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Suicide pact trial: Natasha Gordon jailed over Rutland Water death

A woman who backed out of a suicide pact, leaving a man to die alone, has been given a four-year jail term. Natasha Gordon, 44, was convicted at Leicester Crown Court in December, two years after Matthew Birkinshaw, 31, was found dead in his car at Rutland Water. She met the postman, from Walsall, West Midlands, on an internet forum where she agreed to be his “suicide partner”. Gordon, described as a “suicide advocate” in court, was found guilty of encouraging Mr Birkinshaw’s suicide. The court was told that after…

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Terror trial: Big Ben among terror targets, court hears

Big Ben and Heathrow Airport were among landmarks targeted by a British man who was “fascinated” by the so-called Islamic State, a court has heard. Umar Ahmed Haque, 25, from east London, denies preparing acts of terrorism. He is on trial at the Old Bailey in London alongside three other men, aged between 19 and 27. Mark Heywood QC, opening the case, said Mr Haque had decided to “carry out one or more violent attacks” in the UK and had “identified methods and targets”. The court heard his other intended…

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Apple health data used in murder trial

Health data has provided crucial evidence at a trial in Germany, in which a refugee is accused of rape and murder. Apple’s Health App accurately records steps and has been pre-installed on the iPhone 6S and newer models. Data suggesting the suspect was climbing stairs could correlate to him dragging his victim down a riverbank and climbing back up, police said. The accused – Hussein K – has admitted his guilt but disputed some details. The 19-year-old medical student Maria Ladenburger was murdered in October 2016 and the trial –…

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Usain Bolt targets Manchester United contract after being offered Borussia Dortmund trial

Bolt fancies himself as a footballer following his retirement from athletics Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Usain Bolt is to have a trial with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in a bid to fulfil his dream of playing for Manchester United. Bolt retired in August at the Athletics World Championships in London – finishing with a bronze medal in the men’s 100m. However, he looks set for a sensational career switch after Borussia Dortmund offered him a trial in March. Speaking to the Daily Express, Bolt said: “In March, we’re going to…

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Crystal Palace’s Jason Puncheon faces trial over alleged assault at nightclub

Crystal Palace midfielder Jason Puncheon is to stand trial for allegedly assaulting a nightclub doorman with his belt. Puncheon appeared at Guildford Magistrates’ Court in connection with the incident in Church Street, Reigate, Surrey, in the early hours of December 17. The 31-year-old had been partying with friends at nearby nightclub Mishiko beforehand. Puncheon arrived at court walking with the aid of crutches, having suffered a season-ending cruciate knee ligament injury during Sunday’s goalless draw with Manchester City. He entered not guilty pleas to a section four public order offence,…

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Student Liam Allan 'betrayed' after rape trial collapse

A man whose rape trial collapsed after detectives failed to disclose vital evidence to the defence said he felt “betrayed” by police and the CPS. Liam Allan was charged with 12 counts of rape and sexual assault but his trial collapsed after police were ordered to hand over phone records. The 22-year-old student said his life had been “flipped upside down” and he wanted lessons to be learned. The Met Police said it was “urgently reviewing this investigation”. The case against Mr Allan at Croydon Crown Court was dropped after…

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