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A Husband to stand trial for wife’s murder after her body was found in the garage .

A Victorian man has pleaded not guilty to the murder of his former wife at her Phillip Island home last year. 

Adrian Basham, 42, was today committed to stand trial over the death of Samantha Fraser on July 23.

Ms Fraser's body was found by police in the garage of her Cowes home after she failed to collect her children from school.

She had separated from Basham a year earlier.

Magistrate Ann Collins heard the evidence against Basham in a committal hearing at the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court at Morwell over four days last week before finding it was sufficient for him to face trial.

Basham is due to face the Supreme Court in Melbourne on November 6.

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A Transgender man who gave birth but does not want to be called 'mother' on birth certificate vows to continue legal fight after losing High Court battle

A transgender man who has given birth but does not want to be described as 'mother' on a birth certificate, is set to continue a legal battle.

Freddy McConnell, 32, who is originally from Deal, Kent, wants to be registered as father or parent.

A judge ruled against him after a High Court trial in London but lawyers have been given the go-ahead to take his case to the Court of Appeal.

Court officials say a judge has concluded, after analysing written submissions, that Mr McConnell has an arguable case and can appeal.

They say no date has yet been fixed for any appeal hearing.

Sir Andrew McFarlane, president of the Family Division of the High Court, ruled against Mr McConnell in September.

He concluded that people who had given birth were legally mothers, regardless of their gender.

Lawyer Karen Holden, who represented Mr McConnell and is the founder of A City Law Firm, had said she was disappointed.

She said Sir Andrew's ruling highlighted how the law was slow 'to keep up to modern society'.

Mr McConnell, a multimedia journalist who works for The Guardian, was biologically able to get pregnant and give birth but had legally become a man when the child was born.

A registrar told him that the law required people who give birth to be registered as mothers.

He took legal action against the General Register Office, which administers the registration of births and deaths in England and Wales.

'There is a material difference between a person's gender and their status as a parent,' said Sir Andrew, in a ruling.

'Being a "mother", whilst hitherto always associated with being female, is the status afforded to a person who undergoes the physical and biological process of carrying a pregnancy and giving birth.

'It is now medically and legally possible for an individual, whose gender is recognised in law as male, to become pregnant and give birth to their child.

'While that person's gender is "male", their parental status, which derives from their biological role in giving birth, is that of "mother".

Mr McConnell started taking testosterone aged 25 and had breast tissue removed a year later, but never had a hysterectomy to remove his uterus because he had not ruled out wanting children. 

Mr McConnell conceived through IVF treatment after using a sperm donor. He also stopped taking testosterone in a bid to become pregnant. 

Lawyers say the child will be the first person born in England and Wales not to legally have a mother if the claim succeeds.  

Mr McConnell was filmed over three years as part of a documentary.

The film 'Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth', shows Freddy giving up testosterone so that he is able to conceive and ends up living in gender limbo. 

After a few months carrying his son, Mr McConnell bemoans: 'If all men got pregnant then pregnancy would be taken so more seriously and talked about. 

'F***, it’s f***ing awful. If men had to go through this all the time you would never hear the end of it.' 

He also explains that being filmed for the documentary was much more difficult than he anticipated. 

'I think I totally underestimated the difficulty of being on camera and being filmed a lot. I remember thinking “this is really odd I’ll get used to it”, but I never got used to it.' 

He said of his decision to undertake his journey: 'This is a film about me having a baby. But what I feel like I’m going through isn’t me having a baby or pregnancy, it’s a much more fundamental total loss of myself.'

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Family pays tribute to Ashford couple killed by lorry driver

A family has paid tribute to "the most thoughtful, selfless, and happiest couple" who were tragically killed by a lorry driver in Sunbury.

George and Vera Maskell, from Ashford, died after being hit by a lorry in Crossways on July 16, 2014 - just weeks after celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary.

The couple, who met in their teens, had the "perfect marriage" and were both still extremely active up until their death according to their family.

They loved ballroom dancing, going on long walks, and would visit their allotment every day.

More than five years after their death, their family and friends are still grieving on a daily basis.

Alison Maskell, their only child, said: "We've had a light extinguished in our world - a lot of people have.

"We have not only lost our mum and dad, and nan and granddad, but best friends, guardians, carers, and overall two very much loved genuine people who made our lives whole."

"There are still triggers," the 51-year-old added. "I can still be somewhere and something will remind me and I’ll cry in the middle of nowhere. Sometimes I dream about them and it's still like they're here, and then you wake up and it's reality.

"You miss them, and then you get angry at them - it's still going on for all of us."

George and Vera met through their fathers who were in the same regiment during the First World War.

After the Second World War ended, the pair became pen pals and their relationship "blossomed". Even at the age of 15, George said he knew Vera "was the girl for him".

Vera worked for the Air Ministry in London, and later at The Sunbury Research Centre until she had her first and only child, Alison. She later worked as a radiology secretary at Ashford Hospital until she retired in 2010.

George was born in Stockton, Warwickshire, and helped his father and grandfather deliver coal in and around the area. He subsequently became a farmer when his family moved to Northamptonshire.

After moving to Ashford and getting married in June 1957, he worked at Rem Radio in Stanwell, and later joined BT as a business technician.

He left that job at the age of 60, and then began working as a delivery driver "which took him to film sets as well as other businesses".

Although they did not work together, George would cycle to visit Vera at the hospital during her lunch break every day. Their granddaughter, Megan, said they could not have lived without each other.

The 26-year-old said: "We've always lived next door to them. Granddad was the one taking us out on our bikes, teaching us how to ride. Every single day - rain, snow and sunshine - they were down at the allotment picking their own fruit and vegetables.

"Because they met at such a young age, and I remember, literally, the day after they got killed, I was sat there thinking – imagine going with the one person you love more than anything in this world.

"You know when you sit there and you marry someone, and you take your vows – 'until death do us part'. They had a love so strong that death could not even do them part."

The family is still angered by the sentence given to lorry driver, Darren Sanders, who was driving the vehicle that hit and killed the couple.

Sanders was cleared by an Old Bailey jury of causing death by dangerous driving in February 2016, but was sentenced to nine months' imprisonment, suspended for two years, after admitting causing death by careless driving.

He was later caught driving whilst disqualified on the A45 in Northampton in July 2017, and was sentenced in December that year. He received six penalty points on his license for the offence, and another six for driving without insurance.

The couple's death has had a significant impact on Luke, their youngest grandchild, and resulted in him not being able to attend school. However, he now aspires to be like George.

The 19-year-old said: "My nan and granddad were the kindest, most thoughtful, selfless, and happiest couple I have ever seen. My nan and granddad were never what people thought, they were never the stereotypical elderly couple.

"He [George] is my role model and I dream to be like him. My nan always brought me to school, swimming and drama school, plus paid for everything with their own money."

Gemma, their other granddaughter, said the pair were "very important people in our lives" and hoped George would be able to walk her down the aisle alongside her father.

The 23-year-old said: "Because they were such a big part of our lives, I was expecting to have my own family and them still be there when I have my own children.

"It's weird that we're going to be telling my children how great they were and they're never even going to know them.

"It's upsetting knowing that my children won’t meet them because they were such a big part of my life.

More than 100 people attended their funeral on August 6, 2014, and Ms Maskell said she was overwhelmed with the support. She just wishes her parents were still here today.

"We were not only very emotionally close as a family, but also used to see each other every day too," she said. "We have been badly affected by the huge void that has been left.

"There will not be people to live up to them."

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Law student killed himself 'after smoking cannabis gave him paranoia'

A Hull University student tragically took his own life just six weeks before he was due to complete his law degree.

Father-of-one Phil Taylor, 32, was found hanged in his home in Manvers Street, west Hull, on April 17 by his family, who broke inside after not hearing from him for more than a week.

Mr Taylor was known to suffer from depression and had also smoked cannabis from the age of 16, which had 'caused him paranoia and anxiety' in the past and could have contributed towards his negative mental state, according to mental health experts.

Paying tribute, his mother, Pamela Taylor, told Hull Live Phil had a great sense of humour and worked hard.

'Phil was so funny and that is definitely something that his son has also inherited from him. He was so hard working as well and always achieved whatever he put his mind to,' said Mrs Taylor.

'Hull University awarded him posthumously with a first in his law degree based on all the work that he had completed and his dissertation that he submitted and I went along to the university to collect his certificate on his behalf.

'He was a very self determined person and very well loved by his family and friends'.

Giving evidence at an inquest into his death at Hull Coroner's Court, Mrs Taylor said her son was born in Beverley and was the second eldest of four children.

He attended school in Bridlington after the family moved in his teens and studied art at East Riding College before dropping out.

She said Phil's problems with cannabis escalated, though, and he was asked to leave the family home in 2006.

After meeting his ex-partner in 2009, he started to turn his life around and the couple had a baby boy in 2011, before Phil went on to study law at the University of Hull in 2015.

'Phil's relationship was up and down and he didn't live with his partner or child but continued to study for his degree and did well, and even won the Top Student Award in 2017,' she said.

'He was never one to keep in touch though, and from September 2018 he contacted me less and less and was convinced that people were after him and never wanted to leave the house or come over to see me.

'I thought that it was the cannabis that must have been making him so paranoid.'

After Mrs Taylor had not heard from her son for more than a week, she became concerned for his safety so went to his house with her daughter and son-in-law before breaking in.

They tragically found Phil, who had left a suicide note on his bed.

Phil had been taking anti-depressants since 2013 and had seemingly managed his condition up to April 7, when he had an episode of 'stress induced psychosis' brought on by cannabis use, according to mental health nurse, Michelle Tennant.

Ms Tennant said she assessed Phil in his home before taking him to Miranda House for his own safety before he was later discharged.

A significant event analysis report by mental health nurse Tony Ladley showed that the care delivered to Mr Taylor was in keeping with standard practices and that no changes to their approach was needed.

'Phil Taylor was in his final year of studying law and was a gym weight and training enthusiast that looked after himself,' Mr Ladley told the court.

'He smoked cannabis from his teen years and smoked spice occasionally, but was defensive about the effect of cannabis on his mental health.

'It is hard to know if his suicide was caused by a depressive episode that he kept well hidden, or stress induced psychosis as a result of substance misuse.

'The association with cannabis does effect people's mental health and not in a good way.

'There was very little more that the mental health services could have done to help and the clinicians involved in Phil's care were shocked and surprised to learn of his death.'

HM area coroner Rosemary Baxter said there was evidence of cannabis in Phil's system from the toxicology report.

She recorded a conclusion of suicide.

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Blogger, 24, who shared her battle with incurable cancer with her 60,000 Instagram followers dies 'peacefully in her sleep'

An influencer who documented her battle with stage 4 cancer has died aged 24, her devastated family has announced.  

Jayda McCann, 24, from Greystones, Ireland, gained over 60,000 Instagram followers with her frequent wellbeing, beauty and life update posts.

She was diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, a rare cancer of the muscle, in March 2018 during her last week of university, three weeks after her father, Anthony, discovered he had prostate cancer.

Her family posted the heartbreaking news of her death on her Instagram story yesterday, saying that she had 'passed away peacefully in her sleep'.

In what was to be her final post at the end of September, Jayda said that she'd learned something important from gaining weight and losing her hair due to her treatment, saying: 'I am still kind. I am still brave. I am still generous. 

'I am still ME & outside things don’t make me who I am. My personality and my heart does.'  

Speaking to The Irish Sun last year, Jayda reflected on sharing her health battle with her father who recovered from cancer when he was her age. 

'I'm a total daddy's girl. We've always been so close. You wouldn't want to see anyone you love go through it, but if I could pick anyone in the world to do it with, it would be him.

We understand each other on a completely different level. He can turn one of my worst days into one of my best days,' she said.

Jayda sought medical advice after discovering a lump in her pelvis that she initially thought was a cyst.

She persisted in asking doctors to investigate after the lump continued to grow, despite being sent away with antibiotics six times.

Lab results revealed that she was suffering from incurable cancer, leiomyosarcoma.

A Go Fund Me page set up in 2018 to raise funds for Jayda to seek treatments abroad, raised €40,250 (£34,825) of €30,000 (£25, 956) goal.

Since news of her passing spread, a stream of friends and followers have paid tribute including Irish actor John Connors.

Sharing a photograph of Jayda on Instagram, he wrote: 'I woke up this morning to the news that my dear good friend Jade McCann has passed away in the early hours of the morning. Jade had talent to burn and unlimited potential for life.  

'She was an incredible singer, song writer and she was so articulate and charismatic too. She could of made it big in a number of careers. She was a warrior in every sense of the word and fought hard to the end. Myself and my friend @tiernanwill1 have been documenting Jade and her family's story the past 18 months. 

'This documentary film is for her and is a part of her very important legacy. My thoughts and prayers go out to Jade's mother, father, brother, boyfriend and the rest of her loved ones who are missing her today. I'll never forget you Jade and the great times we had. My performance tonight onstage is for you x Rest in peace my friend.' 

Others took to Twitter to share how they had been inspired by Jayda sharing her life across social media. 

'I still can't believe Jayda McCann lost her battle this morning to cancer. Life can be so cruel she was so inspirational & positive throughout her battle & smiled through her bad days. Following her story from the start & she's definitely inspired me, heartbroken for her family,' wrote one.

Another said: 'Jayda McCann was such a good role model & such a good kick in the face when you feel like moaning about stupid things that really don't matter. Rest In Peace'

A third added: 'Very sad to hear about the passing of Jayda McCann this morning, she was a breath of fresh air on Instagram and really brought a lot of positivity to what can be a very cruel and deceiving platform. So wise and mature for her age and circumstances.'

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Texas Baby Born Without Skin Is Able To Be Held, Kissed By Mother After Skin Transplant

A 10-month-old baby boy born with a rare disease that left him without any skin can now be kissed and cuddled by his mother after new skin was grown for him in a laboratory.

Ja'bari Gray was born on New Year's Day in San Antonio, Texas, with his eyelids, hands and feet fused together and skin missing from almost everywhere except on his head.

Doctors at Methodist Children's Hospital put the infant on life support and told his parents, Priscilla Maldonado and Marvin Gray, there was nothing more they could do.

But the couple refused to accept this and, after a long-fought battle with their insurance company, secured their son a transfer to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. 

Doctors had skin grown for him in a laboratory in Boston that specializes in burn victims then had his new skin flown to Texas for transplant, reported KTRK

His family says they are so excited that they can finally hold and touch Ja'bari for the first time. 

Now you can kiss him, touch him, do all that stuff,' Maldonado, Ja'bari's mother, told KTRK. 'He got to wear his first set of clothes now, so he's getting there.' 

She says Ja'bari's transplant is the first of its kind that's ever been done for such a young child with his condition. 

Maldonado said she was so excited to hold her son and have skin-to-skin contact for the first time.

'It was heartwarming, because he was crying when he was laying down,' she told KTRK.

'But as soon as I picked him up and had the skin-to-skin contact and put him on my chest, he just stopped crying.' 

Maldonado wrote in a post on GoFundMe that she suffered no complications throughout her pregnancy until around the 37-week mark when doctors noticed he wasn't gaining weight.

Her doctors at Methodist Children's Hospital decided to induce her but, on the morning of the procedure, Ja'bari's heart rate dropped so low that an emergency C-section was performed.

It was then that staff noticed something was very wrong. Ja'bari had skin on his head, neck and some on his legs - but none on his torso or arms.

He was diagnosed with aplasia cutis congenita, a condition in which there is absence of skin at birth.

Usually the skin is missing in patches that that resemble lesions or open wounds, occur on the scalp, but can also be found on the torso and limbs. 

Aplasia cutis congenita affects about one in 10,000 newborns. The cause is unknown, but scientists believe it is a genetic disease.

After doctors told Ja'bari's parents that there was nothing more they could do, and they believe he would die, the couple petitioned a transfer to Texas Children's Hospital (TCH).

At first, Medicaid denied a transfer to TCH because it would be 'out of network', according to Fox San Antonio. But, one day later, the insurance company decided to approve it.

Family members told the news station that Medicaid was flooded with complaints after news broke about the denied transfer. 

'It's very amazing. It's just powerful how one word changed this whole scenario for the best for my son,' Maldonado, 25, told the San Antonio Express-News.

After examining Ja'bari, staff at Texas Children's suspected that the doctors at Methodist Children's may have misdiagnosed the infant.

The new team believes the baby is suffering from epidermolyosis bullosa (EB), a rare genetic disorder that causes the skin to blister and burst, leaving raw sores that are susceptible to infections.

Sufferers of EB are missing type VII collagen - a protein that allows the top layer of skin to bind with the bottom layers.

The slightest movement causes the skin to constantly and consistently fall off.

EB is rare, with just one in every 50,000 children in the US diagnosed with the condition, according to Stanford Children's Health. 

Ja'bari's condition has improved following the skin transplant. He weighed just three pounds at birth and now weighs about 18 pounds.

He is also no longer taking pain medication and is able to breathe on his own, reported KTRK.

However, his eyelids, right hand and right foot remain fused together and will need to be surgically separated.

Maldonado said she still considers every day a blessing.  

'Making coo sounds that normal babies would do, he's interacting with us,' she told the station. 'Even though he can't see us and stuff, he's still interacting.'

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Parents of girl, three, reveal doctors dismissed their fears over her 'wonky face' at birth - only for her to need her SKULL rebuilt at 18-months-old

The parents of a three-year-old born with a deformed skull have revealed how their daughter's 'squashed' face was initally dismissed by medical staff at birth. 

Jenna, 31, and Matthew Carlin, 35, of Stockton-on-Tees, appeared on Lorraine to share their story, revealing how they were told hospital staff assumed baby Ava's unusual appearance was simply because she'd been 'in the womb for nine months'.

In fact, Ava was born with craniosynostosis, a rare condition that caused her skull to become deformed in the womb. 

With doctors warning it could affect how her brain developed, the youngster was forced to undergo surgery at just 18 months old to rebuild her skull from the bottom of her forehead to the back of her head. 

During the nine-and-a-half hour operation, surgeons broke Ava's skull into pieces, before reconstructing the pieces into a 'new head'.

Parents Jenna and Matthew told Christine Bleakley, standing in for Lorraine Kelly, that although they were immediately concerned about Ava's appearance, their fears were allayed by hospital staff. 

Jenna said: 'We did speak to the health professionals when she was first born. Her face was a bit wonky and we couldn't put our finger on it what was actually wrong with her. And they just kept reassuring us, saying she's been squashed in your womb for nine months.

'They told us: "She'll even out, she'll be absolutely fine."'

Despite doctors' reassurances, Ava was unable to move her neck at six weeks old. 

She added: 'The weeks went on and our concerns grew more and more and then eventually she went to physio for a condition called torticollis [a wry neck].

'We spoke to the physio and said "We're concerned, her face isn't symmetrical. It's just very minor but it's something that we can see and we don't think is right.' 

Although medics dismissed Ava's symptoms, Mrs Carlin was adamant something was wrong. 

'When I was looking at her one of her eyes was a circle and the other eye looked oval,' she explains. 'One side of her forehead was pulled back. It looked like she had a lump sticking out on her forehead.'

Eventually they were referred to a peadiatrition who confirmed Ava had craniosynostosis.

Facing major surgery to ensure her brain had room to develop properly, the couple put off their wedding so Ava could recover well enough to be a flower girl, finally marrying in April this year. 

Despite doctors saying it probably was not craniosynostosis, Ava was sent for tests, which confirmed the condition.

The medics told her parents that without surgery, the abnormal shape of her skull would prevent her brain from developing properly. 

'They said it wouldn't affect her before she was 18 months old in any other way apart from cosmetically,' Mrs Carlin said.

'But if she didn't have the operation then it pressure would be put on the brain, which could have left her with brain damage.'

Ava went under the knife at Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool on June 12 2017. 

Craniosynostosis sufferers aged over six months typically have open surgery.

This involves surgeons making an incision in the scalp and cranial bones. 

They then reshape the affected part of the skull, before holding it in position with plates and screws that get absorbed into the body.

The surgery tends to be a one-off procedure. Although the operation was a success, it would be years before Ava looked like a 'normal' child. 

'After the surgery she didn't look like we were expecting,' Mrs Carlin said. 

'There was a lot of swelling and it took two years for that to go down and for her to grow into her new skull.

'Now you wouldn't even know that she had had an operation.' 

Despite all she has been through, Ava is a happy little girl who sees the funny side of her condition. 

'We joke about her having a new head,' Mrs Carlin said. 'Ava just thinks it's funny and makes a joke about it.

'We celebrate the anniversary of her operation and she asks, "is it my head's birthday yet?"

'She gets one extra day as well as her birthday.'

Mr and Mrs Carlin, who are also parents to seven-year-old Luca, waited to get married until Ava had made a full recovery from her surgery.

They became husband and wife during a ceremony at Le Petit Château in Otterburn, Northumberland. 

Mrs Carlin, whose husband is a company director, said: 'We waited until she was fit and well before we got married, it was something for us to look forward to.

'We said "mum is going to be a princess, do you want to be a princess too?"

'She was absolutely amazing, she was a little angel.'

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A Mother who lost her daughter, 19, to toxic shock syndrome

A heartbroken mother who lost her daughter to toxic shock syndrome from wearing a tampon has told how the 19-year-old passed away in her arms as she 'begged her not to die'.

Dawn Massabni, 56, from New Jersey, admitted she is still haunted by the moment Maddy lost her fight on March 30 earlier this year.

The fashion student, who celebrated her birthday just three days earlier, was out for dinner with her family when she began feeling unwell.

Her condition deteriorated rapidly over the next couple of days until Dawn desperately called the paramedics when Maddy lost consciousness.

She was whisked to intensive care, but the deadly condition had caused her organs to shut down and Dawn was faced with the harrowing decision to turn off her life support.

Now the grieving mother is eager to raise awareness of the dangers of TSS and is calling for tampons to carry more prominent safety warnings.

Speaking to Fabulous Digital, Dawn told how Maddy was on her period but changing her tampon regularly as per the guidelines.

On March 27, while dining out with her brother Georgie during the spring break, she began to feel ill and developed diarrhoea, fever and vomiting.

Believing her daughter was suffering from a bug, Dawn cared for her overnight but she was still poorly the following morning.

Dawn said she wasn't 'unduly concerned' as Maddy was 'a really healthy young woman who exercised and ate well'. 

But by March 29, Maddy was in a critical condition, barely able to move or function.

'Then, within minutes, she had deteriorated rapidly,' Dawn told the publication. 

'She was dying. TSS ravages a body within days and that is what happened to Maddy.

'I had my arms around her saying, "Don't leave me, I love you." She died there, in my arms, in her bed. It was awful.' 

Dawn said switching off her daughter's life support was the hardest thing she's ever done, but it 'wasn't fair' on Maddy to keep her alive as she wasn't getting any better. 

'She was my little girl and my best friend. Along with her brother we were a team. I didn't want her to go. But she had total organ failure,' she said.

The investigation into Maddy's death found she'd been wearing a tampon and had gone into toxic shock, which is caused by either staphylococcus or streptococcus bacteria.

Dawn revealed she still has nightmares about the moment she had to say goodbye to her child.  

She and Georgie are now campaigning to raise the profile of TSS, and have set up a foundation called Don't Shock Me in honour of Maddy, which raises money to peak awareness via speaking engagements and literature.

The foundation is also lobbying to change women's health policy on a national level to boost awareness of the illness. 

The money it raises pays for travel and associated expenses to fulfill the mission of speaking to and educating young women at colleges and high schools throughout the United States about the symptoms of toxic shock and risks associated with tampon use. 

Dawn said she would like to see tampons banned altogether, but at the very least would like to see clearer messaging on the packaging about the dangers of TSS.

A statement on the Don't Shock Me website reads: 'Maddy had aspirations to finish college, go into the fashion industry and travel the world. She had done some modeling and was on the cover of a magazine. 

'She had so many friends that loved her and shared so many wonderful times together. Family was most important to her and they shared a very unique and special bond.

'Her mother and brother were her best friends. She believed that as a team they could do anything together, conquering all things in life. Her life now lives on through everyone who knew her and will never be forgotten.'

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Millionaire's daughter who enjoys SIX exotic holidays a year and a designer wardrobe but insists she's not a 'princess' tries living on the streets of East London

A millionaire's daughter used to a lavish life of designer handbags and luxurious holidays trades it all for three nights of sleeping on the streets in this week's Rich Kids Go Homeless.

Isabella James, 21, who is studying for a masters in business psychology as well as working as a talent scout, claims she's determined to prove she's not a pampered 'princess' by taking part in the experiment.

Despite enjoying six exotic trips abroad a year, owning a designer wardrobe which includes an £8,000 handbag and dating successful racing driver Seb Morris, Isabella believes she's got what it takes to survive on the streets. 

She says: 'I've always been judged on how I look. People think I'm a good-looking girl with a wealthy lifestyle and so I must be a snob.

'I may look like a princess but there's more to me than that.'

She reveals her plan to make cash by recycling plastic and tins and selling it to supermarkets and claims she doesn't want to resort to begging.

Isabella said she believes some people who live on the streets have become 'comfortable' with being homeless and don't have the 'get up and go' to make a change.

'There is a lot of drugs and a lot of drinking and the homeless could do more to get themselves off the streets,' she argues, adding she doesn't agree with begging because 'expecting people to just hand you money when you haven't worked isn't right'.

But her opinions are changed radically when she adopts the life of a homeless person on East London's streets. 

Isabella sets up camp in Stratford, one of the capital's most dangerous spots where one in 25 people live rough.

Admitting she's nervous because she's had to be picked up from every music festival she's ever been to because she 'doesn't like camping', Isabella struggles to fit in.

She spends her first night on a piece of cardboard in a sleeping bag, having turned down a bed next to another homeless person. 

At the crack of dawn, Isabella goes in search of breakfast and manages to secure herself a full fry-up and porridge from a soup kitchen in a church, followed by fried chicken for lunch.

When her plastic bag plan falls flat, Isabella tries to find a job in a car wash and as a pot washer, but both are unsuccessful as she doesn't own the correct ID card.

Admitting she is 'frustrated', she begins to think work isn't an option - and even reneges on a previous plan to sing and dance for money as it feels too similar to begging.

'I just feel completely degraded,' she admits.

Desperate, she caves in and begs for her supper, sharing her story with passersby and managing to make £45.

But rather than spend this on a hostel, as she can't get a room due to her ID issue, she saves it and spends it on breakfast for herself and a fellow homeless person in the morning - after sobbing herself to sleep.

Intrigued to find out how other women survive on the streets, Isabella teams up with Cathy and her dog Bobby. 

Cathy has been sleeping rough for eight years after she and her boyfriend, who is a drug addict, had their children taken away from them.

She too was addicted to drugs but has overcome it, and now has a relationship with her children - apart from her eldest son who won't speak to her. 

She tells Isabella: 'I've been doing this for a long time but there are still times when I'm frightened on the streets.'

After her final night on the street, Isabella returns to her comfortable life a changed woman.

She says: 'I've had to face up to some hard truths and my bubble has been popped. 

'My initial ideas were proved wrong. I didn't realise how difficult it would be to find work or somewhere to stay.

'The experience has been overwhelming and it's tested me but it's also taught me a lot about being homeless.'

Determined to ensure her experience wasn't in vain, Isabella has now made it her mission to help people who have no choice but to live on the streets and has petitioned the government to change the law to make it easier for homeless people to get ID.

While she was initially unsuccessful, the 21-year-old has pledged to try again.

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Three missing Missouri children are found ALIVE in Texas with their mother who kidnapped them more than two years ago

Three Missouri children who were abducted by their mother more than two years ago have been found in Texas

U.S. Marshals discovered Shawn Rodriguez, 42, and her three missing children, Daniel, David and Ariana Olivera on Thursday at a home in Arlington, Texas. The children are now nine, six and three, respectively. 

According to the U.S. Marshals, Rodriguez took her three children, who were all under the age of seven at the time, and fled Missouri in August 2017. 

It was thought she could be headed to California at the time, but she had been on the run ever since and her children were deemed missing, according to KCTV News

Earlier this year, the children's father was granted full custody and a warrant for Rodriguez's arrest for parental kidnapping was issued in Saline County, Missouri. 

The children were officially deemed missing in July 2019.


After the father was granted custody, the Saline County Sheriff’s Office reached out the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to request assistance. 

The case was then referred to the United States Marshals Service in the Western District of Missouri.

An investigation was then launched by the U.S. Marshals and by October, they zeroed in on the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas. 

U.S. Marshals from the Northern District of Texas and local authorities took Rodriguez into custody Thursday.

She was awaiting extradition to Missouri.

The children were taken into the care of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services while they wait to be reunited with their father.

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Mum said autistic daughter was followed all the way home by a stranger

A heartfelt open letter from a mother thanking a 'kind stranger' for entertaining her autistic daughter during a two-and-half-hour flight has been read more than 51,000 times with many deeming it a 'touching' and 'beautiful' story.

Shanell Mouland, 36, from New Brunswick, Canada, uploaded a note to her blog Go Team Kate last Thursday detailing how the mystery passenger engaged her three-year-old Kate in conversation instead of ignoring her.

'Thank you for not making me repeat those awful apologetic sentences that I so often say in public,' she wrote. 'Thank you for entertaining Kate so much that she had her most successful plane ride, yet. And, thank you for putting your papers away and playing turtles with our girl.'

Not only did Mrs Mouland's letter attract thousands of hits but it also saw her reunited with the 'hero' in question.

One of Eric Kunkel's relatives forwarded him the post and he was amazed when he realized he was the one being praised.

'I read it and then went to [the Mouland's] Facebook page and the rest is history,' the married businessman from New Jersey said. The Moulands and Kunkels have now become good friends.

Mrs Mouland revealed in her letter how Mr Kunkel had allowed Kate to call him 'daddy' without issuing a correction.

The mother-of-two continued: 'The moment you sat down, Kate started to rub your arm. 

'Your jacket was soft and she liked the feel of it.  You smiled at her and she said:  "Hi, Daddy, that's my mom."  Then she had you.'

'You could have shifted uncomfortably in your seat. You could have ignored her.  You could have given me that 'smile' that I despise because it means; 'manage your child please.'  

'You did none of that. You engaged Kate in conversation and you asked her questions about her turtles.'  

Mrs Mouland detailed in her letter, titled 'Dear 'Daddy' in Seat 16C Flight 1850 From Philly', how traveling with her autistic toddler can often be difficult.

She was especially nervous this time around because she had been split up from her husband, who was sitting in another area of the plane with their other daughter.

But thanks to Mr Kunkel's kindness, Kate stayed well-behaved for the duration of the flight from Philadelphia to Maine and only started getting agitated towards touch down.

At the end of her letter, Mrs Mouland reassured her unknown companion: ‘[Kate] was fine the moment we stepped off the plane. Thank you for letting us go ahead of you. She was feeling overwhelmed and escaping the plane and a big, long hug was all she needed.

'So, thank you. Thank you for not making me repeat those awful apologetic sentences that I so often say in public.  

'Thank you for entertaining Kate so much that she had her most successful plane ride, yet.'

After reading the message, one commentator wrote: 'This is such a great story, it brought tears to my eyes. I have a daughter and know exactly what it is like to have to do the apologizing.'

And another added: 'This was a very touching story and I am so glad that things turned out well. Sometimes we forget that there are still good people out there and are understanding.'

Mrs Mouland said the experience taught her to never judge someone based on their appearance - which she did do with Mr Kunkel when she saw him on the plane.

'I assumed that a man in a business suit wouldn't be patient with Kate,' she told Yahoo, 'and I'm so fortunate to have been proved wrong.'

Mrs Mouland and her family were returning home from a vacation at Disney World in Orlando and taking a connecting flight.

'I assumed that a man in a business suit wouldn't be patient with Kate and I'm so fortunate to have been proved wrong.'

She decided to write an open thank you letter to the man she has now identified as Mr Kunkel after getting home and realizing what a gift she had received.

Her daughter Kate was born eleven days late in May of 2010 and was a few weeks old when doctors diagnosed her with hypothyroidism - a condition affecting the thyroid gland.

Mrs Mouland said she first started to realize something else was wrong with Kate when her speech and motor skills were slow to develop.

In July 2012 she met with a pediatrician and speech pathologist who asked questions and made various observations.

Recalling the meeting she writes on her blog: 'The assessment took about two hours. They asked if she pointed at things and looked for our reactions; she did not. 

They asked if she had an interactive attention span and again she did not. They asked many more questions and I tried to craft my answers so that they could not nail down a diagnosis.

'[My husband, Alex and I] still had hope, until the very last minute when the doctor walked into the room, sat down and said: "Kate has autism spectrum disorder."   have no idea what she said after that.  

'I held it together a little bit until I walked in and saw my mom and my brother. Then I cried for a little while.'

She says that she finds comfort in  blogging about her experience of bringing up an autistic child.

'The emails and comments we are receiving through this blog have been priceless to us.  

'The sweet comments and the suggestions are helping us make connections that are going to change things for kids like Kate and their families.'

However, she says her main aim with the blog is to encourage a better understanding of autism so there will be more Mr Kunkels in the world.

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Two-year-old toddler faces deportation... despite both parents owning British passports

A two-year-old girl faces deportation from the UK despite both of her parents holding British passports because she hasn't lived in the country for seven years. 

Mother Lindsay Dutton, 30, originally from South Africa and now living in Clydach, Swansea, South Wales, is fighting to keep Lucy in the UK after the Home Office reportedly gave her daughter 14 days to leave the country if she does not appeal. 

Ms Dutton was told to apply for a right to remain in the UK when Lucy's child visitor visa expired after the family visited the UK and decided to stay last year. 

Both parents claimed British citizenship through their parents, which extends to one generation, meaning Johannesburg-born Lucy does not have an automatic right to stay in the UK. 

However the Home Office rejected the application because the two-year-old has not lived continuously in Britain for seven years, the BBC reported. 

Tenant Liason Officer Ms Dutton described the move as 'cruel' and 'heartbreaking' and has since taken out a high street loan of £3,052 to cover the costs of the application. 

'It's against human rights what they are doing to us. It's cruel,' Lindsay said.

'It's heartbreaking to do that to a parent, all I have done the entire week is sob,' she said.  

She has since separated from Lucy's father, Gavin Burls, 34, who now lives in Market Harborough, Leicestershire. 

And the mother-of-one needs to pay out more than £3,000 to fund an appeal for Lucy while reliant on donations as she describes being at 'wit's end'. 

She said: 'It costs £3,140 to apply to appeal and go to court, I have to pay in the next four weeks. 

'I've had to beg, I'm at my wit's end. I have paid £600 - my elderly neighbour gave me £40 towards the Lucy Fund.

'I have broken down in the last few days, I do not know where to turn.'

She added: 'I was born in South Africa, as my mum moved there when she was quite young, but I have a British passport and my brother Gareth is married to a Welsh girl.'

Her brother has lived in Wales for 13 years and the family tried to be closer together by moving to the area. 

Gower MP Tonia Antoniazzi is lobbying Home Secretary Priti Patel to intervene and said: 'Both parents and grandparents have UK passports and all live here. This is a ridiculous situation which needs resolving immediately.'

A Home Office spokesman added: 'All applications are considered on their individual merits and on the basis of the evidence available.'

The spokesman said it would be inappropriate to comment if the case was ongoing.

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Daughter of mother jailed in Iran reunited with dad in UK

The five-year-old daughter of jailed Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has arrived back in the UK for the first time since her mother’s arrest. The family made the heart-breaking decision for little Gabriella to leave Iran and join her father in London to start school. She had been her mother’s lifeline to the outside world as she remains in jail accused of spying. Nazanin’s husband Richard said: ‘Gabriella came back to us late at night, a bit uncertain seeing those she only remembered from the phone. ‘It has been a long journey to have her home, with bumps right until the end. ‘It was a hard goodbye for Nazanin and all her family. But let us hope this homecoming unlocks another.

Nazanin had taken Gabriella to see her family in Tehran when she was arrested at the airport in April 2016. The mum was sentenced to five years in jail on accusations she was trying to topple the Iranian government – something she denies. Gabriella had stayed with her grandparents in Iran and visited her mother in the notorious Evin Prison when the authorities would allow it. Her parents then made the painful decision for her to return to the UK so she can start school. Nazanin wrote an open letter from jail, saying: ‘My baby will leave me to go to her father and start school in the UK. ‘It will be a daunting trip for her travelling, and for me left behind

There have been a number of foreigners detained in Iran in what critics say is ‘hostage diplomacy.’ Conditions in the jail are appalling and all attempts at diplomacy between the UK government and Tehran have so far failed. The family’s local MP, Labour’s Tulip Siddiq, has taken up the cause. She said: ‘It is heart-warming to see Gabriella reunited with her father after 1,300 days in Iran, but heart-breaking that she is separated from her mother Nazanin. ‘Nazanin is at breaking point, and today is yet another reminder that she has been failed at the very highest levels of government.’

Ms Siddiq urged the UK Government to do ‘everything it possibly can’ to bring Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe home. Last week, a British-Australian blogger and her boyfriend were released from jail in Iran after they were detained while travelling through the country. Jolie King and her Australian boyfriend Mark Firkin are believed to have been released as part of a prisoner swap. British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert is also in jail in Tehran and believed to be in solitary confinement. The Australian government has taken the lead in those cases. British Foreign Office minister, Andrew Murrison, previously said the UK will continue to raise the case at the highest level with Iran and will ‘lobby hard’ to gain access to Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe. He added Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe has dual nationality and Iran does not accept she also has British nationality – which is why the case is different to that of other detained foreign nationals.

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Younger Sisters, aged four and two, black out from alcohol poisoning after their father gave them half a pint of wine each at lunch because he'd run out of milk

Two young sisters have been hospitalised in critical condition after being severely poisoned with alcohol in Ukraine.

The four-year-old Maryna and her two-year-old sister Luda were found unconscious in the street in the village of Chaplynka in southern Kherson region.

Reports say the girls were left at risk of death after their father, named as Mykola, gave them wine for lunch.

The father is said to have been babysitting the children while their mother Olga undertook seasonal work in another region of the country.

On October 3rd, when his daughters asked for food at lunch time, Mykola, who was intoxicated at the time, filled their bottles with wine instead of milk, local media reported.

Soon after that, the girls were found unconscious near their house, neighbours said.

Tetiana Shotik, a woman living next door said to local media: 'The girls were lying motionless on the ground. We tried to wake them up but failed. There was a strong smell of alcohol and we called an ambulance.

'Before that I saw them in the street near their house. They were singing something unintelligible and were unsteady on their feet.

'It looked strange but I thought they were playing some kind of a game.

'They had baby bottles with a pink liquid in their hands.'

Maryna and Luda were rushed to intensive care in life-threatening condition and diagnosed with acute alcohol poisoning.

Sergey Minaev, the head of the intensive care unit of Chaplyn Regional Hospital said: 'The girls were hospitalised in a state of alcoholic coma and were on the verge of death.

'We performed a series of necessary procedures and, fortunately, managed to save them.

'The children are being given medications and feel better. Their lives are not in danger now.'

Medical staff say the sisters were severely neglected and infected with lice.

A female orderly said: 'The girls were black from dirt. We spent two hours trying to wash it off.

'Their clothes were so filthy that we just threw them away.

'The younger girl’s hair was a huge knot and it took a lot of time to untangle it.'

After the incident, the irresponsible father, Mykola, was taken to a local police station for interrogation.

Witnesses said the man was so drunk that he could not walk and cops had to carry him by his arms and legs out of his house and load into the police car.

Police spokesman Yaroslav Shanko said: 'The father said that the children drank wine on their own and he knew nothing about it.

'But the girls said that it was their father who gave them the beverage.'

According to reports, the father filled his daughters' bottles with wine after failing to find milk in the fridge and the sisters drank about 0.5 pints of the beverage each.

Police launched a criminal case for failure to fulfill parental duties against Mykola and reported the incident to social services.

Officers are now tracking the whereabouts of the girls’ mother Olga while social services are collecting documents to sue the parents and deprive them of parental rights.

Maryna and Luda are going to be placed inside recovery centre until the court has made a decision.

The father faces up to five years in prison if found guilty.

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Black man, 27, is found GUILTY of killing a woman and wounding seven other people inside a Nashville church in revenge attack for the 2015 Charleston massacre

A Tennessee jury on Friday found a man guilty of first-degree murder in a revenge  shooting at a Nashville church two years ago that left a woman dead and seven other people wounded.

Twelve jurors deliberated less than five hours before delivering the verdict against Emanuel Kidega Samson. He was found guilty on all 43 counts in the indictment.

Congregants of the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ testified during the trial about the hail of bullets and the bloody scene that unfolded in front of them just after their Sunday worship service concluded. Some had the gunshot wounds to show for it.

Samson, 27, is black; all the victims are white. Samson left a note about the 2015 shooting massacre at a South Carolina black church and aimed to kill at least 10 white churchgoers in retaliation, Deputy District Attorney Amy Hunter said. 

Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence without parole. According to the District Attorney's Office, they chose not to pursue the death penalty out of respect for some of the victims who did not want it, reported WSMV.

The September 2017 shooting rampage killed 38-year-old Melanie Crow, of Smyrna, Tennessee. She was shot in the church parking lot while she walked out to her car to get a cough drop, dropping her Bible and sermon notes, Hunter said.

Crow was shot in the heart and face, and died within moments. 

Samson also shot minister Joey Spann and his wife, Peggy; William and Marlene Jenkins; Linda Bush, and Catherine Dickerson. 

Samson testified that he didn't remember carrying out the attack. He said his mental health disorders have caused lapses in memory and constant shifts from feelings of ecstasy to the thoughts of suicide he said he experienced the morning of the shooting. 

He said he's on medication now in jail and his thoughts have 'slowed down drastically.' 

Samson also said his memory kicks in at the tail end of the church shooting, when he was shot in the chest during a tussle with a congregant who authorities say saved lives.

To undermine Samson's testimony, prosecutors replayed expletive-laden jail calls from the month after the shooting in which he and his ex-girlfriend laugh about the victims, and brag about how good, 'tall' and 'unbothered' he looked in media coverage. 

'Big sexy hashtag, hashtag,' Samson says on the call, referring to himself.

They called his spotty-at-best memory a convenient way to avoid answering hard questions on the witness stand.

Samson also said he couldn't remember writing the note that cited white supremacist Dylann Roof's massacre at the AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015. 

The note, found in his car outside the church, included a reference to the red, black, and green Pan-African flag, sometimes called RBG.

'Dylann Roof is less than nothing,' the note read, according to Hunter. 'The blood that 10 of your kind will shed is that of the color upon the RBG flag in terms of vengeance.' The note included an expletive and ended with a smiley face, Hunter said.

Samson said he did remember writing what the defense described as a suicide note to his then-girlfriend that day.

The judge on Wednesday limited what could be said in front of jurors about Samson's mental illnesses. 

Hunter said a mental health defense couldn't be considered because a doctor previously 'wouldn't make a diagnosis that would say that he was acting in a particular way because of a mental health defense.'

Before the trial, the judge largely shielded details about the case from public view. At an open hearing in April, it was revealed that a psychiatrist diagnosed Samson with 'schizoaffective disorder bipolar type' and post-traumatic stress disorder after an abusive, violent upbringing.

With the jury out of the room, Samson's father at one point testified that he unsuccessfully tried to persuade authorities to take away Samson's guns after he sent a suicidal text in the summer of 2017.

Prosecutors also said the shooting revealed a true-life hero.

Churchgoer Robert Caleb Engle, 24, testified that during the rampage, he twice confronted the gunman, who was wearing a tactical vest and a motorcycle-style mask with a clown smile on it. 

Engle said he was pistol-whipped three times in the head. At one point, he pushed the gun back on the shooter and a shot fired, striking the gunman and sending him to the ground.

Engle said his father kicked the gun away, stood on the shooter's hand and told Engle to go get his gun out of his truck.

Engle came back with his weapon, put his foot on the shooter's back and stood guard until first responders arrived.

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A Yob ordered pizza then cracked takeaway driver's skull for ringing his doorbell

machete-wielding drug dealer put three people in hospital during a vicious one-man crime wave.

Daniel Lindsay, 17, broke a pizza delivery driver's skull because he claimed he rang his front door bell too late at night.

He went on the run and booked into a hotel, but twice knifed the manager when told to leave for smoking cannabis.

Just days later, he repeatedly stabbed a drug addict - over an £80 debt - who lost five pints of blood and nearly died.

When finally arrested, police caught Lindsay with a Rambo-style machete, sawn-off shotgun and a stash of cocaine.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Islam Al-Haj delivered a pizza to Lindsay's Carstairs Road, Kensington home on September 27 last year.

He only remembered giving the food to Lindsay and walking back to his car, before he was hit on the head, then woke up in hospital.

Mike Stephenson, prosecuting, said he was in fact helped to his feet by Lindsay's dad Robert Kennedy, but declined an ambulance.

Mr Al-Haj, who had bleeding on the brain, actually drove himself to hospital - where he spent three days - but had no recollection of this.

When interviewed by police, Lindsay said he was "annoyed" his victim rang the door bell, when he expected a call to his mobile phone.

The teen said he didn't like Mr Al-Haj's attitude so punched him twice, then when his victim struck back with a dog chain, repeatedly hit him.

Mr Stephenson said: "Following his first assault, the defendant went into hiding, preying on those dependant on him for drugs and using them as fronts to secure hotel accommodation in their identities."

CCTV footage showed heroin and crack cocaine user Stephen Caine booking Lindsay into Hotel Campanile at Queens Dock from October 20 to 23.

Manager Christopher Chater went to their room on October 22 because of a strong smell of cannabis and used a master key to enter.

Mr Stephenson said: "He saw a large pile of cash and numerous rolled reefers on the table. It was obvious to him he was dealing drugs."

He told Lindsay to leave but he broke a light, so Mr Chater tackled him to the ground outside, before trying to put him in a headlock.

Mr Chater said the teen bit his right wrist, then he heard an "unclipping sound" and saw him thrust a machete towards his stomach.

Hotel worker Simon Dodds saw Lindsay with an "Army knife" - a machete with a 12-inch blade - before he stabbed Mr Chater in the back.

The court heard he fled but returned to collect a bag he left behind, yelling: "Give me my f***ing bag

Lindsay later claimed he had a knife on a necklace which he only used because "I was getting choked out", but this was rejected by prosecutors.

He said he ditched the knife nearby and vomited afterwards because he thought he had killed Mr Chater.

Mr Stephenson said that when arrested months later he was wearing a "sheath knife" - the machete shown in court - on his belt.

Mr Chater, who received stitches for a cut to his back, also suffered a one-inch wound to his groin.

On October 31, Lindsay allegedly stabbed drug user Jamie Rawlinson, but prosecutors dropped charges relating to this for "evidential reasons".

Stephen Caine, the drug user who booked Lindsay into the hotel, heard about that stabbing and was scared because he owed Lindsay £80. He said he found him in London Road, Islington at around 10.30pm.

Mr Stephenson said he "flew at him with a knife", adding: "He told him he was going to stab him in the neck and boasted he had just stabbed Rawlo."

Lindsay stabbed Mr Caine in the leg and the victim tried to run away, but he slipped in a pool of his blood and the teen stabbed him again.

He ran off when a car pulled over and the driver gave first aid to Mr Caine, who doctors at hospital feared would die.

Mr Caine, who received stitches for stab wounds to his thigh and buttock, later picked out Lindsay in an identity parade.

Mr Stephenson said the teenager was then "cuckooing" - taking over the homes of drug users - to avoid police.

Lindsay threw a man called Neil Fry out of his flat in County Road, Walton, which officers raided on March 24.

They found a shortened Beretta 20-gauge shotgun, 5.22g of cocaine worth up to £522, scales and snap bags.

Lindsay, of St Joseph's Crescent, Everton, who has no previous convictions, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm, wounding and wounding with intent.

He also admitted two counts of possessing an offensive weapon, possessing a firearm without a certificate and possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

Daniel Travers, defending, said his client had gone "completely off the rails" over the course of a month, when he lost contact with his family.

The lawyer said Lindsay had a "very difficult childhood", grew up "without support from parents" and left school at 14, but his dad was in court supporting him.

He said: "All this needs to be put in the context that this is a very immature, vulnerable young man, who knows he's done dreadful things and admitted them."

Judge David Aubrey, QC, said Lindsay launched "totally unprovoked" attacks on three victims, adding: "You have a short fuse and a short temper."

He said: "You chose your victims quite indiscriminately. You had no regard to their welfare or indeed lives and you chose frequently to arm yourself with a lethal weapon."

The judge rejected the suggestion in a psychologist's report that he acted impulsively and said he was a "dangerous young man".

He said: "You carry a knife or knives for a reason and that is that if anybody crosses you, you have no compunction in using that knife."

Judge Aubrey sentenced Lindsay to nine years in a young offenders institution, with an extended four years on licence.

This means he will serve at least two thirds - six years - in custody, before he is considered eligible for parole.


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A Bus driver praised after taking detour to help 'sobbing' little girl get home

A bus driver ‘showed good people do exist’ after taking a detour to help a crying schoolgirl who got on the wrong bus. Megan O’Connell, 11, rang her mum ‘sobbing and in a state’ when she got mixed up about the bus she was supposed to get home after attending an after school club on Wednesday. The young girl, from Beechwood, Wirral, was supposed to get on the 418 New Ferry to Birkenhead route, but had ended up on the 414 Woodside to New Brighton route. Luckily for the panicked schoolgirl, who had just started getting the bus by herself, driver Paul Comber was there to help.

Megan’s mum Patti told the Liverpool Echo that Paul came on the phone and reassured her that he would get her daughter home safe by changing his bus route slightly. The worried mother says she has ‘never been so grateful’ as she was concerned about how to get Megan home. It’s believed that Paul has been nominated for Arriva employee of the month for his heart-warming actions.

His simple but kind gesture has also been commended by hundreds of people on social media. Barry Stephenson said: ‘Brilliant gesture. I wish there were more people like this man.’ Jan Cropper said: ‘He did a good, right and decent thing! He should be given employee of the month with a bonus! ‘He protected a child, irrespective! Well done!’ Rachel Evans pointed out that ‘not everyone would have done that’, while Leanne Hill added: ‘Wow, good people really do exist. What a heartwarming thing to hear and all the praise is more than justified.’ Megan’s mum Patti revealed that her daughter arrived at the door before she was able to thank Paul in person, but has since passed on her gratitude to Arriva.

She said: ‘I have never been so grateful because even to get a taxi or ring someone to pick her up could have meant Meg standing by herself and society isn’t exactly great these days. ‘I think if it was someone else they would have said for her to find her way back herself, but he still made sure he dropped her off even though he was meant to finish his shift. ‘Megan has only just started getting the bus herself, so I think panic just set in – it was really nice for him to stop and assure me.’ Howard Farrall, Area Managing Director Arriva Merseyside said: ‘We’re incredibly proud of our driver Paul Comber for his actions during his route yesterday. ‘Megan’s mum has been in touch to pass on her thanks to Paul, and we’re so pleased that we were able to get her home safely so her mum who was understandably very worried. ‘It’s important to always let the driver know if yourself or a fellow customer finds themselves in difficulty.’

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CCTV shows teen put bike in motorcyclist's path before crash kills him instantly

Appalling CCTV footage captures the moment a 16-year-old boy pushes a bicycle into the path of a motorcyclist, killing him.

The footage taken from a camera at the front of a property in a residential street, captures a large group of youths in a Bristol street.

One hooded figure drags the YoBike - a bike hire company which operates in the South West city - and cycles into the street with one hand before dodging the motorbike as it rides straight over it.

Michael Rice, 20, was not wearing a helmet as he sped down the road in the Hartcliffe estate in April this year.

He applied his front brake and went headfirst over the handlebar before hitting the back of a parked van. He died instantly from from neck and chest injuries.

The teen, who cannot be named, has today been sentenced to three years and two months in a Young Offender Institution at Bristol Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Rice, accepting that he "unlawfully killed" him, on Thursday.

Judge Peter Blair QC, the Recorder of Bristol, said reporting restrictions banning the identification of the defendant must remain in place following the case.

He told the boy: "Your decision to drag a bicycle, on its side, off the pavement so as to cause an obstruction, was an unlawful and dangerous thing to do.

"In my view, when you took the decision to do that dangerous thing, you were doing it so as to impress the older teenagers around you.

"However, any reasonable person would have inevitably realised that doing so risked causing the motorcyclist some bodily harm. It was a reckless act."

During the trial, Adam Vaitilingam QC said the motorbike Mr Rice had been riding on April 5 had been stolen a day earlier.

Mr Rice was from the Knowle West area of Bristol and was riding around the Hartcliffe area in a "provocative way", he told the jury.

The keen motorcyclist first passed the Fulford Arms pub on Fulford Road once, drawing attention to himself from a crowd of children and young people outside.

He returned a second time, with people in the crowd suggesting that people should block the road to stop him - with one going forward on a bicycle to face him.

The teenager, then aged 15, grabbed hold of the YoBike and dragged it into the road.

Collision investigators calculated that Mr Rice was travelling between 52mph and 55mph at the time of the impact with the YoBike.

Judge Blair said it would have been possible for Mr Rice to have stopped to avoid the bike but he was accelerating and pulling a "wheelie" at the time.

"It was not the impact of the motorcycle with the bicycle which led to the fatality," the judge said.

"Instead it was his panicked reaction to what was in front of him in the road which led to him applying the front brake lever while the front wheel was still in the air.

"Tragically, that led to him going over the handlebars of the motorcycle when it touched down and he was killed in an instant when he collided with a parked van."

In a victim personal statement, Mr Rice's mother Donna Rice described the impact of her son's death on her family and his girlfriend.

"Mike was a loving, caring person," she said.

"It feels like so long since we have been able to see Mike's cheeky smile and hear his infectious laugh."

Andrew Langdon QC, representing the boy, said he was "horrified by the unintended consequences of his act".

The defendant was screened off from the public gallery during his trial and sentencing.

Members of Mr Rice's family wept as the sentence was passed.

Speaking after the case, Detective Chief Inspector James Riccio, of Avon and Somerset Police, paid tribute to the "courage and dignity" shown by them through the case.

"We appreciate that to Michael's family and the wider community this sentence may seem lenient," he said.

"We are now looking to consider making a formal appeal to have the sentence reviewed."

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Boy, 9, who 'murdered 3 toddlers and two adults in mobile home fire'

The mother of a nine-year-old boy from Illinois who has been charged with murder in connection to a deadly arson fire that killed most of his immediate family has spoken out for the first time, saying that the child suffers from mental illness and is not a monster.

Katrina Alwood appeared on CBS This Morning on Thursday, two days after her sole surviving child, Kyle Alwood, was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson, after allegedly intentionally setting his family's mobile home ablaze in April.

The inferno near the village of Goodfield killed his two half-siblings, one-year-old Ariel and two-year-old Daemeon Wall; his cousin, Rose Alwood, aged two; Kyle's stepfather, 34-year-old Jason Wall, and the children's maternal great-grandmother, 69-year-old Kathryn Murray. 

All five victims died of smoke inhalation inside the family's trailer at Timberline Mobile Home Park.

Katrina, who was engaged to Jason, and her son from a previous relationship, Kyle, then eight years old, were the only people who managed to escape the burning residence. 

The 27-year-old mother told CBS that Kyle had been recently diagnosed with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and ADHD. She also revealed that the boy in the past had shown interest in lighters and fire.

'Everyone is looking at him like he's some kind of monster, but that's not who he is,' Alwood told the news outlet. 'People make mistakes, and that's what this is. Yes, it was a horrible tragedy, but it's still not something to throw his life away over.' 

Katrina recounted during the emotional interview how she stood at the window of her burning home and told her toddler son and daughter she was sorry she could not save them.

'Mommy was right here and I loved them,' Katrina recalled telling her dying children. 'You know, so, at least hopefully they heard that. I told Jason I loved him... And then something told me that they're gone.'

Katrina also talked about hearing her fiance scream, and choked back tears remembering the moment the screams ceased.

Despite the heartbreak caused by her son, Katrina is hoping the judge will take into account his mental health problems and will show leniency.

'I forgive him. I love him no matter what,’ the mom said of Kyle.

Her sister Samantha Alwood, who lost her baby daughter Rose in the fire, wants to see her nephew sent to juvenile detention and eventually to prison for his actions.

‘Because at the end of the day, whether he meant to or not, he knew what fire did,’ Samantha said.

Kyle has not been detained, but because of the death threats the nine-year-old boy has been receiving, he has been sent to stay with relatives in an undisclosed location. He is due back in court on October 21.

Woodford County State's Attorney Greg Minger, who filed the charges against Kyle on Tuesday, said the child, if convicted, could be placed on probation for at least five years but not beyond the age of 21, and would likely receive counseling. 

He will not be imprisoned, if found guilty by a judge during a bench trial.

The criminal charges were brought against Kyle six months after the deadly arson fire, which broke out at around 11pm on April 6 at 14 Cypress Court.

By the time firefighters responded to the scene six minutes later, the trailer home had been engulfed in flames.  

Neighbor AnnaMarie Siebert told the Journal Star at the time that screams could be heard coming from the burning property, but the flames were too intense for bystanders to try and rescue the trapped residents.

Katrina Alwood and Kyle were taken to an area hospital and later released. 

Minger said it was a 'heavy decision' to charge a nine-year-old with one of the most serious offenses there is, but he concluded that it had to be done 'for finality.'   

According to an online obituary, Jason Wall was a US Army veteran who served several tours of duty abroad, including in Iraq, Afghanistan and Korea.

After retiring from military service, Wall worked as a truck driver. He devoted his free time to hunting and spending time with his fiancee and their children.

The obituary notes that Wall was raising Katrina Alwood’s eldest child, Kyle, 'like his own son.'

Alwood’s grandmother, Kathryn Murray, was a homemaker and an artist who enjoyed drawing and sewing. Her other hobbies included cooking, camping and fishing.

‘She was known as the best Grandma,’ the woman’s obituary reads.

Daemeon Wall, aged two, was a fan of the Mickey Mouse Club House, with Goofy being his favorite character, and enjoyed watching the animated film Happy Feet. The toddler was said to have been ‘very protective’ of his baby sister, Ariel.

The one-year-old girl, Jason and Katrina's youngest child, loved to growl and make the ‘Chewbacca’ sound with her dad, according to her obituary.

Two-year-old Rose Alwood, Katrina Alwood’s niece, loved the Disney film Coco.

‘Her favorite words that she always said were "katchup" and "mine,"’ according to the toddler’s memorial page. ‘She loved doing arts and craft projects with grandma and was especially known for photo-bombing her mother.’

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Horrifying find that changed Sally Obermeder’s life

She received a breast cancer diagnosis the day before she was due to give birth to first daughter Annabelle, in October 2011.

And Sally Obermeder revealed to Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday, that after undergoing chemotherapy and surgeries, she had to rethink her lifestyle.

'I was alive, but I was dead inside,' the 43-year-old candidly shared, referring to her lack of energy and overall health at the time.

'The big thing for me after all of my treatment was asking myself, "What can I do to actually get myself better after all of that chemotherapy, all of those surgeries?"' Sally revealed.

'I was alive, but I was dead. My insides were completely gone. I had no energy, my skin was grey, and I'd been through a lot.

'I thought, "Well, what am I going to do? I have a toddler and I've got a job, so what am I going to do? What's going to make the biggest difference?"'

This line of questioning led to the creation of Sally's hugely-popular smoothie recipe collection, and as of recently, a line of frozen, ready-to-make smoothie batches, aptly titled Super Green Smoothies, available at supermarkets.

With six combinations to choose from, the Channel Seven presenter, who co-created the product line with sister and business partner Maha Koraiem, wanted to make healthy eating as easy and accessible as possible.

'We definitely acknowledge that sometimes you'll go to make a green smoothie, and you have no kale or the spinach has gone off. So we wanted to make it as easy as possible, but so that you still get all of the benefits. And it has to taste amazing.'

Maha and I are both so passionate, and as women, we want to feel as good as we possibly can,' she continued.  

The product line comes at a busy time for Sally, having welcomed her second daughter Elyssa, with husband Marcus into the world, in December, via a surrogate.

The proud parents described to the Australian Women's Weekly in their March 2017 issue, their new addition as 'pure joy.'

And in describing how five-year-old daughter Annabelle has bonded with the baby, Sally joked to Daily Mail Australia that the precious toddler wants Elyssa to 'hurry up and grow.'

'It's funny, you know. She's wanted a sibling for a long time. The first few weeks, she was very excited about the whole thing.

'Then after a while, she realised, "Oh, well this is interesting. I can't actually play with her. She's too small."

'I found her the other day saying to Elyssa, "Hurry up and grow,"' Sally joked.

'I think she would probably be a bit more into [the bonding process] if she had someone to play with or ride her bike with,' she added.

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