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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.