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Web Trolls To Face Two-Year Jail Terms

Written By andika jamanta on Minggu, 19 Oktober 2014 | 18.25

By Anushka Asthana, Political Correspondent

Internet trolls who target people with abusive material online will face up to two years in jail under Government plans being set out by the Justice Secretary.

Chris Grayling said he was determined to crack down on trolling with harsh punishments because it was leading to "absolute misery for victims".

He said the venom thrown at people over the internet would never be acceptable in real life.

Mr Grayling said it was "terrible" that the model Chloe Madeley recently received rape threats after defending controversial comments made by her mother, Judy Finnigan, about convicted rapist Ched Evans.

He said: "We already have offences in place to deal with this appalling behaviour, but we've toughened up the law to make sure these crimes can be properly investigated and those who commit the most serious offences face a longer prison sentence."

Cases are currently dealt with under the Malicious Communications Act in the magistrates courts, with a maximum sentence of six months.

Video: Chloe Madeley Slams Internet Trolls

Now Mr Grayling is changing the law so the most serious cases can be passed on to the Crown Courts where they could result in much longer sentences.

It comes after Peter Nunn was sentenced to 18 weeks in jail after an online "campaign of hatred" against the Labour MP Stella Creasy.

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Mr Grayling said trolls were "cowards who are poisoning our national life".

And Ms Madeley told the paper she supported the change, describing the current laws as outdated.

They were drawn up 10 years ago before Twitter existed.

She said: "The current law obviously needs to be reviewed. It needs to be accepted that physical threats should not fall under the 'freedom of speech' umbrella.

"It should be seen as online terrorism and it should be illegal."

Former Metropolitan Police commissioner Lord Blair said trolling is "probably the most challenging thing facing policing over the next 10 years".

He told Sky's Murnaghan programme: "A huge amount of people's lives, especially young people's lives, is now lived on the internet.

"And if it's lived on the internet and there are criminals on the internet then police are going to have go into the internet."


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Hannah Graham Police Find Human Remains

Police have found human remains they believe could be those of British University of Virginia student Hannah Graham.

Virginia State Police Chief Tim Longo and colleagues told a news conference further forensic tests would be conducted to establish if the remains are those of the 18-year-old.

The remains were found at around noon on Saturday by volunteers searching an abandoned property to the south of Charlottesville, a college town about 100 miles southwest of Washington.

Albemarle County's Police Chief Col Steve Sellers said: "Right now we have the discovery of human remains and a great deal of work ahead of us.

"We cannot and will not jump to any conclusions regarding today's discovery. I ask for the public's patience as we move forward and pursue what is now a new, ongoing death investigation."

Video: Graham Case 'Nowhere Near Over'

Police said a public search planned for Walnut Creek Park in Albemarle County on Sunday had been called off.

Jesse Leroy Matthew Jr, 32, has been charged with abduction with intent to defile Ms Graham, who has been missing since 13 September.

Thousands of volunteers had joined searches for the student, who was born in the UK but has lived in the US since she was five.

Virginia State Police have said Mr Matthew's arrest provided a "forensic link" to the 2009 unsolved murder of Morgan Harrington, a 20-year-old who also went missing from Charlottesville.

Video: CCTV Shows Missing Teen Running

The suspect was arrested on a Texas beach last month.

He is the last man to have been seen with Ms Graham before her disappearance.

Police believe Ms Graham met Mr Matthew at the Tempo Restaurant in Charlottesville.

Mr Matthew's father has insisted he is innocent and was probably simply trying to help Ms Graham.


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Ched Evans Rape Inquiry Will Be Fast-Tracked

A "substantive" investigation into Ched Evans' rape conviction is expected to take place "within the next few weeks", the Criminal Cases Review Commission has said.

The disgraced footballer, who continues to protest his innocence, has had his case prioritised by the body, which examines possible miscarriages of justice.

If the review goes in Evans' favour, his conviction could potentially be overturned, as the CCRC has the authority to direct cases to the Court of Appeal.

A CCRC spokesman told Sky News: "In line with our published policy on prioritisation, and in relation to the facts of the case and the issues raised in Mr Evans' application to us ... we now expect our substantive investigation to begin within the next few weeks."

"The decision to prioritise the case simply brings forward the starting point of the investigations to decide whether or not there may be grounds for us to refer the case to the court of appeal.

Video: 'Heartbreaking' If Evans Re-Signs

"It does not in any way represent a judgment by the commission as to the merits of the case or its chances of being referred."

Evans was released from jail on Friday after serving half of a five-year sentence for raping a woman.

In an interview with the Sunday Mirror shortly before he was released, he said he was "ashamed" of his actions but insisted he is innocent of rape.

The 25-year-old striker added that cheating on his girlfriend, Natasha Massey, was "unforgivable".

"It was something that should never have happened," he said.

"I cheated on my girlfriend and had sex with this girl - but it was definitely consensual."

A statement posted on Evans' website from his family and girlfriend said he would "continue the fight to clear his name".

It added: "Chedwyn Evans maintains his absolute innocence and his family, friends and many who know the true facts of the case believe that his conviction was a gross miscarriage of justice."

Katie Russell, of charity Rape Crisis, told the Sunday Mirror the player's words were insulting to his victim.

"His protestations of innocence and sympathy only for his girlfriend are insulting, harmful and hurtful - not only to his victim, but also to the countless other victims of sexual violence out there," she said.

"He has never taken a moment's responsibility for his crime nor shown any regard for the terrible impact it has had on her."

The former Sheffield United player's release has divided opinion over whether he should be allowed to return to football.

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  1. Gallery: Sports Stars Whose Careers Survived Criminal Convictions

    Former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams was jailed for four months in 1990 for drink-driving. After admitting to an alcohol problem he set up the Sporting Chance addiction clinic

  2. Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson served three years in prison after being convicted of rape in 1991. He returned to professional boxing after his release

  3. In 1998 ex-footballer Vinnie Jones was convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and criminal damage against a neighbour. He was also found guilty of an air rage incident in 2003

  4. American figure skating champion Tonya Harding received three years' probation for her part in an attack on Olympic rival Nancy Kerrigan in 1994. Others involved in the plot were jailed

  5. Boxer Adonis Stevenson served four years in prison for managing prostitutes, assaults and making threats before turning pro in 2006. He went on to become WBC world light-heavyweight champion

  6. In 2007 Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick served 21 months in prison for his involvement in illegal dog fighting. On his release he joined the Philadelphia Eagles and now plays for the New York Jets

  7. Former Chicago Bulls basketball star Dennis Rodman has made as many headlines off the court as on. In 2008 he was sentenced to community service, counselling and probation for domestic violence

  8. Scotland U21 international footballer Craig Thomson pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent behaviour with underage girls in 2011. He remains on the sex offenders register and now plays non-league football

  9. American basketball star Lamar Odom, married to Khloe Kardashian, received a three-year suspended sentence for drink-driving in 2013. His most recent team was the New York Knicks, but they released him in July

  10. Former Watford, Wigan and Middlesbrough footballer Marlon King, who has previously served time for drink-driving and sexual assault is currently serving 18 months for dangerous driving

  11. Forest Green Rovers striker Lee Hughes served three years in prison for causing death by dangerous driving and played for Oldham and Notts County after his release

Many Blades fans have called for Evans to be rehabilitated but more than 151,000 people have signed an online petition urging the Bramall Lane club to block his return.

Sheffield United Community Foundation patron Charlie Webster said if Evans re-signed for the club she would be "heartbroken" and "disappointed".

She told Sky News: "It would send out the wrong message to the next generation to watch Ched Evans score a goal and cheer him on as a hero."

Ms Webster also said it would "wrong" for her to stay in her role with the foundation if the club took him back.

On Saturday, Sheffield United dismissed reports that the club has offered a new contract to convicted rapist Ched Evans as "false and damaging".

The club's co-chairmen, Kevin McCabe and Jim Phipps, said they had not yet made a decision about whether to re-employ him.


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Tens Of Thousands To Demonstrate Over Pay

Written By andika jamanta on Sabtu, 18 Oktober 2014 | 18.25

Tens of thousands of workers are holding protests in London, Glasgow and Belfast to call for an increase in wages.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is organising the demonstrations under the banner Britain Needs A Pay Rise, following days of industrial action from nurses, midwives and civil servants.

Midwives went on strike for the first time in their history over the Government's decision not to pay a recommended 1% increase to all NHS staff.

Hospital radiographers and prison officers are due to hold strikes next week over the same dispute.

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Our message is that after the longest and deepest pay squeeze in recorded history, it's time to end the lock-out that has kept the vast majority from sharing in the economic recovery.

Video: Life On NHS Wages Is 'Demeaning'

"The average worker is £50 a week worse off than in 2007 and five million earn less than the living wage. Meanwhile, top directors now earn 175 times more than the average worker."

Lynn Burbidge, a healthcare assistant at a hospital in Kent, said she was joining the march "because the Government needs to listen to us".

She said every month she faces a decision of whether to "pay your bills or buy food" and constantly having to budget was "demeaning".

Video: TUC: Workers £50 A Week Worse Off

"I've worked for the NHS for nearly 30 years and I'm still in the same position," she told Sky News.

"I'm 20% worse off now than what I was 10 years ago ... while the Government they've just accepted an 11% pay rise - I'm only after 1%."

One cleaner, called Nana, told Sky News how he struggles to provide for his family despite juggling three jobs and working a 12-hour day on minimum wage.

Video: Wages Fall As Economy Grows

"My social life is very bad. Secondly, I have a lot of debt to pay. The TV licence is coming up and we haven't got enough money to pay it," he said.

"They wrote to me that the bailiffs will come to my house. I've no choice, (but to) pray for the nation to come to our aid, to increase our wages and then we can make our ends meet."

A Treasury spokesman said: "Under this Government we've seen the largest annual fall in unemployment, more people in work than ever before, and inequality lower than the average under the previous government, proving that the Government's long-term economic plan is working.

Video: Family Needs £40,000 To Live In UK

"The only sustainable way to raise living standards is to keep working through the plan that is building a resilient economy and has enabled us to announce the first real-terms increase in the minimum wage since the great recession.

"We appreciate that the effects of the great recession are still being felt, which is why we have taken continued action to help hard-working people by cutting income tax, freezing fuel duty, helping local authorities to freeze council tax, cutting energy bills, providing free school meals, and reducing childcare costs."


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Fears For Britons Caught In Nepal Snowstorms

Fears are growing for the safety of a number of British trekkers who have not contacted their families since a series of deadly blizzards and avalanches in Nepal.

The Foreign Office has confirmed it has spoken to concerned families who have not heard from their relatives since the unseasonably bad weather caused at least 29 deaths earlier this week.

A spokeswoman said they had been in close touch with authorities in Nepal but had not been informed of any British casualties.

More than 230 trekkers - most of them foreigners - have been rescued since Wednesday and search teams continue to scour the Annapurna range looking for more survivors, who may be sheltering in lodges and huts.

An unofficial list of trekkers suggests more than a dozen Britons may have been in the area at the time of the storms, although some of them have since been confirmed as safe or rescued.  

Officials believe some people may be stranded in waist-deep snow in remote locations where mobile phone signal is poor.

The skies were clear at the start of the week, said Gombu Sherpa, who was guiding a group of Germans near the popular trekking circuit. But that changed suddenly when the snow blew in.

"We could hardly see anyone, even within a couple of feet. The wind was blowing snow and visibility was almost zero," he said, adding many people lost their way in the storm, but that everyone in his group survived.

One of his assistants, who was behind the group when the storm hit, was missing for an entire night, lost in the blizzard.

"We found him the next morning wandering in the snow. It is a miracle that he is alive," he said.

Meanwhile, a British survivor has told how he escaped the disaster - likely to become the worst trekking and climbing tragedy Nepal has seen.

Paul Sheridan said walkers were left stumbling through "an abyss of nothing" as dense snow left them unable to get their bearings on the slopes of the mountain range in northern Nepal.

Mr Sheridan said that trekkers should have been prevented from going up the mountain, but were "herded to their deaths" by guides who he alleged were not carrying the correct emergency equipment.

The Nepalese government has announced a high level committee with two senior ministers to monitor and co-ordinate rescue efforts.

For two days this week, Nepal was lashed by heavy rain brought by the cyclone that also battered neighbouring India.

The 150-mile (240km) Annapurna circuit offers spectacular views of jagged peaks and Buddhist villages.

It takes almost three weeks to complete and is nicknamed the "apple pie" circuit because of the teahouses lining the route that offer cold beer and home baking.


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Sheffield Denies Offering Ched Evans Contract

Sheffield United has denied reports it has offered a contract to disgraced footballer Ched Evans.

The striker has been released from prison after serving half of a five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old in a hotel room in Rhyl, North Wales.

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Fourteen Feared Dead At Girl Band Pop Concert

Written By andika jamanta on Jumat, 17 Oktober 2014 | 18.25

Fourteen people are feared dead after a ventilation grate collapsed at a pop concert in South Korea.

The victims were standing on the grate while watching an outdoor performance by the group 4Minute, who are popular across Asia.

They fell 20 metres into an underground parking area following the collapse, the Yonhap news agency and YTN TV reported.

Two people have been confirmed dead and 12 others were unresponsive after the accident in Seongnam, south of the capital Seoul, according to fire officials.

They said 10 others were seriously injured.

About 700 people had gathered to watch the concert, which was part of a local festival, according to Yonhap.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

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Ebola: Not All Passengers Being Screened In UK

By Tom Parmenter, Sky News Correspondent

Some passengers arriving at London Heathrow from West Africa are still not being asked any questions about ebola.

Sky News joined a flight from Paris to London earlier this morning where passenger Saikou Keita from The Gambia said he was disappointed that he was asked nothing when he landed at Terminal 4.

He had flown into Paris from Dakar in Senegal, and transferred on to a shuttle flight from Paris to London.

He said: "It is disappointing. They should be questions for people who come out from West Africa, they should be thinking more of the health of the people here as well."

Fellow passengers on the flight into London had started their journeys in Guinea - one of the countries worst hit by the ebola crisis.

Video: Testing Heathrow's Ebola Checks

One family from Nigeria explained that they were reassured by the checks that were made in Abuja before they started their trip.

Nigeria has managed to contain a small outbreak they had a few months ago but stringent screening remains in place.

Hani Yashe Jaafar was travelling with her four-year-old daughter and said they were regularly using hand sanitisers to do everything they could to protect themselves.

Hani told Sky News that she was reassured by the huge efforts being made in Nigeria: "The checks were very vigilant and quite serious."

"When you go into the airport your hands have to be sanitised and then the temperature monitors are being used just to make sure everyone is monitored."

There were though no further checks for her family as they transited through Paris.

As they crossed the UK Border at Terminal 4 at Heathrow Hani said she was surprised that the were no questions at all about ebola.

Video: How China Screens At Airports

She said: "I was just asked the normal immigration questions, no health related questions or anything based on the outbreak of ebola.

"I was a bit surprised because ebola is spreading in Europe so I expected some sort of vigilance."

Screening of passengers started at Terminal 1 at Heathrow this week and is in the process of being rolled out.

French authorities have said rigorous screening will begin at Charles De Gaulle airport this weekend.

Following a meeting of the Government's emergency Cobra committee on Thursday, David Cameron expressed concern about the quality of checks in place elsewhere in Europe.

The Prime Minister indicated that he would like to see other countries adopt Britain's screening regime, warning they "must do more" to halt the spread of the disease.


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Sobbing Pistorius 'Should Get 10 Years In Jail'

Oscar Pistorius solemnly hugged his lawyer Barry Roux and then sat down alone in court as the defence and prosecutions teams finished their closing arguments.

The Paralympic athlete sobbed through parts of the final day as Mr Roux claimed the runner "lost everything" after shooting dead his girlfriend.

Pistorius has admitted killing Reeva Steenkamp and said he mistook her for an intruder, thinking he and the model were in danger.

Mr Roux said Pistorius had lost his sponsors, lost all his money and had not got enough to pay for legal expenses following the tragedy on Valentine's Day last year.

He argued the disabled runner should not be sent to prison but should be put under house arrest and have correctional supervision - community service.

However, prosecutor Gerrie Nel argued he should be jailed for a minimum of 10 years.

Video: Prosecution Praises Reeva's Cousin

Judge Thokozile Masipa adjourned the court in Pretoria, South Africa, until next Tuesday when she is expected to hand down her punishment.

Mr Roux said Pistorius was an icon, in the eyes of South Africans, who had "lost everything", "has not earned a penny" since the shooting and "is broken".

He said his client sold his last asset - his car - to give money to the Steenkamp family.

The lawyer added he will have to live with "excruciating pain which will never go away" - that he killed his girlfriend.

Mr Roux criticised "wildest speculations" when he was first arrested on suspicion of pre-meditated murder.

He said the false claims included how Pistorius allegedly crushed her head with a cricket bat, had roid (steroid) rage, took acting lessons and pretended to have feelings for her.

Video: Pistorius Walks Ahead Of Sentence

Mr Roux said his client's actions when he killed her in his bathroom were "dominated by vulnerability and anxiety".

He said the double-amputee athlete was a "compromised person" when he opened fire on 29-year-old Ms Steenkamp.

Mr Roux told the court his client "did not consciously act unlawfully", though he admitted the runner had "acted excessively".

Mr Nel urged the judge to think about what happened to Ms Steenkamp, and losing a child was the "most devastating thing that can happen to a person".

He said society may lose their trust in court if Pistorius was not jailed for killing the model who died a "violent" and "horrific" death.

She had "nowhere to go, she was in a small cubicle" as she was hit by four bullets, he said.

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  1. Gallery: Reeva Steenkamp's Life In Pictures

    Reeva Steenkamp, 29, was born in Cape Town and grew up in Port Elizabeth. She went to a convent school and studied law. She was a keen horse rider until she broke her back.

  2. She moved to Johannesburg from Cape Town to model for Avon cosmetics. In 2012, Reeva was voted number 45 in the South African FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll.

  3. She featured as a celebrity contestant on BBC Lifestyle show Baking Made Easy in 2012.

  4. The model was a keen Twitter user, and had more than 34,000 followers. She used the site to promote women's rights and empowerment.

  5. Her former fashion editor, Barbara Robertson, described the model as being "sweet, and down-to-earth" with the "it factor". She compared her to an "early Kate Moss".

  6. Reeva Steenkamp on the set of reality TV show Tropika Island of Treasure (Pic: Stimulii)

He said "we were lucky" to hear in court the voice of the victim's cousin Kim Martin - which he called a voice representing society.

Mr Nel argued her "softly-spoken" remarks imploring the court to hand down a prison term "trounced any other noise referred to".

On Thursday, Ms Martin told the judge the alternative sentence of community service while under house arrest did not seem to fit the crime.

She said Pistorius needed "to pay for what he'd done" and warned a lenient sentence would send the wrong message out to society.

She said: "My family is not seeking revenge, but to shoot someone behind a door who's unarmed and harmless needs sufficient punishment."

Pistorius, 27, could face a fine and a suspended jail sentence or up to 15 years in prison after he was found guilty of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter in the UK.


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Pistorius 'Needs To Pay For What He's Done'

Written By andika jamanta on Kamis, 16 Oktober 2014 | 18.25

Reeva Steenkamp's cousin has told Oscar Pistorius' sentencing hearing that the athlete "needs to pay for what he has done".

Kim Martin told the High Court in Pretoria "everybody has suffered" since the athlete shot dead his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013.

Making a clear appeal for Pistorius to be jailed, she said: "I feel Mr Pistorius needs to pay for what he's done for taking Reeva's life, for what he's done to my uncle and to my aunt [Ms Steenkamp's parents], what he's done to the rest of my family but also what he's done to his family."

Pistorius makes her "very fearful" but Ms Steenkamp's family is not looking for revenge, Ms Martin added.

"I've tried very hard to put him out of my mind," she said.

Pistorius, 27, could face a fine and a suspended jail sentence or up to 15 years in prison after he was found guilty of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter in the UK.

Video: Cousin Wants Justice For Reeva

He was acquitted of murder last month after he said he had mistaken Ms Steenkamp, 29, for an intruder in his home.

Ms Martin, who was the first prosecution witness at the sentencing hearing, was completing her evidence to the court after speaking on Wednesday for the first time about how the death of the model and law graduate affected her family.

Sky's Alex Crawford, who is in Pretoria, reports that as the court was breaking up for lunch, Pistorius' sister complained of "intimidation" from two men in the public gallery of the court.

Aimee Pistorius left the court weeping, Crawford said, telling a court official that one of the men mouthed obscenities at her.

Crawford said: "One of the Pistorius family tells reporters he mouthed 'f*** you' at Aimee Pistorius."

Video: Prison Boss On Pistorius Disability

Earlier, another witness, Zacharia Modise, the acting national director for South Africa's prison service, was asked about the ability of the service to accommodate double amputee Pistorius if he got a custodial sentence.

He said that although some of South Africa's prisons are "very old", every region has a "facility where we are able to cater for people with disabilities".

Asked by Pistorius' defence lawyer Barry Roux whether his client would be kept in the hospital section of prison, Mr Modise said that would be decided only after an assessment of his needs once he arrived in prison.

Pressed by Mr Roux, Mr Modise indicated that the assessment would find that Pistorius' disability meant he should serve any jail sentence in a hospital wing - rather than be kept with other inmates in the main section of the prison.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said this week that anything but a prison sentence for the athlete would be "shockingly inappropriate".

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  1. Gallery: Reeva Steenkamp Life In Pictures

    Reeva Steenkamp, 29, was born in Cape Town and grew up in Port Elizabeth. She went to a convent school and studied law. She was a keen horse rider until she broke her back.

  2. She moved to Johannesburg from Cape Town to model for Avon cosmetics. In 2012, Reeva was voted number 45 in the South African FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll.

  3. She featured as a celebrity contestant on BBC Lifestyle show Baking Made Easy in 2012.

  4. Her former fashion editor, Barbara Robertson, described the model as being "sweet, and down-to-earth" with the "it factor". She compared her to an "early Kate Moss".

  5. The model was a keen Twitter user, and had more than 34,000 followers. She used the site to promote women's rights and empowerment.

  6. Reeva Steenkamp on the set of reality TV show Tropika Island of Treasure (Pic: Stimulii)

The hearing is expected to continue to a fifth day on Friday.

If Judge Thokozile Masipa is unable to deliver a sentence by the end of the day the court will not resume until she is next available, on 10 November.

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