Jail term for taxi driver rapist Khalile Maqsood

A taxi driver who subjected a passenger to a horrifying abduction and rape has been jailed for eight and a half years.

Ex-policeman in £365m scam

A former police officer who admitted his part in a £365m VAT fraud has been jailed for 10 years.

Lover who snapped spared jail

A woman who bit a hole in her boyfriend's scrotum during a row has been spared jail.

Woman spared jail over scrotum bite

A woman who bit a hole in her boyfriend's scrotum during a drunken row was spared jail today.

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.

Joanna Yeates trial jury considers verdict

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

Woman faces jail for biting testicles

A woman who admitted biting off her boyfriend's testicles has been warned she could be jailed.

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.

Man jailed for rape attack

A rapist who attacked a woman walking home from a nightclub has been jailed, police said.

Vincent Tabak denies sex thrills strangling

Joanna Yeates's killer faced allegations today that he strangled her for sexual thrills.

Soldier's career in ruins over riots

The Army career of a serving soldier is in ruins after he was locked up for eight months today for buying a stolen guitar during the August disturbances and then trying to sell it on.

Killers of personal trainer jailed

Two members of a gang who gunned down and killed an innocent man by mistake were jailed for 28 years each today

Officer pleads not guilty to Ian Tomlinson manslaughter

The police officer accused of killing the newspaper vendor Ian Tomlinson during London's G20 protests in 2009 has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.

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