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94 year old sexually assaulted by taxi driver



Today (8th November) a taxi driver in Carlisle has been sentenced to two years for sexually assaulting a 94-year-old resident in a retirement property, and fraud.

Richard O’Brien, 58, of Dunmail Dr, Carlisle, is a self-employed taxi driver. He pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault and fraud at an earlier hearing.

For years Richard O’Brien marketed his taxi services towards pensioners. He built up a client base from the most vulnerable members of the community; he also transported frail elderly people on behalf of a local charity.

The victim was introduced to him in 2001, when she was living alone, and he ran errands for her. When her care needs became such that she could no longer live independently she moved into a retirement property at Rosebery Road, Carlisle.

O’Brien frequented the property, handing out his business cards and offering his services to other residents. He stated during police interviews that he would ring the intercom of another resident to gain access, and would enter the retirement scheme unbeknown to staff on duty at the time.

The victim reported that almost every time O’Brien visited her at the home he would sexually assault her.

At the beginning of August 2012 a camera was placed within the lounge area of the victim’s flat in relation to another investigation. Within days of its installation Richard O’Brien was caught on camera sexually abusing his 94 year old victim.

It was also discovered that he had fraudulently withdrawn over £4,000 worth of pension payments after the death of his uncle.

DC Carolyn Willacy, from Cumbria Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit, said:

“This kind and gentle lady has suffered regular degrading assaults over a long period of time. Due to frailty of body and mind she was unable to defend herself against his abuse.

“O’Brien pleaded not-guilty until the morning of trial, which caused further distress to those taking part in the trial. There is no excuse for his horrific crimes and the lasting impact they will have on the victim and her family.

“We take all reports of sexual abuse extremely seriously, and work hard to protect vulnerable people. It can be difficult to speak out against abuse, but it’s important that victims and their friends/family get in touch with the police so we can take action.

“If anyone has suffered abuse, or has any concerns, I would urge them to get in touch with Cumbria Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

A Cumbria County Council spokesperson, said: “Agencies, including the county council, NHS organisations and the police, work together to safeguard vulnerable adults. The local authority’s safeguarding team worked closely with the police in this instance and we are very pleased that a successful prosecution has been secured.

“These appalling crimes against a frail and elderly lady were exposed as part of the Safeguarding Adults process and followed excellent multi-agency co-operation. This dangerous man has deliberately targeted the most vulnerable people in society causing untold harm and distress while showing no remorse for his actions.”

The family of the victim said:

“How has this left me feeling; Angry, sickened, saddened, vulnerable, ashamed, and broken. My mum has looked after me well all my life and when it was my turn to look after her, I feel I should of done better. I will have to live with that for the rest of my life. To me Richard O’Brien has committed one of the worst crimes possible and I hope he too has to live with the consequences of what he has done for a long time to come.”



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Hospital turn off life support machine because family couldn’t pay £7k bill



The family of British man have been left devastated and furious after an Egyptian hospital because staff switched off his life support without their permission.

Despite this the hospital claim Adrian King suffered cardiac arrest however his family have told the local courts it’s because they didn’t have the money to pay a £7k insurance bill.

Adrian aged 39 became ill while he was on holiday with his friend in Hurghada, on Egypt’s east coast.

All of a sudden he fell unconscious and was being treated in hospital, during his time in hospital it was discovered his insurance policy have been voided and they demanded an upfront payment while he laid on his death bed.

The inquest heard how the insurance was void as he had not declared a bacterial infection he had within his stomach two years before his holiday.

Adrian’s dad Charles Bumford told the hearing: “A man at the hospital stood in my son’s room and told me: ‘The insurance is null and void – you pay now or I switch off the machines.’

“I didn’t have the £7,000 ($9,800) he was asking for at that time. As he walked out of the room he started switching things off.”

Charles added that he tried contacting the hospital ’50 times’ but he never received an answer. The friend Adrian was with at the time, Nicola, was similarly confused by the situation occurring in the medical facility.

“They did the second dialysis and then said that the insurance was voided,” she told the inquest.

“They never said he had a cardiac arrest or anything, they said it was stopping, because the funding was stopped.”

Our thoughts are with the family of Adrian at this difficult time.



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Woman arrested after leaving move your vehicle note on ambulance attending 999 call



Police have taken a zero tolerance approach to a woman who left a note on an ambulance.

The note left paramedics disgusted police have now confirmed they have arrested a woman after the abusive note was left on an ambulance demanding it parked somewhere else while it was attending a 999 emergency call.

The note stated ‘I couldn’t give a s**t if the whole street collapsed”

The crew were also verbally abused while attending the emergency call while attempting to deal with an ongoing medical incident on Sunday afternoon.

Now a 26-year-old Tunstall woman has been arrested for public order offences.

Chief Inspector John Owen, commander of Staffordshire Police’s Stoke-on-Trent North policing team, tweeted about the incident.

He added: “We will not tolerate abuse or intimidation of our emergency services. This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and we will take appropriate action against offenders.

“The arrest relates to matters of verbal abuse that could constitute offences under the Public Order Act. This is not solely about the note.”

A Staffordshire Police spokesman confirmed the force took action after seeing details reported on Twitter.

The woman remains in police custody and enquiries are on-going.



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Jon Venables Reportedly Attacked With Boiling Water By Fellow Inmate



Jon Venables attacked with boiling water by a fellow inmate. 

Jon Venables, one of the schoolboys who murdered James Bulger in 1993 has been attacked in prison after an image was released on social media.

Venables who is now aged 35 was attacked with boiling water and sugar after a fellow inmate managed to work out his identity.

Venables have been living under a fake name since 2001 and was sent back to jail having broken the conditions of his release and being found guilty of child pornography.

Venables was banned from travelling back to Liverpool but he had been attending music events and going to Everton Football matches.

He was later found to be in possession of cocaine and was also having a relationship with an underage girl.

Prison Officers were forced to place Venables on lockdown after his identity was revealed and he was attacked with boiling water and sugar.

it is alleged that Venables complained that guards did nothing at first to stop the attack from happening and offered him little help once he had been assaulted.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed to Police Hour that “incidents of this nature happen within prisons and we cannot discuss the nature of individual cases”

Now that the true identity of Venables is known within side the prison after images have been circulated among inmates it will be inevitable that another attack will happen.

Venables is currently serving a three-year sentence for child pornography offences and possession of 1,170 images of children which included babies.

It is believed inmates have been circulating images of Venables from prison to prison in the hope that one prisoner can identity him.

Facebook and Twitter this month removed images from their social media websites of various men who people claimed was Venables.

It is a criminal offence to name or identity Venables on social media due to an anonymity order granted in 2001 that prevents him from ever being named or identified.

Due to the nature of his repeat offending there is mounting pressure to scrap that order in order to prevent further children being targeted.

However due to the nature of Venables sick attack these orders are likely never to be removed.



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