Monday, 9 May 2011


Tracie Andrews, a former model and barmaid, attacked Lee Harvey in his car after they had stopped following an argument on the way to their flat in  Worcester. Andrews stabbed Harvey over 40 times.

3rd December 1996 Andrews appeared at a Press conference saying Harvey had been the victim of a road rage attack from a man with "staring eyes". She then took a drug overdose the following day but survived.

A West Midlands Police inquiry failed to find witnesses to the incident, and Andrews was arrested on the morning of Saturday 7th December, in Hospital.
She was released on bail after being charged. She continued to maintain her road-rage defence.

29th July 1997 Andrews was found guilty by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court, for the murder of Lee Harvey. She was sentenced to life imprisonment and a 14-year minimum term was recommended, which if served, will leave her behind bars until at least 2011 and at the age of 42.

A subsequent appeal lodged by Andrews, alleging that she was the victim of a miscarriage of justice because of damaging publicity surrounding her case, this was thrown out at a hearing in October 1998.

April 1999 Andrews admitted that she had carried out the crime.

2006 it was reported in the national press that Andrews was hoping to be released from jail within months and planned to marry, but Home Office sources denied that she was due to be released imminently. She was moved from Foston Hall jail in Derbyshire to Send prison near Woking, Surrey.  


Friday 1st February 2008, Leslie Moohan strangled David Redpath with a belt and carved into his victims forehead with a razor. He then stashed the body under his bed in the homeless shelter  where the two lived. Moohan flipped after an argument. Moohan's lover Diane Armstrong later told the police she had found a body under a bed, and that she believed it to be Moohan.

Saturday 2nd February 2008, The body of David Reedpath was found in an upstairs bedroom of a property in Harrison Road, Edinburgh.

Monday 4th February 2008, Leslie Moohan appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court charged with murder after the discovery of a body in a guest house. Moohan aged 25, of no fixed abode, appeared in private before Sheriff John Horsburgh QC. No plea was made during the brief appearance and Mr Moohan was remanded in custody.

Monday 2nd June 2008, at the High Court in Glasgow Moohan admitted murder of Mr Redpath on 1st February, he will be sentenced later. Diane Armstrong admitted perverting the course of justice and will be sentenced at a later date.

2nd July 2008,  Moohan was given a lifer sentence, to serve a minimum of 15 years. Moohan's girlfriend, Diane Armstrong, was placed on probation for three years and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work. The judge noted that she had already spent five months in prison waiting for the case to come to court.


Young mother Sarah Anderson stabbed Dee Willis to death in the street following an apparently random confrontation. Anderson, 26 at the time, was on her way to a pub to settle an argument with another woman when she attacked the 28-year-old victim.

The killer, who had armed herself with a kitchen knife from her home, stabbed Miss Willis victim in the neck - severing her carotid artery and jugular vein with a single blow. Miss Willis, who had been out cycling with her boyfriend and was not involved in the pub dispute, died within an hour of the attack on July 1, 2008. She had lost unborn twin girls prematurely just two months earlier and was still mourning the loss of her own sister in 2004.

Anderson was later convicted of murder at the Old Bailey after an 8 day trial. The court heard she flew in to a rage after a heated confrontation with another drinker at the Kentish Drovers pub in Peckham High Street.

She argued with two women in the pub's beer garden and became so incensed she was seen 'spitting in the face' of one as she screamed at her. She warned the woman she would 'f*ck her up' and said: 'I know you lot think I'm a d*ckhead but watch out, I'm coming back.' Anderson returned home to get a knife, swapping her tight-fitting grey mini-dress for a pair of jeans in which she could conceal the weapon.

On her way back to the pub at around 11pm, she ran into Miss Willis in Bellenden Road, opposite a Lidl supermarket. The court heard angry words were exchanged between the pair and when Miss Willis got off her bike to challenge Anderson, the killer produced the knife and stabbed her in the neck.

Anderson was heard by witnesses aggressively shouting: "Come on bad girl, come on."

Prosecutor Brendan Kelly QC said: 'What seems to have happened is that Dee Willis grabbed hold of the hair of Sarah Anderson. 'But almost immediately Sarah Anderson has lunged towards Dee Willis and in doing so inserted the blade of the knife, in to the neck of Dee Willis. The knife severed Miss Willis's carotid artery and jugular vein, resulting in her bleeding to death."

Following the stabbing, Anderson fled via a friend's flat to Hertfordshire and then Basingstoke, Hants, before being arrested 10 days later. She denied murder and refused to give evidence during the trial, but claimed through her barrister that she was acting in self-defence.

Judge Richard Hone QC jailed her for life with a minimum 15 year term and told her: 'In my view there was an element of planning and premeditation which I think should be categorised as significant. 'The jury, in my view, quite rightly rejected self defence. To use a knife to the neck with a single blow of at least moderate force, up to the hilt, plainly shows a greater likelihood of an intention to kill rather than a lesser intention to cause really serious harm. You have an uncontrolled temper in certain situations, particularly when fuelled by alcohol. That was further demonstrated by your recent conviction for causing actual bodily harm. At the age of 26 you should have been better able to control yourself. You should also have thought of the consequences for your seven-year-old son when arming yourself with a knife. You have shown not a shred of remorse and an inability to face up to what you have done gives you no credit. You have destroyed more than one life by you self-centred actions that night.'


Court artist's impression of Ben Kinsella's murderers: (l to r) Jade Braithwaite, 20, Michael Alleyne, 18 and Juress Kika, 19. Photograph: Elizabeth Cook/PA

Saturday 28th June 2008, 16 year old Ben Kinsella was at a birthday party, a party that was also to celebrate the end of his GCSE exams.

Sunday 29th June 2008, Ben was stabbed multiple times after being chased down a street following a fight he was not involved in at the Shillibeers pub and nightclub in York Way, Islington, around 2am Sunday morning. He died a few hours later in hospital. His parent were by his side after driving up from the south coast where they were on holiday.

A post mortem revealed that Ben died of multiple stab wounds.

Thursday 3rd July 2008, The three people arrested over Ben's killing have now been charged.
Juress Kika, 18, Michael Alleyne, 18, and Jade Braithwaite, 19, from London, pleaded not guilty to murder. A secret tape recording of the three young men of Ben Kinsella's murder concocting false alibis became a crucial piece of evidence for the prosecution.

Although all three were well-known to police, and both Michael Alleyne and Jade Braithwaite's names had been mentioned within hours of the attack, it was only when they were recorded discussing the killing in the back of a police car with their co-defendant, Juress Kika, that their guilt became clear.
Up to that point and during the trial, each blamed the other for the fatal stabbing. The recording showed they were in on it together.

They were taped "fixing up a story", Nicholas Hilliard QC told the Old Bailey in London. In extracts played to the jury, the three men discussed alibis, potential witnesses, CCTV evidence and getting rid of their mobile phones.

Alleyne, known as Tigger or T, seemed to describe how he took part in the knife attack before reassuring his friends that evidence had been disposed of. Braithwaite, who was involved in a dispute with one of Ben's friends shortly before the murder, asked his co-defendants to say he was not with them that night.

Alleyne was later to insist that he was at his "yard" asleep at the time, even though his father told police he had gone out.Hilliard told the jury: "Braithwaite is saying, I wasn't with T, I was somewhere else, T will say he was at his yard and his dad has got it wrong.

"That's what this is all about, this is fixing up a story to get away with murder. There is no falling out or blaming each other, nothing like that. They are getting their story straight."

Alleyne, a heavy cannabis smoker, fell out with his father after he spoke to police.Michael Alleyne Snr at first admitted that his son came back at about 2.30am on the night of the murder.Under pressure, he later claimed that the teenager was at home all night.

Alleyne sent a threatening letter to his cousin Kellie after she told police he and Kika confessed to the stabbing. Alleyne and Kika were arrested at Kellie's home in Chadwell Heath, Essex, two days after the murder.

The letter read: "To Slag aka snitch, You are a let down to the family. You are not my cousin, believe that. How are you gonna give my letters to the Boyden [police] and be snitching on me? You are not real at all. When will I see you? Your mum's still on road, so be careful how you move. "You don't know how I move on road. I'm a boss. People in North no who I am. Fuck that. When the shit hits the fan, you snitch. I don't need to tell you anything before you tell Boyden, you snitch. I don't know who the fuck you are, you don't try to keep me out of jail. I'm a real nigga and you ask your dad about me, he's seen things.

"You all best hope I don't bust case because people will be in trouble and you will never snitch on anyone again, I promise you that. Say no more, I am ghost [disappeared]. I ain't got time to rite to snitches, family that's not real. I got your statements, everyone will see Kellie is a snitch. You see, snitches get touched. You see blood, Tottenham ride or die. All the family know you are a snitch so if I get found guilty it's down to you."

Thursday 11th June 2009,
Juress Kika, 19, Jade Braithwaite, 18, and Michael Alleyne, 20, were convicted by a jury at the Old Bailey.

After the verdicts, it emerged Kika had been on the run from police for 10 days following a robbery in which a man was knifed on June 19.

Friday 12th June 2009, All three were sentenced to life in prison.


                                           Colin Joyce and Lee Amos

15th June 2007, Ucal Chin was killed in a drive-by shooting in the Longsight area of Manchester. Later discovered to be a gang related shooting.

Six weeks later a crowd of up to 100 people, including children, were gathered after the 24-year-old's funeral. They were at Chin's wake when gunmen drove up and opened fire, spraying bullets into the crowd. Two mourners were hit. Tyrone Gilbert was killed. His friend Michael Gordon was injured.

22nd October 2008, Trial at Liverpool Crown Court, Ten alleged gangsters, all members of either Gooch or the Old Trafford Cripz, a gang affiliated to them, stood trial for a catalogue of gang-related crimes, including the two murders.
The killings happened months after a shoot-out between members of the Gooch and Doddington gangs.

Monday 6th April 2009, Colin Joyce was found guilty of murdering both Chin and Gilbert and attempting to kill Mr Gordon.
Lee Amos was convicted of killing Chin and trying to murder Gordon.
Aeeron Campbell, Narada Williams and his brother Ricardo Williams, were convicted of murdering Tyrone Gilbert. They were also found guilty of trying to kill Gordon.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009,
Mr Justice Brian Langstaff gave Joyce two life sentences, with a recommendation he serve a minimum 29 years. Lee Amos was sentenced to at least 35 years. Campbell was sentenced to life with a minimum of 32 years and Narada Williams was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 35 years.

Sentencing them, Mr Justice Brian Langstaff said: "Manchester is not the Wild West, but many of you treated the streets as if it were."


Bryan was sent to Rampton special hospital in 1994 after admitting the unlawful killing of 20–year–old shop assistant Nisha Sheth, who was beaten to death with a hammer in 1993. 

By February 2001 the nursing staff thought he had made considerable progress in regard to his 'behaviour, attitude, maturity, relationships, anger and insight'." Bryan was transferred from Rampton in June 2001 to the John Howard Centre after a six month trial leave project agreed by the Home Office. He was released into the care of a psychiatrist and social worker.

After applying to a Mental Health Review Tribunal in 2002, he was moved to the Riverside Hostel in north London where he was allowed door keys and could come and go as he pleased. Psychiatrists and social workers were remarking that there had been a "continued improvement" in his behaviour.

November 2002 his mental health social worker wrote to the Home Office stating that matters had settled down and there were no further concerns. It was thought that he "did not present any major risks."

October 2003 psychiatrists noted there had been "a continued improvement in his mental state" and talked of plans for a move to more independent accommodation.

January 2004 social workers applied for a transfer of Bryan to "low–support accommodation". But, Bryan was then transferred to an open psychiatric ward at Newham General Hospital for his safety after allegations that he had indecently assaulted a 16–year–old girl close to the hostel.

February 2004 he walked out of the mental health unit in Newham, east London, and killed friend Brian Cherry. Police were called after neighbours heard screams and weapons, including a hammer, were found strewn around the flat. When police caught up with him, he was cooking the dead man's brain in a frying pan. Bryan was remanded to Broadmoor special hospital after appearing in court over Mr Cherry's death.

Two months later, while on remand in Broadmoor Hospital, Bryan killed his third victim, a fellow patient, Richard Loudwell, aged 60. He battered him on the head and tied a ligature around his neck. Mr Loudwell died in hospital later that day. Bryan said that if he had not been interrupted he would have eaten Loudwell's flesh.

15 March 2005 - Bryan pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to two manslaughters on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Judge Giles Forrester said: "You killed on these last two occasions because it gave you a thrill and a feeling of power when you ate flesh.

Bryan, a paranoid schizophrenic and self-confessed cannibal, was jailed for life for killing two people.


Levi Bellfield is a pure evil serial killer. He is a former nightclub bouncer and manager of a car clamping business who was convicted on 25 February 2008 of murdering Marsha McDonnell and Amelie Delagrange. He was also convicted of the attempted murder of Kate Sheedy. Bellfield was described by police as a prime suspect in the murder of Amanda Dowler. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announced on 30 March 2010 that he is to be charged with her murder.

Bellfield was born in Isleworth,West London, and is of Romani gypsy descent. When he was eight, his father died at age 37 of a heart attack. He has two brothers and a sister and was brought up on a West London council estate.  He attended Crane Junior School, Hampton and Feltham Comprehensive.  He has been married four times and has fathered 11 children with five women, the youngest three with his most recent partner Emma Mills. His first conviction was for burglary in 1981. He was convicted of assaulting a police officer in 1990. He also has convictions for theft and driving offences. By 2002, he had nine convictions.

In an interview with the media, Detective Chief Insp Colin Sutton of the Metropolitan Police,  who led the murder hunt, described him in some detail: "When we started dealing with him he came across as very jokey, like he's your best mate. But he's a cunning individual, violent. He can switch from being nice to being nasty, instantly." Bellfield searched for victims on streets he knew intimately. Detectives tracked down a number of ex-girlfriends, who all described a similar pattern of behaviour when they got involved with him. "He was lovely at first, charming, then completely controlling and evil. They all said the same." said Det Sgt Jo Brunt.
At the time of the attacks, he ran a wheel-clamping business which operated in and around West Drayton in West London where he lived. He sometimes made a good living at this and while giving evidence at the Old Bailey he explained to the jury how to succeed in the clamping business. Police officers could only make conjectures about motivation, as Bellfield maintained his innocence throughout.

Det Ch Insp Sutton explained his own theory: "He has a massive ego to feed, he thinks he's God's gift to everyone. He drives around in his car, feels a bit 'whatever' and sees some young blonde girl. Young blonde girl says 'go away' and he thinks 'you dare to turn down Levi Bellfield, you're worth nothing' and then she gets a whack over the head. "It is shown in the case of Kate Sheedy. She was smart enough to think she didn't like the look of his car and crosses the road. He thinks 'You think you're so clever' and whoosh, he runs her over."

While he was under police surveillance, Bellfield was seen driving around in his van, talking to young girls at bus stops. Sutton's theory is also suggested in the timing of Amelie Delagrange's last movements. CCTV cameras showed her walking towards Twickenham Green after she missed her stop on the bus home. She slowed her pace between the last two sightings, around the time Bellfield passed her in his van. Sutton said she probably stopped to speak to him. Within minutes he had attacked her and left her to die. Bellfield claimed that it was no coincidence that all his victims were of a similar appearance. His most recent girlfriend, Emma Mills, told police Bellfield always chased after small blonde girls with large chests.

Marsha Louise McDonnell (14 October 1983 – 5 February 2003) died in hospital after being beaten over the head with a blunt instrument near her home in Hampton.  She is believed to have been killed just after she got off the 111 bus from Kingston upon Thames at the stop on Percy Road. Bellfield sold his Vauxhall Corsa car for £1,500 six days after the murder, having bought it for £6,000 just five months earlier.

Kate Sheedy, then aged 18, was run over as she crossed the road near an entrance to an industrial estate in Isleworth on 28 May 2004. She survived, but suffered multiple injuries and spent several weeks in hospital. She went on to give evidence against Bellfield when he was tried with her attempted murder nearly four years later.

Amelie Delagrange (2 February 1982 – 19 August 2004) was a French student visiting the UK. She was found at Twickenham Green on an evening with serious head injuries, and died in hospital the same night. Within 24 hours, the police established that she may have been killed by the same person who had killed Marsha McDonnell 18 months earlier. Bellfield reportedly confessed to the murder while on remand.

Bellfield was also charged with abduction and false imprisonment of Anna-Marie Rennie (then aged 17) at Whitton on 14 October 2001, after she identified him in a video identity parade four years later. He was also charged with the attempted murder of Irma Dragoshi (then aged 39) at Longford Village on 16 December 2003. The jury failed to reach verdicts on either of these charges.

Bellfield was admitted to hospital on 25 August 2004 – six days after Delagrange's death – with a suspected breakdown after taking an overdose and telling a friend: "You don't know what I've done". He was first identified as a suspect in connection with the crimes on 9 November 2004, but not questioned until 22 November 2004. He was charged on 1 March 2006.

Det Ch Insp Sutton said: "We looked at a dozen crimes in west London and we have not been able to eliminate Levi from any of them. I fear we may have only scratched the surface." One case police are revisiting and are reportedly questioning Bellfield is that of Amanda Dowler,  a 13 year old girl who went missing in Walton-on-Thames on 21 March 2002 and was found dead in Hampshire six months later. In August 2009, Surrey Police submitted a dossier to the CPS containing evidence regarding Bellfield's alleged involvement in the murder of Dowler. The CPS will assess the dossier and decide whether to charge Bellfield with Dowler's murder. On 30 March 2010, Bellfield was charged with the kidnap and murder of Dowler, as well as the attempted kidnap of then 12 year old Rachel Cowles on 20 March 2002.

Bellfield was found guilty of the murders of McDonnell and Delagrange (as well as the attempted murder of Sheedy) on 25 February 2008. The following day, he was sentenced to life imprisonment with a recommendation that he should never be released. Bellfield was not in court to hear his sentence, as he had refused to attend court due to "unfair press coverage" following his conviction.

Despite the trial judge's comments, the European Court of Human Rights has been reviewing whether lifelong imprisonment amounts to a violation of human rights legislation. Should the court decide that lifelong imprisonment is unlawful, then Bellfield and all other prisoners serving such sentences in Europe would have their cases recalled to court for a new minimum term to be set. It has since been reported that Bellfield is planning to appeal against his convictions.