DAGENHAM FILICIDE CASE: Man charged for murdering infant daughter

London – VIJAY SHAH via Sky News

 

A father from Dagenham, Essex has been charged at court for the crime of killing his two-year-old daughter, according to a report published yesterday by Sky News.

Rejwanul Islam, aged 25, is accused of causing his daughter, Mariyah Islam, serious head injuries in March 2016. She passed away at an undisclosed location in Euston, central London, and a post-mortem at St. Thomas’ Hospital in south London revealed the child has suffered a ‘traumatic head injury’.

After police investigations, the father was formally charged with Mariyah’s murder at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in London yesterday. Court proceedings will continue at a later date.

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Shere Singh/Facebook.

“Man charged with murder of two-year-old daughter” – Sky News/Sky UK (15 July 2018) https://news.sky.com/story/man-charged-with-murder-of-two-year-old-daughter-11436496

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” “Crime Scene Do Not Cross” tape” – Tex Texin, Flickr (9 June 2009) https://www.flickr.com/photos/textexin/3612094774

 

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SAINTE-CROIX RESTO: Burglar allegedly beaten to death in Mauritius restaurant

Port Louis – VIJAY SHAH via NICOLAS ATHIANE and Inside News

 

The concept of ‘standing your own ground’ has taken on a new meaning in the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, after an elderly couple were arrested for allegedly beating to death a burglar who targeted their restaurant business in the Sainte-Croix district of the capital Port Louis, Inside News reports.

To Chun Marlene Leung, aged 68, and her brother, named only as Alex and aged 65, were arrested after the death of a local and notorious criminal, 50-year-old Gaëtan Patrick Suave, who was said to have climbed into the restaurant via a window above a door. Suave then threatened the Leung siblings with a tool. A struggle ensued as the restaurant owners tried to disarm the crook, and Suave was left in what local police officers described as a ‘bloodbath’.

Police were called to the restaurant yesterday morning around 2.00 am, and found Suave unconscious. He was ferried to the city’s Dr AG Jeetoo Hospital but died five hours later. The Leungs were also taken to the same hospital after sustaining injuries in the fight to protect their business. Alex is still undergoing treatment and has not yet submitted a statement to police. Marlene Leung appeared at Port Louis Court yesterday afternoon on a possible charge of murder, after being taken into custody by the city’s police.

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“Un cambrioleur battu à mort dans un restaurant –Le propriétaire : « Mo ti defann mwa…»” – Nicolas Athiane, Inside News/Inside.news (12 January 2018) http://inside.news/2018/01/12/un-cambrioleur-battu-mort-dans-un-restaurant-le-proprietaire-mo-ti-defann-mwa/

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“Free photo: Thief, Burglary, Break Into – Free Image on Pixabay – 1562699” – TheDigitalWay, Pixabay (4 August 2016) https://pixabay.com/en/thief-burglary-break-into-balaclava-1562699/

TOMMIE WOODWARD: Man dies after jumping into alligator-infested river

A man allegedly screamed “f*** the alligators”  before jumping into a pool inhabited by the reptiles, who then savaged him to death, reports UK newspaper Metro.

Tommie Woodward, aged 28 and of Orange County, Texas, USA was visiting a private marina on the Sabine River in the same state, when he began mocking the creatures before jumping into the marina, where they immediately closed in on him.

Local county official Rodney Price said that Woodward disregarded signs posted at the marina warning visitors against swimming there. He said “He removed his shirt, removed his billfold…someone shouted a warning and he saidblank (expletive) the alligators and jumped into the water and almost immediately yelled for help”

Two American Alligators (Alligator mississippi...
Two American Alligators (Alligator mississippiensis), Florida, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Marina employee Michelle Wright, in an interview with news station KFDM, told how she approached Woodward and warned him against entering the marina’s waters, but to no avail as he decided to take the fatal plunge. She later found his dismembered body floating in the water. “I saw his body floating face down,” she recollected.

“And then he’s out there for a couple of seconds and then he’s dragged back down. And then he come back up still face down and then he gets pulled down again. And then he just disappears.”

Alligators kill their prey by often clamping their jaws around the victim’s neck and dragging them below the waterline in an attempt to asphyxiate them.

Marina owner Allen Burkhart added: “He went under one time, then he hollered (shouted) at her to get out of the water.

‘Then he pulled him down the second time and that was it.

‘I’ve been here all my life and this is the first time something like this has happened. … I’m still in shock.”

Tommie Woodward had relocated to Orange County from St. Louis along with his twin brother and had found a job at a local shipyard. The reason for the plunge which killed him was not reported by Metro.

There are believed to be millions of alligators residing in the southern United States, with Louisiana and Florida states alone having 3.3 million. Most alligators avoid human contact and rarely feed on people, but can attack with often lethal consequences if they feel threatened or alarmed. They normally hunt turtles, fish, mammals and amphibians. In Florida, there are a dozen alligator attacks per year, but fatalities are rare. Only twenty people have been killed by the reptiles in that state in the past 40 years, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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“Man screams ‘f*** the alligators’, jumps in water and is killed by alligators” – Nicholas Reilly, Metro/Associated Newspapers Limited (4 July 2015) http://metro.co.uk/2015/07/04/man-killed-after-ignoring-warning-signs-and-jumping-into-crocodile-infested-water-5280177/?ito=facebook
“Q&A: How many alligators and alligator attacks are there in the United States?” – Tampa Bay Times (14 August 2011) http://www.tampabay.com/news/humaninterest/qampa-how-many-alligators-and-alligator-attacks-are-there-in-the-united/1185694
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BORIS NEMTSOV: Russian opposition leader gunned down

The politician Boris Nemtsov, an opposition leader serving in Russia’s parliament, the Duma, has been shot dead in Moscow, the European news division of the BBC reports.

The country’s officials say that Nemtsov, who once served as deputy prime minister, was killed yesterday in Moscow while travelling around the city by foot. The BBC reports that unidentified attackers passing by in a car shot four times into Nemtsov’s back as he crossed a bridge near the Kremlin, police in Moscow said.

According to the BBC, Nemtsov was with a friend, and was crossing the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge when the drive-by shooting took place at 11:40 pm local time (8:40 pm GMT) yesterday (27 February 2015), said the Interior Ministry. He was shot with a pistol from a white car of unknown make and model. The attackers then promptly fled the scene, a police source told Russia’s Interfax news agency. Meduza, a news website, added that several people left the vehicle to gun down Nemtsov. His death was formally confirmed by a colleague of his RPR-Parnassus party, Ilya Yashin. Flowers were left at the site of his killing on the bridge and tributes to the slain politician were coming in via social media since yesterday night’s incident. 

He was murdered only hours after giving a speech offering his support for a march in Moscow against the conflict in Ukraine which was due to take place tomorrow. In his last tweet, Mr Nemtsov sent out an appeal for Russia’s divided opposition to unite at an anti-war march he was organising for Sunday.

If you support stopping Russia’s war with Ukraine, if you support stopping Putin’s aggression, come to the Spring March in Maryino on 1 March,” he wrote.

Russia’s controversial President, Vladimir Putin, expressed outrage at the killing of Boris Nemtsov, and condemned his murder, according to a source associated with the Kremlin. President Putin is said to have taken ‘personal control’ of the investigation into the killing, said Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov to news outlets.

Investigators charged with uncovering the motive for Nemtsov’s shooting have said that the perpetrators may have been attempting to create instability inside Russia. The investigative committee said in a freshly-released report that a number of possibilities are being considered, including that the former deputy prime minister was murdered on the orders of Islamist extremists, but there is no evidence to support any theory at the current time.

Putin’s equivalent in the United States, President Barack Obama also condemned the “brutal murder” and asked Russian lawmakers to conduct a “prompt, impartial and transparent investigation“. The President of UkrainePetro Poroshenko, whose country is currently battling pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Luhansk (Lugansk) and Donetsk regions of Ukraine, described Mr. Nemtsov as a “bridge between Ukraine and Russia“, according to the BBC.

The murderers’ shot has destroyed it. I think it is not by accident,” Poroshenko commented in a statement published on his administration’s Facebook page.

While there is no suggestion that the Putin administration has anything to do with Nemtsov’s murder, the politician himself, who had served under President Boris Yeltsin‘s administration in the 1990s, had recently given an interview where he voiced that Putin would have him killed for speaking out against the Ukrainian war, which Russia is accused of secretly funding and arming. Nemtsov’s lawyer claimed the politician was receiving death threats via social media for his opposition of Russia’s involvement in the Ukraine conflict and for its annexation of Crimea last year, which brought the country international condemnation. 

Nemtsov’s career also included working in economics and serving as governor of the city of Nizhny Novgorod. He fell out of favour with Vladimir Putin soon after the latter was elected and subsequently Nemtsov became an opposition politician.

Fully known as Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov, was born in the Olympic city of Sochi in Russia’s Caucasus region in 1959. He graduated from the State University of Gorky in the field of physics in 1985. After earning his PhD, Nemtsov worked as a research fellow at the Gorky Radio-Physics Research Institute (NIRFI) until entering politics in 1989 as the Soviet era was drawing to a close. He allied himself with fellow reformists in the Russian parliament and soon became a confidante of reformist president Boris Yeltsin. By 2004, and marginalised by the new Putin government, Nemtsov began to speak out against what he saw as the increasing clampdown on newly-won freedoms by the President, and that ‘Putinists’, the president’s loyalists, were leading Russia towards a dictatorship. Nemtsov made his opposition to Putin and his politics very clear. He was arrested by police in November 2007 during one such protest against Putin. 

The Russian president himself had accused Nemtsov of being involved with corruption. During Nemtsov’s tenure as director and chairman of a small Russian financial institution, Neftyanoi Bank, which was involved with the country’s burgeoning oil industry, investigators were called in following allegations of fraud and money laundering, which forced Nemtsov to step down from his positions at Neftyanoi. On 16 December 2010, Putin stated, in a live television broadcast, that during the 1990s, Nemtsov was friendly with the billionaire oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who had been sent to prison and who later fled Russia. Putin accused him of ‘dragging around billions’ of Russian oil money.

Nemtsov was just fifty-five years of age at the time of his killing. He was married with four children.

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“Russia opposition politician Boris Nemtsov shot dead” – Sarah Rainsford and contributors, BBC News Europe/BBC (28 February 2015) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-31669061
“Boris Nemtsov” – Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Nemtsov
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UKRAINE’S STRAY DOGS: Euro extermination

In about a week’s time, the referee will blow the whistle for the first kickoff at the UEFA European football championship being held jointly by the Ukraine and Poland, the first nations in east Europe to do so. While footie fans from all over Europe celebrate their team’s goals and victories, the stray dogs of Ukraine will not be celebrating. Government and municipal authorities in the nation of 45 million, desperate to beautify their streets and improve the Ukraine’s much-maligned image abroad, are declaring a war. A war on the 500,000 estimated unowned and unwanted canines who call the grey streets and abandoned Soviet-era factories home. A war which has seen 12,000 dogs killed last year alone in Kiev (Kyiv), the capital.

The dogs, many of which are abandoned by their owners who can no longer afford them, are a common sight in Ukraine’s cities. They wander about aimlessly, feeding on rubbish or handouts from sympathetic passers-by. Most urban Ukrainians aren’t too bothered by them; they are part of the fabric of city life, a minor inconvenience, in the same way as pigeons are in London. Politicians however, concerned over the spread of rabies and other diseases from strays, have begun rounding up and slaughtering them.

A dog gazes at a poster condemning the massacre of strays as Ukraine readies for Euro 2012 (c) The Guardian

Reports from local animal activists obtained by the London Evening Standard newspaper claim that dogs are being systematically shot, poisoned and even hung like condemned criminals by ‘street cleaning squads’, paid for out of city and national funds. Tamara Tarnavska, a representative of the charity SOS Animals reports that “in Kiev they are poisoning them, and some are even shot…The poison can take up to six hours to kill the animals so we believe some are very possibly taken to crematoriums and burnt while not yet dead“.

Despite official assurances to end this sickening and barbaric slaughter of man’s best friend, the massacre had reached almost mechanical levels. Ms. Tranavska also told the Evening Standard’s Oliver Poole that mobile incinerators were roaming the streets of Lisichansk town, scooping up the corpses of slain strays and reducing them to ash. Other shot dogs were gutted and skinned to be turned into fur coats and hats, or even animal feed.

Even those dogs lucky to escape the gun or the oven have been delivered to shelters where they are thrown into dirty ramshackle cages exposed to the elements.

After worldwide condemnation, Ukraine’s environment minister called a halt to the slaughter and proffered a £2.5 million aid package to charities to open 200 new shelters for strays as well as for a nationwide sterilisation programme.  The money has not been forthcoming however, even though several new stadiums have been constructed in the four cities helping to host Euro 2012 matches.

Stray dogs being collected in Kiev (C) AsiaOne/Reuters News Agency

Despite the minister’s failed promise, there is some hope. An organisation specialising in assisting stray dogs around the world has stepped in to do what it can. Four Paws have sent a team of activists and veterinarians in an 11-vehicle convoy which will travel all over the Ukraine, neutering and treating dogs using funds from donations. These mobile clinics are also offering on-the-spot health checks, vaccinations and de-fleaing/de-worming.

Stray dogs may be popularly seen as scruffy flea-bitten mutts, but they are still animals with feelings. It is because of modern consumerist throw-away culture and people biting more than they can chew, that populations of stray pets exist in the first place. Wholesale cruel butchering of strays, as has been happening in the Ukraine, is something that many right-thinking people have condemned. It is something that will boil the blood and raise the pressure of any animal lover. Yet many would say that,as cruel as it is, such exterminations are necessary to keep down the likelihood of maladies such as rabies transmitting from stray animals and possibly causing human deaths.  Ironically,  the beleagured stray dogs of Kiev were sentenced to death to improve Ukraine’s image abroad, but blood on the hands is never a good look.

To find out more and/or support the charities mentioned in the article, please visit the websites below:

SOS Animals Ukrainahttp://www.sos-animals.info/

Postal address for donations (dog foods, medical supplies, cleaning chemicals and freezers)

Krasnoznamennaya Street, Pirogovo village, Kyiv. Telephone: +38 (050) 447-61-07; +38 (044) 569-33-46. Donations can be made at: account ¹ 26004301242846, Prominvest Bank, Kyiv office

Four Paws Organisationhttp://www.vier-pfoten.eu/