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Builder had previously threatened murder victim

Lithuanian builder Viktoras Bruzas made threats against victim Patrick Kettyle. Credit: Steve Parsons / PA Wire/PA Images

A Lithuanian builder who pleased guilty today to stabbing a couple to death at their home in Fetcham, in Surrey had previously made threats against one of the victims.

Viktoras Bruzas was issued with a police notice in January last year after making threats against Patrick Kettyle, 55.

Bruzas killed Mr Kettyle and his wife Gillian in a frenzied knife attack at their home in November 2014.

The discovery of the gruesome murder scene sparked a major manhunt and Bruzas was apprehended 18 hours after the attacks in nearby Oxshott.

When he was arrested, he was "calm and composed" and asked police: "How long do you get for murder in this country?"

Buhari vows to 'spare no effort' in fight against Boko Haram

The newly-elected President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has vowed his government will "spare no effort" in the battle against Islamist militants Boko Haram.

Muhammadu Buhari, pictured here in 2011, has sworn to 'spare no effort' in fighting Boko Haram after becoming president Credit: Reuters

In his first formal speech since his victory against opponent Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari said:

Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will. We should spare no effort.

In tackling the insurgency, we have a tough and urgent job to do.

– President Muhammadu Buhari


Lithuanian builder pleads guilty to stabbing couple to death

Lithuanian builder Viktoras Bruzas has pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to stabbing married couple Patrick and Gillian Kettyle to death as they slept in their home.

Police at the scene in Fetcham, Surrey last November. Credit: PA Wire

The 39-year-old carried out the murders because he wanted to take revenge on Mr Kettyle, 55, who he blamed for "ruining his life" and for the break-up of his marriage after learning of "flirtations" between his wife and the victim, the Old Bailey heard.

The killer arrived at the couple's home, where he had previously fitted a bathroom, armed with a kitchen knife after midnight on November 27th.

Just six minutes later he made his escape, having stabbed his victims multiple times and leaving a bloody and horrific scene in their bedroom.

The attack on Mr Kettyle was "particularly brutal", prosecutor Alan Kent QC said, saying it is likely he stabbed Mrs Kettyle as she tried to protect her husband.

Bruzas, from Walton-on-Thames, admitted the killings today after pleading not guilty at an earlier hearing.

Islamic State seize control of Damascus refugee camp

Credit: Reuters

Islamic State forces have taken control of large parts of a besieged Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus, witnesses and a monitoring group said.

The Yarmouk camp, home to up to 18,000 people, has been caught between government forces and Syrian insurgent groups including Islamic State's rivals such as al Qaeda's Nusra Front.

"They pushed from the Hajar Aswad area and Nusra fighters have joined them," one witness told Reuters.

The witness and the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said clashes continued inside the devastated camp where food, medicine and water are scarce. The Observatory said Islamic State controlled some of the main streets in the camp.

Tories issue press with 'Labourmugs' on campaign trail

The Conservatives have brewed up a mocking memento for the media as the party sets out to criticise Labour on the campaign trail.

ITV News' James Mates has tweeted an image of the item carrying the hashtag "Labourmugs", which ridicules a range of red mugs recently issued by their main election opponents:

British law student jailed for possessing bomb-making manual

Erol Incedal was jailed for three and a half years at the Old Bailey Credit: PA Wire

British law student Erol Incedal, who was cleared of plotting an attack following the UK's first secret terror trial, has been jailed for three and a half years for possessing a bomb-making manual.

The sentence handed to Incedal at the Old Bailey marks the end of one of the most secretive trials ever held in Britain.

The 27-year-old was found not guilty of the more serious charge of preparing acts of terrorism last month. This was after two trials lasting six months, two thirds of which were held in secret.

Incedal and his friend Mounir Rarmoul Bouhadjar, who pleaded guilty to possessing a bomb-making guide, accepted they had travelled to the Turkish and Syrian border.


Ed Miliband 'a proud geek and Manic Miner expert'

Ed Miliband has pleaded "guilty" to being a geek and boasted about being "brilliant" at a cult computer game.

Ed Miliband conducts a Q&A session at David Brown Gear Systems in Huddersfield today. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

The Labour leader was interviewed by Absolute Radio's Geoff Lloyd and revealed the last film to make him shed a tear was a tale of gay activists and striking miners. He said: "Pride is about the lesbian and gay community in London who go and help the miners in Wales and Justine and I watched it recently. I blubbed."

Asked about Jeremy Paxman's description of him as a "north London geek", Mr Miliband said: "I plead guilty to being a geek. I'm proud."

He also owned up to a "big passion" for the ZX Spectrum computer game Manic Miner.

I was brilliant. As I remember, there were 20 levels. I'm not sure I'm very good at hand-eye coordination but I was good at Manic Miner.

I used to drive my parents slightly mad because you used to play it on the telly, obviously, so they wouldn't be able to watch.

– Ed Miliband

19-year-old British man charged with terrorism offences

A 19-year-old British man is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court today after being charged with terrorism offences.

Yahya Rashid, of Willesden, north-west London, was arrested yesterday and taken to a central London police station after arriving at Luton Airport on a flight from the Turkish city Istanbul.

Scotland Yard said he has been charged with offences contrary to section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006, related to an intention to commit an act of terrorism and conduct with the aim of assisting others to commit an act of terrorism.

Labour 'will scrap fees for employment tribunals'

Labour will abolish fees for taking cases to an employment tribunal if it wins the General Election.

There was a slump in the number of claims after feeds came into effect in 2013.

Charges start at around £160, rising to £250, with a further hearing fee ranging from £230 to £950.

Central London Employment Tribunal in Victory House in central London Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

The manifesto says Labour would "ensure proper access to justice in the workplace by abolishing the Government's employment tribunal fee system, as part of reforms to create a system that is quicker for employers and employees and cheaper for the taxpayer".

The announcement was welcomed by trade unions, which have been campaigning to have the fees scrapped.

At long last we have a major political party prepared to address and give rights to workers to shield them from exploitation in their workplaces.

Voters are faced with a stark choice - a party governing in the interest of corporate bosses with zero-hours contracts and for tax breaks for the wealthy elite or a party seeking to provide rights and protection for working people.

– Paul Kenny, general secretary of the GMB union
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