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Extradited paedophile jailed

A paedophile who was the first person extradited from China to the UK after he skipped bail on a false passport was finally jailed for seven years and eight months today.

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Two alleged gang members who escaped from a prison van faced trial in their absence yesterday over a series of gun and grenade attacks.

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There were two significant sporting moments played out in courtrooms in this country this year. One came amid a scrum of international media at Southwark Crown Court on the banks of the Thames in London and resulted in the imprisonment of three Pakistan Test cricketers, the captain Salman Butt, and two of the world's best fast bowlers, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir. It shook cricket, a continent and the sporting world beyond.

Jury sent home for weekend in Pakistan trial

The jury in the trial of Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were yesterday sent home for the weekend by the judge after a second day of deliberations failed to produce a verdict.

MP's wife sentenced for cat snatch

An MP's wife was given a nine-month suspended jail sentence yesterday for snatching a kitten from the home of her husband's mistress.

MP John Hemming's wife sentenced for cat snatch

An MP's wife was given a nine-month suspended jail sentence today for snatching a kitten from the home of her husband's mistress.

24 jailed over cocaine smuggle plot

Twenty-four members of an international drugs gang have been handed jail terms ranging from one year to 30 for plotting to smuggle up to 40 tonnes of cocaine into the UK.

Joanna Yeates trial jury considers verdict

Jurors at the Joanna Yeates murder trial retired today to consider their verdict.

Mohammad Amir is not an 'innocent and naive' teenager, court hears

The jury in the trial of former Pakistan captain Salman Butt was told yesterday that teenage fast bowler Mohammad Amir was not the "naive and wholly innocent" character the prosecution were suggesting.

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