Taiwan man sentenced to death for scooter stabbing

A Taiwanese court on Wednesday sentenced a man to death for killing a scooter driver in a random knife attack that has re-ignited debate about capital punishment. Taiwan is one of Asia’s most progressive democracies and markets itself as a regional bastion of human rights.  But it has drawn criticism from the international community and local rights groups for continuing to enforce the death penalty. Wang Ping-hua, 24, was convicted of murdering a man riding a scooter after quarrelling with his wife over where they should eat as the couple sat in a parked car. “Wang stabbed and killed the … Continue reading Taiwan man sentenced to death for scooter stabbing

Body of missing Spaniard found in dinosaur statue

Spanish police are investigating the death of a 39-year-old man whose body was found inside a dinosaur statue. Authorities were alerted on Saturday after a father and his son noticed a smell emanating from the papier-mâché figure in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, a suburb of Barcelona. The father then saw the corpse through a crack in the Stegosaurus’ hollow leg. Police said the man had been reported missing by his family, and no foul play is suspected. Three fire brigade teams were called to scene after the body was discovered, and firefighters cut open the dinosaur leg to retrieve it. … Continue reading Body of missing Spaniard found in dinosaur statue

A top Black Lives Matter activist is in critical condition after being shot in the head in central London

Sasha Johnson A Black Lives Matter activist is in critical condition after being shot in the head in central London, her colleagues said. Sasha Johnson, 27, was shot in the early hours of Sunday morning “following numerous death threats,” according to a statement from the Taking The Initiative Party. The Metropolitan Police Service said it is investigating a shooting, but is not confirming the victim’s identity yet. In a Sunday statement, the department said that a 27-year-old woman had been shot on Consort Road, Southwark, shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday. She was taken by ambulance to a South London hospital, the statement … Continue reading A top Black Lives Matter activist is in critical condition after being shot in the head in central London

Indian Olympic wrestler Sushil Kumar arrested in murder case

Olympic wrestler Sushil Kumar has been arrested in Delhi in connection with the murder of a fellow wrestler. The victim, Sagar Dhankhar, was beaten during a fight involving rival wrestlers at the capital’s wrestling academy on 4 May, and later died. Silver Olympic medallist Kumar, 37, then allegedly went on the run, travelling across India. Kumar’s lawyers said he was innocent and accused police of bias, according to AFP news agency. Another wrestler involved in the fight at Chhatrasal Stadium, who has been receiving treatment for their injuries, identified the alleged attackers to officers, police said. Police then launched raids … Continue reading Indian Olympic wrestler Sushil Kumar arrested in murder case

Ex-Marine among those arrested in Thailand for bizarre kidnapping plot

A former U.S. Marine is among those arrested for a kidnapping scheme in Thailand that was hatched over some shoddy rubber gloves. Louis William Ziskin, 52, and three accomplices allegedly abducted a Taiwanese businessman from a restaurant in Bangkok on March 28. Wen Yu Chung, 60, had allegedly sold Ziskin and his associates $2.95 million of rubber gloves which were apparently not well made. Ziskin, along with Jeremy Hughes Manchester, 41, another American, Kritsnaporn Thapthawee, 59, a Thai police officer, and Prasit Narit, 28, demanded Chung pay them back before they would free him.Ziskin, 52, and three accomplices allegedly abducted … Continue reading Ex-Marine among those arrested in Thailand for bizarre kidnapping plot

Tragic: Arizona mother kills 2 children with meat cleaver

A woman in Arizona is accused of killing her two young children with a meat cleaver after having an argument with her husband about moving to Japan, police said.Yui Inoue. Tempe Police have charged 40-year-old Yui Inoue with two counts of first-degree murder after officers found the bodies of the children at an apartment in the 4100 block of S. Mill Avenue on Saturday. Speaking at a press conference later that day, Tempe Police spokesman Sgt. Steven Carbajal told reporters that Inoue had driven to a nearby police station around 7 a.m. and flagged one of their officers, saying she … Continue reading Tragic: Arizona mother kills 2 children with meat cleaver

Man attacks mom with a stun gun on Mother’s Day

A 22-year-old Wisconsin man named Andrew Peterson was arrested for allegedly attacking his mother with a stun gun on Mother’s Day. Peterson reportedly got upset after he couldn’t locate his phone, according to police reports. The alleged incident occurred at the unnamed woman’s Lone Rock city residence where her son, his 20-year-old girlfriend, Colleen Parker, and their child had been living for the past few months. Peterson allegedly held his stun gun against his mother’s neck and then activated it. Stun guns deliver anywhere between 20,000 and 150,000 volts to victims. The guns temporarily weaken and paralyze victims by shooting … Continue reading Man attacks mom with a stun gun on Mother’s Day

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