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Murderer 'arrested with ear in his pocket' jailed for life

Darren McCormick (L) has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Colin Chevalier (R) Credit: Jersey Police/Family handout

A man who murdered his drug dealer with an axe and was arrested with his victim's ear in his pocket has been sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in jail in Jersey today.

Darren McCormick, 36, killed Colin Chevalier in a "brutal and sustained" attack at Mr Chevalier's St Helier home in April last year following a row over payment.

McCormick hit the 46-year-old 40 times on the head and neck with an axe before attempting to decapitate him and cut off his limbs, Jersey's Royal Court heard.

He pleaded guilty to the murder in October and today told the court: "I know I killed him, I went berserk".

McCormick refused to stand when the sentence was handed out.

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Jersey hit by biggest earthquake in 90 years

The biggest earthquake in Jersey and Guernsey on the Channel Islands for almost 90 years has struck, with a magnitude of 4.2.

Rumbles of sounds were heard as windows rattled when the quake struck at a depth of seven miles around 12 miles west of St Helier at 12.54pm.

Jersey hit by biggest earthquake in 90 years. Credit: Google

The British Geological Survey (BGS) said it was the largest earthquake to have hit the region since a 5.6-magnitude quake on February 17, 1927.A spokesman for the BGS said it was also felt weakly on the South Coast of England, but only caused "very minor" damage.

One local thought a plane had crashed nearby, while another reported that the impact was enough to make them jump and go outside.

Jersey missing fishermen found

The two men missing in a dinghy whose rescue plane crash landed yesterday have been found.

Jersey Coastguard tweeted that a rescue operation is currently underway.

French Coastguard takes over search for missing men

A spokesman for Jersey Coastguard has confirmed the search for two men missing in a dinghy is being handed over to the better-resourced French Coastguard, with the search area growing to more than 100 square miles.

The pair were headed towards Les Ecrehous reef, situated about halfway between Jersey and France, when they were reported missing.


5 aboard air search plane 'shaken up' after crash landing

Lion's Pride, the Channel Islands Air Search aircraft that crash landed in Jersey this evening. Credit: Channel Islands Air Search

The five people aboard Lion's Pride, the Channel Islands Air Search aircraft that crash landed in Jersey this evening, visited a nearby pub with police after their landing.

The manager of The Priory Inn John Dowling said "everyone was all right".

"Of course they were shaken up," he said.

"You would be too if you'd just crash landed a plane, wouldn't you?"

Jersey Ports confirms air search plane passengers safe

A spokesperson for Jersey Ports has confirmed all five crew members aboard a rescue plane that crash landed on Jersey's north coast are safe and accounted for.

Alan Donald confirmed the plane was being used in a search for two adult men believed to be missing in a dinghy. The search for the pair continues.

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Channel Islands air search plane crash lands in Jersey

All passengers on board the Channel Islands' air search plane are reportedly safe after a crash landing in Jersey this evening.

The plane is understood to have been used on an emergency call assisting the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in a search for two people missing at sea.

For more on this story, see ITV News Channel Islands.

Muscle man's surprise marriage proposal

A muscle man shocked the audience at a body-building competition when he dropped to one knee to propose to his girlfriend.

Jose Rebelo, 27, popped the question wearing just his skimpy posing trunks when thrilled Rosana Nobrega, 28, came on stage to present him with his trophy.

Jose Robelo dropped to one knee and proposed to excited girlfriend Rosana Nobrega. Credit: SWNS

Rosana, a sales assistant at Boots, immediately said yes to cheers from the crowd at the Channel Islands Bodybuilding Championships in Jersey.

Jose, a Co-op worker, won the "first-time competitor" award and had arranged for Rosana to present the trophy and left the wedding ring with the show's compère, who slipped it into his hand at the vital moment.

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