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Hospital trust in court facing manslaughter charges

Frances Cappuccini Credit: Kingsley Napley LLP

The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust is expected to become the first trust in the country to go on trial for corporate manslaughter later today.

It follows the death of expectant mother Frances Cappuccini while giving birth at Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

One of the doctors, Errol Cornish, 67, who treated her is also facing a charge of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Dr Errol Cornish Credit: PA


Man jailed for attempted rape after his victim tracked him down on Facebook

James Huggett was tracked down on Facebook Credit: Kent Police

A man who attempted to rape a young woman as she walked home from a nightclub has been jailed for seven years - after his victim tracked him down on Facebook.

James Huggett, 22, of Woodland Drive, Minster, on the Isle of Sheppey, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court for the attack on 21-year-old Chanel Purchase last year.

She was able to bring him to justice by turning detective on social media.

She has waived her right to anonymity to warn others of the risks women face.

Chanel Purchase has waived her right to anonymity Credit: ITV News


Man sentenced for ordering woman home to Hong Kong to kill her family

A man accused of ordering a woman to return to Hong Kong to kill her family has been detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.

Hon Cheong Chu, 57, was arrested at his home in Tarragon Road, Maidstone in March last year and where officers seized a number of firearms and ammunition including a single-bolt weapon disguised as a metallic pen.

He was later charged with a number of offences including soliciting murder, assault and possession of ammunition and firearms, and convicted following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court.

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