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Fruit packing manslaughter trial starts in Hampshire

The manager of a fruit packing operation in Hampshire has gone on trial accused of the manslaughter of two of his workers.

Scott Cain and Ashley Clarke, both in their twenties, died after falling unconscious in a building used to store apples at the Blackmoor Estate near Liss in Hampshire.

The building did not have enough oxygen in it and the prosecution says employees were "encouraged" to go in without breathing apparatus. Andrew Stocker, their manager, denies the charges. The trial continues. Andrew Pate sent this report from Winchester Crown Court.


Manager on trial after fruit packing firm deaths in Liss

The manager of a fruit packing operation has gone on trial accused of the manslaughter of two workers.

Scott Cain and Ashley Clarke died after going into an oxygen deprived unit at the Blackmoor Estate near Liss in Hampshire.

The prosecution says their manager, Andrew Stocker, "approved and encouraged" employees to go into the containers without breathing apparatus. He denies two charges.

Men jailed for 14 years for conspiracy to supply cocaine

Paul Neale and Adam St George have been sentenced to ore than 14 years in jail Credit: Hampshire Police

Two men have been sentenced to over 14 years in prison after an investigation into the supply of a class A drug.

Paul Neale, who is 26-years-old and from Sandhurst and 32-year-old Adam St George from Bracknell were found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire.

Another man from Bracknell Christopher Evens was sentenced to a two year suspended sentence and fined £8000.

Two other men on the trial were found not guilty.

Speaking after the sentencing, officer in the case Detective Constable Frank Cregan from Hampshire Constabulary's Serious and Organised Crime Unit, said, "The sentences bring what has been a very detailed and challenging investigation to a close.

"In the course of our investigation we have seized £160,000 and just over five kilos of cocaine and amphetamine to the street value of £417,765."

Con man pilot sentenced to three years behind bars

A man who forged a pilot's licence so he could fly commercial aircraft into and out of Gatwick Airport has been jailed for three years. Sixty-one year old Michael Fay was a former American Air Force pilot. He moved to Britain and lived in Alton in Hampshire.

Fay was convicted at Winchester Crown Court of faking papers to get a job with a Libyan airline. Our presenter Amanda Piper spoke to our reporter Mel Bloor about the case.

Click here for the reaction from Hampshire Police, who were involved with the investigation.

Son jailed for life after murdering his mother

Leah Whittle was killed by her son Kieren Smith in July Credit: Dorset Police

Seventeen-year-old Kieren Smith has been jailed for life for the murder of his mother Leah Whittle. The teenager stabbed his mother 94 times at the home they shared in Weymouth in Dorset in July. Leah Whittle had moved back to the county from Yorkshire with her son after her marriage broke down.

During the eight-day trial the court heard that Smith had lied to police telling them his mother had been killed by drug dealers. The court also heard that the teenager had been expelled from school at the age of 14, and that he had spent the next two years alone in his room watching dvds.

In sentencing Smith to life imprisonment with a minimum tarrif of fifteen years before he becomes eligible for parole, Judge Guy Boney said:

"Your life revolved around watching DVDs alone in your room with an absence of emotional engagement.

"It is from that diet of constant DVDs that your fascination of knives came from. That kind of unhappy & unfulfilling life that you lived must, in fairness, be put against your background, that your parents separated when you were little more than a baby and your family life was almost non-existent.

"I accept that you are not by nature an emotional man, but you have shown not a smidgen of remorse."

Nicholas Haggan QC, who was defending Smith in court said the teenager's motive for the murder was unknown.

The QC said: "It's always difficult to give an explanation and in this particular case it's impossible. One will never know why the defendant did what he did. This is not an ordinary case; we accept it's very unusual for a young man to kill his mother."

Keiren George Smith jailed for life for matricide Credit: Dorset Police


Teenager jailed for life after killing his mother

A 17-year-old boy has been imprisoned for life for murdering his mother. Kieren Smith stabbed 42-year-old Leah Whittle 94 times at the flat they shared in Benville Road in Weymouth in Dorset, on 21st July.

Sentencing the teenager at Winchester Crown Court Judge Guy Boney said Smith would have to serve at least 15 years behind bars before being eligible for parole.

"You have been convicted of a deeply shocking and really utterlydreadful offence - that of killing your own mother in as brutal a way as can beimagined."You have cut short by many years the life of the very person who gave youlife in the first place and expressing your crime in that way tells everyone thetrue horror of what you did."

– Judge Guy Boney, Trial Judge, Winchester Crown Court

"This case involved a particularly horrific and sustained attack on a woman who was unable to defend herself. This is a very tragic case where a young man, through his own violentactions, has killed his mother.

"He now has to face the consequences of these actions as well as to live withthe loss of his mother. Our sympathy is with Leah Whittle's family and friends who are still coming to terms with their loss."

– Detective Inspector Marcus Hester, Dorset Police