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Nine jailed after North East's 'biggest-ever' drugs bust

Nine men are beginning prison terms after what has been called the biggest ever drugs bust in the North East of England. Heroin and amphetamines worth £55m were seized along with almost half a million pounds in cash.

The man at the very top even pretended to run a charity as a cover for the money he made.

Doctor jailed for fake qualifications

A Tyneside doctor who lied about his qualifications and hid criminal convictionson applications for NHS jobs has been put behind bars.Bai Kabia, who qualified as a medic in Russia, claimed to have worked inhospitals which had never heard of him.

He also claimed fraudulently to have a masters degree.

Mr Recorder Ben Nolan QC branded the fraudster a "master of nothing" andjailed him for 15 months.The 46-year-old, of Hathersage Gardens, South Shields, pretended to be amember of professional organisations and wrongly claimed to be registered with theGeneral Medical Council on his applications.

Kabia denied fraud charges in relation to each one, but after a week-longtrial last month, he was unanimously found guilty of all charges at Newcastle Crown Court.


Man devoted to wife who tried to kill him

A man who avoided being strangled to death with a cravat by his wife when an online shopping delivery arrived has said that he remains "devoted" to her.

Christine Houston, 66, was interrupted while trying to murder her husband in May 2012 when she was suffering from a psychotic episode.

But her husband Stewart said that her true character was "as gentle as a lamb" and that he remained forever in debt to the care she had given to him.

He suffers from muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair. He was left with blood spotting behind his eyes and marks to his neck after the attack.

The killing bid has been linked to "carer's fatigue", where someone snaps through the pressures of caring for a loved one.

She pleaded guilty to attempted murder at their home in Chester-le-Street and was held in a secure mental hospital. Today, she was sentenced her to an indefinite hospital order.

On the 26th May your husband called the police and reported that you had tried to strangle him on that occasion with a cravat.

You said that you had wanted to kill your husband but as you didn't have a gun and you didn't like knives, strangling was all you could think of.

Your husband still loves you and wants you to receive help.

– Judge Paul Sloan

Ex-vet "killed man during S&M sex"

Kirk Thompson arrives at Newcastle Crown Court Credit: PA Wire

A former vet from Newcastle killed a man as they engaged in extreme drug-fuelled sadomasochistic sex before leaving his body under a duvet and having sex with another man, a court has heard.

Kirk Thompson, 46, is accused of the manslaughter of David Kochs, 43, which was alleged to have happened at his home in Dulverton Court, Jesmond, on March 2 last year.

Opening the prosecution case, Robert Smith QC told the jury: "The case you are to try over the next few weeks as the jury in this trial is an unusual one. It's also a very disturbing one."

Mr Thompson denies charges of manslaughter, unlawful wounding and assault.

The trial continues.


Full report: Geordie Shore star stiletto attack sentence

She is one of the stars of TV reality show Geordie Shore, but tonight (February 3) Vicky Pattison is preparing to do several weeks of community service after injuring a model and a security guard in a brawl at a Newcastle nightclub.

She escaped jail despite a judge describing her assault with a stiletto shoe as serious and shocking.

Gregg Easteal reports.

Stiletto strikes sentence: Geordie Shore star shame

:Sentencing Pattison, Judge Brian Forster QC said: "I accept you are shocked by your own conduct.

"I accept you are remorseful for what took place.

"You tried to deal with your emotions in an inappropriate way by drinking too much alcohol but you recognise that.

"This case should be seen as what it was, a loss of control on one occasion by a young lady who is 26."

Geordie Shore star sentenced for stiletto attacks

Vicky Pattison must carry out unpaid work Credit: PA Wire

Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison has been sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court for attacking two women with a stiletto shoe at a nightclub in Newcastle last July.

She must carry out 180 hours unpaid work.

The 26-year-old was also handed a community order for one year.

Pattison was ordered to pay £4,000 compensation to Hannah Kelso, who suffered a cut to her face, plus £750 compensation to door superviser Victoria Burnsand, who was injured while trying to stop the trouble.

She must also pay £1,500 costs.

Geordie Shore star spared jail for stiletto attack

Geordie Shore star Vicky Pattison walked free from court today after leaving two women injured in a stiletto shoe attack.The 26-year-old had been drinking at the House of Smith club in Newcastle, where she and fellow cast members were recording the MTV series last July.

Newcastle Crown Court heard part-time model Hannah Kelso, 20, suffered a cut to her face.

Door supervisor Victoria Burns, who had stepped in to try and stop the trouble, got a lump to her forehead and a cut lip after being hit in the face by the same stiletto.

Pattison was handed a community order for 12 months with 180 hours unpaid work.

She was also ordered to pay £4,000 compensation to Miss Kelso, £750 to Miss Burnsand £1,500 costs.

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