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Bookkeeper, 41, swindled £1.3m from work & lived ‘fantasy’ life of US trips, The Ritz stays and Harrods shopping sprees

A BOOKKEEPER who swindled £1.3 million from work to fund his “fantasy” lifestyle with trips to the US and shopping sprees at Harrods has been jailed.

Darren Mackenzie, 41, worked for his friend Max Punni’s chain of pharmacies when he spent the company’s money on luxury holidays, pricey hotels and expensive shopping trips.


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The bookkeeper used part of the money to go on luxury trips to the US[/caption]


The 41-year-old spent a lot on designer clothes and shoes[/caption]

The pharmacy worker spent the whopping amount on trips to New York and Las Vegas, stays at the Ritz, Rolex watches and Versace clothes.

The 41-year-old, of Fownes Road, Minehead, Somerset, was jailed for five years and eight months at Taunton Crown Court after pleading guilty to fraud by abuse of a position of trust.

The deception was discovered when a fellow employee came across invoices relating to Mackenzie’s three-bed home.

When fraud investigators began looking into both his and the company’s finances, they found he had not only paid for construction and interior design work at his house using company accounts but had also transferred money directly into his personal accounts and even given himself an unsanctioned pay rise.

Detectives analysed more than seven years of banking records and established Mackenzie had used the money to:

  • fund construction work and home renovations of more than £300,000 which included almost £80,000 on specialist carpentry, £50,000 on a kitchen and £10,000 on a sound system.
  • pay for luxury holidays in destinations such as New York and Las Vegas.
  • cover the cost of stays at five-star hotels in London including The Savoy, The Ritz and The Dorchester.
  • fund shopping trips at Harrods and Fortnum and Mason
  • buy dozens of expensive watches including Rolex and Tag Heuer
  • purchase designer clothes, luggage and homeware including Versace clothes and Luis Vuitton luggage.

Mr Punni said Mackenzie’s crimes put his businesses at risk and jeopardised health provision for people who relied on the service.

“We have sustained a financial loss of more than £1 million, so one outrageous individual could live a fantasy lifestyle with utter disregard to the consequences,” he said.

Mackenzie will face proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act where investigators will attempt to recover the money.

Detective Sergeant Louise Sinclair, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: “The extent of Darren Mackenzie’s deceit was astonishing.

“His behaviour was a terrible betrayal of not just his employer but of someone who considered him a good friend.

“While he was living it up, splashing the cash on luxury goods and holidays, two of his colleagues sacrificed a combined £200,000 of pay as they thought the business was struggling financially.

“He only owned up to his fraud after Mr Punni personally looked into the accounts and even then, he only made partial admissions.

“Meanwhile, Mackenzie now has a significant time behind bars to reflect on his actions.”


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My sister April Jones was killed by evil predator when she was just five – our family’s suffering will never end

THE sister of murdered schoolgirl April Jones has said it “makes my skin crawl” when she thinks about the evil predator that snatched the five-year-old ten years ago.

April’s older sister Jazmin, 27, chillingly spoke of how monster Mark Bridger attempted to communicate with her before he abducted the youngster in 2012.


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The disappearance of April in 2012 shocked the nation[/caption]


Former-abattoir worker Mark Bridger was convicted of the youngster’s abduction and murder[/caption]

April’s disappearance from her home in Machynlleth, Wales in 2012 sparked the biggest manhunt in British police history.

But despite a national search to find the missing five-year-old, her body was tragically never found.

Local man Mark Bridger, a former abattoir worker, was later convicted of April’s abduction and murder, but his actions left a harrowing impression on the devastated family.

Speaking in a new documentary set to air on Channel 4 next week, Jazz said: “When she went, the whole thing just collapsed.

“Our family was fractured. Things are better now but, from that night, I didn’t have a mother. I had just lost my sister, and then I lost my mother too.

“I had to grow up overnight. I was on my own, really, trying to look after my little brother (just ten at the time), trying to help my dad.”

Speaking to the documentary, Jazmin’s mum Coral spoke of the devastating impact of Bridger’s heinous crime.

“He abused her,” he says.

“They found her DNA in his pants. Then we think he chopped her up and burnt her, after whatever he did to her.”

Jazmin said that although the details of the crime were unthinkable, she feels she needed to learn what happened to her sister to try and cope with the loss.

“I needed those answers,” she said.

“When you don’t have them you go to the worst-case scenario — what you are imagining is so terrible that anything is better than that.”

The now-27-year-old revealed that just a year before April’s murder, Bridger had attempted to communicate with her on Facebook.

Following his arrest, the predator was found to have downloaded disturbing images of children, some pornographic, alongside photographs of April and Jazz.

She said he had tried to add her on Facebook, leading to questions over his potential obsession with the two and his targeting of April.

“It makes my skin crawl,” she said.

“I don’t want to think about it. I want to believe she was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but if that was the case, I would have swapped places with her a million times over. I would have taken her place.”


She said that she and April, who was born with cerebral palsy, developed a special bond, as she became adept at caring for her little sister.

“When April came home from hospital, she had a hole in her heart and we were told we couldn’t let her cry because it would put strain on her,” she recalled.

“So my brother, Harley, and I would run to lift her when she cried.”

But after Bridger snatched the youngster, Jazz said her devastated family struggled to deal with the harrowing loss.

She said her mum Coral fell into a deep depression, staying in bed for days at a time.

Jazmin added: “I can understand her headspace, now, but at the time I was saying: ‘You still have a daughter!’

“But I was the forgotten daughter. I know that sounds selfish, but I was 16 and I didn’t have a mother for the last few years of my childhood.

“Afterwards, people would ask ‘How are your mum and dad doing?’ – No one asked how I was doing.

“At about 18 I started to drink heavily. When I drank I could forget my life, but that led to more rows at home.”


She said one of the most heartbreaking after-effects of losing April was still needing to sleep in the room they had shared, which was full of the five-year-olds things.

“Her teddies were all at the bottom of her bed. Her clothes, toys, DVDs were all over the place,” Jazz recalls.

“Every morning I’d wake up and in that time before you are completely awake, I’d look over expecting to see her.

“Unless I looked at the wall, I couldn’t avoid her things.”

Bridger will now spend the rest of his life behind bars for his harrowing crime, but Jazz says she doesn’t want to spend any time thinking of the monster.

“I have hated him, in the past, but now I don’t think he’s even worth that,” she says.

Now ten years on from the ordeal, Jazz said she can tragically no longer recall April’s face.

She said: “I can’t see her face unless I look at a photograph. I can’t remember how tall she is, how her voice sounds”.

The Disappearance Of April Jones starts on Channel 4 on Monday, December 12 at 9pm.

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The five-year-old’s body was never found[/caption]

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Bridger was sentenced to life in prison for the murder[/caption]

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Conor McGregor settles lawsuit from UFC 223 media day rampage where he threw dolly at bitter rival Khabib

CONOR MCGREGOR has settled a lawsuit stemming from his infamous rampage at the UFC 223 media day.

The UFC’s poster boy went nuclear at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in April 2018 as he hunted down bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov – who slapped his now former friend Artem Lobov a few days earlier.

Conor McGregor threw a dolly threw the window of a bus carrying bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov at the UFC 223 media day

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The Notorious has reached an out-of-court settlement with Chiesa[/caption]

After tracking Nurmagomedov down to a bus in the loading bay of the arena, McGregor and his crew attacked the vehicle holding the Russian.

And in an attempt to get him off the bus, he threw a dolly through one of the windows.

The shattered glass caused damage to the eyes of former flyweight title challenger Ray Borg, who was pulled from his clash with Brandon Moreno.

UFC welterweight Michael Chiesa was also aboard the vehicle and sustained cuts to his face from the flailing glass – which led to the cancellation of the bout.

Chiesa immediately launched legal action against McGregor, initially suing the Irishman for “negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault and battery.”

But both fighters’ legal teams have agreed not to press ahead with the lawsuit after filing a stipulation of discontinuance with prejudice.

And according to MMA Fighting, both parties have reached an out-of-court settlement.

In a brief statement, McGregor’s representative Karen Kessler said: “The matter was resolved and is now closed.”


McGregor’s antics – which UFC president Dana White branded the “most disgusting thing that has ever happened” in the promotion’s history – saw him charged with three counts of assault and one of criminal mischief.

The Notorious ended up pleading guilty to disorderly conduct and performed five days of community service.

McGregor’s rampage ended up teeing up the biggest fight in UFC history – which took place six months later in Las Vegas.

But he fell short in his grudge match with the undefeated Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 229, suffering a fourth-round submission defeat.

McGregor and the UFC pursued a blockbuster rematch but Nurmagomedov snubbed the fight and walked away from the sport two years ago.

Former two-division champion McGregor is looking to return to the octagon early next year following a 16-month hiatus.

The Dubliner hasn’t set foot inside the octagon since breaking his leg in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier.


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McGregor is hoping to return to the cage before the end of the first quarter of 2023, although he currently needs to be in the USADA drug testing pool for six months before he can be cleared to compete.

But he’s seemingly planning to make use of an exemption rule in the promotion’s policy to make a quicker-than-expected return.

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Parents of wife, 29, strangled to death by killer husband after she gave birth fighting to have sentence increased

THE heartbroken parents of a mum strangled to death by her husband are fighting to have his sentence increased.

Matthew Fisher, 29, murdered Abi Fisher, also 29, just six months after she gave birth to their daughter.

Abi Fisher was murdered by her husband
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Her parents are now trying to get his sentence increased[/caption]

He then hatched a gruesome plot to cover up his crime and pleaded for help finding the primary school teacher after reporting her missing.

In reality, Fisher had dumped his wife’s body in undergrowth 12 miles from their house in Castleford, West Yorkshire, where chillingly he used to play as a child.

The monster was jailed for life with a minimum of 15 years after pleading guilty to murder.

This means he could be back on the streets by the time he is 44 – and before his daughter reaches her 16th birthday.

His sentence will now be reviewed by the Attorney General’s office under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme.

Abi’s parents referred the original jail term after believing it was “far too low”.

Mum Andrea and dad Michael told The Sun Online: “We think he should have got more.

“We’ve put the appeal in because we weren’t happy with the sentence. The police weren’t happy with the sentence either.

“He got 15 years for murdering our daughter and for what he did afterwards.

“Fisher has literally tortured us. He knew where our daughter was all along and played the victim as he tried to put the police off finding her.

“It just doesn’t make sense to us to think that he could be out in 15 years for what he has done.

“Abi’s daughter needs to have as normal a childhood as possible and be an adult before she has to deal with him being released.”

A post mortem previously heard how Abi, who taught at Featherstone All Saints CofE Academy, died from strangulation.

She had also suffered multiple blows to her head and face.

Andrea said: “He hasn’t actually ever admitted to strangling her or beating her,

‘I have strangled her’ has never come out of his mouth.

“We think the only reason he didn’t take it to a trial was to avoid everyone knowing exactly what he did.

“He has never ever given a full admission of what he did to Abi.”

Fisher called police on July 9 to report he was “concerned for his wife” after he woke up to find she was not there.

He was spotted on CCTV leaving the Castleford area at 4am on July 9 driving along the M62 towards where Abi’s body was found.

Fisher was then seen returning at around 9.30am where he made chilling web searches for West Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Police and BBC News.

The couple’s baby daughter had been left alone while Fisher disposed of his wife’s body.

James Lake, prosecuting, said this was “plainly efforts to see if her [Abi’s] body had been discovered.”

Officers analysing his phone were led to the Brierley area where they discovered Abi’s partially-covered body near a lay-by.

Fisher’s fingerprints were found on tape near his wife’s body.

Andrea said: “I cannot foster at the moment and my husband cannot go back to work yet.

“We can’t sleep properly, we have panic attacks and the nightmare flows from one day to the next. It is just never ending, we cannot believe we will never see our daughter again.

“He was our son-in-law. He had been part of our family for a long, long time.

“He and Abi had bought their own house seven years ago, they had been married for five years, and he had lived with us for five years before that.

“It’s been devastating knowing that we let him into our family and we trusted him.  

“No-one thought he was capable of something as horrific as this.”


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Ex-Celtic star Nir Bitton’s speeding trial delayed for months by interpreter request – despite ace’s fluent English

EX-CELTIC ace Nir Bitton’s speeding trial was delayed for six months as he wanted an interpreter — despite speaking fluent English.

The Israel star, 31, had his lawyers postpone the case three times because a Hebrew translator failed to turn up after he did 95mph in a 50 zone.

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Former Celtic player Nir Bitton at Glasgow Sheriff Court where he pled to reduced charges of speeding[/caption]

But Bitton coped fine with telly interviews during his nine years with the Hoops.

It comes as court staff scramble to clear a mountain of backlogged cases after Covid.

A source said: “Bitton’s English is excellent.

“It’s surprising it would be felt he would need an interpreter to follow things.”

The midfielder, now at Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv, spoke to Celtic TV in May.

He revealed he had helped countryman Liel Abada “settle into the city, the culture, the football, the language”.

And he told how he had “two Scottish kids and another one coming” during his near-decade in Glasgow.

The Scottish Court and Tribunal Service said: “It is policy to facilitate accused persons with an interpreter in all cases if the court deems this necessary.”

Bitton jetted back for the Glasgow sheriff court hearing last week.

He admitted careless driving on the M80 near the city in his Audi SQ7.

Sheriff Michael Hanlon fined him £4,500 with nine points but spared him a ban.

Scottish Tory Shadow Justice Secretary Jamie Greene MSP said many would be “aghast” at the hold-up.

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Scots launderette owner at centre of sex trafficking empire was star of BBC show before he was jailed for 10 years

A SEX trafficking kingpin was a star of a Gogglebox-style telly show, we can reveal.

Jagpal Singh, 52, was one of the “regular cast of real British people” who discussed the latest news on BBC comedy series Common Sense.

Singh, 52, and his ex-wife appeared on BBC show Common Sense
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But his small-screen fame came before he went on to be a crime boss who duped women into travelling to Scotland before forcing them into prostitution.

A source said of Singh,  who is now behind bars: “He loved all the attention he got from being on TV.

“You would have thought he was Brad Pitt the way he carried on. But nobody suspected he would end up doing what he did.”

Common Sense was narrated by Gavin and Stacey co-creator Ruth Jones, 56, and ran on BBC Two for six episodes in 2016.

A publicity blurb at the time said members of the public were picked  for “their sharp wit and humorous take on life”.

Singh appeared in scenes shot at his then launderette in Glasgow’s west end — where his customers included footballers, lawyers, judges,  and actors from telly shows Balamory and Still Game.

Known to pals as Jerry, he was seen chatting with his ex-wife about topics such as David Beckham and stress eating.

But later he teamed up with his lover, “female boss”  Donglin Zhang, 48, and  Albanian Vlassis Ntaoulias, 33, to set up a network of brothels across Glasgow.

Boonsong Wannas, 62, from Thailand also helped them bring in women from Asia, who were forced to provide sex services from August  2018 to February 2020.

Their vile business unravelled after cops went to a Glasgow premises and found a distressed Chinese woman inside who revealed she’d been compelled to sell her body.

Singh was arrested after raids on another seven brothels.

We told last month how he was convicted of sex trafficking after a trial at the High Court in the city and caged for ten years.

He’d previously been locked up in Ireland for fraud.

 Zhang got eight years while Ntaoulias was jailed for seven years and Wannas for six years and four months.

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Scots sex attacker preyed on teen girl after lying he wanted to play X-Box with her

A SEX attacker raped a teenage girl after lying he wanted to play a games console with her.

Kevin Kenny, 39, preyed on the child who eventually told friends what had happened.

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Kevin Kenny from Annan at the High Court in Glasgow where he pled guilty to the rape and sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl[/caption]

It emerged Kenny had repeatedly molested a four year-old around 20 years earlier which had been reported to police at the time.

He is now behind bars after he pled guilty to rape and a charge of using lewd and libidinous behaviour.

Kenny will be sentenced in the New Year.

The crimes occurred at different addresses in Annan, Dumfriesshire.

The High Court in Glasgow heard he first attacked the rape victim in 2018 when she was 13.

Describing one incident, prosecutor John McElroy KC said: “Kenny would use the pretence of playing the X-Box with the girl to avoid suspicion of being with her and would turn the television up loud.

“Kenny’s own partner later had “concerns” about him and the girl.

He later denied there was “anything untoward”.

In January 2020, the victim became upset while with friends

She went on reveal what had happened and was described as being “in bits”.

Mr McElroy: “This conversation was recorded on a phone without the knowledge of the girl.

“Police were then alerted about what Kenny had done.

The court heard how a young girl had spoken to officers in April 2002 about him sexually assaulting her.

This victim was then interviewed again in March 2020 and repeated how she had suffered, but could not remember how many times.

Kenny, also of Annan, had been on bail before the hearing today.

But, he was remanded by judge Lord Stuart pending sentencing on January 11 in Edinburgh.

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Pregnant mum-of-two who mowed down her own sister in love rival clash over man after cocaine binge is jailed

A PREGNANT mum-of-two has been jailed for running over her own sister in a cocaine-fuelled rage.

Lisa Bowden, 33, warned younger sibling Jade she would kill her just seconds before mowing her down in her Vauxhall Astra, a court heard.

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Pregnant mum Lisa Bowden has been jailed for 18 months for running over her sister[/caption]

The pair were said to be locked in a bitter clash over a man after Bowden started dating the ex-partner of one of Jade’s friends.

Bowden’s children, aged 10 and 12, were in the car at the time of the incident outside Beef and Babes gym in Greenhithe, Kent.

Maidstone Crown Court was told how Jade was sent flying over the bonnet of her sister’s car and landed on a busy road.

She fractured her thigh bone and hit her forehead, narrowly avoiding being hit by a passing vehicle.

Bowden then drove off, leaving Jade “terrified” she would die.

When arrested, Bowden gave a drug reading of 128 microgrammes for the cocaine by-product, benzoylecgonine – more than twice the legal limit of 50.

She later claimed the positive test result was a consequence of someone spitting in her mouth.

Jade has made a full recovery, Bowden is 16 weeks pregnant and the sisters have reconciled, but a judge said imprisonment was unavoidable as there was “no realistic prospect of rehabilitation” and custody would not impact her two kids, who live with their dad.

After admitting inflicting grievous bodily harm, drug-driving, and having no insurance, Bowden was sentenced to 18 months.

Judge Oliver Saxby KC told her she had “completely lost her temper” on December 14 last year and the incident was her fault.

“It was you who had picked the argument, it was you who got angry, it was you who was unable to contain that anger, and it was you who drove at her. She could have died,” he said.

“These offences are so serious that appropriate punishment can only be achieved by immediate custody.”

At the end of the hearing, Jade could be heard crying in the public gallery while another woman, who introduced herself to the judge as their mum, said: “Your Honour, you did the right thing.”

Bowden, of Stone in Dartford, was also banned from driving for 33 months.

She has a previous conviction for driving without a licence and a reprimand for common assault.


Prosecutor John Connor told the court that on the day in question, Bowden drove to a friend’s home where there was arguing and shouting.

Her children were in the back of her car and became distressed, at which point their aunt, Jade, went to speak to them.

Her sister was said to have become upset at the “intrusion” and shouted: “Get away from my car and my kids. I’m going to kill you.

“Don’t move. I’m going to run you over.”

“She looked angry, was gritting her teeth and then moved off, spinning the wheels of her Astra and hitting Jade’s left leg, causing a fractured femur, concussion and quite extensive bruising,” the prosecutor said.

The incident was captured on CCTV and was played during the sentencing hearing.

As well as a fractured leg, for which she needed surgery to fit a metal plate and screws, Jade suffered a sprain to her right leg and bruising to her head and body.

She told police at the time that the incident had had a “huge effect” on her mental health.

But Mr Connor said that when cops spoke to her more recently, she said she was “all better” and asked if it was “too late” to retract her statement.

Alexa Le Moine, defending, said the sisters had since “repaired” their relationship and that Bowden, who only discovered she was pregnant two weeks ago, would “take her actions back in a heartbeat”.

“Not only was her behaviour out of character but she remains disgusted with herself that she did that to her sister, who she adores so much, and with her children in the car,” Ms Le Moine added.

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My brother kidnapped Shannon Matthews – I warned cops he could have her on day one & nobody listened

THE sister of Shannon Matthews’ kidnapper claims she urged cops to check him during one of the country’s biggest ever manhunts.

The family of Mick Donovan have spoken out for the first time since cops began their search for Shannon Matthews in 2008.

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Shannon Matthew’s was nine-years-old at the time of her kidnap in 2008[/caption]

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Karen Matthews after her arrest in connection with the kidnap of her own daughter[/caption]

His sister, who wished not to be named, has alleged she told West Yorkshire Police to “check out my brother,” on day one of the manhunt, as reported in The Mirror.

In a shocking new documentary, The Man Who Took Shannon, due to air on Channel 5 next Thursday, she claimed: “Not one of them believed me when I said, ‘Go to his house.’

“The day Shannon went missing, I was listening to the radio and it said a child’s gone missing, named her.

“I knew he had her.

“All I could think… he’s done it once before… What if he has…?

“I called the police and said, ‘Check out my brother, please’. I got no response whatsoever from them… they didn’t care or believe me.”

According to her, the £3.2 million search could have been ended within the first 24 hours, but instead it took a total of 24 days to find Shannon.

A second relative, who also wished to remain anonymous, said he became suspicious of Mick after he asked to borrow children’s DVD’s.

He claimed he told Crimestoppers after the search started: “I thought it were a bit strange.

“I believed he had Shannon, so went round. He wouldn’t let me in.”

Police eventually found the nine-year-old drugged and held hostage under Donovan’s bed in his flat at Lidgate Gardens, Batley Carr, West Yorks.

The discovery came after the force listened to this concerned relative after he told them: “You want to go see Mick Donovan… he’s related to Craig Meehan [Karen’s ex].”

Investigations soon uncovered Shannon’s mother, Karen Matthews, and Donovan had planned the kidnapping in order to be awarded £50,000 for “finding” her.

The 33-year-old was sentenced to eight years in jail at Leeds Crown Court alongside Donovan back in 2009 for false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice.

But Matthews, labelled as Britain’s Worst Mother, was released in 2012 after serving just half of her sentence.

Her accomplice also got out in the same year, but the 40-year-old was recalled shortly afterwards.

Although his sentence finished in 2016, his family have confirmed he is now in a psychiatric facility.

However, West Yorkshire Police has strongly denied Donovan’s sister’s claims.

A spokesman said they “conducted a thorough investigation into the kidnap.

“The records do not support this account of a call made to the police on 19/02/2008.”

A Crimestoppers spokesman said: “Our charity takes crime information completely anonymously. No personal details are ever asked for, or stored.”


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Two Scots gangland killers have ‘super-Asbos’ axed after court heard they breached their human rights

TWO gangland killers had their ‘super-Asbos’ axed — after a court heard they breached their human rights.

John Kennedy, 42, and Darren Eadie, 31, were hit with Serious Crime Prevention Orders after both were caged for life over the slaying of drug dealer Kenny Reilly, 29. 

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The measure was meant to stop them mixing with fellow criminals after they are released from prison.  

But the pair’s legal teams went to the Court of Criminal Appeal to argue the orders handed down in March were “disproportionate” and unnecessary. 

They claimed the men could have been rehabilitated by the time they’d spent at least 24 years behind bars. 

Eadie’s solicitor advocate Ann Ogg told the appeal court: “Judges do not have crystal balls in their armoury.” 

It was also argued the most appropriate time to issue an order was close to their release, when the police chief constable could make an application. 

Eadie and Kennedy were convicted in February of the “planned execution” of Reilly in Maryhill, Glasgow, in 2018.

A month later they became the first Scots lifers to get SCPOs when Lord Beckett granted the Crown’s request.

Explaining  the ruling to quash them, Lord Carloway said: “The trial judge, in predicting whether any future risk was real rather than a possibility, was entitled to take into account that this was a cold-blooded assassination.” 

But he said an important factor was “progress toward rehabilitation”  one or both might make “over the quarter century they will remain incarcerated”. 

The appeal judge added: “The court does not regard it as a proportionate response to the prospective risk that an SCPO be made at this stage.”

Kennedy was caged for a minimum of 26 years for the shooting. Eadie got 24 years while his dad Morton, 57, and Ross Fisher, 31, were also jailed for life.

The court heard the terms of the ‘super-Asbos’ meant Eadie and Kennedy couldn’t have more than £1,000 in cash. 

Lord Carloway concluded Eadie had organised the shooting in retaliation for an assault  on his pal Ryan McAteer.

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