Saturday, January 7, 2012

Justin Hesketh and Brandon Moore


Police: 'Mean looks' led to shooting deaths of 2 Fresno teen

"Mean looks" between groups of teens Tuesday night sparked a confrontation that led to the shooting deaths of two teens, Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said Thursday.

Two other teens -- Jarrad Beard, 19, and his 16-year-old brother -- were arrested after the shootings. Dyer said the brothers, who were booked on two counts of murder each, are gang members. Beard was booked into the Fresno County Jail, while his brother was booked into the Juvenile Justice Center.

Before announcing the arrests, Dyer expressed his condolences to the families of shooting victims Justin Hesketh, 18, and Brandon Moore, 16, both of Fresno.

Hesketh and Moore were not associated with any gang, police said.

"This was a senseless act of violence," Dyer said. "It all stemmed from mean looks, and now two teenagers are dead."

Thursday evening, Debie Hesketh reflected on her son's life.

Reached by telephone during a family gathering, Hesketh said her son had just completed his first semester at California State University, Fresno, after graduating from Central High School in June.

When asked what her son liked to do, she spoke to others in the room: "What did Justin like?"

Video games, skateboarding, baseball, music and spending time with his friends, the group answered.

Hesketh said her son and Moore were friends. She said Moore was a student at Central.

Moore's family could not be reached.

Hesketh was driving a pickup west on Herndon Avenue just before 6 p.m. Tuesday; Moore and an unidentified 16-year-old boy were passengers, Dyer said. Hesketh was waiting to turn south onto Polk Avenue when four teens walking in the crosswalk passed in front of the truck.

Menacing looks were exchanged between the two groups, Dyer said.

When Hesketh turned south on Polk, Beard shot at the truck and hit a tire, Dyer said.

Hesketh, Moore and the other boy didn't realize they had been shot at but thought one of the other boys had thrown a rock at the truck.

After Hesketh pulled the truck over, he and Moore got out and chased the four boys while the 16-year-old passenger stayed in the truck, Dyer said.

Hesketh and Moore grabbed a 16-year-old boy in the apartment complex and were holding him when Beard and his brother fired seven rounds from two handguns. Hesketh and Moore were struck "multiple times," Dyer said.

The four boys ran to the nearby home of a relative in the 6600 block of North Western Avenue, authorities said. Alerted by witnesses to the boys' location, police served a search warrant at the house and arrested Beard and his brother. The two other boys were questioned and have not been charged.

Police also recovered two handguns and some ammunition.

Dyer said the 16-year-old brother confessed and has written a letter of apology to the families. Beard later admitted his involvement in the shooting, Dyer said.

"The brothers are in gangs and had guns. They were clearly ready to do violence," Dyer said. They did not have prior criminal records, Dyer said.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Sean Michael Satterfield

 2 DUI Arrests in Fort Worth Teen's Death

FORT WORTH, Texas - Two drivers are in jail following an accident this week that killed an 18-year-old boy.

Police say a truck driven by 28-year-old Althea Wilson ran a stop sign at E. 2nd and Pecan Streets about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. Her truck hit another truck, ejecting the passenger, 18-year-old Sean Michael Satterfield. He died as a result of his injuries.

Detectives charged Wilson with intoxication manslaughter, but they also charged Satterfield's friend -- the driver of the truck that was hit.

Nineteen-year-old Arnold Razon is accused of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana.
The medical examiner says Satterfield died of blunt trauma to the chest, and ruled his death a homicide.



Kyleigh Crane


Cumberland double-murder suspect attacked by fellow inmates

A suspect arrested for the murders of a 7-year-old Cumberland girl and her 21-year-old uncle was recently attacked by other inmates, according to police.

A suspect arrested for the murders of a 7-year-old Cumberland girl and her 21-year-old uncle was recently attacked by other inmates, according to police.

Michael Bell, 22, is charged with murder, robbery and carrying a handgun without a license in connection with the Dec. 12 incident that killed Kyleigh and Jeremy Crane. 

According to officials, five inmates entered Bell's cell after the door had been popped open to let Bell's cellmate in Dec. 18. Surveillance video showed Terry Bates, Kobe Blake, Carlos Bryant, Andre Canady and Tony Miller tried to keep Bell inside of his cell.

Bell said he was able to get out of his cell and grabbed onto the railing in front of him. He said the suspects kept telling him to go back into his cell and proceeded to hit him in the head and face. Bell said he heard someone say "Don's Guns" during the alleged attack.

Officers were able to subdue the suspects. Cameron Moore was also seen attacking Bell, according to police.

Bell suffered swelling and broken skin near his right eye and broken skin on his lower lip and gums. Bell told police he wanted to press charges. He will now be segregated from general population for his own protection.

Don's Guns owner Don Davis
had offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction shortly after the double-murder.

Jeremy Priel, 25, is also charged in connection with the Crane murders. Bell maintains his innocence. 

Amy Leigh Barnes


Model's murderer jailed for life

A man jailed for life for murdering his model girlfriend is "dangerous beyond words", a judge has said.

Ricardo Morrison, 22, from Birmingham, must serve a minimum of 24 years for killing Amy Leigh Barnes, 19, in Farnworth, near Bolton, last November.

Manchester Crown Court heard Miss Barnes was stabbed nine times and found bleeding to death by her father.

Sentencing Morrison, Mr Justice MacDuff said he was an "evil man" with a history of abusing women.

Face slashed

"You had controlled and abused Amy Leigh Barnes over many months," added the judge, ordering him to serve at least 24 years before being eligible for parole.

"Yours was a sustained campaign of prolonged physical, emotional and psychological abuse."

"Those of us who listened to her last anguished shouts in that 999 emergency call recording will never be able to forget it. You were unable to listen to it yourself.

"You slashed open her pretty face. What went through her mind when she saw you coming in through that back door with that knife is unimaginable."

Mr Justice MacDuff said Morrison did not face an easy task in ever convincing a parole board he should be released in the future.

"I make the comment now - for consideration in 24 years' time - you are dangerous beyond words. There needs to be a sea change before you can be considered for release."

Morrison's mother, Pc Melda Wilks, 50, who let him wash his bloodstained clothes at her home, was found not guilty of assisting an offender.

But she now faces an internal disciplinary inquiry by her force, West Midlands Police.

Morrison, who has previous convictions for assaulting ex-girlfriends, stabbed Miss Barnes nine times and slashed her face, before fleeing and leaving her to die, jurors heard during the three-week trial.

Speaking after the hearing, Amy's mother Karyn Killiner said: "Ricardo Morrison stole our daughter and destroyed our lives.

"Amy was a beautiful person inside and out she had her whole life ahead of her. She was trying to find a way to get away from Morrison when he killed her."

Mrs Killiner said Morrison had been "cocky and arrogant" despite it being clear from the start that he was responsible for her daughter's death.

She said seeing him jailed helped the family know he could never hurt another woman in the way he hurt Amy, but she added: "No punishment could ever be enough."

Harrowing call

Earlier, when the guilty verdict was returned, Morrison, clutching a bible, bowed his head, put one hand to his face and appeared to begin weeping.

Described as a "bully" and "profoundly two-faced man" by Stuart Driver, prosecuting, Morrison was caught on CCTV punching two girls in the face and headbutting another in a nightclub five weeks before he killed Miss Barnes.

The model, who had appeared in Hollyoaks and modelled for Cosmopolitan, dialled 999 after the attack, telling the operator, "I'm dying. He's stabbed me to death. I'm dying. Please help me."

The operator asked who had stabbed her and she said, "My boyfriend", the court was told.

Amy's mother welcomed the sentence but said it "will never bring back our little girl"

Shortly after the attack, her father, Andrew Barnes, arrived to find his daughter curled in the foetal position, flitting in and out of consciousness.

The court heard Morrison attacked her after the couple had a row that day, one of many during their stormy nine-month relationship.

The young model had grown scared of her killer, the court heard, and had called her mother asking to being picked up after Morrison had locked her in her grandmother's house.

Tragically, her father arrived minutes too late, finding his daughter in agony on the floor.

The jury heard that Mr Barnes saw the back door had been left open and a next-door neighbour saw a man fitting Morrison's description clean his hands in a puddle behind the house.

After stabbing her to death he bought a sandwich before catching a coach to Birmingham.



Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Lori Farmer And Michelle Guse

The Oklahoma Girl Scout murders is an unresolved crime in rural Mayes County, Oklahoma. On a rainy, late-spring night in 1977, three girls—ages 8, 9, and 10—were raped and murdered and their bodies left in the woods near their tent at summer camp. Although the case was classified as "solved" when Gene Leroy Hart, a local jail escapee with a history of violence was arrested, and stood trial for the crime, he was acquitted. Thirty years later authorities conducted new DNA testing, but the results of these proved inconclusive, as the samples were too old.


In 1977, Camp Scott was in its 49th year as a keystone of the Tulsa-based Magic Empire Girl Scout Council. Situated along the confluence of Snake Creek and Spring Creek near State Highway 82, the 410-acre (1.7 km2) compound was located between Locust Grove and Tahlequah.

Gene Leroy Hart had been at large since escaping four years earlier from the Mayes County Jail. He had been convicted of raping and kidnapping two pregnant women as well as four counts of first degree burglary.

Hart was raised about a mile from Camp Scott.

Less than two months before the murders, during an on-site training session, a camp counselor found her belongings ransacked, her doughnuts stolen, and inside the empty doughnut box was a disturbing hand-written note. The author vowed to murder three campers. The director of that camp session treated the note as a prank and it was discarded.

June 12, 1977 was the first day of camp. Around 6pm a thunderstorm hit, and the girls huddled in their tents. Among them were Tulsans Lori Lee Farmer, 8, and Doris Denise Milner, 10, along with Michele Guse, 9, of Broken Arrow, a suburb of Tulsa. The trio were sharing tent #8 in the camp's "Kiowa" unit, named for a Native American tribe.

The killings;

The following morning, a counselor made the discovery of a girl's body in the forest. Soon, it was discovered that all three girls in tent #8 had been killed. Subsequent testing showed that they had been raped, bludgeoned, and strangled.


Camp Scott was evacuated and would never reopen.

Gene Leroy Hart, a Cherokee, was arrested within a year at the home of a Cherokee medicine man and tried in March, 1979. Although the local sheriff pronounced himself "one thousand percent" certain the man on trial committed the crimes, a local jury acquitted Hart.

Two of the families later sued the Magic Empire Council and its insurer in a $5 million alleged negligence action. The civil trial included discussion of the threatening note as well as the fact that tent #8 lay 86-yard (79 m) from the counselors' tent. The defense suggested that the future of summer camping in general hung in the balance. In 1985, by a 9–3 vote, jurors sided with the camp.

By this time, Hart was already dead. As a convicted rapist and jail escapee, he still had 305 of his 308 years left to serve in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. In June 1979, during a jog inside the jail, he collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack.

Richard Guse, the father of one of the victims, went on to help the state legislature pass the Oklahoma Victim's Bill of Rights. Guse also helped found and then chaired the Oklahoma Crime Victims' Compensation Board, which would later gain prominence for its "Murrah Fund" in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Another parent, Sheri Farmer, went on to found the Oklahoma chapter of support group Parents of Murdered Children.


Nubia Barahona

Nubia Docter Barahona (May 26, 2000 – February 11, 2011) was a ten-year-old girl who was abused and murdered on February 11, 2011. Her body was found February 14, 2011, wrapped in a plastic garbage bag in the bed of her adoptive father's pickup truck on the side of I-95 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Her body had partially decomposed from being covered in chemicals, possibly pesticides. Her twin brother, Victor Docter Barahona, was in the cab of the truck with his father, suffering seizures from chemical burns and inhalation of toxic gas.

Her adoptive parents Jorge and Carmen Barahona were indicted on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and child neglect on March 23, 2011. They face the death penalty if convicted.

The case has sparked outrage from Florida citizens and officials regarding the Florida Department of Children and Families' handling of previous allegations of abuse by the Barahonas.


Fraternal twins Nubia and Victor Docter were born on May 26, 2000, to a mother with drug and alcohol abuse issues. Their mother had bore four children before them, all of whom had been taken from her by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Nubia was born with an undisclosed "significant medical problem" (it has been reported she may have been intersexed) that would require "significant medication, medical procedures and an undetermined amount of surgeries". It was recommended she be placed in a medical foster home, but she was instead allowed to stay with her mother, who claimed to be sober.

The twins were removed from their mother's care in 2003 and placed with their father, but they did not stay with him long. In 2004 he was charged with sexual battery of a child not in his care. The twins were placed in foster care, and eventually ended up in the home of Jorge and Carmen Barahona in Miami, Florida. The couple had already adopted a boy with autism. Jorge owned a pest control business; Carmen worked as a nurse.

In 2005, Nubia reportedly told someone at her school that her father was molesting her. Unclear on whether she had meant her birth father or her foster father, DCF investigated. They determined that she had meant her birth father and the case was closed. Then, in 2006, school staff called DCF to report a large bruise on Nubia's face that they suspected was child abuse. The Barahonas were ordered to bring her to an appointment with the Department of Health's Child Protection Team in Miami, but did not show up until a week later. By then, most of the bruising had disappeared and state doctors agreed with the Barahona's assertion that the bruise was from a fall.

Further complaints were filed in 2007: School authorities reported that Nubia was extremely thin, always hungry, and had an unpleasant odor. DCF investigated the claims, but were met with insistence from the Barahonas that Nubia's condition was not from hygiene problems or neglect, but caused by her medical condition. The investigation was dropped.

The Barahonas began the adoption process of the twins in 2008, but were met with resistance from the twins' guardian ad litem, Paul Neumann. They claimed Neumann was operating "behind [their] backs", unfairly interfering with their adoption attempt. They claimed they had a "personality conflict" with Neumann and cited that as the reason he was accusing them of neglect. To override him, the Barahonas wrote letters appealing to people as high up as then-governor Charlie Crist. Neumann was removed as the twins' guardian without explanation shortly before the adoption was finalized.

The twins were formally adopted in May 2009. In 2010, complaints similar to the ones in 2007 were again raised by school authorities, this time adding that Nubia was losing her hair. DCF was met with the same reasoning from the Barahonas—that it was cause by her endocrine condition and medication she was taking for it—and the investigation was dropped again.

"Toxic Truck":

At 5:00 am on Monday, February 14, 2011, a Road Ranger noticed a red Toyota pickup truck on the shoulder of northbound I-95 between Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard and 45th Street in West Palm Beach. When the truck was still there two and a half hours later, he called police.

Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue responded to the call and found 53-year-old Jorge Barahona on the ground and 10-year-old Victor Barahona in the cab of the truck. Both were conscious by the time rescuers arrived, but Victor was convulsing with seizures. One fireman was overcome by a strong smell when approaching the truck, and decontamination procedures were started. The bed of the truck was full of plastic containers of chemicals; some unlabeled. The truck was branded with the name of Jorge's pest extermination business, CJ Pest Control, causing investigators to believe the chemicals were pesticides. One unlabeled container held some form of acid, causing firefighters to wonder why an exterminator would have such a chemical. State Troopers were sent to the address of CJ Pest Control, but were unable to contact anyone.

Further investigation revealed that Victor was covered in acid, and there was so much of it in the car that it soaked the carpet and seats, making the air around the truck poisonous. Victor and Jorge were taken to separate hospitals for their injuries. A city hazmat team and the state Department of Environmental Protection arrived by the afternoon to decontaminate the area. At about 3:45 pm, a DEP contractor sorting through tubs of chemicals in the bed of the truck found a black garbage bag. Inside were human remains.

FBI investigators joined the effort to decontaminate the site to clear the way for county forensics investigators to examine the body. At about 8:30 pm Tuesday the body was taken to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy. The identity of the body was withheld from the public for two days after its discovery, then revealed to be that of Nubia Barahona, Victor's twin sister. Her body was badly decomposed and difficult to identify, as it had been covered with acid and other hazardous chemicals.


Victor was initially taken to nearby St. Mary's Medical Center, then transferred two days later to Jackson Memorial Hospital's burn center in Miami. He had suffered "severe internal reactions" to the inhalation of toxic fumes in the truck, and had chemical burns over large portions of his body. Doctors also found several previous injuries to the boy, including a broken collarbone, broken arm, scars on his buttocks and lower abdomen, and rope marks on both wrists. Victor was finally released on March 2, 2011, and placed in a therapeutic foster home.

Jorge was arrested on child abuse charges against Victor and moved from Colombia Hospital to the Palm Beach County jail on February 16. While in custody, he confessed to police that he had been upset by the death of his daughter and had driven to Palm Beach County with the plan to commit suicide by setting himself on fire. He said the shoulder of I-95 was chosen so that he would be "easily found". He claimed he gave Victor a handful of sleeping pills, then, with the boy's head in his lap, poured gasoline over his own head. He then attempted to ignite a lighter, but could not do it, as he did not want to take Victor with him. Investigators found a red gasoline container in the truck filled with acid. When asked by police why he did not have as many obvious burns as Victor, Jorge said that some of the gas must have splashed the boy. The police concluded that Jorge's version of events was inconsistent with the boy's injuries.

Autopsy results concluded that Nubia was beaten to death on February 11; the day a DCF official came to investigate a call to their abuse hotline. According to the police report, Jorge allegedly "repeatedly punched and beat Nubia" who "screamed and cried until she was dead".

Carmen Barahona, Jorge's wife, told investigators when questioned that she and her husband had been separated for six months, when in fact they had never been apart. The couple's other two children were taken from the home and placed with Carmen's parents, then placed in foster care.

 A "family secret";

On February 10, 2011, four days before Jorge Barahona's truck was found on the side of the road, the therapist of Carmen Barahona's granddaughter, Alessandra, placed a call to child welfare officials. Alessandra had alleged to her therapist that while visiting her grandmother's house, twins Nubia and Victor were bound by their hands and feet and made to stand for hours in a bathtub. Their hands were unbound only when it was time to eat, she claimed, and she also alleged that she was not permitted to speak to them when she used the bathroom. The therapist told the operator that Alessandra felt threatened by her grandmother to keep quiet. Carmen allegedly told Alessandra not to tell people about how the twins were treated because it was a "family secret".

The couple's 11-year-old autistic son, Jorge, also tried to tell a DCF investigator visiting the home shortly before Nubia's death about a "secret", but the investigator claimed Carmen dismissed him as "low-functioning" and told him to watch TV in another room.

After the discovery of Nubia's body, Alessandra was removed from the care of her mother, Jennifer Perez, and placed with her father, Yovani Perez. In addition, a judge ordered that neither the girl's mother nor any member of her family have any contact with the girl. A DCF official stated that Alessandra should no longer be with her mother because "the mother, Jennifer Perez, not only psychologically abused the child by exposing her to the torture of the twins, but also by threatening the child over and over to keep quiet and encourage [sic] her to be complicit in the deception, that is including a calculated effort by the mother to keep the child from disclosing it to DCF officials."

Role of DCF:

The Florida Department of Children and Families has been heavily criticized for their handling of the Barahona case. Judge Cindy Lederman expressed outrage at the actions of Andrea Fleary, a DCF worker assigned to the case. On Thursday, February 10, Fleary visited the Barahona home to investigate an abuse hotline call, but despite not making contact with the children, she reported they were safe. When Fleary told the judge about 11-year-old Jorge's attempts to alert her to abuse on Friday, she said the conversations had taken place late in the evening. Judge Lederman responded "So we don't do investigations on weekends? Is that what you are telling me?" Fleary responded that she had stopped her investigation at 9 pm because "we don't do investigations on weekends."

DCF Secretary David Wilkins defended Fleary, claiming she was rattled during the hearing and that "[w]e do investigations 24/7.  We have employees who work weekends. We have employees who work nights." Fleary was first placed on paid administrative leave, then fired. When asked how they could have ignored signs of Nubia's abuse, such as her hair loss and constant hunger, Wilkins stated that "[t]he medical conditions of the children complicated the decision-making of our investigators". Wilkins also reminded critics that "these people have been deceiving the system for quite a long time".

In response to the Docter twins being adopted despite objections from their guardian ad litem Paul Neumann, head of Miami-Dade County's guardian ad litem program Sonia Ferrer said the program did everything it could at the time despite admitting Neumann had concerns. She said that the judge overseeing the adoption had heard other evidence and decided to place them with the Barahonas.

Wilkins called upon David Lawrence Jr., former publisher of The Miami Herald and current president of the Children's Movement of Florida, Coral Gables attorney Bobby Martinez, a former U.S. Attorney in South Florida, and James Sewell, former assistant commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and chair of the task force that investigated the 2009 death of Broward County foster child Gabriel Myers, to look into the handling of the Barahona case. The panel subsequently called DCF's handling of the case "inept" and a "failure of common sense and listening".

Wilkins, who had only been DCF secretary for a few months at the time of Nubia's death, has also criticized the organization's abuse hotline, comparing it to a "low-cost call center". Regarding a call reporting the Barahonas, Wilkins said "[t]hey have a low-cost call center mentality ... You don't want to get off the phone in this situation [...] you could tell the operator wanted to get off the phone because he's measured by how long his call is." Employees are rated by how quickly they handle calls because in the past they had been criticized for taking too long to answer calls, causing callers to hang up. Wilkins also claims the technology is outdated, making it difficult to piece together different parts of a case from separate calls. He has said he plans to remedy these situations.

Charges and trial;

After being informed he needed to attend a hearing on a felony child abuse charge, Jorge Barahona tried twice to injure himself. He first jumped backward off of a sink in his cell, landing on his head. He was examined and declared competent to stand before a judge, but refused to cooperate with deputies and did not show up for the hearing. At the hearing, his bail was set for $1 million. He later attempted again to injure himself and was taken to a hospital for a CT scan, then returned to jail and placed in the mental health unit.

Carmen Barahona filed for divorce from Jorge in late February, but was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on March 5. She is being held without bond.

Jorge and Carmen Barahona together have been indicted on eighteen charges: one count of first-degree murder, eight counts of child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, one count of child neglect resulting in great harm, six counts of child neglect (no great harm), one count of child neglect (no great bodily harm), and one count of mutilating a dead body. They face the death penalty if convicted.

The Barahonas have pleaded not guilty on all counts. Their trial is set for July 18, 2011.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Kirsty Treloar

First picture of mother, 20, kidnapped and found stabbed to death in an abandoned car

  • Kirsty Treloar was heard begging for mercy as she was dragged into a car
  • Murder squad police hunting ex-boyfriend on the run since Monday morning
  • Young mother 'killed by ex-boyfriend' who is also one-month-old's father

A manhunt was under way last night after a young mother was kidnapped from her home and stabbed to death.

The body of Kirsty Treloar, 20, who just a month ago had given birth to a baby girl, was found in an abandoned Fiat Stilo car yesterday morning.

Murder squad detectives were hunting for her ex-boyfriend after neighbours heard her begging for mercy as he dragged her into the vehicle.

The silver vehicle was found 90 minutes after she was snatched, with the young mother's body inside.

Her brother Dean, 22, and sister Gemma, 24, also suffered stab wounds as they tried to defend her at their family home in Haggerston, East London. 

The baby girl was taken to hospital to be checked over by doctors.

This is the latest in a string of tragedies over the Christmas and New Year period.
Ruby Love, who had three children, was hit over the head and strangled before being dumped in a London canal on Christmas Day.

Miss Treloar’s neighbours dialled 999 shortly after 7am yesterday after hearing her scream ‘please, please, please’ as she was manhandled into a grey Fiat Stilo before it sped away. 

Her body was found an hour-and-a-half later a mile away, off Homerton High Street.
Her ex-boyfriend, who has not been named, is believed to be known to police.

Dean Treloar was in hospital last night in a stable condition. His sister was released after being treated for minor injuries.

Neighbours living on the same residential street described hearing a 'hysterical' cry coming from the property at around 6am yesterday.

Neighbour Robert Mead said he heard young mother Kirsty being dragged to the car early yesterday morning.

He said: 'I heard a window or bottle smash. There was a commotion and shouting.
'I heard the woman scream, 'Please, please, no, please', a car door slam shut, and then the screeching of tyres.'

A woman living close to the three-storey home described how she was woken at around 5.30am before hearing 'a female sounding extremely distressed'.

The woman, 45, who did not give her name, added: 'I don't know what woke me up.
'It was some time at around six or just after that I heard a noise. I thought it might be foxes fighting which can sound quite human.

'Then I thought, No, it's definitely not, it sounded like a young woman in distress. It was very short-lived and stopped quite abruptly.

'It sounded like she was a bit hysterical.'

Terry Tundervary, 58, a builder, said: 'They seemed to be a very friendly family. I used to say hello to the girl.

'If it's the girl I think it is, she's got a little baby.

'She was a pretty girl, a very normal girl, the whole family was very friendly although I didn't know their names. I just knew them to say hello to as neighbours do.
'I believe the girl's dad, he may have been her step-dad, came from the US or Canada. I think he was a binman for Hackney Borough Council.'

Retired couple Mary and David Ward, both in their 70s, said they were shocked to hear what had happened at the property so close to their home.

Mr Ward, 70, added: 'It's a terrible shock. We couldn't believe all this happened, it's a real tragedy.

The area is pretty good really, we've lived here nearly 30 years and it's the first time anything like this has occurred.
 'We have never had any trouble - we didn't know the family but the young girl seemed to be very nice when we saw her to say hello to.'

Another neighbour in Brownlow Road, who did not want to be named, said he heard what sounded like a window breaking early this morning and a person shouting 'Please, please, please'.

A tarpaulin covered one of the ground-floor windows and police remained at the scene last night. 

Forensics officers were also examining Ryder Mews where the car was found. The area was cordoned off with police tape.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Sean Whyte

On the 29th of September, 2003, 17-year-old Sean Whyte died in Burnley General Hospital after being stabbed outside his home in Colne, Lancashire. 

Sean's aunt, Agnes Rennie suffered stab wounds to her shoulder and neck during the same incident and was also taken to Burnley General.

On the evening of the day he died, Sean was singing to his mother at a family birthday party. Just moments later he was dying in her arms. Mary Whyte said:

"My baby is gone and we have been given a life sentence. What have we got to look forward to in life knowing he is no longer with us?"

In court, Anthony Gee QC, prosecuting, said a guest called Hugh O'Neil had left the party with Michael Stuart. He continued:

"They met Wasim and they had an argument which seems to have been about £8 owed by Michael Stuart to Wasim, borrowed the day before. They had a fight and Mr Stuart ran off into number nine to tell the occupants what had happened.

Some came out and witnesses describe a group of 10 to 12 Asian males who had come out of 31 North Street.

An argument over a loan of £8 escalated into a fight and escalated still further into appalling violence."

Anthony Gee went on to say Hasan Mumtaz had armed himself with a knife and pair of scissors. He said the scissors had been used to inflict three wounds on Agnes Rennie's head, shoulder and upper arm which required 20 stitches.

He also said Wasim and Sean had been fighting separately from the group and Hasan had run up to Sean and stabbed him in the chest, creating a wound about 18cm deep which pierced his heart and other organs.

Mr Gee said plainclothes police officers attended the scene, had seen Hasan with a knife and followed him to his home. They arrested him after finding a pair of scissors pushed behind a chair. The bloodstained knife was later recovered in the garden of another home in North Street.

18-year-old Hasan Mumtaz and his brother Wasim admitted that they wer present when Sean was stabbed.

However, Hasan Mumtaz denied the charges of murder and wounding with intent at Preston Crown Court and, even though he was found guilty of the unlawful wounding of another person on the same night, the Preston jury found him not guilty of Sean's murder.

He was convicted of violent disorder only.

Detective Inspector Tony Harling said:

"We won't be reopening the case and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with Sean's death."

Sean's family had moved to England from Scotland seeking a "fresh start."

They have since returned to Scotland.

Sean's body was taken to Scotland and he is buried there.

One day, when the English take their country back, we'll be checking up on the ethnic composition of such juries as this.

You should remember this when you're fixing to find the guilty, innocent.

Peter Pike, New Labour MP for Burnley, never mentioned his constituent, Sean Whyte, in the House of Commons. (For Pike’s PC credentials, go here)


Ross Parker

Ross Parker (17 August 1984 – 21 September 2001), from PeterboroughEngland, was a 17 year old white male murdered in an unprovoked racially motivated crime. He was stabbed to death and beaten with a hammer by a gang of Muslim Asian youths of Pakistani origin described as a "hunting party" who were seeking a white male to attack.[1] The incident occurred in in Millfield, Peterborough, ten days after the 11 September attacks.[2][3]

In December 2002 Shaied Nazir, Ahmed Ali Awan, and Sarfraz Ali were all found guilty of Parker's murder in unanimous verdicts and sentenced to life imprisonment, receiving minimum terms ranging from 16 to 18 years. A fourth defendant, Zairaff Mahrad, was cleared of murder and manslaughter.[4][5]

Parker's brutal murder[6] is cited as an example of the lack of attention the media and society give to white sufferers of racist attacks compared to that given to ethnic minorities, with organisations such as the BBC and some newspaper journalists later admitting failing to cover the case sufficiently.[7][8] It is also suggested the case demonstrates how society has been forced to redefine racism so as to no longer exclude white victims.[9]

Ross Parker was born in Peterborough to Davinia and Tony Parker and was one of two children.[10] He was a keen footballer, and had completed a GNVQ in business studies at Jack Hunt School, hoping to join the police force when he was 18.[11] He was nicknamed "Half-Pint" due to his 5 feet 5 inch height and had twice broken his leg previously. Parker lived in the Westwood area of the city and worked part-time at a local public house the Solstice.[12][13][14][15]

Parker was murdered shortly after 1:15 am on 21 September 2001 when walking home from work with his girlfriend Nicola Foot.[16] The attack took place on a cycle path alongside Bourges Boulevard in Millfield, Peterborough, near to Russell Street.[17][18] Racial tensions in the area were high, as the terrorist attacks in the U.S. had occurred ten days earlier, on 11 September.[19]

It was a warm night and Parker and Foot were holding hands as they walked to visit a friend of Foot's.[20] They were confronted by a gang of up to ten Muslim Asian youths, some wearing balaclavas.[1][21] Members of the gang had planned "to find a white male to attack simply because he was white".[22] They warned Parker he had "better start running", but then blocked his path and quickly sprayed him in the face with CS gas.[23] He was punched in the stomach and stabbed from behind three times through the throat and chest with a foot-long hunting knife.[24] The knife penetrated right through his body on two occasions and as he was lying on the ground he was repeatedly kicked and struck with a panel beater's hammer. Foot ran to a nearby petrol station to find help and a man there gave her his mobile phone so she could call the police. Whilst making the call, she twice heard Parker cry out in pain. By chance she then spotted a passing police car; she entered the vehicle and took the officer to the scene of the assault. Although Foot had only been away for a few minutes, by the time she returned Parker had already bled to death and the gang had disappeared.[20][21][25][26]

After the murder, the four accused returned to a garage behind Nazir's parents' house which they used as their headquarters. Awan, brandishing the bloodied knife, exclaimed "cherish the blood".[2][5][21] Parker's body remained at the scene during the day while an investigation was conducted.[21] A post mortem revealed Parker had died as a result of stab wounds inflicted by a bladed instrument.[27]

Arrests and charges

During the weekend following the murder, twelve Asian people were arrested on suspicion of murder, with a £1,000 reward put up by the local community to find the killers.[13][29] This was later increased to £1,500.[30] A number of those arrested were recorded chanting "Taliban, Osama bin Laden" whilst being transported in the police van, also vandalising the vehicle.[31] Such chanting continued in the police cells.[32] Detective Chief Inspector Dick Harrison, who was overseeing the case, praised the Muslim community for their involvement in capturing the murderers.[1]

On 26 September 2001 Ali, Awan, and Nazir appeared in court charged with Parker's murder and a fourth person was charged the following day.[18][33][34] However, by March 2002 all four defendants charged with Parker's murder had been controversially released from prison on police bail. Parker's sister, Leanne, stated "we can't begin to comprehend why they've been allowed out of prison at this stage". Parker's family were so concerned about such a decision that they wrote a letter of complaint to the Home Secretary, David Blunkett. The Home Office refused to comment on the case and the men remained free on bail.[35][36]


In November 2002 Ahmed Ali Awan, Shaied Nazir, Sarfraz Ali and Zairaff Mahrad all of Millfield, Peterborough, stood trial for Parker's murder at Northampton Crown Court, pleading not guilty.[37][36]
Awan, 22, of Gladstone Street, ran a recruitment company and had previously attended the city's Deacon's School. He was an unofficial police informer and the court was told he thought of himself as a gangster and had a "fantasy for knives".[38][39][33] Nazir, 22, of Cromwell Road, was close friends with Awan; he was married in Kashmir the month prior to the murder and had a son. He was educated at Bretton Woods School, had worked in a factory and later in a takeaway with Mahrad, whom he had known since childhood.[40] Ali, 25, of Harris Street had also attended Bretton Woods School[41] He was given a reference at the trial by the Deputy Mayor of Peterborough, Raja Akhtar.[2] and Labour Party councillor Mohammed Choudhary, with Aktar stating he had "known him to be caring and responsible".[42] Mahrad, 21, owned a takeaway in King's Lynn.[41]

At the trial, transcripts of covert police recordings of the suspects discussing the attack were adduced. The conversations took place in police vehicles when the suspects were arrested and were translated from Punjabi. Nazir was heard describing Parker's death as a "bloodbath", and how the third blow from the knife had split the whole of his neck open. Awan and Nazir were both heard discussing the statements they had given to police and the plan they had "made up".[43] The court was also told of an exchange between Awan and an inmate at Bedford Prison, in which Awan described the killing of Parker in lurid detail.[33] Contents of a letter written by Mahrad were also presented in which he stated he would "pray to Allah for forgiveness".[44]

The jury heard how the murder weapons had been found in a shed at Nazir's house along with two bags of bloodied clothes. DNA and fingerprints belonging to Nazir was found on the hunting knife and Parker's blood was found on the hammer. His blood was also found on the clothes of two of the accused, along with Nazir and Mahrad's DNA.[45][46] Three balaclavas were also recovered from the property, again containing traces of Parker's blood.[47] Nazir's younger brother Wyed told the court he had seen his brother cleaning the murder weapon on the night of the killing and witnessed all four defendants with blood on their clothing.[45][48] Further witnesses reported Nazir admitting to beating someone up, Mahrad admitting to kicking Parker and Awan recalling stabbing him. A witness also saw all four defendants kicking Parker[49]

In court Nazir admitted to seeing the victim laying on the ground, attempting to spray him with CS gas and kicking him. He also admitted washing the murder weapon and stated that Sarfraz Ali had hit Ross with the hammer and Awan used the knife.[50] Mahrad had also admitted to be present at the murder scene, and claimed that the blood stains found on his trousers occurred as a result of him accidentally falling across Parker. Awan and Ali both denied being at the scene, the later claiming to have been asleep at the time of the murder.[23][51]

On 19 December 2002 Nazir, Awan and Ali were all found guilty of murder in unanimous verdicts.[4][37] The judge summarised the murder during sentencing:
You put your heads together with the purpose of arming yourselves and of attacking an innocent man you might find by chance simply because he was of a different race to yourselves. A racist killing must be one of the gravest kinds of killing.
The judge concluded that Awan had wielded the knife, was the ringleader of the group and had intended to kill.[21] The three received life sentences, with Awan to serve a minimum of 18 years and the others at least 16. Mahrad was cleared of murder and manslaughter.[4]

Post trial

After the trial it was revealed that Nazir had previously been cautioned for using threatening behaviour in 1999 and fined for resisting arrest.[52]

Awan and Nazir appealed against their jail terms in January 2008 but the original sentences were upheld, with judge Justice Davies stating he had taken into account "moving" statements from Parker's family. After the appeal Parker's father suggested that the killers of his son should never be freed.[25] The two politicians who had provided Ali's references were later jailed themselves for forgery in relation to vote rigging.[53][54]


The media was criticised for their lack of coverage of the Ross Parker case in comparison to similar racist murders occurring in the UK, such as the case of Anthony Walker and that of Stephen Lawrence.[7][55] The BBC later admitted that "it was a mistake not to report the case of Ross Parker more extensively", noting the "stark" parallels with the Walker case though also suggesting the story had been "squeezed out" by other news such as a conviction of the killer of Danielle Jones. However it was noted that in hindsight that the crime was "worthy of coverage" "by any standards".[55] Yasmin Alibhai-Brown[56] and Kelvin McKenzie expressed similar sentiments, with the latter criticising newspapers including his own employer, The Sun. He stated, "if you believe you're a victim of an ethnic minority and you're white there is nowhere to go. Editors are so liberal that they are scared to be seen that they're moving to the right of their paper". Parker's mother Davinia Parker expressed similar concerns that white victims of race crime are ignored stating "because we are white, English, we didn't get the coverage"[57][58] In 2006 a Times article by Brendan Montague on racist murders in Britain stated searching newspaper archives shows "an almost total boycott of stories involving the white victims of attacks" whereas "cases involving black and minority ethnic victims are widely reported".[8]
Others have noted that the lack of coverage is not simply a media issue. Peter Fahy, the spokesman on race issues for the Association of Chief Police Officers states “a lot of police officers and other professionals feel almost the best thing to do is to try and avoid [discussing such attacks] for fear of being criticised. This is not healthy.”. Montague suggests the lack of police appeals in cases involving white victims may be a cause of the lack of media coverage.[59]

The organisation who did cover the case also faced some criticism. The Government office for the East of England produced a controversial secret report by Dr Roger Green examining race relations in Peterborough. The document suggested that the Peterborough Evening Telegraph had a history of insensitivity and coverage of the case was "possibly adding to any climate of racial and communal unrest". However such concerns were completely rejected by both the police and local community representatives who praised the newspaper's approach.[60]


Parker's murder lead to increased racial tensions in Peterborough. There were problems at Parker's school where three Asian pupils were suspended for an attack on a pupil.[61] A number of taxi firms stopped work early in the days after the attack in fear of reprisals.[62] In November 2001 Home Secretary David Blunkett banned all marches in Peterborough for three months as it was feared violence would be caused by the Anti-Nazi League and National Front who both sought to hold protests on the same day.[63][64]

Parker's death also had a major impact on his family. His mother, Davinia, was unable to work for three months after Parker's funeral and came close to attempting suicide on a number of occasions. Parker's room was left untouched even a year after the incident, with his parents unable to bring themselves to tidy it, describing it as a place they "feel close to Ross".[15][65]


As a result of the murder of Parker, local authorities set up a unity scheme, whereby gang members from different communities were trained as youth workers in order to ease racial tensions and reduce violence.[66] However, some problems still persisted, with racist graffiti painted near the murder scene two years after the incident reading "no go area for whites", "Paki powa" and "death to whites".[67]

Some, such as Mark Easton cite the Parker case as demonstrating how society has been forced to redefine racism and discard the erroneous definition of "prejudice plus power" – a definition which had only allowed ethnic minorities to be victims.[9] Others such as Alibhai-Brown condemned the double standards of racial equality campaigners in relation to the case, suggesting black activists should "march and remember victims like Ross Parker", stating "our values are worthless unless all victims of these senseless deaths matter equally". She went on to write that "to treat some victims as more worthy of condemnation than others is unforgivable and a betrayal of anti-racism itself".[56][68]


Peterborough Crematorium, location of Parker's funeral and memorial
Parker's funeral took place at Peterborough Crematorium in Marholm on 23 October 2001 with over 400 mourners attending. His Netherton United football shirt was draped over his coffin and he was described as "a beacon of light who inspired so many people" and "an extremely popular young man".[69][70] The murder received little attention from politicians although in 2003 Peterborough Member of Parliament Helen Clark made a statement in Parliament sending condolences of Parker's family, paying tribute to Peterborough community and in particular Ross' school with her words echoed by John Denham.[71]

A plaque was installed in Netherton in Peterborough as a memorial to Parker, and a further memorial is located at Peterborough Crematorium.[1] His former football team mates also play a match every May in his memory and formed a team called "Ross' Rangers".[72]


Ross Parker

A murder inquiry is under way after a "motiveless" attack on a teenager in Peterborough. 

The 17-year-old was set upon by about 10 youths at 0115 BST on Friday, according to Cambridgeshire Police. 

The incident happened at Borges Boulevard while the teenager was walking from a pub with his 19-year-old girlfriend. 

Police said the dead youth and his girlfriend were white and the youths wanted for questioning were said by a witness to be Asian. 

A spokeswoman stressed that there was no reason to believe that the attack was racially motivated. 

Ran for help
Neither was there any suggestion that the killing was linked to any racial animosity generated following the terrorist atrocities in the United States. 

The victim has not been named. 

His girlfriend ran for help during the attack and flagged down a passing police car. 

He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Detective Superintendent David Hankins said: "There does not appear to be any motive for this senseless attack.
"A young man's life has been snatched away in a terrible tragedy." 


James Waite

16 year old charged with knife murder

A 16 year old boy who was arrested on Sunday for the murder of a 14 year old on Saturday night in Sollentuna has been charged and remanded in custody.

Monday's papers reported that a conflict between immigrants in the area and local neo-Nazis was behind the killing, but police sought to play down the speculation.

The 14 year old, James Waite, was among 30 youngsters aged between 14 and 18 who had congregated in a waterside barbecue area near Norrviken in Sollentuna. According to Aftonbladet, "some of the people at the party had xenophobic views and wore typical skinhead clothes like bomber jackets, bleached jeans, boots and braces. Several of the boys also had shaved heads."

At around 9.30pm a group of youths "with immigrant backgrounds" arrived at the area, known as 'the bay of love'. Patrick Andersson, 14, told Aftonbladet that they immediately singled James - who was also dressed in the skinhead style - out from the crowd.

"The immigrants went straight up to James Waite and asked him 'Are you racist or Nazi?' There were many who were dressed like him but they went straight for him."

Andersson described how the gang then punched and kicked James Waite to the ground, screaming, "you're going to die". In the melee, the 16 year old allegedly pulled out a knife and stabbed James in the chest. He died in an ambulance on the way to Karolinska hospital.

Monday's Dagens Nyheter explained that police arrested the 16 year old after gathering information from several witnesses.

The 16 year old's lawyer, Hans Ahlstedt, told Expressen that he is a "well-adjusted guy".

"He gets on well in school and plays football in his free time," he said. "He is no different to my own children."

While Ahlstedt painted a rosy picture of his client, Stockholm police attempted to dampen early speculation that the murder was race-related.

"Throughout Sunday we have been able to get a better picture of what happened," said Mats Nylén, a Stockholm police spokesman, to DN.

"We have interviewed a lot of witnesses. The investigators emphasise that at the moment there is nothing to indicate that this could have been a racist murder."

But his words were undermined by the news that a number of racist groups have already described James Waite as "a martyr". And according to Stockholm's Metro, between 250 and 400 right-wing extremists took part in a demonstration in Sollentuna on Sunday afternoon.

The demonstration was apparently calm, but afterwards a small group attacked a 23 year old man "of foreign appearance" outside a restaurant in the centre of Norrviken.

In Wednesday's Aftonbladet, James Waite's family distanced themselves from the "right-wing extremists trying to exploit our child's tragic death for their own ends".

They explained that their son had "no racist views at all" and that the clothing was just a phase.

"He was a normal teenager, in the middle of the time when you're looking for an identity. He often changed his clothing style."