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Man stabbed in "wordless" attack

Alan Smith was stabbed in Leyton in March 2011 Credit: Metropolitan Police

A man was stabbed to death in a "frenzied and wordless" attack after asking a young father if everything was alright with his crying child, the Old Bailey has heard.

Jurors were told 63-year-old Alan Smith was stabbed five times in front of his partner and daughter as "revenge" for the enquiry.

He was at the BB Cafe in Leyton, east London in March last year when he asked Matthew Quesada about the crying child.

Prosecutors said Quesada swore at Mr Smith, who took his family to the nearby Roma café.

The court was told Quesada went home, picked up a knife from his house, and then returned to carry out the attack on Mr Smith.

Quesada was found in a car with his mother the next day. He had cut his hair, and had his passport with him and details of flights to Brazil.

Magazine to be prosecuted over Lawrence article

A magazine is being prosecuted for potentially putting the Stephen Lawrence trial in danger of collapse.

The Spectator is accused of breaching a court order, which prevents prejudicial material being published before jurors had reached verdicts.

An article written by Rod Liddle during the trial called defendants Gary Dobson and David Norris "disgusting racists."

The trial judge claimed the article breached three specific sections of the contempt order placed on the case and he reported the magazine to the Attorney General for contempt of court.


Two men on trial for murder of Hertfordshire businessman

Two men have gone on trial in Kenya for the murder of a Hertfordshire businessman and the abduction of his wife.

Judith Tebbutt from Bishops Stortford was snatched from a remote beach resort near the Somali border last September.

Her husband David was shot dead in the raid by suspected pirates.

Mrs Tebbutt was eventually released in March.

The two men, from East Africa, are facing charges of murder, violent robbery and kidnap.

Judges to consider Abu Qatada case

Europe's human rights judges will meet today to consider whether Jordanian terror suspect Abu Qatada's appeal over deportation should be allowed to go ahead.

Five judges will hold talks on whether the case should be heard by the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

However, they may not reach their final decision today and, even if they do, they may not announce it until later, a spokesman for the court said.

They are also unlikely ever to reveal any reasons for their decision.

Woman charged with firearms offences

Jadeine Mills, aged 21, from Chingford, is due to appear in custody at Thames Magistrates' Court today charged with firearms offences. She will be charged with three counts of possession of firearm, three counts of possession of ammunition and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.


Two teenagers convicted over student stabbing

Yemurai Kanyangarara was killed in Bexleyheath last year.

Two teenagers, who stabbed a student to death, during a row between rival schools in south-east London, are facing years behind bars.

16 year old Yemurai Kanyangarara was ambushed as he stepped off a bus in Bexleyheath last July.

16 year-old Osman Bangura was today found guilty of murder and 15 year-old Isaac Walters, was convicted of manslaughter.

A third boy was acquitted of murder.

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