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Woman banned from every UK prison after smuggling ‘fruit pastille’ to her fiancé

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A woman has been banned from every jail in Britain after she passed her fiancé what she claims was a fruit pastille.  Melissa Hopper, 26, went to visit her baby’s father David Scott, who is a convicted drug gang member. During her visit, CCTV caught her passing him an ‘unauthorised article’ – which she insists was a sweet. ‘They obviously think it was drugs but it was just a Fruit Pastille that was thrown down a top,’ she said. ‘We were just having a laugh but now our baby might not be able to see her dad. ‘The baby needs to know her dad and I’m suffering from depression, so this is just making it worse.’

Staff at HMP Holme House in Stockton-on-Tees, Teesside, have barred Melissa  from visiting David for six months. Melissa claims Scott picked the sweet up and ate it during a visit on November 10. ‘They won’t say exactly what it is but they have basically implied he’s taken drugs, yet offered no proof,’ she said.

‘If it was drugs, why didn’t they drug test or nick him? ‘It was just a sweet and of course it is going to get eaten – what do they expect me to do, bin it?’ In March, Scott, 32, of High Newham, Hardwick, was locked up for more than six years for his role in a multi-million pound trans-Pennine plot to flood Teesside’s streets with heroin.

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After Melissa is allowed back, she faces another six months of ‘closed visits’, which means the couple will be separated by a panel. ‘It means I can’t touch him, and neither can his daughter,’ she said. ‘It is his family who will suffer.’ Melissa claims to have contacted both a solicitor and her Stockton North MP, Labour’s Alex Cunningham, to try to get the ban quashed.

However the Ministry of Justice seem set to hold firm over the ban. An MoJ spokesperson said: ‘We do not tolerate anyone breaking prison rules, and those that do so will face appropriate disciplinary action.’ HMP Holme House is currently spending millions of pounds to stamp out drug use and increase security. Last year it was announced that £9m will fund new body scanners to crack down on the use of new psychoactive substances, most commonly spice. Earlier this year, the category B jail was put in lockdown after staff fell sick inhaling spice fumes.

 

 

 

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Kenyan Bishop Bags 75 Years Jail Term For Defiling Three Girls

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A bishop accused of defiling three girls he was living with at an orphanage, infecting one of them with HIV has now sentenced to 75 years in prison.



Kisumu Resident Magistrate Pauline Mbulika found him guilty of three counts of defilement and deliberate transmission of HIV.

Joseph Agutu had promised to sponsor the minors before he started defiling them.

Agutu who hid his face from the cameras as police escorted him out of the solitary cell to Kodiaga Maximum Prison, had maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings.

He was charged with committing the crime against the girls between April and July 2016. One of the girls is aged 14 while two are 15 years old.

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The court heard that the accused intentionally committed the crime and deliberately infected one of the minors with HIV.

The accused also reportedly touched the girls inappropriately on various dates between April and July 12, 2016. In addition, Agutu also faced an alternative charge of touching the private parts of the minors.

Four prosecution witnesses pointed an accusing finger to the Bishop with the minors recounting the sexual encounters that the man subjected them to.

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One of the minors who is an orphan painfully narrated to the court how the bishop lured her and her grandmother to the trap.

“My grandmother brought me to him and he promised to sponsor my education. My grandmother went back home and left me with him at the church,” said the minor.

After a while, she told the court, the bishop defiled her and called the other girl and defiled them too as she slept on the floor. She said they were crying throughout the ordeal.

The court heard that the following morning the bishop refused to allow them to go to school but instead ordered them to go to church.

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Mitsubishi exits thermal coal sector, sells stakes in Australia mines

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Japan’s Mitsubishi has said it will sell its stakes in two Australian thermal coal mines for A$750-million, a move that means its exit from upstream thermal coal amid growing pressure from environmental activists.




The stake sales comes as a growing number of companies and pension funds across the globe are divesting assets or companies that generate revenues from fossil fuels, particularly coal.

Thermal coal, used to power turbines to produce electricity, has fallen out of favour with investors worried about pollution and greenhouse gases.

Mitsubishi will sell its 31.4% stake in Clermont coal mine to a joint venture between Glencore and Sumitomo, and its 10% stake in Ulan coal mine to Glencore, it said in a statement.

The deals are aimed at optimising its asset portfolio, Mitsubishi said.

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For Mitsubishi, which decided to sell its interest in two other thermal coal mines in Australia last year, the latest deals will mean an exit from thermal coal operations, although its coking coal operation will remain a key asset for the trading house.

The Clermont deal, expected to be completed in 2019, will bring the Glencore-Sumitomo joint venture’s stake in the mine to nearly 81.5%, Sumitomo said in a separate statement.

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“The acquisition will allow us to continue stable supply of high-quality thermal coal to our existing customers, including Japanese utilities,” a Sumitomo spokesman said.

Sumitomo’s share of the Clermont purchase means it will pay about 23-billion yen for a 15.7% stake in the mine, he said.

Sumitomo has no plans to invest in any new development projects for thermal coal mines, given the serious concerns over climate change, the spokesman said.

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