Verphy Kudi admitted the manslaughter of her 20-month old daughter after leaving her alone for 6 days whilst she celebrated her 18th birthday. The defendant was jailed for 9 years.
The trial is ongoing at Warwick Crown Court.
The defendant posed as a financial investor and took money from two men, aged 81 and 91, claiming he would invest it by placing horse-racing bets. Instead he took their money and spent it on paying off his own debts and funding his lifestyle.
Robert Wright took a 10-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier with him when he went to Sainsbury’s in Nuneaton in November. The boy’s facial injuries were treated at hospital, but he has been left with scarring. The defendant was given a suspended prison sentence and the dog has been put down.
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A young defendant appealed his conviction following the court’s decision to exclude a positive conclusive grounds decision by the Single Competent Authority (SCA). The Court of Appeal agreed with the prosecution that SCA caseworkers are not experts and a Conclusive Grounds decision is not admissible at trial.
The court concluded that ‘on an objective view of the evidence the section 45 defence was comprehensively demolished by the prosecution. There is no question that this conviction is safe.
At trial, lead counsel for the prosecution was Rebecca Austin and Philip Allman her junior.
The 18 year-old victim was sitting with his electric scooter on a train as it left Northumberland Park Station last September when he was attacked. All three defendants pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Verphy Kudi abandoned her baby for 6 days whilst she went to London, Coventry and Solihull to celebrate her 18th birthday.
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