Friday, 23 September 2011

Andrew Lindo

Andrew Lindo strangled and stabbed his fiancee Marie Stewart to death while their two young children slept upstairs and then hid her body in a suitcase in his garage.

29 year old Lindo was told he would spend at least 22 years behind bars for the murder. The judge commented on his "extraordinary and chilling lack of remorse" and on his "extraordinary cunning and facility for deceit".

He had had a string of affairs with other women. He told them he was a struggling single father who had been deserted by the mother of his children and transformed his family home into a "bachelor pad", with no sign of Miss Stewart's existence, when these women visited.

At one point he was in a relationship with two work colleagues at the same time, while he was living with Miss Stewart. There is also an allegation that he was involved with a 15-year-old girl.

Angela Rylance told the jury in the trial that she started a relationship with Lindo in August 2010 but became suspicious about the defendant's claim to be a single father but he kept reassuring her they were no longer together and Miss Stewart had left their children with him.

After Lindo killed Miss Stewart on December 18 last year, he collected Miss Rylance and took her back to his house where they spent the night cuddling together. In the two months between Miss Stewart's murder and her body being found, some thought Miss Rylance had moved in. She spent Christmas Day at the house, not realising Miss Stewart's body was in the garage below.

The judge advised the parole board to be extremely cautious when considering him for release. Lindo claimed that he had lost control after an argument and wanted to plead guilty to manslaughter, but the judge said it was a "cruel and sustained" attack and added that the motive remained unclear.

You'll have a long wait for this one, Old Nick, but I'm sure you'll give him a warm welcome!

Nominated by : Judge Dredd

( You can read more about this story in the Guardian and the Mirror )

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Raymond Jacob

Here's a guy whose family seems to suffering from Raoul Moate syndrome.

Businessman Vincent Cooke, 39, was relaxing when he heard a knock at the front door of his detached home.

When he answered he was confronted by two men, at least one armed with a knife, who allegedly threatened him and tried to force their way into his house in the Cheshire stockbroker belt. With his wife and young son due home any minute, Mr Cooke fought desperately to keep the men out. In the struggle burglar Raymond Jacob, 37, was stabbed with his own knife and fell to the ground fatally injured. The second intruder fled.

Mr Jacob’s family were too upset to comment but they left floral tributes at the scene referring to him as ‘Ray’ and ‘Uncle Raymondo’. One read: ‘Love you son, going to miss you more than anything. You mean the world to me. Love you loads, Dad.’ A note from his mother said: ‘To my baby boy who will always be my baby boy. I will miss you but never stop loving you, Mum.’ Another said: ‘To my gorgeous man Raymond. You may be gone but you will always be with me in my heart for ever. Love, your Stephanie.’

Well, his family might feel that way, but the facts are that Jacobs forced his way into the man's home and held him at knefe point. Mr Cooke was defending himself and the burglar got what he deserved.

What he doesn't deserve is is a load of sycophantic and unwarranted praise.

Nominated by : Old Bailey

( You can read more about this story in the Daily Mail here )

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Kallan Richardson

Kallan Richardson is not a thug. Alright, so admittedly he threw a brick through a van window into a baby's face that left her unconscious with a broken nose and two smashed teeth. But he didn't do it on purpose - it was "just an act of criminal damage that went wrong".

According to his mother, he's a caring, loving lad and not an animal at all. As he said himself  "I would never have done it in a million years if I had known those kids were in the van!" Well that's alright then...

"I wasn't aiming the brick at the window. Knowing that there are kids in the car, why would you do that?" The brick must have just happened to jump into his hand and then hurl itself at random into a van window, then. Fair enough - it could happen to anyone.

And as you can see from the picture, he's truly sorry and repentant.

The judge at Grimsby Youth Court seems to have been rather unsympathetic to these perfectly reasonable extenuating circumstances because he sentenced him to a year inside.

I'm sure you could think of a better treatment for him, Nick?

Nominated by : Dioclese

(You can read more about this animal here )