Former lead singer of reggae band Aswad convicted of smothering girlfriend

The former lead singer of 80s reggae group Aswad smothered his girlfriend in bed and ripped off her clothes hours after she aborted another man’s baby. Brinsley Forde, 61, was yesterday convicted of assaulting Jemma Payne, the mother of his two-year-old son, at her flat in West Norwood, South London, in October last year. It… [Continue Reading]

A true horror story: The abuse of teenage boys in a detention centre

“My name’s Kevin Raymond Young and I’m 52 years old.” There’s something desperate about the way Young says it, as if he’s clinging to the wreckage of his identity. Young was 17 when he was sent to Medomsley detention centre in County Durham. He’d already had a tough life – taken into care at two,… [Continue Reading]

Brixton Record Store Owner Jailed for Money Laundering

Brixton Splash co-founder/board member, Reggae producer and music store owner, Blacker Dread has been jailed alongside five other people (including a former credit controller) for stealing £700,000 from  Sutton based company ICMD Ltd. Blacker Dread, whose real name is Steve Burnett-Martin was jailed for two and a half years for receiving £230,411 in fraudulent payments as part of the £700,000 scam. Blacker… [Continue Reading]

Islamic teacher who sexually abused girl 11 spared jail because his wife doesn’t speak English

AN Islamic teacher who repeatedly molested a terrified girl of 11 as he taught her the Koran has escaped a jail sentence because his wife’s English is so bad. Suleman Maknojioa, 40, repeatedly rubbed the  youngster’s leg and reached under the folds of her prayer headscarf to touch her chest. He was given a suspended… [Continue Reading]

Dennis Sewell – a bigot and a racist!?

ne·o·co·lo·ni·al·ism  (nē′ō-kə-lō′nē-ə-lĭz′əm) n. A policy whereby a major power uses economic and political means to perpetuate or extend its influence over underdeveloped nations or areas: “Strong elements of neocolonialism persist in the economic relations of the rich and poor countries” (Scientific American). The following article by Dennis Sewell first appeared in the print edition of… [Continue Reading]

Detective stole £800 from colleagues and prisoners ‘after getting into debt with payday loan firms’

A detective who stole more than £800 from his police station to ‘keep his head above water’ was spared jail today. DC Tim Hemmings, who claimed he was unable to ‘scrape by on his pay cheque’, stole the cash while based at Plaistow Police Station. The shamed detective – thought to earn at least £30,000… [Continue Reading]

BA paedophile pilot abused hundreds of African children

For British Airways pilot Simon Wood, stopovers in far-flung destinations were rarely spent doing nothing. A day in Nassau, in the Bahamas, for instance, was passed in the local cathedral playing the organ, a task he also performed back home at the Catholic church in Hertfordshire to which he belonged. But the routes the 54-year-old… [Continue Reading]