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Swindon man charged with murder of barman

A 28-year-old man from Swindon has been charged with murder and of attempted murder.

It follows the stabbing of 60-year-old barman Tom Rogers on Thursday 26 June on the cycle path near the town's railway station and also an attack on a 24-year-old woman in the same area on Thursday 8 May.

I have authorised Wiltshire Police to charge Jason Voong 28, from Swindon, with the attempted murder of Leanne James, 24, from Swindon on Thursday 8 May 2014 and the murder of Aulton Thomas Rogers, 60, from Swindon on Thursday 26 June 2014.

It is alleged that Miss James and Mr Rogers were both attacked on the pathway that leads from Station Road to the Rodbourne Area, near to the footpath to the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon between 22.20 and 23.40 but on different dates.

– Anton Allera, Crown Prosecution Service

Jason Voong has been remanded in custody and will appear at Chippenham Magistrates Court on Thursday 3 July 2014.

2 more charged over Nicholas Robinson murder

Two more people have been charged over the death of Nicholas Robinson in Bristol.

The 19-year old died from knife wounds in a communal area of Ron Jones House on Jamaica Street in March.

22-year old Fabian Irving of Sussex Place in Bristol has been charged with murder. Frederica Critchlow, who's 48, is accused of assisting an offender.

Both are due before magistrates in Bristol this morning.

18-year old Luchiano Barnes from St Paul's in Bristol was also charged with murder by police earlier this month.


Four more charged over Swindon murder

Roger Millar. Credit: Wiltshire Police

A further four men have been charged with the murder of a man in Swindon.

44-year-old Roger Millar was found with stab wounds in a street in Rodbourne in June. He died later in hospital.

Three teenagers are due to appear at Bristol Crown Court today and a 27-year-old man is due before Swindon magistrates next week.

A 19-year-old man was previously charged with murder in June.

Man denies Cooksey manslaughter

The trial has begun of a man accused of killing Wiltshire builder Adrian Cooksey.

Richard Elmes, who was a friend of Mr Cooksey, denies manslaughter.

But this morning he admitted a charge of perjury at Bristol Crown Court.

Mr Cooksey's body was found on Spa Road in Melksham in March 2009. He had been punched and died when his head hit the ground.

Adrian Cooksey.

Dewani trial told of 'a man who wants to kill a woman'

A witness has describes details of how the murder of Annie Dewani was planned during the trial of Xolile Mngeni, who is accused of the honeymooner's murder.

A witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has said that on the eve of Annie's murder he was approached by Zola Tongo, a taxi driver who has already been convicted over the murder, who told him that there was, “a gentleman who wanted to kill a woman”.

The prosecution maintain that this person was Annie's new husband Shrien Dewani, who remains in the UK pending ongoing extradition proceedings.


Anni Dewani murder accused pleads not guilty

Shrien Dewani and new bride Anni Credit: Apex

A man has pleaded not guilty to murdering Anni Dewani who was on her honeymoon in South Africa.

Xolile Mngeni's trial is at a High Court in Cape Town. It's is expected to last for six weeks.

Mrs Dewani, 28 was shot when a taxi she was in was hijacked in the Gugulethu township in November 2010.

Her husband, 32-year-old Shrien Dewani from Bristol, is accused of arranging her murder.

He denies the charge.

Last week, Mngeni's alleged accomplice Mziwamadoda Qwabe pleaded guilty to charges over the killing. He received a 25-year prison sentence.

Trial of man accused of murdering Anni Dewani due to begin today in South Africa

Anni Dewani and husband Shrien Credit: ITV West

The trial of a South Africa man accused of murdering honeymooner Anni Dewani begins today.

Xolile Mngeni is accused of pulling the trigger that killed Anni. Last week his co-accused Ziwamadoda Qwabe's pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

He says Anni's husband, Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani, paid them to kill her. Dewani repeatedly denies the alligations.

Anni Dewani's killer jailed for 25 years

Mziwamadoda Qwabe, in the striped top, tried to hide his face after revealing to the South African Court that he murdered Anni Dewani Credit: ITV West

Mziwamadoda Qwabe has been jailed for 25 years after revealing to the South African Court today that he murdered honeymoon bride Anni Dewani. The court heard - he also admitted kidnapping, robbery and illegal posession of a firearm.

Anni married Bristol businessman Shrien Dewani in 2010. The couple went on honeymoon to South Africa and as they drove through Cape Town their taxi was apparently carjacked. Mr Dewani said he was pushed from the vehicle. It was found the next day in the Guglethu township. Anni's body was inside.

The taxi driver Zola Tongo admitted his part of a conspiracy and is serving an 18 year sentence. He said Shrien Dewani planned the killing and paid him the equivalent of £2,000 to make it happen. South African prosecutors are fighting to extradite Mr Dewani to the country to face trial.

That has been postponed because his doctors say he's suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, is a suicide risk and unfit to face trial while still ill.

Shrien Dewani denies any involvement in his wife's murder. He remains in the Bristol hospital where he is being treated.

Along with Qwabe, another man, Xolile Mngeni is also charged and is yet to plea.

Anni Dewani's family 'happy' with outcome but still want to know what happened

One of two men accused of being hired by British newlywed Shrien Dewani to kill his bride on their honeymoon in Cape Town has been jailed for 25 years after admitting murder.

Anni Dewani's family said they were "happy" but would not know the truth of "what really happened" until Mr Dewani travels to South Africa to face trial.

We are just happy. Two of the accused have now pleaded guilty.

Now we want to know what really happened to Anni, why they killed her.

The way we feel is that we are going through legal torture. It is extremely stressful for the family."

– Ashok Hindocha, Mrs Dewani's uncle

South African Xolile Mngeni still faces charges over the killing and the victim's husband. Shrien Dewani remains in medical care pending a decision to extradite him to South Africa.

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