Flabba killing: South African rapper ‘stabbed by girlfriend’

Skwatta Kamp pose for a picture with US rapper Ludacris, fileFlabba (front row, left) was a member of popular 1990s hip-hip group Skwatta Kamp

A woman has been arrested in South Africa for allegedly stabbing and killing a well-known local rapper.

Nkululeko Habedi, known as Flabba, 38 died, in his home in Alexandra, a Johannesburg township.

Police have told the BBC that his girlfriend will be charged with murder and will appear in court “within 48 hours”.

Mr Habedi became popular after he joined award-winning rap group Skwatta Kamp.

South Africans have taken to social media to send their condolences to his family and friends.

The BBC’s Pumza Fihlani in Johannesburg says Skwatta Kamp, founded in 1996, were seen as the pioneers of South African hip-hop, featuring local street slang and rhythms.

The group had hits such as uMoya and Clap Song.

Boko Haram: 10 things you should know about the terrorist attack in Baga

The attack is said to have lasted six days and about 3,000 residents of the town are said to have escaped to Chad.

A scene of destruction in Baga after 185 people were killed and over 2000 homes destroyed in April 2013.

Boko Haram insurgents have gone on a killing spree in Baga, Borno State and have reportedly killed thousands of people.

The attack is said to have lasted six days and about 3,000 residents of the town are said to have escaped to Chad.

Here are 10 things you should know about the attack:

  1. It started on Saturday, January 3

  2. Boko Haram initially attacked the military base in Baga which hosts the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), made up of troops from Nigeria, Chad and Niger.

  3. The terrorists engaged the troops in a fierce gun battle in the town.

  4. The soldiers attached to the base fled and the facility was taken over by the insurgents.

  5. The terrorists began a killing spree and are said to have killed 2,000 people in the community. Others are said to have drowned while trying to cross into Chad.

  6. The Boko Haram members also burnt houses and levelled the town. Officials say the town of Baga is “virtually non-existent”

  7. The surviving residents of Baga are said to have fled the town leaving it totally empty.

  8. The streets of Baga are said to be littered with corpses as there’s no one left to bury the dead.

  9. The terrorists are also said to have burnt down 16 communities in the area.

  10. Amnesty international has described the attack as the deadliest massacre in Boko Haram’s history.

Step father strangles, skins 19-year-old girl for fear she would report to her mother he molested her

An evil man strangled and skinned his 19-year-old step daughter for fear she would report to her mother he molested her.

  

A step father who constantly abused and sexually molested a 19-year-old girl, Kassandra Bravo, went to the extreme by strangling her and skinning her for fear that she would report the abuse to her mother.

The incident which happened in Uruapan, Mexico, is seen as one of the most hideous crimes ver committed by a human being. According to excelsior.com.mx, the body of the teenage student nurse was found lying beside a road after she had been killed and then skinned.

The girl, according to the site, was reported to have told friends in a Facebook post that her stepfather had sexually assaulted her and also accused him of murder, an accusation he vehemently denied.

But on  3rd December, 2014, Bravo disappered and her mother Angeles, 41, raised the alarm when she did not turn up at a babysitting job with family friends.

Police issued a missing person notice for the teenager and three days later, her body was discovered lying beside a road near the village of Las Cocinas, between Uruapan and Los Reyes.

A post-mortem revealed she had been strangled until she passed out and then skinned.

The area is notorious for violent attacks on women and detectives were initially sceptical that they would get any leads. But after interviewing a friend, they were told Kassandra had been planning to tell her mum that stepfather, Daniel Murrieta Sainz, 42, had been sexually abusing her since the age of 15.

Police believe her Facebook post must have been seen by friends, and are trying to find out why nobody raised the alarm.

The man, Daniel Murrieta Sainz, admitted murdering his stepdaughter but denies it was because he had sexually assaulted her.

A Police spokesman, Francis Zamora said:

“We brought him in for questioning and he admitted strangling her and dumping the body, but denied he had been abusing her or that he had skinned her.

He said he had been furious when he wanted to take her to her babysitting job, and she had not been ready.

After a row he had strangled her.”

Jessica Chambers’ phone provides leads, prosecutor says

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In this patch of rural Northwest Mississippi, the tire tracks stand out. They lead up an embankment to a tree, partially scorched from the car fire that would ultimately kill Jessica Chambers.

Much of the dirt, leaves and pine cones near the tree are burned as well.

The area where firefighters found the teen with burns all over her body is otherwise nondescript, aside from the crime scene tape. A rural road with no dividing line leads to a green gate and dirt driveway that sits a few feet from the tree and skid marks.

On Thursday, a CNN crew saw a man in a Panola County Sheriff’s Office pickup truck collect something from the ground, less than 50 feet from the tree, place it in a paper bag and drive off. He stopped a short distance down the road and crouched by the roadside, placing something else in a paper bag and driving away.

Later, several men from the sheriff’s office, clad in fluorescent vests, arrived and began investigating the scene, picking items up and examining them as a canine unit assisted with the investigation.

Questions abound about how the 19-year-old and her car ended up severely burned in this wooded area. Chambers died from her injuries on Sunday. Her family said she suffered burns over 98% of her body.

After obtaining warrants and cracking a password, police were able to access Jessica Chambers’ phone records and are following up on leads, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Police are searching her data and text records after obtaining warrants Wednesday that compelled Google and her cell phone provider to give police access to her phone’s content, said John Champion, district attorney for Mississippi’s 17th Circuit.

The prosecutor on Thursday also updated information he had given CNN the previous day that indicated Chambers had attended a party but police couldn’t find anyone who had seen her there. Police have now spoken to witnesses who claim to have seen Chambers at the party, the prosecutor said.

Mississippi teen burned to death

Champion said on Wednesday that when firefighters arrived at the scene near Courtland, Mississippi, Chambers approached one of them and spoke. She was not on fire, as has been widely reported, the prosecutor said.

Champion didn’t divulge the teen’s words but said, “It has certainly given us a lead we’re following up on.”

On Thursday, Champion spoke at a news conference, pleading for public help with the case and asking anyone with information, even if they think it’s insignificant, to talk to police.

“We’re definitely treating this as an arson. We’re still trying to determine through lab results as to what was the source of the arson,” he said.

He further told reporters he didn’t expect an arrest in the immediate future.

Asked who authorities had spoken to in the course of their investigation, he replied, “We’ve talked to many, many people.”

Though authorities are releasing sparse details of the crime and investigation — at least some of which can be attributed to a dearth of information — they have determined an accelerant was used in the blaze, but it’s not clear whether the accelerant was poured on the car or Chambers herself, Champion has said previously.

The state fire marshal is processing the evidence to determine what type of accelerant, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Atlanta is assisting, he said.

Investigators believe her phone will be “the key to everything,” the prosecutor said. She received a call before she left her house, he said.

Her older sister, Amanda Prince, said Jessica called their mother from a gas station and told her she would be home right after she cleaned her car.

The business, which Champion characterized as a rural mom-and-pop store, is about 2 miles from Chambers’ home. It sells fried chicken, pizza and deli sandwiches, and there is a constant stream of people sharing rumors and random chatter about the killing that has rocked their area.

The clerk who helped her said nothing seemed out of sorts.

“She seemed normal,” Ali Alsanai told CNN affiliate WREG. “She didn’t seem like something was going wrong, you know? She just seemed normal. She just pumped some gas, we had a talk and she left.”

The clerk said on Thursday that one thing struck him as odd: Chambers pumped $14 worth of gas. She was a regular in the store, popping in every day or two, and she rarely pumped more than $5 in gas, he said.

“I asked her about it, and she said she was going somewhere,” he said. “She was quiet that day, real quiet.”

Employee Renna Tucker said Chambers was a fixture at the store. Everyone knew her and she was “real friendly,” the attendant said.

“Not one time have I ever heard her get loud, have a smart mouth. She was always smiling,” she said.

As Champion noted in his news conference, Tucker said it’s a close-knit community and if something big happens, everyone knows about it.

“Nothing gets around without us hearing something, and right now there’s nothing,” Tucker said.

Chambers’ death has Tucker frightened, to the point that she’s switched her routine.

“Usually I got off work at 5 and I stay late til 6 or 6:30, but no more. I go straight home after dark,” she said.

A Facebook page titled Justice for Jessica has drawn more than 97,000 likes and that number was climbing rapidly Thursday. The page states it was created “to keep Jessica’s name alive & out there.”

Pistorius case: Judge rules prosecutors can appeal

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius being escorted to a police van after his sentencing at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria - 21 October  2014

A South African judge has ruled that prosecutors can appeal against the “culpable homicide” conviction of Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius.

The double amputee was jailed for five years in October for shooting dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his home last year.

Judge Thokozile Masipa said prosecutors could not challenge the length of the sentence given to Pistorius.

Pistorius’s lawyers had opposed the appeal request.

Prosecutors are seeking a murder conviction and the case will now go before South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal.

They have argued that Judge Thokozile Masipa misinterpreted the law when she ruled that Pistorius did not intentionally shoot Ms Steenkamp.

Judge Masipa announced the ruling in a Pretoria court on Wednesday.

“I cannot say… that the prospect of success at the Supreme Court of Appeal is remote,” she said.

Judge Thokozile Masipa  in court in Pretoria, South Africa, on 9 December 2014Judge Masipa ruled in October that Pistorius did not intend to kill

“The application therefore in respect of count one is decided in favour of the applicant.

“The application for leave to appeal against the sentence is dismissed.”

Outlining his case on Tuesday, prosecutor Gerrie Nel said the sentence was “shockingly inappropriate and does not fit the crime and the accused”.

The sprinter had been charged by the prosecution with the premeditated murder of Ms Steenkamp, a model and law graduate.

He was also acquitted of the lesser murder charge of dolus eventualis – also known as common-law murder – by Judge Masipa, who ruled that he did not intend to kill.

The prosecution had called for the maximum 15-year sentence for culpable homicide, or manslaughter.

Ms Steenkamp was shot dead at Pistorius’ home in Pretoria in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year. He said he feared there was an intruder.

Pistorius is serving the sentence in the hospital wing of Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru II prison.

Correspondents say the appeal is likely to take place next year.

Stabbed To Death15 year-old Nigerian footballer knifed, killed in England

Joel and his friends were walking before they were ambushed by a group in a packed car who chased and stabbed the Nigerian

15 year-old Nigerian, Joel Adesina died from injury sustained through a stab to the stomach

Joel Adesina was an ‘Ambitious’ and ‘hard-working’ teenager who was talented enough to play professionally in the topflight of the English football league.

As reported on Daily Mail, he was stabbed in the stomach during a late-night row on Friday night last week in Bethnal Green, East London after Joel and his friends were ambushed while taking a walk and were chased into a housing estate where he was stabbed.

He was rushed to the hospital where he died three hours later into Saturday morning.

An 18 year-old suspect was arrested but later released with no further action to be taken.

Neighbours and manager of the teenager’s football team described him a gentle young boy who never stayed out late as he was mostly seen returning home in his football kits

Joel as a winger was ‘’as good as gold” and talented enough to play professionally,’ his coach at Bardag FC Yellows, Ricky Downes said.

‘’To say that myself and the club are devastated is an understatement, we are absolutely in bits.

‘’Joel was a wonderful young lad who had the world at his feet.

‘’He was a very talented footballer and had ambitions of playing professionally. I think he had a future in the sport and could have played for a living.

‘’He was a very talented footballer and had ambitions of playing professionally. I think he had a future in the sport and could have played for a living.

‘’There was something about Joel that touched me and his death is totally unexpected. He never gave me any inkling that he was involved in gangs or anything like that.

‘’He was cheeky, bubbly, and a thoroughly likeable young man,’’ 55 year-old Mr Downes added.

Police report has it that Joel and his friends were walking, possibly home, when they were confronted by a group in a parked car; they were chased by the group into a housing estate where neighbours say they heard ‘screaming and shouting’. Joel was cornered and stabbed.

‘’Police were called by London Ambulance Service to Bethnal Green Road, E2, at 23:04hrs on Friday, 5 December.

‘’Officers attended and found a 15-year-old boy suffering from serious stab injuries to the abdomen.

‘’The boy was taken by London Ambulance Service to an east London hospital.

‘’Anyone who may have witnessed this altercation or have information which could assist the investigation is asked to contact the police as soon as possible.’’

Kinga Legg murder: Ian Griffin guilty of killing millionaire girlfriend

Ian Griffin

A businessman has been jailed for murdering his millionaire girlfriend in a Paris hotel suite.

Ian Griffin, 45, from Cheshire, was arrested in June 2009, after Kinga Legg was found dead in their £1,000-a-night room at the five-star Hotel Le Bristol.

He had denied killing her, claiming he could not recall what happened and woke to find the room in a chaotic state, before discovering Ms Legg’s body.

He was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years at the Cour D’Assises in Paris.

Griffin was the subject of a European arrest warrant after a maid discovered Ms Legg’s battered body in the bathtub.

The Paris court heard he fled Paris in his Porsche 911, which was later recovered from an address in Warrington, Cheshire, where he grew up.

He was arrested several days after the arrest warrant was issued, in woodland in nearby Macclesfield.

Ms Legg, 36, who lived in a mansion in Surrey with Griffin, was found in the blood-spattered hotel room with multiple injures and more than 100 marks on her body.

The Polish-born millionaire, who made her fortune running her family’s supermarket produce supply business Vegex, died of internal bleeding.

Kinga Legg

Ian Griffin always claimed he never meant to kill his fiancee Kinga Legg

In court: Lucy Williamson, BBC Paris Correspondent

After finding Kinga Legg’s body, Griffin spent several hours cleaning the room and hung a Do Not Disturb sign on the door, before driving back to the UK in his sports car.

Speaking directly to the jury at the Paris court, Griffin asked them “How could you think I killed the woman I loved?”

The couple had a turbulent and physically violent relationship. A few weeks before she died, Ms Legg reportedly sent a text message to a friend, describing how her fiancé had pressured her to take an overdose of sleeping pills.

A lawyer for her family said they had hoped for an explanation of what had happened on the night she died. “Instead,” he said, “they had to be content with Mr Griffin’s memory lapses.”

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Griffin had denied murder and told the court he blacked out after arguing with Ms Legg at a restaurant earlier in the evening, when she told him: “You owe me sex”.

During closing statements by both the prosecution and defence, he told the jury: “To think I could do that to the girl I love, that’s killing me. I have been through every regret, every emotion.”

“I would give my life for hers tomorrow,” he said.

Presiding judge, Didier Safar, said the jury decided Griffin should not benefit from a law which states a defendant is not liable for his actions because of a “psychological disorder”.

However, he said the jury did say his level of responsibility was “changed” by his mental state.

After sentencing, Ms Legg’s brother, Marek Wolf, said it was “the correct verdict and decision”.

“I’m glad that after three years the trial is finished, but nobody can give me or my parents my sister back.”

Griffin’s current girlfriend Tracy Baker, who wept as the sentence was delivered, declined to comment as she left the court.