A butcher accused of murdering a grandmother has told a jury he had never known her and had never seen her. The body of pensioner Harjit Chaggar was found in the basement of a shop in Chatham in September last year. Tom Savvides reports from Canterbury Crown Court.
Police are looking for a 19-year-old man who has absconded from Southend Crown Court. Ricky Kerry ran from the dock of the court in Victoria Avenue just as he was being sentenced to 28 months for robbery.
Police have launched a manhunt after a 19-year-old fled a court dock as a judge was about to send him to jail. Unemployed Ricky Kerry ran from the dock at Southend Crown Court after being sentenced to 28 months in prison for robbery.
Essex Police say he made off on foot at just after 12.45pm in the direction of Baxter Avenue. It is understood that Kerry, of Jones Close, Southend, escaped through heavy double doors at the entrance to the court and down two flights of stairs.
The force said Kerry was being sentenced for a robbery in Sutton Road, Southend, in April in which he punched a man and took his mobile phone. Anyone with information should contact Essex Police on 101
A woman was raped outside a crown court in a late-night attack.
The 19-year-old victim told officers she had been raped by a man near a disabled access ramp outside Portsmouth Crown Court last Sunday morning.
A 23-year-old man from Gosport was arrested on suspicion of rape, interviewed in police custody, and bailed until January 15, 2013, pending further enquiries.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the assault which happened at 1.30am on Sunday, November 18.
Detective Constable Alison Richards of Portsmouth CID said: "Officers would like to hear from anyone who was out at around 1am, and who may have seen or heard anything that may assist the investigation."
The parents of Elliott Turner are to be sentenced today for their part in covering up the murder of Emily Longley.
Turner was sentenced to life in prison for killing his 17 year old girlfriend at the Bournemouth home he shared with his parents.Leigh and Anita Turner have been found guilty of intent to pervert the course of justice.