1. meet the Asbros: three brothers blamed for one family crime wave
Three brothers dubbed 'the Asbros' will spend Christmas in prison after terrorising a community in an 'appalling' one-family crime wave. Michael, Lee and Jamie Muttram yesterday pleaded guilty to theft and aggravated vehicle taking after their intimidated neighbours teamed up to give evidence against them....Their offending has been so prolific that it took the prosecution ten minutes to read a summary of their previous convictions to the court.
Despite being handed numerous Anti-Social Behavioural Orders (Asbos) the Muttrams have plagued their Plymouth community for years. Over the last decade, Michael, 25, Lee, 19, and Jamie, 18, have been arrested for affray, assault on police, dishonesty, shoplifting, car theft, failing to surrender, indecent exposure, driving whilst disqualified, aggravated vehicle taking and going equipped to steal....After they were caught stealing a car in January, the local community decided to stand up to them once and for all and gave information and statements to police.
2. three jailed over people trafficking
Three people have been sentenced in Romania over human trafficking offences in Ireland.
Remus Fusteac (41) was jailed for seven years, while his son Arthur Sergiu (21) and nephew Alexandru Fuste (20) were both sentenced to five years in prison. The court in Timisoara heard the trafficking victims were threatened, beaten and sometimes held at gunpoint.
The three were found guilty of being involved in the trafficking of 28 people to Co Wexford between 2006 and 2008 where they had to work long hours in a controlled environment, with a debt of €25,000 to pay. They were also found guilty of organising a criminal syndicate and illegally possessing firearms.
As the three had returned to Romania they were tried there largely on the basis of evidence gathered by the Garda. The court heard the gang had previously been deported from Ireland in 2004 after being investigated for money-laundering. Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern today welcomed the co-operation between the Garda and the Romanian authorities which led to the convictions being secured.source: irish times
3. preschool teacher held for alleged sexual abuse
A preschool teacher at an independent Christian school in Jönköping in south central Sweden is in custody on suspicions of having sexually abused several children....A preschool teacher at an independent Christian school in Jönköping in south central Sweden is in custody on suspicions of having sexually abused several children....During the investigation, new suspicions have come to light, including child pornography.
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4. ex-GP in court charged with sex attacks on girls
A former GP appeared in court today on suspicion of carrying out a series of indecent assaults on young girls who were his patients over an eight-year period. Dr Antony Collis, 58, of Station Road, Stonegate, near Wadhurst, East Sussex, is alleged to have indecently assaulted seven girls between the ages of 10 and 14 between June 1995 and April 2003.
He made his first appearance at Lewes Magistrates' Court where it was heard he is also charged with nine counts of making indecent images of children between April 2004 and October last year.
Collis is charged with 22 offences in all, many of which are alleged to have been carried out when he was practising at the Belmont Surgery in Wadhurst. Bespectacled Collis, who stood next to the dock dressed in a grey suit and maroon tie, was granted unconditional bail. He was told to appear at the same court on January 13 when his case will be committed to the Crown Court.source: the independent
5. Russian interior minister tells citizens to hit back if attacked by corrupt police
Ordinary citizens have the right to defend themselves against police officers who launch illegal attacks on them, Russia's interior minister said Thursday.
Rashid Nurgaliyev was speaking at a meeting with students in the Moscow Region just days after police officers in both the capital and St. Petersburg were detained on suspicion of beating innocent people to death.
"If the citizen is not a criminal who is being detained and has not broken any laws...if he is being attacked, self-defense is applicable here," the minster said in response to a question on rising police crime.
Nurgaliyev, who recently reminded police chiefs that their officers should use their weapons against criminals and not innocent citizens, said rogue police were "criminals in uniform, who need to be isolated and jailed."
Russian lawyers and rights activists warned against following the minister's advice, pointing out that the country's Criminal Code stipulates harsh penalties for attacks on police officers.
Lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said a police officer's word would always be believed, and that "criminals in uniform" could simply say "I was on duty...he committed a crime, I detained him and he resisted."
But the chief spokesman for the Russian Interior Ministry, Police Maj. Gen. Valery Gribakin said citizens "are entitled to resist a police officer if his behavior is improper."
Nurgaliyev also reiterated his intention to fight police corruption regardless of rank and position.
However, a police officer from the southern Russian city of Novorossiisk was fired earlier this month after posting a video on the web asking Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to launch a nationwide corruption probe.
The reputation of the Russian police has taken a beating in recent years, with frequent cases of police brutality. In the last 18 months, police in Russia have been convicted or charged with burning a suspect to death, shooting sprees and rape.