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A woman who killed her husband in a hammer attack has won an appeal against her murder conviction after arguing she acted as the result of decades of abuse. Georgina Challen, 65, known as Sally, said she killed her husband Richard, 61, at their home in Surrey in August 2010 after 40 years of being controlled and humiliated by him. She was jailed for life in 2011 after being found guilty of his murder, but today had her conviction overturned in a landmark case on the basis of ‘coercive control’.

Challen’s case, which is supported by Justice for Women, was brought forward after lawyers argued that ‘fresh evidence’ on the issue of coercive control would help a jury today reach a different verdict. Lady Justice Hallett said the court was satisfied that the fresh evidence undermined the safety of her previous conviction. At her 2011 trial at Guildford Crown Court, Challen, of Claygate, Surrey, admitted killing her former car dealer husband but denied murder, claiming diminished responsibility. The prosecution case was that it was the action of a jealous woman who suspected infidelity. She was jailed for life with a minimum term of 22 years, later reduced on appeal by four years. The defence of coercive control as a form of domestic abuse only passed into law in 2015, so was not available to Challen at the time of her trial

Her barrister, Clare Wade QC, told the court today that, because it was not understood at the time, the issue of coercive control was ‘not sufficiently marshalled and not sufficiently analysed’ for the argument that was being run in Challen’s defence. She said: ‘Our understanding of coercive control has developed since the appellant trial.

It wasn’t known about at the time of the trial and it wasn’t fully appreciated and, because of that, the facts weren’t presented in a way that was consistent with coercive control.’ She said the theory of coercive control explains how behaviours are used to abuse people in relationships and ‘shifts the emphasis away from physical harm’. There were incidents Challen had mentioned in her police interview, including the fact she received no help from her husband as a new mother, which were not put forward in evidence because they were not thought to be relevant at the time, Ms Wade said.

The barrister also said forensic psychiatrist Dr Gwen Adshead, who saw Challen in prison in 2015 after she suffered a manic episode, had concluded she was suffering from two mental disorders at the time of the killing. Dr Adshead believed these were ‘suppressed’ by the coercive control operating within the marriage. Scores of demonstrators attended the hearing, which ran over two days, following a high-profile campaign by Challen’s sons David, 31, and James, 35. Speaking before the hearing, David Challen said: ‘This affects not just our mother but thousands of victims who don’t have a voice, both men and women. ‘Me and my brother have spoken out, not just for our parents but for other victim too.

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KUANTAN: Police have arrested a local businessman in connection with the missing diamond and ruby ring worth RM2.89mil from a jewellery outlet in Genting Highlands on Sunday.

The 46-year-old businessman, from Kuching, Sarawak, was arrested in Bentong at 4.30pm on Wednes­day.

Pahang Commercial Criminal Investigation Department head Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the suspect, who deals with imported goods from China, also operates a budget hotel in the federal capital as well as provides luxury car rental service through the WeChat application.

“The man is believed to know the two key suspects in the case as they had used his luxury car rental service a few times to Genting Highlands, including on the day of the incident, as well as to send them to Kuala Lumpur International Airport a few hours later.

“The local businessman had also followed the (key) suspects to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, on Sunday, but decided to return to Malaysia on Tuesday after finding them (suspects) not in the hotel,” he told reporters here yesterday.

Following the arrest of the businessman, Supt Mohd Wazir said police were taken to a hotel in Kuala Lumpur where the key suspects were alleged to have stayed, but the footage of a closed circuit television camera at the hotel did not have their image and there was no record of them being registered as guests.

He said police would request for an order to remand the businessman for further investigations.

Based on media reports, a Chinese national in his 50s went to the jewellery shop at 12.50pm last Sunday and asked to have a look at the ring.

The man examined the ring for about 20 minutes but then said he was not interested in it and left.

However, an employee noticed that the ring differed slightly from the one that was shown to the “prospective customer” and asked a colleague to test it. The ring was found to be a fake. — Bernama

-The Star

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Only 14, James (not his real name) once ordered his parents out of the master bedroom so that he could sleep there.

He also physically assaulted his father multiple times.

James would also smash objects at home, and these episodes happened so frequently, police officers at the police station near their home have become familiar with the family, said his counsellor.

His father eventually had to take out a personal protection order (PPO) against the boy.

Counsellor Clinton Galistan said: “The parents had become hostage to the situation, and the boy controlled the family.”

Such cases, where children are abusive towards parents or grandparents, are not as uncommon as some may think, experts told The New Paper.

Statistics from the Family Justice Courts showed that of the average 2,841 fresh PPO applications filed between 2014 and 2017, 8 per cent were by parents against children. This is double the 4 per cent filed by children against parents.

Earlier this week, The Straits Times reported how in 2016, a 16-year-old student armed himself with a steak knife and stabbed, slashed, punched and kicked his father when he refused to give him $2,000.

Now 19, he pleaded guilty in court on Wednesday to causing grievous hurt to his father.

Experts told TNP they are seeing more cases of children attacking their parents. And the children are getting younger.

According to statistics released by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) on Wednesday, the number of children whose parents had to resort to filing Beyond Parental Control (BPC) complaints against them was at a 10-year high last year.

There were 108 new cases last year – against 71 cases in 2016 and 85 in 2017 – and most of the complaints were against children aged 13 to 14.

Interestingly, between 2009 and 2017, most of the BPCs were taken out against girls. (See report on Page 4.)

Some of these cases have also escalated to the point where the parents live in fear of the child.

Psychologist Carol Balhetchet related a case where a mother of a 14-year-old was so afraid of him she did not dare return home alone. Instead, she would wait for her husband to finish work and go home with her.

Her son had physically attacked her more than once.

Mr Galistan, the director of justice and institutions at Lutheran Community Care Services, said cases of abusive children are common.

“The social paradigm and dynamic is changing, parents let their kids get away with a lot of things and at some point, the parents become a hostage to the situation,” said Mr Galistan, who had been a senior prison officer and had worked at both prison school and Assumption Pathway School.

Dr Balhetchet said it could be something similar to “the little emperor syndrome”, where parents overindulge their child or give in when the child throws a tantrum. This will lead to the child feeling like he should be getting his way.

“And in moments where the parents cannot control the child and lashes out or uses violence, the child learns that is how he can gain control,” she added.

The problem of abusive children is not unique to Singapore.

The Daily Mail reported in 2017 that a UK-wide survey in 2016 by researchers One Pulse found three in 10 mothers claiming to have been physically attacked by their children.

The BBC also reported that in 2015, figures from the Crown Prosecution Service showed 2,549 teens aged 14 to 17 were prosecuted for a range of domestic abuse offences on family members and in-laws, an increase from 2,114 in 2013-14.

The youngest defendants were aged 10 to 13 and of these, 11 were convicted.

This article was first published in The New Paper

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A pet owner has been accused of “animal abuse” for taking her cat to get plastic surgery on its face. The unnamed woman from China took her cat in to have an operation on its eyes after claiming she didn’t like the shape of them and thought they were “ugly”. The grey cat is said to have undergone a double-eyelid operation, or Asian blepharoplasty, where a crease is added to the animal’s eyelids, to create the look of a monolith.

In order to do this, vets made a cut on each of the cat’s eyelids with a scalpel, claimed a Jiangsu Television report earlier today.

The television station also revealed shocking photos of the cat following the procedure, which is believed to have cost the woman 10,000 Yuan (around £1,100). In the pictures, part of the cat’s fur has been shaved off its face, revealing that the poor animal’s eyes are very red and swollen. A line of stitches can also be seen on each eye.According to staff at the Rupeng Pet Hospital in Nanjing, where the op was performed, the double-eyelid surgery is common, with many dog owners opting to have it done so their pets can participate in shows. However they added that there can be a health risk when the surgery is performed on cats and it can cause a lot of discomfort.

Mail Online has revealed that since the report aired on Chinese television, the cat owner in question has been heavily criticised on social media.

One person said: “It doesn’t even look like the same cat anymore. This is plain torture.” A second commented: “I would go as far to say this is animal abuse – complete disregard for the poor cat’s feelings.”

“Completely unnecessary,” added a third user

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PETALING JAYA: Besides having some 6,224 CCTVs keeping an eye at MRT and LRT stations, there are teams of uniformed auxiliary policemen patrolling them and even roving among passengers on board trains.

This was the assurance given by Prasarana Malaysia Bhd to the al­­most 150,000 daily commuters who take the MRT and LRT following the robbery-cum-assault on a woman in a lift at the Taman Mutiara station in Cheras on Feb 14.

“In normal situations, there are between 10 and 12 auxiliary policemen in uniform from our Special Action Unit (SAU) on patrol, inclu­ding within the trains.

“This is for all four rail lines: the LRT Ampang Line, LRT Sri Petaling Line, LRT Kelana Jaya Line, and MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang Line,” the company said in response to queries by The Star.

The SAU teams are in addition to security services provided by auxiliary policemen at all MRT stations.

Prasarana said its security department was also optimising the work of its existing Special Task Force team to give more attention to six hotspots: Taman Mutiara Cheras, Batu 11, Bukit Bintang, Maluri, Kajang and Pertama Cheras.

These areas will see more auxiliary policemen.

The company said it was working closely with the relevant authorities including Bukit Aman’s Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department to improve on safety.

“But having said this, it is also vital for the public to be alert when in public places – not just at stations and in trains.

“It will be very useful if they report to us of any suspicious looking people or items left at stations and trains,” Prasarana said.

On the possibility of hiring more auxiliary policemen to monitor its CCTVs, the company said such a move would incur “significant investments” in manpower.

“Currently, we have an auxiliary policeman assigned for the task, but he is also required to patrol the station as well when necessary,” Prasarana said.

On the Feb 14 incident, it said the auxiliary policeman was at the security control centre.

“However, the incident was not shown live on the monitor as not all TV monitors capture live images.

“The total number of live video TV monitors is limited and they cannot cover all CCTVs installed at the stations, which are more than the total number of live video TV monitors.

“The 6,224 CCTVs at the stations do not include CCTVs installed in the trains,” the company added.

Malaysians Against Rape, Assault and Snatch Theft founder Dave Avran said improving safety and security at the stations should be done in a holistic manner, and not just as a knee-jerk response to a single incident.

“Improving the facilities alone are not enough as we need to look at passengers’ safety from a holistic point of view.

“Crimes like snatch thefts and wayside robbery are a matter of opportunity as the perpetrator is on the lookout for a soft victim.

“We need to continuously work towards improving the safety aspects of our public transport system,” he said.

How safe it is to walk to stations is another important factor.

Avran cited as examples the Cochrane and Taman Connaught MRT stations where there was no direct pedestrian linkway or bridge to nearby shopping malls or commercial areas.

This, as well as delays of between 30 minutes and an hour in the feeder bus service could leave commuters vulnerable to snatch theft or wayside robbery.

Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye proposed that the track operators adopt the latest technology to boost the security for MRT and LRT commuters.

“I would propose that Prasarana looks into the latest technology to improve the safety of commuters. They must be prepared to invest in the latest technology, getting the software and equipment to boost the security at all stations,” he said.

“I think showing footage live is important and this must be monitored by sufficient personnel. There should be more auxiliary police or security guards to patrol at the stations, especially those with high risks, during early mornings and late nights,” he suggested.

He said the safety of the MRT users must be given the highest priority.

-The Star

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BEWARE! Another ATM scam happened in Batu Pahat!

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WorldofBuzz wrote that an insurance agent from Batu Pahat recently lost RM30,000 from her bank account to scammers using the ATM. This has left her very confused because when she checked, her ATM card was still with her and she had not misplaced it before this, Oriental Daily reported.

The incident took place on Feb 25 around 8am when she was alerted about something fishy going on with her bank account. She said that she received WhatsApp calls from two unknown numbers when she was at home. She did not answer any of the 11 missed calls she received from these two numbers.

Not long after that, she received an SMS from her bank sending her the One-Time Password (OTP) and notifying her that her bank account was in the midst of transferring RM9,777 to another account. Right after this, one of the unknown numbers that called her previously sent a WhatsApp message, asking her to send the OTP she received over to them. 

Shocked, she immediately called her bank to verify whether the transaction had gone through and was informed that a large amount of money had been transferred out from her account. She told them to stop any transactions and went to the police station to lodge a police report.

Scammers Hacked Into M'sian Woman's Account & Stole RM30,000 Using The ATM - WORLD OF BUZZ 1

Source: China Press

After that, she went to one of the bank’s branches in Batu Pahat and discovered that RM10,000 had been transferred out from her bank account three times that morning without the need for any OTPs. She was puzzled as her ATM card was still with her and the daily withdrawal limit was only RM5,000 but somehow the scammers managed to hack into her account.

The bank said that they would investigate this incident in two weeks as they suspect that someone had hacked her account. She said that banks should ensure that their system is secure enough especially for online transactions and hopes that she will be able to get back her hard-earned money.

Be careful when receiving calls from unknown numbers and make sure to check with your bank if you notice anything suspicious!

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Screengrab via Apple Daily video. reported that the Hong Kong entertainment legend Andy Lau is suing a mainland Chinese company for using his photo without his permission to sell water purifiers.

According to HK01, Lau formally sued the water purifier manufacturer Zebrafish, a Zhejiang-based company, in October. The website reports that the case was officially heard at China’s first “cyber court” in Hangzhou on Monday.

The cyber court was set up in 2017 to handle internet-related crimes and civil cases, including trade disputes, copyright lawsuits, and product liability claims.

According to the indictment, Lau — a Cantopop superstar also known for starring roles in films like Infernal Affairs and House of Flying Daggers — said he discovered that Zebrafish had used his portrait and signature on a number of online ads to sell their water purifiers and other related products. His face was also put on the product’s packaging and, at one point, plastered on a billboard in Beijing.

The indictment goes on to say that Lau did not give Zebrafish permission to use his image, name, or signature for its packaging or advertising.

It adds that as a 30-year veteran of the entertainment industry, Lau’s name and reputation carry great commercial value, and that the use of his image would mislead consumers into thinking he was an official spokesperson for the manufacturer.

In addition to compensation of up to RMB2million (about US$300,000), Lau also wants Zebrafish to fork over RMB10,000 (about US$1,500) to cover legal expenses, and to issue a public apology.

Zebrafish, meanwhile, maintains they legally obtained the right to use the pictures involved, that their use did not infringe upon Lau’s rights, and that the compensation demanded by the entertainer was too high.

The case is ongoing.

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A man who honked at another driver in Tainan, Taiwan, was shot at nine times earlier today, 26 February

Taiwanese news site EBC reported that the man was driving two of his friends when the incident occurred at around 1am today. 

The man had honked at the other driver for blocking his lane

According to Sin Chew Dailythe man was then chased after by the attacker, who shot 9 times at his car

The victim, together with two of his friends, ditched his car before escaping in a taxi. 

Gunshots on the body of the car.
Image from EBC
Image from EBC

Out of the nine gunshots, the victim sustain two gunshot wounds on his body

The man suffered wounds on his right thigh and his left shoulder, while his friends were injured by ricochets. 

The trio, who escaped to a hospital from the scene, are currently being treated. 

The Taiwanese police have since identified the suspect, and the case is currently under investigation. 

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SERI ISKANDAR: The long arm of the law is bound to catch you, sooner or later, and two suspect’s involved in murder case 18-years ago, found this out last night.

Since 2001 Police had been keeping tabs on new possible new leads involving two suspects over a murder case which took place at the then construction site of the Perak Tengah Police District headquarters.

The two suspects involved in the murder case were a 50-year-old Indonesian with Malaysian permanent resident status and a 49-year-old Indonesian women.

Last night, the duo were nabbed in front of their rental home in Hulu Selangor, at 8.45pm.

Perak Tengah OCPD, Superintendent Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said the duo were detained to allow further investigations to be conducted into the murder of an Indonesian national.

He said in the incident which took place at 5.45am on August 14, 2001, Rebin Sumadi Suwoko, 32, was found dead.

The victim was found with slash wounds on his right side of the neck, back and waist, believed to have been inflicted with a sharp weapon, he said.

“Acting on new information, Police officers went to the house and detained the suspects. This is to probe further into the murder case under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

“Police have also taken a seven-day remand order against the two suspects at the Parit Magistrates Court this morning,” he said in a statement here today.

Zainal said initial investigations revealed that the motive behind the incident was due to suspicion and jealousy.

The incident it is learnt took place after the male suspect belived that the victim was having a secret affair with his wife who in 2001 was running the canteen at the Perak Tengah Police Headqurters construction site.

“On August 14, 2001, at about 12 midnight, the suspect and several friends arrived from Kuala Lumpur at his wife’s home at the construction site kongsi and began searching for the man belived to be involved in the affair with his wife.

“But they failed to find the man, they then confronted the victim who in turn tried to explain on the perceived affair involving the suspect’s wife but was instead attacked by the suspect,” he said.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoint Authority is sending inbound lorries and buses back to Malaysia from the Tuas checkpoint after a serious collision killed one person and injured 16 more.

According to the Straits Times, the ICA is directing heavy vehicles to use the Woodlands checkpoint as an alternative.

The paper reported earlier that a bus crash occurred at the location around 4.21am.

“A body was found and there were 16 other casualties conveyed to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and National University Hospital,” the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a statement.

The incident caused heavy congestion during the peak morning travel period although the ICA said this had begun residing to normal levels at 7am.

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