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The father of a boy who pretended to be dead to survive a Taliban attack on a military school in Pakistan has been speaking to Central News
Muhammad Nawaz lost one son during the attack. He says his family struggling to cope after gunmen shot their 13 year old son Haris through the head.
Mr Nawaz’s eldest son, Ahmad, was injured when terrorists climbed the walls of the school and opened fire. The 14 year old suffered serious gunshot wounds and is now being treated at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Doctors in Pakistan told his family his gunshot wounds were so severe, his arm would be amputated. Mr Nawaz said he begged surgeons to save his arm and he was grateful to the Pakistani government for offering to pay for his son to be flown to the UK and be treated here.
Ahmad told his father he witnesses horrific scenes including seeing his friends and teachers being forced to lie on the ground before they were shot. He pretended to be dead so he wouldn't be killed.
However, his father says although Ahmad is upset, he’s trying to remain positive and is determined to fulfill his dreams.
In Pakistan, former cricketer turned politician Imran Khan visited Ahmad in hospital.
Here, members of the Pakistani community are supporting the family and have organised an event on Saturday evening to remember all of the victims of the massacre.
A photo of two year old Fenton Hogan, whose mother is on trial for his manslaughter, has been released.
He died in his home in Frankley of a methadone overdose in 2013. His mother, 34 year old Kelly Emery denies giving him the heroin substitute to make him sleep.
Emery has pleaded guilty to causing Fenton’s death by gross negligence but denies charges of manslaughter and cruelty.
Christopher Hotten QC, prosecuting, alleged Emery deliberately gave the toddler methadone in order to “knock him out” so she could take crack cocaine in peace.
A 41-year-old man has been arrested following seven-hour stand-off at a Birmingham tower block.
Police forced their way into the apartment in Milton Street, Newtown, this morning after a man had made ‘substantial threats’ to officers trying to entice him from the property.
Roads surrounding the tower block were closed while police tried to talk the man from the flat.
Specially trained negotiators were called to the scene and a police operation was put in place to ensure the safety of all residents and people in the vicinity of Milton Street.
At around 8.15am police entered the premises and detained a 41-year-old man.
International Justice Mission, the human rights organisation which helped bring Simon Harris to justice, has praised both British and Kenyan police, after the ex-teacher from Herefordshire was sentenced to 17 years and four months for the abuse of Kenyan street children.
The organisation said the case showed that international borders should present no barrier to the prosecution of paedophiles like Harris.
Hannah Flint told ITV News the charity is "delighted" that many more children are protected from ever coming across Simon Harris.
Meanwhile Kelvin Lay, from the National Crime Agency, said the length of his sentence "reflects the crimes that Simon Harris has committed".
A former teacher from Herefordshire has been sentenced to 17 years and four months in prison after being found guilty of abusing young boys in Kenya.
In December, 55-year-old Simon Harris, from Pudleston near Leominster, was convicted of indecent and sexual assault on youngsters, and possessing indecent images of children.
Jailing Harris, the judge told the University of Southampton classics graduate he would serve half his sentence on licence and also handed him a life-long sexual offences prevention order.
Nancy Cole reports on the background to the case:
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A judge who today sentenced a former teacher from Herefordshire to 17 years and four months in jail for the abuse of Kenyan street children, said he had abused "amongst the most vulnerable in the world."
Before his trial last year, Simon Harris admitted six counts of indecently assaulting three boys at a college in Devon, where he had been a housemaster in the 1980s.
Judge Parker said Harris, who later moved to Kenya, had continued his sexual offending against boys, and this time against street children whom he said "were amongst the most vulnerable in the world".
"You assumed a hallowed position among the locals," said the judge.
"You were revered as someone who could provide the gift of education.
"You were answerable to no-one - and once again you had access to boys."
The judge added that Harris's charity work in education meant "no-one batted an eyelid" when he washed boys, and allowed youngsters to sleep in his bedroom at the remote home he owned on the outskirts of the town of Gilgil.
"You walked on water. But none of them knew you had a sexual motive."
A former public school teacher described as a prolific and calculating sexual predator has been jailed for 17 years and four months after abusing vulnerable young Kenyan street children.
Charity boss Simon Harris lured boys using food, money and the promise of schooling to his luxury home in the East African country where the abuse took place between 2002 and May 2013.
Harris, 55, of Pudleston near Leominster in Herefordshire, was convicted after trial last year of three indecent assaults and five sexual assaults, with one victim thought to be as young as nine.
He was also found guilty of four charges of possessing indecent images of children.
Former public school teacher and charity boss Simon Harris has been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for 17 years and four months after abusing vulnerable Kenyan street children.
Harris lured boys using food, money and the promise of schooling to his luxury home in the East African country where the abuse took place between 2002 and May 2013.
Harris, of Pudleston near Leominster in Herefordshire, was convicted of three indecent assaults and five sexual assaults, with one victim thought to be as young as nine.
The 55 year old was also found guilty of four charges of possessing indecent images of children.