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British couple die on Caribbean island of Grenada after being found on beach | World News

A retired husband and wife from Britain have died after being found on a beach in Grenada.

The couple were found on Paradise Beach on the island of Carriacou, on Saturday 9 March.

Police said the husband, 76, was pronounced dead at the scene after being found lying on the sand.

His wife, 77, was rushed to the Princess Royal Hospital on the island, where she was later pronounced dead by a doctor.

The Royal Grenada Police Force identified the couple as David John Foster and Rosaline Foster.

Local media reports said that it was an apparent drowning.

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It isn’t yet clear what led to the couple’s death.

Local police are investigating and a post-mortem will be conducted.

The Foreign Office has been approached for comment.

Constance Marten and Mark Gordon trial: Taxi driver was ‘suspicious’ of on-the-run couple with baby | UK News

A taxi driver became “suspicious” and felt “uncomfortable” after picking up a couple who were on the run with their newborn daughter, a court has heard.

Constance Marten, 36, and Mark Gordon, 49, are on trial at the Old Bailey accused of the manslaughter of their baby Victoria. Her body was found in a Brighton shed last February.

It is alleged the pair travelled across England and lived off-grid in a bid to keep the infant after four other children were taken into care.

A police investigation began after a placenta and Marten’s possessions were found in a burnt-out car on the M61 near Bolton last January.

In a statement read to the court on Wednesday, taxi driver Abdirisakh Mohamud said he became “suspicious” while driving the couple to a Tesco Extra branch in Enfield, north London, after they hailed him just after midnight on 8 January 2023.

Mr Mohamud said the male passenger – believed to be Gordon – asked if he was a Muslim, whether he was “trustworthy” and if there were cameras in the cab.

The man then asked: “Are you sharing this conversation with anyone?” Mr Mohamud replied: “No”, jurors heard.

Mr Mohamud said he questioned the couple on why they were wearing blue COVID facemasks, to which the woman replied she was a Muslim and said it was her “hijab”. The man also said he “had a problem with his hair,” the witness said.

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The taxi driver said he feared “something was not right” and decided to drop the couple off early in Green Lanes in Haringey, north London.

“The more I thought about it, the more concerned I felt about the baby,” he said.

Baby sounded like ‘cat meowing’

The Old Bailey heard that the couple spent hundreds of pounds on taxis, including £475 for a three-hour trip from Haringey to Newhaven in East Sussex.

Taxi driver Hasan Guzel made the trip early on 8 January, and said the woman – believed to be Marten – had what appeared to be a bag under her coat.

During the journey, he then began to hear what sounded like a “cat meowing,” the court heard.

“I was annoyed at first because I thought she had a pet without telling me. I could see it was a baby, I could see the noise was coming from a baby,” he said.

“I thought why didn’t she tell me about this, it’s been nearly four hours we have been travelling.”

He said when he dropped them off in Newhaven he was “concerned as to what they were going to do next” as it was cold and dark.

CCTV played to jurors on Tuesday showed the first glimpses of baby Victoria.

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CCTV shows Constance Marten

On Wednesday, the jury saw more security camera footage of the couple in Whitechapel, where Gordon brought a two-person tent and camping equipment.

Both defendants deny manslaughter by gross negligence between 4 January and 27 February last year.

Marten and Gordon also deny perverting the course of justice, concealing the birth of a child, child cruelty and causing or allowing the death of a child.

The trial continues.

Frank McKeever: Couple who subjected widower to ‘humiliating’ death after staging filmed confession jailed for life | UK News

A couple who subjected a widower to a “painful, protracted and humiliating death” before dumping his body in a remote location have been jailed for life for his murder.

Surie Suksiri, 32, and her now ex-boyfriend Juned Sheikh, 48, have also been jailed for preventing the lawful burial of Frank McKeever whose body has still not been found.

Mr McKeever, 62, disappeared after visiting Suksiri, who was his stepdaughter, at her home in Highbury, north London, on the evening of 28 August 2021.

Judge Antony Bate said Mr McKeever had been expecting Suksiri and Sheikh to “welcome him as before and be treated with the respect any guest deserves”, however: “Events took a sinister turn in that confined residential setting.”

While he was in the home Mr McKeever was photographed in a “humiliating” position and forced to make a filmed confession.

In the video he said he assaulted Suksiri when she was a child and she “deserved to be punished”.

Mr McKeever’s family said it was “heartened” after confirmation from police that there is no evidence the allegations of abuse are true.

Prosecutor Katherine Patterson told the Old Bailey that Mr McKeever was subjected to “significant and sustained violence and suffered a painful, protracted and humiliating death” after the confession was filmed.

Ms Patterson also told the court the “precise cause” of Mr McKeever’s death was unclear.

The judge said that after the murder the couple lied about what happened and hid his body in a “wicked and sustained deceit”.

The judge said it was a “serious affront to public standards of decency” and means the family cannot lay him to rest.

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Earlier, the victim’s older brother, Dominic McKeever, said the trial was “lengthy and harrowing” and the family has been denied the chance to give “happy-go-lucky” Mr McKeever the “loving farewell” he deserves.

Reading his statement in court, he said: “In the summer of 2021, Frank embarked on a new, positive chapter in his life. He was busy making plans to move house, enjoying exploring London with his new freedom pass and had reconnected with us, his siblings, much to our happiness.

“Frank had a lot to live for. This bright future has been cruelly and casually taken away from him and from us.”

He added that the confirmation there was no evidence Mr McKeever had carried out the abuse only added to the pain and “indignity” of his death.

Mr McKeever continued: “At times it felt as if Frank was on trial.”

In mitigation, Allison Hunter KC said Suksiri was vulnerable and had a low IQ and alcohol addiction.

She said Suksiri had no desire to cause further suffering to Mr McKeever’s loved ones and would tell authorities where his body is if she could.

Surie Suksiri was jailed for a minimum term of 18 years
Surie Suksiri was jailed for a minimum term of 18 years

Previously, the court was told Suksiri sent a 47-second video on WhatsApp to Sheikh’s sister about an hour after Mr McKeever arrived at her home on the night of his murder.

In it, Suksiri said “start” off-camera before Mr McKeever spoke on camera in a “flat tone” and said he assaulted her when she was six.

After the video was made, the defendants killed Mr McKeever, disposing of his body a few days later, the court was told.

Giving evidence, Suksiri denied harming her stepfather and blamed her partner for injuring him with repeated elbow blows.

After she realised he was dead, she admitted dumping Mr McKeever’s body but could only remember it was beside a motorway because Sheikh had driven them to the spot.

She told jurors they dragged the body out of the car and Sheikh covered it with branches.

Sheikh refused to answer questions after his arrest and chose not to give evidence during the trial.

Juned Sheikh was given a minimum term of 24 years
Juned Sheikh was given a minimum term of 24 years

Mr McKeever’s disappearance was noticed because he was due to complete a house swap with a couple, who reported him missing after contact stopped.

Suksiri claimed not to have spoken to her stepfather for 20 years.

But on 2 September she pawned three of his rings for £200, jurors were told.

Her sister-in-law raised concerns with social services, who contacted police after Suksiri told her about the recorded confession and sent her the video on WhatsApp.

The court was played conversations Suksiri had with an undercover police officer last year after being released under investigation.

They detailed a clear confession to the murder with Sheikh, the prosecution said.

Suksiri and Sheikh, from Camberwell in south London, denied the charges against them.

After their convictions earlier in November, Sheikh reacted angrily and told jurors to “rot in hell”.

Sheikh, who had 16 previous convictions, including for violence and robbery, was given a minimum term of 24 years, with Suksiri told she will spend at least 18 years in prison.

Couple whose Siberian husky dog mauled their three-month-old baby Kyra King to death spared jail | UK News

A couple whose Siberian husky dog mauled their three-month-old daughter to death have been spared jail.

Vince King and Karen Alcock’s female dog, named Blizzard, killed Kyra King in woodland on 6 March 2022.

The animal, one of 19 kept by the pair, jumped into the front of the couple’s van and out of the passenger door before mauling Kyra while she slept in her pram, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

King and Alcock had earlier been racing the dogs in Lincolnshire.

The dog, which will be put down, left Kyra with multiple head and neck injuries.

The parents performed CPR on the baby in an attempt to revive her.

Handing the pair suspended sentences on Monday, Judge Sjolin Knight said the incident resulted from a “tragic conjunction of circumstances”.

She said: “This is a tragic case, and I have no doubt that both of you wish every day you could wind the clock back so that incident never happened.

“There was nothing to trigger [Blizzard’s] attack on Kyra, but on this occasion she was dangerously out of control.

“Dog ownership is a privilege and for many a pleasure, but it comes with a heavy burden under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

“[Blizzard] did an awful thing which neither of you expected and will weigh heavily upon you for the rest of your lives.

“I don’t believe that this incident was reasonably foreseeable but believe it was a momentary lapse of an otherwise good system.

“It is appropriate to suspend both sentences.”

Jeremy Janes, prosecuting, told the court that the defendants were experienced dog owners and regularly raced the animals, which were used for sport in sledging teams, rather than being domestic pets.

King, 55, had raced dogs for 20 years after working in the military and also bred huskies.

On the day of the incident he had taken his dogs out for a practice run on a well-known route about three miles long.

Alcock, a 41-year-old veterinary nurse, had been with King since 2019 and accompanied him on the racing runs, with the pair working “as a team”.

Kyra had been taken along for the runs from just five days old and was described by the judge as a “very much wanted and loved baby”.

After racing seven dogs in Ostler’s Plantation, an area of woodland near Woodhall Spa, King returned to his van to swap the sledging teams over, with Blizzard leading the first team.

Karen Alcock (left), arriving at Lincoln Crown Court
Karen Alcock (left), arriving at Lincoln Crown Court

The dogs were transported in a van, the rear of which had been modified to contain lockable cages, and after her practice run, Blizzard was put inside the van to drink.

The dog attacked Kyra after leaping over the partition separating the cages from the van’s front seats.

Despite the efforts of King and Alcock, Kyra was pronounced dead at the scene and the pair were arrested.

Blizzard had been bought by King six years earlier, had been racing for three years and was pregnant at the time, Mr Janes said.

Alcock later said the dog had escaped two weeks before the incident and called her an “escape artist”, while King described her as “very energetic and eager to run, but not aggressive”.

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Mr Janes said Kyra suffered “horrific” injuries, adding that the incident “could have been reasonably foreseen” and “should have been on the defendants’ minds”.

King pleaded guilty to being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control, causing injury resulting in death, on the first day of his trial on 1 June and has no relevant previous convictions.

Alcock admitted the same charge on 23 December last year and has a previous police caution for being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control, when a spaniel bit a child’s trousers after it had been sat on.

King was given a 10-month sentence, suspended for two years, and was ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

Alcock was given an eight-month sentence, also suspended for two years, and was ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Knight stopped short of banning the pair from owning dogs.

Man charged with murder after bodies of married couple in their 30s found in Newhaven | UK News

A man has been charged with the murder of a married couple in Newhaven.

The bodies of a 33-year-old man and 30-year-old woman were discovered at a house on Friday night.

Derek Martin – a 64-year-old also known as Derek Glenn – is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

Detective Chief Inspector Kimball Edey, from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: “Our thoughts remain with the families of the two victims at this extremely difficult time.

“While our work to establish the exact circumstances of what happened are ongoing, we are not seeking anyone else in connection with the matter.

“I’d like to thank the public for their understanding and remind them not to speculate or comment on anything which could jeopardise our investigation in the meantime.”

The victims’ next of kin have been informed.

Climber scales The Shard barefoot and surprises couple staying on 40th floor of skyscraper | UK News

A couple staying on the 40th floor of The Shard woke up to a surprise at 6am this morning – a man climbing past their window after scaling the skyscraper barefoot.

Paul Curphey, 52, and partner Treasaidh, visited the iconic structure in southeast London for a birthday trip when they noticed someone “waving at the window”.

The fearless daredevil is thought to be free-climber Adam Lockwood – who shared a terrifying selfie of him balancing precariously close to the edge of the iconic 310m (1,016-ft) building.

The picture, posted on Facebook, is captioned Shard, 04/09/2022 and shows him shirtless with his arm extended, appearing completely at ease despite the dizzying height.

Mr Lockwood has shared a number of escapades on his profile, including pictures at the top of Dubai’s second-tallest building, Marina 101, which measures 425m (1,394ft).

Mr Curphey, a retail businessman from the Isle of Man, snapped a picture of a man who he said was “yelling in a celebratory fashion”.

“He appeared, waving at the window, 40 floors up, already in the deep end so to speak.

“We couldn’t help but urge him on to complete his mission.

The man pictured outside the couple's hotel window on the 40th floor.
The couple snapped the man outside their window on the 40th floor of the iconic skyscraper

“He was smiling, waving, and having the time of his life.”

“(My) partner thought I had pulled all the stops out and managed to get a guy to bring a box of Milk Tray for her birthday,” Mr Curphey joked.

“It was scary to see, but his happy demeanour was amazingly uplifting,” he added.

The Metropolitan Police said a 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of trespass.

Two other men were arrested on suspicion of causing public nuisance during the incident.

The force arrived at the scene, close to London Bridge, around 5.38am on Sunday morning, joined by the London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade.