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THEDAILYTELEGRAPH SATURDAY, AUGUST13, 2011 2 |
Ateenage girl who allegedly
posted “Who’s up for it?” in a
Facebook invitation to start a
riot could face jail if convicted.
Hollie Bentley, 19, of
Wakefield, West Yorks, has
been charged on suspicion of
encouraging violent disorder.
She is due at Wakefield
magistrates’ court this month.
Cirl cbarged over Iacebook riot invitation
One-month-old Lottie Bryon-
Edmond had a liver transplant
operation yesterday three
days after rioters kept her
parents fromher bedside. On
Monday, Chris and Julie
Bryon-Edmond, of Torquay,
were unable to get to the
BirminghamChildren’s
Hospital because of the riots.
Liver transplant for riot baby Aftermatb
of tbe riots
In Brief
The police watchdog admitted
it may have wrongly led
journalists to believe that
Mark Duggan, whose death
triggered the riots in London,
fired at officers before he was
shot dead. The Independent
Police Complaints Commission
saidit mayhave“inadvertently”
given misleading information.
Watcbdog misled media over sbooting
A15-year-old boy has been
arrested for looting after his
mother handed himin to
police.
Thewomanrecognisedher
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shopinSalford.
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Boy arrested after motber bands bimin
Boy, 13, armed
witb bammer
too young to
be locked up
By Nigel Bunyan and TomWhitehead
A BOY of 13 caught on the streets with a
hammer during the riots has walked free
from court after a judge said he was too
young to be locked up.
The teenager was stopped by police in
Manchester on Wednesday and volun-
teered that he had a hammer strapped to
his leg.
Yesterday a judge told himthat had he
“been 15” he would have been locked up.
He also pointed out that the youngster
had the advantage of not having to dis-
close the conviction when applying for a
college place or job in future.
The case highlights growing concern
that young offenders involved in the dis-
turbances are walking fromcourt without
significant penalties. Their anonymity is
also protected when they appear in
court.
Figures released by the Ministry of
Justice yesterday showed that almost a
fifth of those charged with offences in
connection with the disturbances were
under 18.
Eric Pickles, the Communities Secre-
tary, became the latest senior politician to
call for tougher penalties.
He said: “I would expect anybody
involved in looting, anybody involved in
violence should expect to receive a custo-
dial sentence.”
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London,
said the most serious rioters, especially
those who attacked firemen, “deserve
very serious penalties”.
The boy had gone into Manchester
after being invited by friends on Face-
book, the city magistrates’ court heard
yesterday. He was stopped by two police
officers and, when asked if he had
anything he should not have, he replied:
“I am not going to lie to you. I have this
hammer, it is not a big one.”
He initially told police that his mother
had asked him to carry the hammer for
protection, but this turned out to be
untrue, the court heard.
Passing sentencing, District Judge
Khalid Qureshi said: “If you had been 15
you would be going straight through that
door (to the cells). No question about it.
Nothing your mum would have said
would have prevented that happening.
The stupidity of arming yourself with a
weapon is unbelievable.’’
The judge said that Parliament had
deemed that defendants of such a young
age deserved a second chance.
The boy, who had no previous convic-
tions and cannot be named for legal
reasons, was given a nine-month referral
order, a sentence which is a mixture of
community work and intervention pro-
grammes.
The boy told the court it was the “worst,
stupidest thing I have ever done”.
His mother said she was “disgusted”
with her son and had grounded himas a
punishment.
Asked what he was like before the inci-
dent, she said “perfect”, adding that his
school reports had been “brilliant”.
Gareth Brandon, prosecuting, told the
court: “During his interview, he said he
had seen the riots on the television and
wanted to watch them.
‘‘He heard two people had been
stabbed and was going to use the ham-
mer to warn anyone off.”
The boy accepted that his mother did
not knowabout the hammer. She told the
court that he was easily led.
She said she thought her son was at a
barbecue with his older sister, but was
worried when he did not return home
and had reported him missing to police.
She was ordered to pay £85 costs.
After he was sentenced the boy stood
up and said: “Can I ask one question?
When will I get my phone back?”
The judge replied: “I would have
thought that is the least of your worries at
this point.” The 13-year-old boy leaving the magistrates’ court in Manchester yesterday
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THE mother identified by The Daily
Telegraph after she was caught on camera
apparently trying on looted trainers
during the riots inTottenhamhas been
remanded in custody by magistrates.
Shereka Leigh, 22, of Tottenham,
denied three charges of burglary on Aug
7 fromTottenhamHale retail park.
Miss Leigh is accused of taking
footwear fromJD Sports, stealing a
Samsung notebook fromArgos and hair
straighteners fromComet. Her son, who
is four, has been placed in care.
OnWednesday, The Daily Telegraph
disclosed Miss Leigh’s identity and then
onThursday morning ScotlandYard
detectives arrested her at her home, 500
yards fromthe shops she is accused of
stealing from. She was denied bail and
will next appear at Wood Green Crown
Court in north London, although no date
was given.
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THREE university students, including
one studying law, have been jailed for a
year for helping themselves to a bag of
designer goods and electronic
equipment abandoned by looters.
Brothers Javier andXavierTechie-Afful,
19 and 18, and Akintunde Jermaine
Amosu, 19, were found with £4,500 worth
of mobile phones, which Camberwell
magistrates’ court heard they picked up
in a “moment of madness”.
Police were alerted by the driver of a
bus in south London who saw them
carrying the loot.
They gasped and wiped away tears as
Judge Tan Ikramjailed themfor a year
each, twice the usual maximumallowed
at a magistrates’ court.
Because the goods had been looted
fromtwo stores, the judge had the power
to sentence themto six months for each
looted store.
Tears as students
|ailed for a year
A MAN has been remanded in custody
charged with causing £319,000 damage
to stock at a clothing store, pictured
right, which was set on fire in
Manchester city centre.
Dane Williamson, 18, of Salford, is
accused of criminal damage and
recklessly endangering life over the
blaze at a Miss Selfridge store in Market
Street.
An application for bail was refused at
Manchester magistrates’ court, where
the defendant claimed he was the victim
of mistaken identity.
Williamson was remanded in
custody to appear at Manchester Crown
Crown for a preliminary hearing next
Thursday.
Suspect cbarged over £319,000 fire
A SEMI-PROFESSIONAL footballer was
among a gang of 60 masked rioters who
stormed designer shops and attacked
police in one of the country’s most
exclusive shopping streets, a court heard.
Youths in hoodies smashed their way
into Hugo Boss on Sloane Square,
central London, on Monday night.
Mario Ivana Quiassaca, 18, and a 17
year-old who cannot be named for legal
reasons, were arrested yesterday.
Quiassaca, of West Acton, pictured
playing for Staines Town, admitted
violent disorder and stealing £1,133
worth of goods. The youth admitted
violent disorder.
Westminster magistrates remanded
themfor committal to the crown court.
Sbame of young football bopeful
Miss Selfridge attack
Trainers suspect Trapped by bus driver
Sloane Square raid
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Parents of young rioters
don't care, says |udge
By Richard Alleyne, Victoria Ward
and James Orr
A JUDGE yesterday criticised the par-
ents of young rioters who “don’t seem
to care” that their children are in the
dock.
District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe
summoned the parents of a 14-year-
old looter to court after they failed to
appear to support their daughter.
She expressed astonishment that
the girl’s mother or father had not
bothered to accompany the teenager,
who admitted stealing clothes, make-
up and CDs during the riots in London
last week.
City of Westminster magistrates’
court heard that the girl, who cannot
be named, had been missing fromthe
family home in Tottenham, north
London, for two weeks.
She was arrested after returning
with the bags of stolen clothing to the
three-bedroomterraced property.
When Judge Roscoe asked where
her parents were, she was told they
were at work. She demanded that one
of them be contacted and brought to
pick up their daughter, so she could
bail her, pending sentencing at a youth
court.
“Where are this girl’s parents?” she
asked JennyWinter, defending. “I can’t
release a girl when I don’t know if
there was anyone at home.” Miss Win-
ter said the parents were at work,
although the teenager’s sister was at
home.
“That’s all well and good but their
child is in the dock,” Judge Roscoe
replied.
The mother was tracked down and
came to collect her child.
Judge Roscoe told the girl: “You
should be grateful that your mother is
coming. For many other people there
is no one to get them. They don’t seem
to care.”
The girl admitted plundering goods
during rioting in Wood Green, north
London, last weekend. She took
clothes fromH&M, make-up and per-
fume from Boots and four CDs from
HMV. She told the court that she saw
the looting and decided to join in. The
teenager, who had never been in trou-
ble before, was given bail under
curfew and wearing a tag and will
appear at Haringey youth court next
Thursday.
On her profile on the MySpace web-
site, the girl claims that she is 17. The
teenager has posted various photo-
graphs of herself on the internet in
various poses, and on Facebook she
describes herself as a singer.
The girl has three sisters and two
brothers aged between 10 and 23. The
family is believed to be Nigerian.
Neighbours yesterday told of their
shock on learning that the teenager
had been involved in looting. They
described her parents as “decent,
hard-working churchgoers”.
One resident said: “I’m shocked to
hear one of themhas been involved in
looting. Really surprised.
“Both parents seem decent and
hard-working and the family go to
church on Sundays. They’re a very
quiet family.
“Even when it’s boiling hot you
never see the children playing in the
street. I think the eldest daughter has
left home to go to university.”
Yesterday, speaking at doorway of
her home, the teenager’s mother
refused to comment about her daugh-
ter’s involvement in the riots.
The front door of the property was
hanging off its hinges and the glass
porch at the front of the house was
smashed.
Teenage looting
Shonola Smith: her lawyer said she was a perfectly ordinary, reasonable young woman
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By Stephen Adams
A MODEL who tried to loot
an Argos store during the
riots broke down in tears
yesterday as she was jailed
for six months.
Shonola Smith, 22, from
Norwood, south London, was
in a mob that smashed up the
shop in Croydon town centre
on Monday night. She was
accompanied by her sister
Alicia, 20, and their friend
Donness Bissessar, 22, from
Croydon.
All three, who had no
previous convictions, were
jailed for six months each at
Croydon magistrates’ court
after pleading guilty to
entering the store with intent
to steal.
They were arrested by
police at the scene.
Sentencing them, District
Judge Robert Hunter said:
“The tragedy is that you are
all of previous good
character, each of you well-
educated.
“You have jobs. You have
got plans for future
education. You have shown
remorse and you have all
pleaded guilty.
“However, I can’t ignore
the context in which these
offences were committed. You
have played your part in a
wider act where devastation
was caused to businesses and
local residents.
“In my view, although I’m
retaining jurisdiction, the
matter is so serious that only
a custodial sentence will
suffice. That, I hope, will
serve as a deterrent to
others.”
Six months is the
maximumjail sentence a
magistrate can impose for
one offence.
Wearing identical prison
issue clothing, the three
broke down as they were led
away after the hearing.
The sisters’ parents, Colvin
and Winsome Smith, held
hands for comfort as the
women were jailed.
The defendants’ lawyer had
told the court that they “come
across as perfectly ordinary,
reasonable, dare I say it
civilised young women”.
He said: “Their parents
have found it really very hard
to fathomwhat’s going on.”
He added: “They have
accepted their guilt and there
is no doubt that they are
remorseful.
“They all work. If it all
kicked off again tonight I
don’t for one second think
you would find these ladies
anywhere near.”
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Suspect arrested over deatb of
pensioner wbo confronted gang
By Mark Hughes
and Martin Evans
A MAN has been arrested on
suspicion of murdering the
pensioner who was killed
when he attempted to stop a
gang of youths setting fire to a
bin during riots in west
London.
Richard Mannington Bowes,
68, died on Thursday night
after three days on a life sup-
port machine.
Yesterday police arrested a
22-year-old man in Hanwell,
west London, named locally
as Elijah McDermott, on sus-
picion of murder.
He is also being held on
suspicion of a public order
offence and three charges of
burglary. It is understood that
Mr McDermott handed him-
self in to police yesterday
morning.
Mr Mannington Bowes was
killed on Monday night as
rioting mobs looted shops
during riots in Ealing.
It is believed he had left his
home to remonstrate with a
group of youths when he was
attacked and mugged. Anne
Wilderspin, Mr Mannington
Bowes’s sister, travelled from
Derbyshire to his bedside
shortly before he died.
She said: “We obviously saw
when we saw him that he
wouldn’t be able to live for
very long because he was
obviously very ill.
“We were just glad to be
there and just sad that we
couldn’t really make more
communication with him
before he died.”
According to Christopher
Leaning, his cousin, Mr Man-
nington Bowes was estranged
from his family for more than
40 years.
The former accountant
refused to re-establish contact
with themeven after they used
a private detective to track
himdown.
Laling murder
A14-year-old girl accused of looting turned up to court without her parents
Richard
Mannington
Bowes died
after three
days on life
support
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POLICE are searching for the
driver of a second car “linked”
to the deaths of three men in
Birmingham who were mown
down while guarding shops
fromlooters, an inquest heard
last night.
Birminghamcoroner’s court
was also told that the incident
which led to the deaths of
Haroon Jahan, 21, and broth-
ers Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul
Musavir 31, in Winson Green
was captured on CCTV.
Det Supt Richard Baker of
West Midlands Police told the
hearing that officers had
begun a murder inquiry after
reviewing footage of the inci-
dent.
Mr Baker added that a man
had been arrested shortly after
the incident, but had now
been released on police bail.
Three other suspects, known
to be a 26-year-old man and
two youths aged 16 and 17,
remained in police custody,
the court heard. Giving
further details of the police
inquiry, Mr Baker disclosed
that a second car had also
been recovered which is
believed to have been “in con-
voy” with the vehicle which hit
the men.
Mr Baker told the inquest:
“The offending vehicle was
found 200 metres from the
scene of the incident. That was
completely burnt out.
“We are still actively seek-
ing other people that we
believe were in the vehicles.”
Hit-and-run killings
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Pravda, the Russian online
newspaper, has accused David
Cameron of ruthlessly
crushing the “British
revolution” in a bizarre
opinion piece. In an article
published yesterday the
columnist Sergei Balmasov
blamed looting on planted MI6
“provocateurs”.
Britisb revolution crusbed, says Pravda
Aninsurancesalesman
accusedof usingthe
BlackBerry smartphone’s
Messenger servicetourge
peopletoarmthemselves has
beenremandedincustody.
AidanCurwen, 18, appeared
at Northamptonmagistrates’
court chargedwithorganising
ariot inthetownonTuesday.
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An optician whose store was
ransacked said one thug
asked himif he had any Ray-
Bans left.
Keith Rowland, who owns a
business in Catford, south
London, rushed to his store on
Monday after seeing it being
broken into on television.
Rioters took £20,000 of stock.
'Any Bay-Bans left?' looter asked optician
Facial recognition technology
being considered for use at
the 2012 Olympic Games is
helping police identify rioters.
Officers are feeding
photographs of suspects
through Scotland Yard’s
newly updated face-matching
programme as part of
attempts to catch offenders.
Yard using face recognition systems

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