Son who plotted with mother to kill father for inheritance

A Colorado Springs man who legally adopted the name of a James Bond villain fatally beat his 83-year-old father with a baseball bat and tried to pin it on his ailing mother, police alleged in court Friday. Jean-Joseph Danger Le Chiffre, formerly known as Patrick Joseph Sandoval, appeared for a half-day hearing in the 4th Judicial District Court that revealed an alleged mother-son conspiracy culminating in the slaying of Gilbert Sandoval. At some point before the killing, the defendant, a 55-year-old former attorney, legally changed his name to that of Bond’s foil in Casino Royale, Ian Fleming’s debut novel in the … Continue reading Son who plotted with mother to kill father for inheritance

Man killed in gang-related violence at Vancouver airport

A 28-year-old man has been shot dead at Vancouver international airport in Canada, in what police believe is gang-related violence. The alleged killer escaped in a car with others, shooting at police as they went, photos from the scene show a bullet hole in the windscreen of a police car and another window shot out. Police say that they are looking for one or more suspects. The airport has now reopened after closing temporarily. The shooting happened outside the departures terminal at about 15:00 (20:00 GMT) on Sunday. Panicked travellers ran for cover, the Vancouver Sun reports. Police caught up with … Continue reading Man killed in gang-related violence at Vancouver airport

US citizen in Thailand charged with murdering Thai wife

Police in Thailand said Friday they have charged a U.S. citizen from the state of Colorado with murdering his pregnant Thai wife. Jason Matthew Balzer, 32, was interrogated Friday in the northern city of Nan where he had lived with Pitchaporn Kidchob, said police Lt. Col. Somkiat Ruam-ngern. The murder charge carries a maximum penalty of death. Balzer was arrested Thursday in the northern city of Chiang Mai and confessed to killing his 32-year-old wife, said Maj. Gen. Weerachon Boontawee, chief of Provincial Police Region 5′s Detective Department. It was unclear if Balzer had a lawyer representing him. Balzer’s last … Continue reading US citizen in Thailand charged with murdering Thai wife

Terror in Paradise: Former Maldives president wounded in ‘assassination attempt’

Former Maldives president and current parliamentary speaker Mohamed Nasheed was recovering in hospital Friday after an assassination attempt left him with shrapnel wounds.Armed police units and security forces cordoned off the area where the attack took place The Indian Ocean archipelago’s first democratically elected leader was hurt when a device attached to a motorcycle was detonated as he got into a car late Thursday, an official said. “Nasheed escaped an assassination attempt,” a Maldivian government official told AFP. “He is injured, but his condition is stable.” Images on social media showed a destroyed motorbike at the scene of the attack.  … Continue reading Terror in Paradise: Former Maldives president wounded in ‘assassination attempt’

Ex-Rugby League player jailed for 2018 sex assault

Former Australian Rugby League player Jarryd Hayne has been jailed for five years and nine months for sexually assaulting a woman in 2018. Hayne, 33, was found guilty in March of attacking the 26-year-old woman in her house. He had denied the charges. He must serve at least three years and eight months before being eligible for parole. The woman told the court in Newcastle, north of Sydney, she had been damaged by the attack “but I’m still standing”. “I felt dirty and violated. He made me feel like an object and was looking straight through me,” she said in a … Continue reading Ex-Rugby League player jailed for 2018 sex assault

Ex-Australian cricketer kidnapped and released in Sydney

Former Australian star cricketer Stuart MacGill was abducted and released in an alleged kidnapping in Sydney last month, police say. Four people have been arrested in connection with the incident which took place on 14 April. Police said MacGill knew one of the men and the plot had been financially motivated. He sustained minor injuries in the incident but didn’t require medical care, police said. MacGill, 50, was a Test spinner for the national team between 1998 and 2008. At one point, he was ranked the world’s second-best bowler behind his team-mate Shane Warne. New South Wales Police said the … Continue reading Ex-Australian cricketer kidnapped and released in Sydney

German police arrest 4 in connection to massive underground child pornography website

German police have arrested four men who they say are connected to one of the largest underground child pornography websites in the world, multiple news outlets have reported. Prosecutors said they arrested three suspects who are accused of operating and maintaining the platform with more than 400,000 users that has operated since 2019. A fourth man was arrested by police on the suspicion of being a registered member on the platform and posting over more than 3,500 pieces of content on the site, according to Reuters. The raids were done on seven properties in mid-April, according to The Associated Press. According to … Continue reading German police arrest 4 in connection to massive underground child pornography website

Widow arrested over alleged murder of Japan’s ‘Don Juan’

The young widow of an ageing Japanese real estate mogul was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murdering the self-described “Don Juan” just months into their marriage, local media said, citing police sources. Kosuke Nozaki, who boasted in his autobiography of spending millions of dollars on young, beautiful women, died in 2018 of acute poisoning aged 77. His widow Saki Sudo, now 25, allegedly killed Nozaki by making him take a large amount of an unspecified stimulant. Some reports said it had been mixed into a drink, as no needle marks were found on his body. Local police declined to confirm … Continue reading Widow arrested over alleged murder of Japan’s ‘Don Juan’

One of world’s biggest arms traffickers recaptured

One of the world’s biggest arms traffickers has been recaptured in Brazil, police say, five months after he escaped from prison using a fake early release document. João Filipe Barbieri was convicted for being part of a gang that smuggled hundreds of rifles from the US hidden in swimming pool equipment. Barbieri was found at his mother’s house in a slum near Rio de Janeiro. He is the stepson of the gang leader, who is known as the Lord of Weapons. The gang was caught in 2017 after a container with 60 military-style rifles it had despatched from Miami was … Continue reading One of world’s biggest arms traffickers recaptured

Spain dismantles workshop making 3D-printed weapons

Spanish police say they have raided and dismantled an illegal workshop that was producing 3D-printed weapons. Two 3D printers along with gun parts, a replica assault rifle, two tasers and a machete were among items found in the search in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the Canary Islands. Police say they also found manuals on terrorism and urban guerrilla warfare, as well as white supremacist material. It is the first such workshop to be discovered in Spain, officials say. The alleged owner of the workshop has been charged with illegal possession of weapons and explosives. According to the Spanish newspaper … Continue reading Spain dismantles workshop making 3D-printed weapons

Girl found with mother accused of ordering abduction

An eight-year-old girl who was kidnapped in eastern France on Tuesday has been found with her mother in Switzerland, officials say. The girl was in good health after being found in an abandoned factory in the border village of Sainte-Croix, French prosecutor François Pérain said. Her mother, Lola Montemaggi, was taken into Swiss police custody. Officials say she ordered the abduction of the girl, of whom she no longer had custody, from her grandmother’s home. Authorities previously said the girl had been abducted in Poulieres, in the Vosges area, by three men who handed her over to her mother 20 … Continue reading Girl found with mother accused of ordering abduction

Italian man admits £26m celebrity raids

An Italian man has been convicted over his role in one of the biggest domestic burglaries in English legal history. Watches and jewellery belonging to Frank Lampard, Tamara Ecclestone and the late Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha were among the items taken during a series of burglaries in December 2019. Alessandro Donati, 43, from Milan, pleaded guilty at Isleworth Crown Court to conspiracy to burgle. He will be sentenced at a later date. Donati was arrested in Italy under a European Arrest Warrant in October and extradited to the UK the following month. With the assistance of an Italian interpreter, … Continue reading Italian man admits £26m celebrity raids