Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Jail for woman who killed man with knife concealed in her bra

Katie Ann Jenkins killed Richard Craddock by plunging a knife into his neck after he agreed to give her a lift

Swansea: A young woman who says she fatally stabbed a grandfather with a knife concealed in her bra amid fears she would be sexually assaulted has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years.

Katie Ann Jenkins (24) thrust a 10cm blade into the neck of Richard Craddock last year after the 51-year-old agreed to give the former call centre worker a lift.

Jenkins had been on trial at Swansea Crown Court charged with Mr Craddock's murder. However, the jury was discharged after the count was dropped and replaced with manslaughter.

Defending QC Elwen Evans said her client pleaded guilty on the basis she had not meant to kill Mr Craddock or cause him serious harm.

A jury also had heard Jenkins told a friend she stabbed Mr Craddock after he "threatened to rape" her.

The defendant sobbed in the dock as Judge Keith Thomas made his sentencing remarks – amid tense and emotional scenes inside court one.

Jenkins family members were kept apart from Mr Craddock's relatives – who described the father-of-three as a gentle giant that would go out of his way to help people.

Judge Thomas told Jenkins: "Richard Craddock was a man who, perhaps through loneliness or a desire to turn back the clock years, sought the company of younger people.

"When he came to collect you later in the night, you secreted a knife in your bra.

"There can be no doubt that you knew it was there. It's clear that your wish to have cigarettes outweighed any concerns you had on Mr Craddock.

"That in itself is a barometer of any threat that you perceived was against you."

Judge Thomas said "a drug had been put" in Jenkins' drink that night but there was no evidence that it had an overwhelming effect upon her.

He added: "You anticipated that night that something bad may happen... you had a number of opportunities to leave his presence but you chose to remain in it."

Karaoke fan Mr Craddock – who pals called "Uncle Fester" – had agreed to pick up Jenkins from a house party in the early hours of May 11, 2013, so she could buy more cigarettes.

Hours earlier the diagnosed schizophrenic had met brunette Jenkins for the first time.

She was taken to his flat near Swansea city centre by her friend Demi Lee Widdowson, after the pair had shared three bottles of wine together.

As Jenkins was taken down to the cells, there were loud cries coming from where her mother and other relatives sat.

MP school sex cover-up claims probed

Rochdale: A criminal investigation is to be launched into an alleged cover-up of child abuse at a school linked to Sir Cyril Smith.

The Liberal Democrat politician, who died in 2010, is alleged to have used his status to sexually abuse young boys with impunity at Knowl View School in Rochdale.

Despite numerous previous allegations and past police investigations, Smith and other suspects have never been prosecuted.

A separate investigation is on-going to identify suspects who took part in the alleged sexual abuse. Now police say they are to investigate alleged corruption by its own officers and local politicians as part of a cover-up of what was going on at the time.

The inquiry was sparked by Labour MP Simon Danczuk, who claimed in a recently published book that Smith raped a number of boys at the residential school.

Police, spies and politicians helped to hide the historical child abuse carried out by Smith, according to Mr Danczuk's book.

18 children die as train hits school bus

India: Eighteen children were killed when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railway crossing yesterday.

The bus driver also died, while another 20 children aged seven to 14 were injured, 15 critically.

They were on their way to school when the train hit the bus, dragging it several hundred feet along the tracks.

Hundreds of villagers rushed to the scene in Medak district, 60 miles north of Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana state. Some of them hurled stones at police as shocked parents grieved for their loss.

A father who lost both of his children suffered a heart attack and died after hearing the news of the collision, said state Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao.

Accidents are common on India's rail network, one of the world's largest with 23 million people riding daily on 11,000 passenger trains.

60 perish as militants ambush military convoy of prisoners

Iraq: At least 52 prisoners and eight soldiers were killed in a gun battle after militants attacked a prisoner convoy north of Baghdad.

The dawn attack began with rebels firing mortar rounds on Iraqi army bases in the town of Taji 12 miles north of Bagdhad, where suspects were being held on terrorism charges. Authorities evacuated the facilities, fearing a jailbreak. As the convoy travelled through a remote area, bombs were detonated and militants opened fire.

Eight soldiers and seven prisoners were also wounded — and officials were investigating if the prisoners were killed by soldiers or militants.

Female-only carriages after girl (13) raped and murdered

Thailand: A railway authority is planning to relaunch women-only carriages after a 13-year-old girl was raped and killed in her berth on an overnight train.

The move follows public outcry over the assault allegedly carried out by the train's staff. Two employees were arrested and the national railway governor was sacked by the military government.

The State Railway of Thailand said the special carriages for women and children under 10 will start operating on main routes from August 1.

The women-only carriages were cancelled previously due to profit losses.

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