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  1. Just seen this where a burglary victim murdered a burglar! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-43639183
  2. US police investigating a murder have tussled with Amazon over access to data gathered by one of its Echo speakers. The voice-controlled device was found near to a hot tub where the victim was found dead amid signs of a struggle. According to court filings, Amazon was issued with two search warrants but refused to share information sent by the smart device to its servers. However, the police said a detective found a way to extract data from the device itself. The accused killer has yet to be put on trial and it is not clear whether the information ultimately proved useful to the investigation. Blood spots Details of the case were first reported by the Information news site. But it dates back to November 2015, when the suspect, James Bates, called the Bentonville, Arkansas police department to say he had found the body of a friend, Victor Collins, face down in water. The court records say one of deceased's eyes and lips appeared to be swollen and suspected blood spots were found around the rim of the hot tub. Detectives say they learned that music had been streamed to the back patio at the time of death, which they thought might have been controlled via the Echo's smart assistant Alexa. The "always on" machine makes recordings of audio it hears from a fraction of a second before it detects a wake word - either Alexa or Amazon - until it judges the command to be over. This audio is then transmitted to Amazon's computer servers, which interpret the request and tell it how to respond. Although no recordings are meant to be made at other times, the device often becomes activated when it misinterprets speech as being its wake command. Any captured audio might therefore have identified who was active in the early hours of the morning when the alleged murder is thought to have taken place, as well as what was said. Mr Bates claims to have been asleep at the time. 'Overbroad demands' The case has echoes of Apple's refusal to help the FBI bypass the security code of an iPhone used by a gunman in 2015. In that case, the authorities said they were also able to ultimately extract information without the tech firm's co-operation. "Amazon will not release customer information without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us," a spokesman for the company told the BBC. "Amazon objects to overbroad or otherwise inappropriate demands as a matter of course." He added that utterances are not stored by Echo devices, and the associated audio is only accessible via the cloud and can be deleted by the relevant account holder. The Bentonville police department said it was also able to extract data from Mr Collins' LG smartphone. But it added that it had been unable to access Mr Bates' Huawei Nexus handset because it had been "encrypted at the chipset level" and was protected by a passcode lock. However, the court papers indicate that the property's smart water meter may have yielded the most useful evidence. The police say it showed that 140 gallons (636 litres) of water was used around the time of the alleged killing. They suggest this was down to Mr Bates using a garden hose to wash away evidence from his porch before he alerted them to the death. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38450658
  3. Source:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37941236 Image caption Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and her daughter Katie, 13, were found dead at Dawson Avenue in Spalding in April Two 15-year-olds have been given life sentences with 20-year minimum terms for the murder of a mother and daughter in Lincolnshire in April. Dinner lady Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and Katie, 13, were smothered and stabbed while they slept at home in Spalding. Sentencing them, the judge said it was "a terrible crime which has few parallels in modern criminal history". The killers were 14 at the time, apparently making them Britain's youngest double-murderers. The judge at Nottingham Crown Court, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, said the case had "defining and particularly chilling" features, and condemned the killers' conduct as "grotesque". Jurors heard that the killers went on to share a bath, have sex, and watch four Twilight vampire films after the murders in Dawson Avenue, Spalding, on 13 April. For more on this and other Lincolnshire stories Image copyright Police issue Image caption The knife used in the murders - a black-handled kitchen knife with a 20cm blade - was found discarded in Katie's bedroom Addressing the teenagers, the judge told them: "There is a clear intention to kill both victims - both defendants admitted wanting to murder them. "There was remarkable premeditation and planning - it was, on any view, substantial, meticulous and repeated." He added: "The killings were brutal in the form of executions, and both victims, particularly Elizabeth Edwards, must have suffered terribly in the last minutes of their lives." Mrs Edwards and her daughter were repeatedly stabbed by the couple, who were described in court as having a Bonnie and Clyde-style relationship Mrs Edwards was stabbed by the boy eight times, twice in the throat, in a deliberate attempt to ensure her daughter was not woken by screams or cries for help. Katie was stabbed twice in the neck with severe force before she was smothered by the boy. Image copyright SWNS Image caption Police described the murder of Elizabeth and Katie Edwards as a horrendous crime During his sentencing remarks, the judge said both teenagers were equally responsible for the murders and had "revelled in what you achieved". "I see no reason to distinguish between you in any way," he said. "Had you been adults you may have been facing the whole of your lives in prison for this double murder." Outside court, Karen Thompson, deputy chief crown prosecutor for the East Midlands, said: "This is one of the most distressing and disturbing cases that I have ever encountered. "Our deepest sympathies are now with the extended family and friends of Elizabeth and Katie Edwards as they attempt to come to terms with this horrific crime." Det Ch Insp Martin Holvey, of Lincolnshire Police, said it had been "a rare and unprecedented case". "The planning that went into these brutal murders of Elizabeth and Katie, as they slept in their own beds, was cold, ruthless and chilling - as was the lack of remorse shown by the two juveniles afterwards." In court Peter Joyce QC, prosecuting, detailed for the first time the account given by the boy shortly after he was arrested. He said the pair had met up and both agreed to kill Mrs Edwards and her daughter after "the girl had asked him to kill both of the victims as she did not like the smell of blood". "He went on to describe the killing of the mother, Elizabeth, and said that during the attack she had struggled and scratched his face, back and bum," Mr Joyce told the court. "After about three minutes she had stopped struggling and had gone limp. He had got off the bed and taken off his trainers since they had made the floorboards creak." Image copyright PA Image caption Katie Edwards was stabbed to death after her mother The boy then went into Katie's room, bent down and pushed the knife through her throat before using a pillow to smother her, the court heard. Defending the boy, Simon Myerson QC said the two children "became trapped in a fantasy of their own devising". Andrew Stubbs QC, representing the girl, said the pair were in a "toxic relationship" and were "almost playing chicken with each other" as they spurred each other on to commit the killings. The pair pleaded guilty to manslaughter at a hearing in September but later the boy admitted to murder before the trial began. His girlfriend maintained her innocence to murder but was found guilty of two counts. Image copyright Photoshot Image caption Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said neither teenager would be freed until they had served their minimum term
  4. Man found guilty of Becky Godden murder 19 September 2016 From the section Wiltshire A convicted killer has been found guilty of murdering missing woman Becky Godden five years after initially escaping justice due to police blunders. Christopher Halliwell, 52, initially admitted the double murder of Becky Godden and Sian O'Callaghan from Swindon in 2011. But he evaded justice for killing Miss Godden until now due to a police error. A jury at Bristol Crown Court took three hours to find him guilty. The ex-taxi driver is currently serving life after stabbing and strangling Miss O'Callaghan, 22 in 2011. The case came to court after Wiltshire Police unearthed new evidence in the case which centred on soil on a shovel found at Halliwell's home, witness accounts from other prostitutes and Halliwell's wounds when he visited a GP two days after Miss Godden disappeared. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. If you want to receive Breaking News alerts via email, or on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App then details on how to do so are available on this help page. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. View the full article
  5. A Merseyside Police officer was struck and killed by a stolen car during a pursuit. The officer was hit after a red Mitsubishi pick-up vehicle mounted a central reservation along Wallasey Dock North Road, Wallasey, at 02:10 BST. Police said the Mitsubishi was stolen from an estate agents in Birkenhead just after 01:00 BST. A murder investigation has been launched. Follow latest updates on this story with BBC Merseyside Live. A statement from Merseyside Police said officers had earlier attended a burglary at an estate agents on Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead. During the raid the offenders stole the Mitsubishi, which was then pursued by officers. The policeman killed was one of two neighbourhood patrol officers who made efforts to stop the car, police said. He was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Family informed The officer's family has been informed and a family liaison officer is providing support, police said. Detectives are now examining CCTV footage in a bid to identify the offenders. Wallasey Road North, Corbyn Street and the estate agents in Woodchurch Road, Birkenhead, have been cordoned off as a forensic examination takes place. Diversions have been put in place at Wallasey Road North and Woodchurch Road. Police are yet to make any arrests. The Mitsubishi was later found abandoned in Corbyn Street, Wallasey. Officers are urging witnesses or anyone with information to come forward. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-34441624 A very sad start to the day.
  6. A man convicted of murder under the controversial joint enterprise law is set to hear the ruling of the Supreme Court later on his final appeal. "Ameen Jogee was given a life sentence after he encouraged a friend to stab a former police officer in 2011." The real thing to ponder is how this tripe got to the High Court.
  7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-35574144 Police have launched a murder inquiry after the death of a woman in a flat in Aberdeen's Union Terrace. Officers were called to the property after the woman was found dead at 13:10 on Friday, 12 February. A "major investigation" is now under way, with police reviewing CCTV and conducting door-to-door inquiries. Det Supt David McLaren, from Police Scotland's major investigation team, said officers believe the woman may have worked as a prostitute. He said: "There is no doubt that this incident will raise concerns in Aberdeen and the wider community but I would like to take this opportunity to reassure the public that a significant police investigation has commenced and all efforts will be made to trace the person or people responsible. "A priority for us is establishing the woman's recent movements, identify who she may have been in contact with and ultimately determine what happened to her prior to her being found on Friday afternoon. "Investigations are at a very early stage however a line of inquiry at this time is the suggestion that the woman may have been involved in prostitution and as such Police Scotland is actively engaging with support groups nationally. "I am appealing for anyone who may have any information that would assist us with our inquiry to speak to us. We would ask that people remain vigilant and follow personal safety advice."
  8. Chief Cheetah

    Murder Detectives

    Unfortunately, it's not on On Demand, but YouTube has the trailer: TRAILER: The Murder Detectives | Monday 9pm | Channel 4 And a few clips:
  9. ParochialYokal

    BangkokPost- Koh Tao Protests

    It hasn't been widely reported in the British media about the simmering discontent about the conviction of the the two Myanmarians of the murder of the two UK backpackers. It's widely perceived in some circles that they were stitched up to cover up a murder committed by a local politician's son. Whether or not is true, I am sure that nobody will ever find out. However, it is unfortunate the DNA evidence linking them to the crime was conveniently unavailable for production to the Defence when they wanted it re-tested. "Please credit and share this article with others using this link": http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/810372/as-koh-tao-protests-spread-foreign-ministers-call-for-calm Links to further articles: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/24/british-backpacker-case-thailand-on-trial-hannah-witheridge-david-miller http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3372820/Burmese-migrants-accused-murdering-two-young-British-backpackers-idyllic-Thai-holiday-island-guilty.html
  10. Two bodies discovered at property in WorcesterThe bodies of a man and a woman have been discovered by officers at a property in Worcester... https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/13296/Two-bodies-discovered-at-property-in-Worcester
  11. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3157851/Is-Thai-murder-trial-set-collapse-Families-British-backpackers-fly-home-defence-lawyers-call-suspects-acquitted-claims-missing-evidence-crime-scene-blunders.html
  12. source Nice to see they're going back and upping the charges on this.
  13. Burnsy2023

    Serial Podcast

    Anyone listened to this yet? http://serialpodcast.org/ I'm EP7 and totally addicted - the whole saga is full of twist and turns. If you haven't heard about it, listen to the first episode and see how it goes
  14. A video has been released online purporting to show the beheading of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto by Islamic State militants. The video comes less than a week after news of the beheading of another Japanese man, Haruna Yukawa. Mr Goto, 47, is a well-known freelance journalist and film-maker who went to Syria in October, reportedly to try to secure Mr Yukawa's release. Japan said it was trying to authenticate the video. The video, which bears the same symbols as previous IS videos, shows a militant with a British accent beheading Mr Goto. Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Japan was "outraged" by the video, adding that the cabinet was meeting to decide a response to it. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan "would not give in to terorrism". He said Japan would work with the international community to bring those responsible for Kenji Goto's apparent murder to justice. US National Security Council spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan said: "We have seen the video purporting to show that Japanese citizen Kenji Goto has been murdered by the terrorist group ISIL [iS]. "We are working to confirm its authenticity. The United States strongly condemns ISIL's actions and we call for the immediate release of all remaining hostages. We stand in solidarity with our ally Japan." Sunset deadline Japanese officials had been working with Jordan to secure the release of Mr Goto and a Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh, who was shot down over Syria in December. However, earlier on Saturday they said negotiations had become deadlocked. An IS video released on Tuesday said Mr Goto had "only 24 hours left to live" and Mr Kasasbeh "even less". They later gave a deadline of sunset on Thursday for a deal by which Mr Goto would be freed in return for Jordan releasing captured Iraqi militant Sajida al-Rishawi. But the deal may have been complicated by Jordan's demand that Mr Kasasbeh also be released. It has also emerged that the militants had exchanged emails with Mr Goto's mother, who has pleaded publicly for her son's release. IS had initially demanded a $200m (£130m) ransom for the two Japanese hostages. View the full article
  15. A murderer who was released from prison on a temporary licence has gone missing. Avon and Somerset Police said Mark Stoner-Seed, 52, was allowed out of HMP Leyhill in south Gloucestershire yesterday but failed to return at the designated time. Mark Stoner-Seed, 52, was released on a temporary licence in the Bristol area yesterday but failed to return at the designated time. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police He is serving a life sentence for murder, grievous bodily harm with intent and arson with intent. Stoner-Seed is described as white, approximately 5ft 7ins tall, of large build, with no hair and blue eyes. The public are asked not to approach him but any sightings should be reported to police by calling 101. http://www.itv.com/news/update/2015-01-24/police-appeal-after-murderer-fails-to-return-to-prison-on-time/
  16. source: http://metro.co.uk/2015/01/04/police-officer-dies-after-being-pushed-in-front-of-a-moving-train-5008837 (video in the link) Rest in Peace!!! Thoughts are with the officer's colleagues and family. Truly sickening.
  17. One man dead and several injured in Plymouth 'axe attack' Officers were called to the pub in the early hours of New Year's Day A man has died and several were left injured in an alleged axe and knife attack in Plymouth, police said. Officers were called to the Kings Arms pub on The Green, at Tamerton Foliot, at about 01:30 GMT. A 27-year-old man died at the scene and two others were treated at Derriford Hospital for their injuries, a Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said. He added weapons had been seized and a 20 and a 21-year-old man had been arrested. A number of people called police to report a man holding a knife and an axe Devon and Cornwall Police said both suspects were being detained at Charles Cross Police Station in Plymouth. A number of people called police to report a man holding a knife and an axe, with further calls of disturbance later in the morning. Det Supt Jim Colwell said: "We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or who was in the Tamerton Foliot area this morning to contact the police. "We have established a cordon at Station Road to assist with scene investigation and our officers will be active in the area throughout the day conducting enquiries." Source BBC News
  18. Burmese bar workers Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo are accused of killing Hannah Witheridge and David Miller, pictured, although the investigation has been condemned by human rights groups. Photograph: PA The head of Thailand’s police is to discuss a controversial investigation into the murder of two young British tourists with British police chiefs, as a Thai court brought forward a trial date for the men accused of the killings. Somyot Pumpanmuang, who heads the Royal Thai police, said he would also meet David Cameron, as well as the head of the National Crime Agency (NCA), Keith Bristow, while he is in London this week for a conference on child exploitation. Pumpanmuang said they would discuss the September murders of Hannah Witheridge and David Miller on the island of Koh Tao and he would “update them on the prosecution and explain any issues they’re curious about”, the Bangkok Post reported. An NCA spokesperson confirmed Bristow was to meet Pumpanmuang but said she could not give details. Cameron is expected to attend the conference. However, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: “There are no plans for the prime minister to meet the Royal Thai Police.” Earlier on Monday, the two Burmese migrant workers accused of killing Witheridge, 23, from Norfolk, and Miller, 24, from Jersey, formally pleaded not guilty to the crime at a court hearing on the island of Koh Samui, near Koh Tao. Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo, both 21, have insisted they had nothing to do with the crime, and said they were tortured by Thai police to extract initial confessions, which they soon retracted. Tuesday’s hearing initially set a date of 25 February for the start of the men’s trial, which could see them sentenced to death. However, the court later brought this forward to 26 December, the suspects’ lawyer, Nakhon Chomphuchat, said. Andy Hall, a British labour-rights activist who works with Burmese migrant workers in Thailand, said the change of date was “a concerning development”. There are fears the court is under pressure to push through a case which has attracted significant international scrutiny. Both Burmese men are accused of raping Witheridge and beating her to death with a garden hoe, and killing Miller by striking him on the head and leaving him to drown in shallow surf. They are also charged with being in Thailand illegally, while Wai Phyo is charged separately with stealing Miller’s phone and sunglasses. Rights groups, among them Amnesty International, have expressed concern at the claims the suspects were tortured, as well as wider worries about Thai police potentially using migrant workers as scapegoats for a high-profile crime which could harm the country’s vital tourism industry. The British government has also made its concerns known, with a Metropolitan police team sent to Thailand to look at the evidence gathered by detectives there. The Met report has been shared with the victims’ families, who on Friday evening released statements through the Foreign Office saying the case against the suspects appeared “powerful and convincing”. Both families said they wished to see a fair and transparent trial, but they also expressed confidence in the Thai police investigation so far. The Witheridge family said they were “confident in the work that has been carried out into these atrocious crimes”, and criticised the media for widespread reports into concerns Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo might have been used as scapegoats. In their statement, the Millers said: “From what we have seen, the suspects have a difficult case to answer. The evidence against them appears to be powerful and convincing. They must respond to these charges, and their arguments must be considered with the same scrutiny as those of the prosecution.” The suspects’ legal team said they were worried the statements could sway the court’s decision, noting that Thai police issued a tweet saying the comment meant their investigation had been vindicated. Chomphuchat said he was surprisedto see such comments come via official Foreign Office channels. He said: “I understand that the parents might believe in the police investigation. But what they have said seems to anticipate the court’s decision.” The defence team has not yet been shown any details of the prosecution case. A Foreign Office spokesperson said it had simply issued statements on behalf of the families, as it would in other cases. She added: “As in all such cases, the UK government wants whoever committed these murders brought to justice in a fair and transparent way.” View the full article
  19. In a murder investigation, if a suspect is brought in for questioning, does the investigating team always search their home at this time? Or do they need to obtain a warrent to search the suspects home? Do they need reason to believe there is evidence in the home to connect suspect with the murder?
  20. The controversy surrounding Megrahi's conviction rumbles on.
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