January 9, 2001 |
A judge has barred the media from disclosing the new identities of two teenagers who will soon be eligible for parole in the torture slaying of a toddler--one of the most notorious killings in recent British history. In an unprecedented order Monday, Judge Elizabeth Butler-Sloss said she was convinced that Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, both now 18, would be in danger if the public knew who they were and where they lived.
October 27, 2000 |
Two boys who were 10 years old when they tortured and killed a toddler in 1993 are eligible for parole, a British court ruled, reversing a politician's decision to nearly double their minimum term. The two, who were tried as adults, could be released as early as February, Lord Chief Justice Woolf said. The ruling reversed a decision by a previous court and a Cabinet minister to increase their minimum terms to 15 years.
July 24, 2000 |
Britain's News of the World tabloid came under heavy fire Sunday for printing the names and photographs of 49 convicted pedophiles as the nation reels from the abduction and killing of a young girl. Public anger at child sex offenders has been running high since 8-year-old Sarah Payne disappeared close to her grandparents' home in southern England on July 1. Her naked body was found dumped in a field July 17.
May 29, 2000 |
British police Sunday charged a man with the murder of television personality Jill Dando, more than a year after she was gunned down on the doorstep of her London home. A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said that Barry Michael George, also known as Barry Bulsara, had been charged in the death of the popular TV newscaster and would appear today before West London Magistrates Court.
May 26, 2000 |
Police arrested a man suspected of killing Jill Dando, a popular British television personality who was fatally shot on her doorstep last year. The suspect, who was not identified, was detained at daybreak in a raid on a London house, police said. Dando, 37, appeared on news and current affairs programs for the British Broadcasting Corp. She was shot in the head at close range in April 1999 outside her west London home.
April 29, 2000 |
A reclusive farmer convicted of fatally shooting a 16-year-old burglar in the back with an illegal shotgun has become the unlikely poster boy for victims' rights in Britain. Tony Martin, who lived in a rundown Victorian estate called Bleak House and carried a teddy bear to court every day, received a mandatory sentence of life in prison last week for the killing. One of the dead intruder's accomplices was jailed for three years, the other for 2 1/2 years.