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Soldier’s alleged murderer tells court: ‘We did not wish to give him much pain... he was still alive’

Man faces jail for 1988 rape

A sex attacker who subjected a teenage waitress to a terrifying knifepoint rape ordeal more than 20 years ago faces jail after being caught in a cold case review.

Trial of men accused of burning poppies opens

The trial of two men accused of burning poppies on the anniversary of Armistice Day is due to start today.

Charles Nevin: Must we regard our ancestors as cannibals?

Start the week: Do you ever think we're a touch tough on ourselves as a species?

Assange declared an 'enemy of the people in Sweden'

Julian Assange's chances of being given a fair trail if he is extradited to Sweden on sexual allegations has been further damaged by a "toxic" attack on him by the Swedish Prime Minister, a court heard yesterday.

Assange lawyer admits he was wrong over interview

Julian Assange's lawyer told a court yesterday that prosecutors attempted to interview the WikiLeaks founder over sexual assault allegations while he was still in Sweden.

Assange prosecutor is 'anti-men'

The prosecutor who wants WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange extradited to Sweden to face sex charges is "biased" against men, a court heard today.

BA man 'in plot to blow up aircraft'

An Islamic extremist with a job as a British Airways computer expert conspired with a radical preacher to blow up an aircraft bound for America, a court heard yesterday.

Nine in court on bomb plot charges

Members of a right-wing organisation packed the public gallery of the Old Bailey today as a group of men were remanded in connection with a bombing plot.

Nursery worker in court on child rape charge

A 20-year-old nursery worker appeared in court today charged with raping a child.

'If my client ends up in the US he'll go to Guantanamo, or be executed,' says Assange's lawyer

Claim that grisly fate awaits the WikiLeaks founder if he is extradited

Death penalty fears for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange

Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said today they fear he could face execution in the United States if he is extradited to Sweden.

Joan Smith: Gender inequality, not race, fosters abuse

Attitudes to women, rather than skin colour, are to blame for the behaviour of those who groomed girls with drink and drugs

Call to scrap jury trials for lesser offences

Scrapping the right to a jury trial for lesser offences that "clog up the courts" could save £30 million a year in prosecutors' costs alone, the Government's victims' commissioner said today.

Bez makes court outburst after court defeat

Former Happy Mondays star Bez today lost his appeal against conviction for assault - and was warned he would be re-arrested in the dock if he did not calm down.

Son and teen remanded over mother's murder

A son appeared in court today charged with the murder of his mother.

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