Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Monday, July 24, 2017
Barmaid, and lover brutally beat her 'annoying' ex to death with the help of three teenage boys then photographed his corpse in their car boot and buried him on the moors
- Mohammed Shiraz Bashir, 42, and Leonie Marie Mason, 24, killed Craig Preston
- The 34-year-old's body was found on the moors of the A628 in Derbyshire
- Three teenagers, one aged just 14, helped the pair plan the murder of Mr Preston
- The gang showed 'no remorse' for the 'brutal and sustained assault' last August
A couple have been found guilty of savagely beating a man to death before taking photographs of his corpse.
Mohammed Shiraz Bashir, 42, and Leonie Marie Mason, 24, murdered 34-year-old Craig Preston in a lay-by then dumped his body on the moors of the A286 in Derbyshire.
Three teenagers who helped the pair carrying out the attack were found guilty of manslaughter. One was aged just 14 at the time of the murder.
Mason, who changed her name to Alina Shiraz, had been in a relationship with both Mr Preston and Bashir at the time of the attack on 21 August.
Mohammed Shiraz Bashir, 42, and Leonie Marie Mason, 24, murdered 34-year-old Craig Preston in a lay-by
Sheffield Crown Court heard the pair launched a 'brutal and sustained assault' on Mr Preston.
Mason had been with Mr Preston for about six years after meeting him while working at a hostel. She later met Bashir and started seeing him while still with Mr Preston.
She claimed Bashir had been 'fine' towards her at the start before becoming violent and controlling.
Mason and Bashir plotted to kill Mr Preston because he was an 'annoyance' to their relationship.
The pair launched a 'brutal and sustained assault' on Craig Preston
They recruited the three teenagers and lured Mr Preston to the lay-by before kicking and punching him and stamping on his head.
They then stuffed his body in the boot of a car and dumped it on the moors, where it was found by dog walkers on August 22.
Police were able to track them down after finding 'horrifying' images of Mr Preston's beaten body in the car on Bashir's phone as well as many texts between all defendants planning their attack.
He had been severely beaten and a port-mortem examination determined he died as a result of head injuries.
All five had been on trial at Sheffield Crown Court for 12 weeks charged with murdering Mr Preston, also known as Craig Nelson.
The five, who had all denied murder, are due to be sentenced at a later date.
Bashir and Mason were remanded in custody and Two 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been remanded in the care of a local authority.
Mr Preston's body was dumped it on the moors near the A286 in Derbyshire, where it was found by dog walkers on August 22
Det Chief Insp Steve Handley, the senior investigating officer, said: 'This has been a complex and difficult murder investigation into a brutal and sustained assault on Mr Preston in summer last year.
'Bashir, Mason and the teenage boys planned together to harm Mr Preston, which we were able to demonstrate through a combination of CCTV enquiries, forensics and telecoms work.
'We completed extensive telephone forensics work on the mobiles of all defendants and rather horrifyingly, were able to retrieve an image of Mr Preston's beaten body in the boot of a car on Bashir's phone as well as many texts between all defendants planning their attack.
'This overwhelming evidence was placed before a jury who have reached their verdict.
'I am pleased with the result and wish to recognise the work of my investigative team who have built a significant and complex case, as well as the Crown Prosecution Service and local authority, who have worked alongside us to manage this case.
'The three juvenile defendants, one of whom was just 14 at the time of Mr Preston's murder, have shown no remorse for their actions, just as Bashir and Mason have denied their guilt throughout.'
ISIS-supporting hate preacher Anjem Choudary becomes first extremist moved into new 'jail within a jail' anti-jihadi unit
- Anjem Choudary first Islamic extremist to be moved into separate prison unit
- It has been specially created to stop the spread of hate preaching behind bars
- Review of extremism in prisons last year recommended 'jails within jail'
Hate preacher Anjem Choudary is the first extremist to have been moved into a new ‘jail-within-a-jail’ unit to stop jihadis spreading hate behind bars.
The ISIS-supporting preacher has been placed in a ‘separation centre’ in HMP Frankland in County Durham.
Frankland, which is a Category A prison meaning of the highest security, is the first of three UK jails to have such units.
Anjem Choudary, pictured, has become the first extremist to be moved into a special 'separation centre' behind bars to stop him preaching hate among inmates
The extremist, pictured left, at a demonstration, and right, was jailed in 2016 for urging Muslims to support ISIS
According to the Sunday Times, Choudary was moved into the separate unit after ‘refusing to stop preaching extremist views’ despite warnings from prison bosses.
It comes as it was revealed the notorious hate preacher – who was jailed for five-and-a-half years last year for urging Muslims to support ISIS - has received more than £140,000 in taxpayer-funded legal aid.
The establishment of separate units for extremists was recommended after a review of Islamic extremism in prisons conducted last year.
Author Ian Acheson wrote: ‘Islamist ideology can present itself in prisons as a struggle for power and dominance in which perceived weaknesses are exploited by a gang culture which threatens or undermines legitimate authority and security.
‘Islamic extremism should therefore be a greater and more visible priority for the National Offender Management Service, led by people with the time and resource to act swiftly and with authority.’
The two other prisons that will set up secure units for extremists are HMP Woodhill, in Milton Keynes, and HMP Full Sutton in Yorkshire.
Choudary is believed to have inspired at least 110 Britons into committing terrorist acts and encouraged up to 850 fanatics to travel to Syria to fight for the Islamic State.
He billed the taxpayer £140,557 for his unsuccessful court battle - and the figure is set to rise as his lawyers continue to file claims.
The data, revealed in a freedom of information request, includes £98,122 to pay for a solicitor, £23,569 for another court lawyer, and £18,866 in legal firm expenses.
After an Old Bailey trial shrouded in secrecy, Choudary was found guilty of 'inviting support for a proscribed organisation' under the Terrorism Act 2000.
His deputy, Mizanur Rahman, was convicted of the same offence, and the pair were each sentenced to five and a half years in prison.
Choudary has long served as the smug public face of radical Islam, organising protests against British troops and spouting his bile in TV interviews.
His now-banned radical group, Al-Muhajiroun, has links to 15 terror plots, including the murder of Lee Rigby and the 7/7 attacks.
Choudary, pictured at a rally in 2014, has also been revealed to have received more than £140,000 in taxpayer-funded legal aid
As leader, he repeatedly provoked the British public with a series of stunts in which his followers burned remembrance poppies and disrupted Armistice Day events.
Choudary also called for Buckingham Palace to be turned into a mosque and paraded a picture of his vision which was made by a man now fighting for ISIS.
For his trial anti-terror police investigated 20 years worth of material, with more than 333 electronic devices containing 12 terabytes of storage data analysed.
His conviction could be revealed only after the case had concluded due to court orders banning reporting.
A Legal Aid Agency spokesperson told MailOnline: 'Anyone facing a crown court trial is eligible for legal aid, subject to a strict means test.
'Those who do meet the relevant thresholds may still be required to pay a significant contribution towards the costs of their defence.'
Sunday, July 23, 2017
SECOND headteacher claims there's a 'Trojan Horse-style plot' at Oldham school with Muslim governors
- Fears over takeovers of school re-emerged last week amid claims in Oldham
- Now a second head teacher from the town has made allegations of bullying
- Planned school's Muslim co-founder denies the claims made by the teacher
- Former British Army officer says the school was set up to teach British values
A second headteacher from Oldham has spoken of alleged 'Trojan Horse' style bullying at a free school in the town.
Fears over attempts to impose an Islamist ethos into British schools re-emerged in Greater Manchester last week when headteacher Trish O'Donnell claimed she was forced out of her job by 'intimidation'.
Now Rick Hodge, who was due to be principal the Phoenix Free School in Oldham, has said he also suffered a 'campaign of harassment' by the school's Muslim co-founder.
Rick Hodge, who was due to be principal of the Phoenix Free School in Oldham, claims he was bullied in a 'Trojan horse-style' plot
Phoenix Free School was based on the idea of having former Armed Forces servicemen and women teaching children in the town, which was hit by race riots in 2001.
But the school failed to open after not enough children applied and Mr Hodge left as principal designate in 2013.
Mr Hodge has now told The Sunday Times's Andrew Gilligan that he suffered a 'campaign of harassment' at the hands of Affan Burki, a former British Army Officer who tried to set up the school.
The paper reported that nearly all of the school's governors were Muslim, despite the intake being aimed at an even split between white and Asian pupils.
Mr Hodge, a former pilot who was principal designate of the project, claimed there was a row over the dress code set for women staff at the school.
It comes after Trish O'Donnell, head of Clarksfield Primary School in Oldham, claimed she has received death threats
He said another man connected with the school 'went completely off on one about how not wearing a hijab would effectively turn all Muslim women into whores'.
Mr Burki vehemently denied any bullying of Mr Hodge and said the claims about the hijab row were invented.
He told MailOnline: 'I am a retired British Army officer. I have served in Afghanistan and fought against these people who would harm us.
'This was the opposition of a Trojan Horse school. We were trying to install British values into pupils.'
He said 'Walter Mitty figure' Mr Hodge left after the school after it failed to obtain a reference from his previous place of work.
The row comes a week after Trish O'Donnell, head of Clarksfield Primary School in Oldham, said she received death threats and 'harassment and intimidation' from Muslim parents pushing an ultra-conservative religious agenda.
Oldham Council said it had investigated the claims made in December but concluded it had 'no concerns' about any schools.
The Trojan Horse plot refers to an organised attempt to introduce an Islamist ethos into several state schools in Birmingham three years ago.
The name comes from a leaked letter in March 2014, alleged to be written by hardline Muslims, detailing how to get control of schools and speculating about expanding the tactics to other cities.