £40.

Akingbaje repeatedly punched and threw his victim, Krystal Mission to the ground in
the violence which was one of several separate incidents in London on New Year’s Day, which also saw a bouncer for a party at a Mayfair townhouse stabbed to death.

In a night of bloodshed, a woman in her early thirties was also killed at a home in Camberwell, south London, in an unrelated stabbing.

The two unrelated murders followed London’s deadliest year in a decade, which saw 134 killings recorded by Scotland Yard, including 24 victims aged up to 19

Past History

Akingbaje was a PROMISING young footballer whose career was cut short after he was jailed for selling drugs as a 19 year old teenager in 2014. He would take the train down from London and peddle crack cocaine and heroin to users on the streets of Southsea.

He set up shop at the home of ‘vulnerable’ local Martin Beech in Harrow Road and would advertise his drugs on a BlackBerry on his journey down. He was jailed for two years and six months in a young offenders’ institution.

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Former Tottenham Hotspur prospect Andrew Akingbaje, 21, is set to join Accrington Stanley for pre-season when they return from their summer break.

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Andrew, who plays left or right wing, caught the eye of PFSA Founder David Hobson at our trials last year, who has since been able to arrange various opportunites for him.

After joining Peckham Town in February, he went on to score 10 goals in less than four months with the Kent County League side, in a bid to keep his fitness up ahead of trials next season.

“I’m thankful to everyone at Peckham for giving me the chance and taking me in,” said Andrew, “It was a great opportunity for me to keep match fit and score some goals.”

Despite now doing well for himself, Andrew hasn’t always been the model footballer and was released from Spurs after two seasons due to his code of conduct.

“I was young and had a poor attitude,” he said, “I used to turn up late to matches and to training, I thought I’d made it already. If I could go back and have my time again I’d definitely do things differently.”

But since attending UK Football Trials, he’s managed to turn his football career around, with the support of his family and David Hobson.

He said: “David has been amazing for me. He has been a mentor, a coach and has made an impact on my football in a massive way and I’m grateful for that.

“Obviously the support from my family has been huge as well, their support is massive and they have been a big influence on me.”

He added, “You know, sometimes you wake up in the morning and you don’t feel like training or you don’t feel like playing, but they don’t let you forget that they are there and I have to go and do it for them.”

Andrew has also received interest from Charlton Athletic, who will monitor the situation with Accrington before deciding on their next move.

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Looks like all those huge opportunities are just gone to waste.

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