Crime & the Law

Trump hints at sticking by Iran nuclear deal, and more

Presidents Trump and Macron. Image: Wiki Commons

Trump hints at staying in Iran deal

Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron have suggested that there could be a new agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme.

Following talks in the US with his French counterpart, President Trump spoke about ‘doing a much bigger, maybe, deal’.

He has previously criticised the current nuclear agreement secured by his predecessor Barack Obama, as ‘insane’ and ‘ridiculous’.

The French President said:

The discussions we have had together make it possible . . . to pave the way for a new agreement. I constantly said that we needed to find a framework so that together, with the powers of the region and the Iranian leaders, [we can] find a deal.

Iran has warned that if the US withdraws from the deal there would be ‘severe consequences’.


Antiques dealer pleads guilty to murder of daughter

Peter’s daughter Sophia. Image: Metropolitan Police

Millionaire antiques dealer Robert Peters has pleaded guilty to the murder of his 7-year-old daughter.

The 56-year-old told the Old Bailey that as he strangled his daughter she woke up and asked him what he was doing, to which he just replied ‘sorry’.

Afterwards, Peters called emergency services to report what he had done and the child was taken to hospital but died the next day.

The guilty plea is a dramatic change just a few days into the trial, as Peters had originally only admitted manslaughter.


Labour MP escorted by colleagues to anti-Semitism hearing

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Labour MP Ruth Smeeth is giving evidence today at a hearing against a party member accused of anti-Semitism.

She was verbally attacked by Marc Wadsworth, a Labour Party member and activist, and the hearing will decide whether he should be expelled from the party.

There was a crowd of dozens of Labour MPs who went into the hearing with Ms Smeeth to offer support, but there were also protestors supporting Mr Wadsworth.


Today’s events follow Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s meeting yesterday that was described by Jewish leaders as a ‘disappointing missed opportunity’ with little achieved.


Toronto van attack suspect praised ‘incel’ killer

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A van driver accused of killing 10 people in Toronto posted to Facebook minutes before the attack to praise a woman-hating mass shooter.

In his online post the 25-year-old suspect praised ‘incel’ killer Elliot Rodger, a Californian who killed six people in a shooting rampage in 2014 before turning the gun on himself.

‘Incel’ refers to a banned Reddit online discussion group, where young men, including Rodger, often blamed women for their lack of sexual activity.

Toronto Police Detective Sergeant Graham Gibson has said the victims were ‘predominantly’ women.


Mum waking from coma told of children’s deaths

Lia, Demi, Lacie and Brandon Pearson who died in a house fire in Salford. Image: Greater Manchester Police

A mother whose four children were killed in an alleged arson attack has been told of her loss after waking from a four month coma.

Michelle Pearson is awake and making ‘good progress’ according to Greater Manchester Police but is still in intensive care.

Three people are to stand trial on Monday for the four counts of murder.

Two other teenagers managed to escape from the property during the fire.

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