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Another rape case collapses after defence find photos proving suspect’s innocence

16th January 2018 - The Telegraph

A rape case has collapsed just days before it was due to begin, after it emerged that photographs showing the defendant in bed with his accuser had not been disclosed to the defence.

Samson Makele, 28, was due to go on trial later this month, accused of raping a woman he met at the Notting Hill Carnival in 2016.

But at a pre-trial hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Courton Monday, prosecutors offered no evidence after discovering that crucial photographs had not been disclosed by detectives.

Paris Theodorou, a criminal defence lawyer, who represented Mr Makele comments…

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Met officers who wrongly arrested black man put through misconduct hearings

12th January 2018 - The Guardian

Officers had been told bicycle theft suspect was white but targeted a black man standing nearby and used excessive force to arrest him.

Four police officers who wrongly arrested a black man for stealing a bicycle in London when told that the suspect was white have been put through misconduct hearings.

An inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission twice overturned earlier decisions by the Metropolitan police that no investigation was necessary.

The original incident occurred in Leather Lane, central London, in February 2016 when three male police officers and a female officer were working early in the evening on a plain clothes anti-cycle-theft operation in Camden.

Joanna Bennett, the civil liberties lawyer, who represented Mr Okorodudu commnets…

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Appeal to find ex-workmates of Royal London Dock canteen worker who died of mesothelioma

20th December 2017 - The Docklands and East London Advertiser

The son of a Royal London Dock canteen worker who served food to employees wearing overalls covered with asbestos is appealing for information following her death from mesothelioma.

Shirley Bull passed away from the asbestos-related condition in August and now her son is appealing to anyone who worked with his mother to contact him.

Kevin believes his mother was exposed to the deadly material while she worked for the Port of London Authority between 1965 and 1980.

Isobel Lovett, head of the Industrial Disease department comments.

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Deaf woman allowed to keep barking Shih Tzus which provide her with ’emotional support’ despite neighbours’ angry complaints

15th December 2017 - Evening Standard

A woman whose three dogs sparked noise complaints from neighbours has been allowed to keep the pets after her lawyers argued they provided vital emotional support.

Ashleigh Costello, 55, was accused by her housing association landlord of breaching her tenancy agreement as the dogs constituted a nuisance.

But she was allowed to keep the pets for the rest of their lives at her home near Ladbroke Grove after her solicitor used the Equality Act to defend the claim from Octavia Housing.

Siddiq Fazaluddin, a senior associate in the Social Housing team, represented Ms Costello.

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Camden couple get five-figure payout over assault claims

11th December 2017 - BBC

A couple who say police officers assaulted them in their own home have received a five-figure settlement.

Aldires Bugia, of Camden, said an officer “kicked open” her front door in April 2013 and two officers started punching her husband.

The Metropolitan Police believed a man wanted in connection with a drug deal was at the flat.

It made the payment to settle an out-of-court a claim of unlawful arrest and police brutality.

Ms Bugia said she and her husband, who has not given his full name, were woken up by six officers in the middle of the night.

Susie Labinjoh, Joint-Head of Civil Liberties, said they would have never taken legal action if the Met had apologised.

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