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Cochise

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I used to give a colleague a lift on early shifts after she suddenly stopped driving herself to work. Thought nothing of it as I was going that way and it was company.

Turned out, she'd been driving all her adult life with no licence and had recently been caught in her son's car. He was not impressed when it was seized. :chuckle:
This is conjecture. My wife had a 'thing' about driving instructors. I don't know if one scared or molested her. We had a sort of mutual agreement not to probe too far in each other's pasts as we had both had difficult times previous.

What Isn't conjecture is I didn't realise until after she died was that she never had a full UK driving licence. Despite driving all the time I knew her. She was 25 when we met so it never occurred to me to ask.
 

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Rather bizarre that the police left him leave in the first place,

A missing person's case was solved quickly Tuesday when police entered the man's house in upscale Hawaii Loa Ridge and found a bathtub filled with concrete and topped with coffee grounds. The 73-year-old owner of the home was "encased" in it, Lt. Deena Thoemmes told ABC 7 News, "in a state of decomposition once we chipped away at the concrete mixture."

Police questioned a 23-year-old man who claimed to live there. He and a 34-year-old man with him were allowed to leave after determining there were no signs of foul play outside the home. Police later learned the 23-year-old man had been in an intimate relationship with the victim, believed to be the 73-year-old owner of the home. … Baron, 23, was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals and Los Angeles police detectives on a Greyhound bus in Anaheim that was headed for Mexico. He was found "hiding in a crawl space under an enclosed bench at the rear of the bus. Baron had pulled back a metal plate near the bus's rear bathroom and crawled under the enclosed bench seat," the statement said.
Well, at least they learned that smells go though concrete.

https://boingboing.net/2022/03/11/m...-a-bathtub-and-covered-in-coffee-grounds.html
 

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How did the police decide that this death was not suspicious?
 

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My reading of it is the police didn’t look inside the house til the day following this:

Police questioned a 23-year-old man who claimed to live there. He and a 34-year-old man with him were allowed to leave after determining there were no signs of foul play outside the home.

Maybe they needed a warrant to enter the house which they didn’t get til the day after. Can't see any other reason why they wouldn't have entered the house on the first day when investigating a missing person.
 

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A missing person's case was solved quickly Tuesday when police entered the man's house in upscale Hawaii Loa Ridge and found a bathtub filled with concrete and topped with coffee grounds. ...

Update ...

This lengthy Associated Press article describes Baron's (the 23-year-old's) description of the events in which he apparently confessed to the murder.
Documents detail what led to body in concrete in Hawaii tub

A 23-year-old man killed his 73-year-old lover, tried to make it look like a suicide, poured cement over his body in a bathtub and planned to fraudulently take ownership of his car and home in one of Hawaii’s most exclusive, gated communities, police said in court documents filed Thursday.

Juan Tejedor Baron is charged with murder, theft and identity theft in the death of Gary Ruby, whose decomposing body was excavated by authorities earlier this week from a standalone soaking tub in Ruby’s Hawaii Loa Ridge home.

U.S. Marshals and Los Angeles police arrested Baron after finding him in a crawl space at the back of a Mexico-bound bus in Anaheim, California. He was being held without bail pending extradition to Honolulu ...

According to a Honolulu police affidavit, Baron told a Los Angeles police detective he became angry with Ruby after sex. ...
FULL STORY: https://apnews.com/article/honolulu...entity-theft-39d40469308a96092be6f257ee108a3c
 

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Beware of people you meet using dating apps. They might be sleeper cell agents bent on revenge for an Iranian leader's assassination. On the other hand, it happened in the Vegas area, so it stays there (so they say ... ).
Woman blindfolded, stabbed date in revenge for Iranian leader’s death, police say

A woman is accused of stabbing a man on Saturday at Sunset Station as revenge for the killing of an Iranian military leader.

Nika Nikoubin, 21, is being held on $60,000 bail after she was charged with attempted murder, two counts of battery and burglary of a business, according to jail records.

A man called police around 10:30 p.m. Saturday from the 14th floor of Sunset Station to report that he had been stabbed in the neck by a woman he met on a dating app ...

The woman told police she wanted revenge for the death of Qasem Soleimani, who was assassinated during a U.S. Air Force drone strike on Jan. 3, 2020. The arrest report indicated that the woman began to have sex with the man, and after she put a blindfold on him, she reached into her purse and pulled out the knife.

“She advised that there are injustices, in particular the killing of Qasem Soleimani in Iran,” homeland security detectives added to the Henderson arrest report. “Nikoubin stated she wanted revenge.” ...
FULL STORY: https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime...for-iranian-leaders-death-police-say-2543696/
 

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This Michigan man apparently decided to abandon his car and walk. He could have enjoyed his walk if he hadn't attracted all the unwanted attention by burning the car and stealing some beer and Red Bull from a gas station before strolling off.
Driver set car on fire intentionally before stealing Red Bull, beer from Meijer gas station, police say

A man was arrested early Friday morning after police said he intentionally set his car on fire and stole from a gas station.

The driver was arrested at about 3:30 a.m. Friday, March 11, outside a Meijer gas station in Battle Creek ...

The man intentionally started a vehicle fire and stole Red Bull and beer from the gas station, Battle Creek Police Sgt. Chris Rabbitt said.

The man, who was suspected of being intoxicated, was apprehended by police while walking away from the gas station. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazo...-beer-from-meijer-gas-station-police-say.html
 

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This Pennsylvania woman brashly took a house as her own. In the course of doing so, she traded up (?) to prison as her new home.
Naked Woman Breaks Into Home, Steals Shotgun, Slices Herself With Sword

A standoff between a woman and state police in Bedford County, Pennsylvania went down over the weekend, and court documents are now revealing new details about what exactly happened.

... 57-year-old Catherine Imler is now facing charges of burglary, criminal trespassing, and theft after her antics.

Officials say the incident began Saturday (3/12/2022) at approximately 1:30 PM when a man said he was washing dishes in his when he spotted Imler approaching his back door totally naked.

The man ran out of his front door to call authorities and report what was going on. That’s when Imler came out the man's back door, still completely nude, now carrying the man’s shotgun.

When the homeowner asked the intruder what she was doing, Imler continuously stated, “it’s my house” ...

State police responded to the scene ...

Eventually, Imler was taken into custody and transported to a nearby hospital where she was treated for "self-inflicted sword wounds". She was then housed at a local prison because she could not afford to post her $400,000 bail.
FULL STORY: https://wild955.iheart.com/featured...ome-steals-shotgun-slices-herself-with-sword/
 

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Life imitating and appropriating art, the series Lupin is well worth a watch.

Seven people have been charged after an armed robbery was staged last month on the French film set of hit Netflix series 'Lupin'.

Around twenty hooded thieves attacked the film crew by launching fireworks at them, a Netflix spokesperson said. They stole more than €300,000 (£250,000; $330,000) worth of equipment during the heist, in broad daylight. None of the cast or crew who were on set - reported to include the show's star Omar Sy - were injured.

The crew were attacked while they were filming in the Nanterre district, west of central Paris, forcing production to briefly pause.

The seven accused, aged between 13 and 21, now face charges of armed robbery as part of an organised gang and receiving stolen goods, according to Agence France-Presse. Three of them are being held in custody while four are under judicial supervision. Police say they are still looking for more of the assailants, and have recovered some of the stolen equipment.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-60804051
 

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While this may well be a hate crime a close textual reading of the suspect's name would suggest it was not motivated by Islamophobia:

Police have named the man they arrested as Mohammad Moiz Omar

Worshippers at a Canada mosque have confronted and restrained a man who was allegedly wielding an axe and attacked them with bear spray during Saturday morning prayers, police say.

One worshipper knocked the axe from the man's hands, and held him down until police arrived, local media reports. A 24-year-old man was arrested at the scene in the suburb of Mississauga, and he has since been charged. Some congregants had minor injures from the bear spray, the mosque's imam said.

One of the worshippers said the experience was "terrifying" and described hearing a scream before turning around to see a man holding an axe and using bear spray - similar to pepper spray - against three people.

"By the time he was spraying, the people in the first row realized something was going on and one of the young men turned around and knocked away the axe before he had a chance to use it," Noorani Sairally told Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail.

The young man then held the alleged assailant down until police arrived, the witness said.

"Before he could inflict harm on any worshippers, several congregants bravely were able to stop him in his tracks," imam Ibrahim Hindy said in a statement ...

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-60810468
 
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While this may well be a hate crime a close textual reading of the suspect's name would suggest it was not motivated by Islamophobia:

Police have named the man they arrested as Mohammad Moiz Omar

Worshippers at a Canada mosque have confronted and restrained a man who was allegedly wielding an axe and attacked them with bear spray during Saturday morning prayers, police say.

One worshipper knocked the axe from the man's hands, and held him down until police arrived, local media reports. A 24-year-old man was arrested at the scene in the suburb of Mississauga, and he has since been charged. Some congregants had minor injures from the bear spray, the mosque's imam said.

One of the worshippers said the experience was "terrifying" and described hearing a scream before turning around to see a man holding an axe and using bear spray - similar to pepper spray - against three people.

"By the time he was spraying, the people in the first row realized something was going on and one of the young men turned around and knocked away the axe before he had a chance to use it," Noorani Sairally told Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail.

The young man then held the alleged assailant down until police arrived, the witness said.

"Before he could inflict harm on any worshippers, several congregants bravely were able to stop him in his tracks," imam Ibrahim Hindy s

When I read this in the news, my thought was mental illness. The fact that he had an axe (as well as some other sharps) and bear spray doesn't really come to (my) mind, as someone who is really intending to take on a crowd of people.
 

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An entire Michigan cabin went missing and is presumed to have been stolen somehow.
NOTE: The cabin was relatively small and of modern / modular construction.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/0...d-stolen-Michigan-State-Police/1491645044994/

Update:
The cabin's been found - somewhat the worse for wear. Police are pursuing an investigation into who stole it.
Here's where the small cabin stolen from an Up North property was recovered

A small brown cabin with a white door and metal roof reported stolen from a northern Michigan property has been recovered. ...

The cabin was found using leads and tips from the public at a residence in Orange Township ... Orange Township, according to Google Maps, is an area south of where the cabin was reported stolen. ...

A photo released by Michigan State Police shows some damage to the cabin. Plywood covers the entryway to the cabin. Yellow caution tape surrounds the cabin. The metal roof also shows some damage.

The owner of the cabin reported it stolen in February. The 12-foot-by-28-foot cabin was last seen between Nov. 18 and Dec. 16 ...

... the cabin's owner ... recently reported the 12-foot-by-28-foot structure missing, but he's unsure what happened to it or why anyone would want to steal it. ...
FULL STORY (With Photo): https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2022/03/20/up-north-cabin-found/7111718001/
 

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Really disturbing.

A teenager accused of murdering five-year-old Logan Mwangi was heard saying "Where are the kids? I want to kill all the kids", a court has been told.

Logan's body was found in the River Ogmore in Sarn, Bridgend, last July with 56 external injuries. His mother Angharad Williamson, her partner, John Cole and a 14-year-old boy who cannot be named, deny murder.

A support worker told Cardiff Crown Court the boy's comments came after Logan's death.

Another senior support worker said she heard the defendant singing: "I love to punch kids in the head, it's orgasmic."

She added the 14-year-old also said he "might just plead guilty next week", but jurors also heard he told his social worker he did not hurt Logan.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-60849325
 

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Update:
The cabin's been found - somewhat the worse for wear. Police are pursuing an investigation into who stole it.

FULL STORY (With Photo): https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2022/03/20/up-north-cabin-found/7111718001/
They've ended up with something not worth having, having gone to all that trouble. How the hell would you go about stealing it - you’d need a bloody big truck & either a hoist or motor to drag up a ramp. It couldn’t be just sitting on the ground could it? - must be some attachment to the ground.
 

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This Utah man has been detained after he began acting weird this past week and his boss found a detailed "hit list" on the man's work desk that seemed to represent a battle plan for shooting up the workplace. Now he's telling police it was all just a hypothetical thought experiment, even though he had the firearms necessary to carry it out.

Utah Man Charged After Boss Found Employee ‘Hit List’ on Desk

A Utah maintenance technician was arrested after his supervisor at the feed mill where he works “found what looks like a hit list on [his] desk” with more than a dozen coworkers listed as targets, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by police.

Kevin Michael Jerman, 56, a U.S. Army veteran who claims to have served in Iraq, is charged with making terroristic threats, which is a felony. Jerman, cops said, “had the firearms, knowledge, and experience to carry out the plan he had written down on paper, especially with his military background.” ...

The written plan is quoted as follows:
Bring 9 mm with 3 clips = 36 rounds; Bring 9mm assault rifle with 2 extended clips = 20 rounds; Bring Smith & Wesson .22 caliber with extended mags, 3 = 65 rounds; First take out two in shop 2; Then take out who ever [sic] is in loadout 2; Then the mineral office 3; Then whoever is in the hand add area 2 or 3; Next take out skid loader operator 1; Then the office take out 3. Then one in CUG loadout.

14 Total kills. Have to take out internet so no calls from landline. Build cell jammer so signals could be jammed. If police arrive take a position high up to snipe use .308 for this.

When detained by police, Jerman described the written hit list as a hypothetical exercise.
Police got a warrant to search Jerman’s home and vehicles, and the SWAT team was called in to assist. In the house, cops say they found multiple firearms including three 9mm handguns with extended magazines, numerous shotguns, and an assault rifle. Jerman complied with arresting officers and was driven to the Juab County Sheriff's Office for questioning.

According to the affidavit, which was first reported by local outlet Fox 13, Jerman told investigators that he wrote the note on Wednesday during his lunch break. He tried to explain that he “was thinking about… what would happen if they had a mass shooting,” and said he had recently read an article about mass shootings.

To further complicate the situation ...
Jerman suffers from headaches and migraines “constantly,” and has continuously battled depression and PTSD, he said. He told cops he had a traumatic brain injury, along with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, joint pain, and Parkinson's disease.

“Kevin has a ton of medications that he takes on a daily basis that include pain killers,” the affidavit states. “Kevin also gets weekly injections of morphine.”

FULL STORY: https://www.thedailybeast.com/kevin...ed-after-boss-found-employee-hit-list-on-desk
 

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This Utah man has been detained after he began acting weird this past week and his boss found a detailed "hit list" on the man's work desk that seemed to represent a battle plan for shooting up the workplace. Now he's telling police it was all just a hypothetical thought experiment, even though he had the firearms necessary to carry it out.



The written plan is quoted as follows:


When detained by police, Jerman described the written hit list as a hypothetical exercise.


To further complicate the situation ...


FULL STORY: https://www.thedailybeast.com/kevin...ed-after-boss-found-employee-hit-list-on-desk

l think that Kevin should be getting his meds courtesy of the government. ln a nice, big, secure facility. For a long time. Hypothetically.

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Animal rights activists might have carried out the attack.

At least 19 people have been killed in an armed attack in the state of Michoacán, in western Mexico, officials say.

Gunmen swooped down on an illegal cockfighting pit in the community of Las Tinajas and opened fire, local media report.
The motive behind the attack is not yet clear but a number of criminal gangs operate in the region.
Bloody attacks on gatherings of rivals have become increasingly common.
In recent months, gunmen in various regions of Mexico have targeted funerals and wakes as well as bars and clubs in their attempt to take out as many of their rivals at one time as they can.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-60900854
 

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Thieves steal maple syrup stash from Canada warehouse

Thieves in Canada have stolen millions of dollars worth of highly prized maple syrup from a storage facility, Quebec police have said.
The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers noticed that barrels supposed to contain the sugary liquid were empty after an inventory check.

The theft took place at their warehouse in St-Louis-de-Blandford, 160km (100 miles) north-east of Montreal.
Police say it is unclear exactly how much of the expensive syrup was stolen.

Some 3.4 million litres of bulk maple syrup was stored in the warehouse, with a value of up to CAN$30m (£19m).
If the entire warehouse's contents were stolen, it would represent more than a tenth of Quebec's 2012 harvest, according to CBC news.

"The St-Louis-de-Blandford warehouse had been secured by a fence and locks, and visited regularly," federation president Serge Beaulieu said in a statement.
The federation also keeps nearly 13m litres in syrup in three warehouses to stabilise global supply and prices.
"I can assure you there will be no shortage in maple syrup," Anne-Marie Granger Godbout from the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers told the Reuters news agency.
The syrup was due to be transferred to a new storage facility in the coming weeks.

Maple sap is tapped directly from the sugar maple tree and boiled to concentrate it into maple syrup. Quebec produces three quarters of the world's maple syrup.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19440465

If the barrels had been stolen it would have been just an ordinary crime. But to drain the barrels (if that's what happened) would have taken time and equipment. Very strange!

Update:- Canada’s ‘maple syrup heist’ thief must repay millions for sweet stolen goods


Perpetrators siphoned syrup from barrels stored in Quebec’s strategic maple syrup reserves and replaced it with water.
Richard Vallières’s plan to make millions of dollars was deceptively simple: secretly drain the province of Quebec’s strategic maple syrup reserve and then sell the illicit product.

But the Quebec man’s daring theft fell short after police were tipped off and he and his accomplices landed in jail.

Now, the ringleader behind Canada’s infamous heist has a new challenge: paying his victims C$9m (US$7m) or serving six more years in jail.
(C) Thge Guardian '22.
 

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Up to 40 cars and vans have been damaged in an "appalling" spate of arson attacks near Bristol on Sunday.

Police said they were first called to a car fire in Stoke Gifford in the early hours, with others later attacked in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Patchway.

Police and the fire service were initially called to reports of a vehicle fire at about 01:30 on Sunday in New Road, Stoke Gifford.

By 05:30 there were further reports, with up to 20 vehicles set alight in locations across Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Gifford.

At about 03:45 about 20 more vehicles were on fire in a car park at Rolls Royce, Filton.
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There's someone with a real grudge against the world. And torching buses for disabled kids? Please catch him before he claims lives.
 

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Anti-Vegan activists?

Lamb chops were stuffed into a car's exhaust pipe during an attack on homes that used raw meat as projectiles.

Another vehicle was left with a chicken drumstick hanging from a wheel rim.

Police say eggs were also thrown when the two properties were targeted with meaty cuts in Herefordshire that left one car looking more like a butcher's grinder.

It happened at about 21:30 BST on Saturday in Credenhill, near Hereford, the West Mercia force said.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-60988695
 

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Anti-Vegan activists?

Lamb chops were stuffed into a car's exhaust pipe during an attack on homes that used raw meat as projectiles.

Another vehicle was left with a chicken drumstick hanging from a wheel rim.

Police say eggs were also thrown when the two properties were targeted with meaty cuts in Herefordshire that left one car looking more like a butcher's grinder.

It happened at about 21:30 BST on Saturday in Credenhill, near Hereford, the West Mercia force said.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-60988695

Well it's a novel use for meat that's gone off.
 

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Anti-Vegan activists?

Lamb chops were stuffed into a car's exhaust pipe during an attack on homes that used raw meat as projectiles.

Another vehicle was left with a chicken drumstick hanging from a wheel rim.

Police say eggs were also thrown when the two properties were targeted with meaty cuts in Herefordshire that left one car looking more like a butcher's grinder.

It happened at about 21:30 BST on Saturday in Credenhill, near Hereford, the West Mercia force said.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-60988695
Drunk student's pranks most likely.
 

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Anti-Vegan activists?

Lamb chops were stuffed into a car's exhaust pipe during an attack on homes that used raw meat as projectiles.

Another vehicle was left with a chicken drumstick hanging from a wheel rim.

Police say eggs were also thrown when the two properties were targeted with meaty cuts in Herefordshire that left one car looking more like a butcher's grinder.

It happened at about 21:30 BST on Saturday in Credenhill, near Hereford, the West Mercia force said.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-60988695
Well it's a novel use for meat that's gone off.

Meat is the only weapon that's gone off before being used.
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I'm figuring that this classifies as a 'strange crime'.
I'm not sure why anybody would bother doing this in the first place though, other than 'for shits and giggles'.

Isle of Wight: Council's electric vehicle chargers hacked to show porn site
The authority said it was also aware some charge points in council car parks were unreliable.
It said these were due to be replaced with "new charge points over the next few months".


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-61006816
 

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Someone made off with a 7-foot-tall Bigfoot sheet metal lawn ornament in southern Michigan.
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Michigan police looking for stolen 7-foot-tall metal sasquatch lawn ornament

Police are investigating the theft of a 7-foot-tall (2.13 meter-tall) metal sasquatch lawn ornament from a home in southern Michigan.

The item crafted from sheet metal was stolen from a home in St. Joseph County's Park Township on or after March 22 ...

It has a rusty brown color with various sharp edges to resemble the fur of the mythical, ape-like bigfoot.

It appeared the sasquatch was cut away from a steel post with a pair of bolt cutters or a similar instrument ...

A white panel van with dark driver- and passenger-side windows was observed parked in the area on March 22 ...
SOURCE: https://www.clickondetroit.com/news...en-7-foot-tall-metal-sasquatch-lawn-ornament/
 

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Brighton woman jailed for pre-meditated attempted murder

A woman in Brighton who plotted to kidnap, torture and murder a former lover – by following a detailed ‘to-do list’ - has been jailed.

Sophie George, 20, of Highbrook Close in Brighton, was jailed for 13.5 years on Wednesday (April 6) after pleading guilty to attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

It followed an incident shortly after midnight on Saturday, October 10, 2020, in which George, who was 18 at the time, arranged to be picked up by a man who was known to her.

On the way to his house she asked if they could take a detour, during which she jumped out and collected two filled shopping bags.

As the pair continued on their journey, George became insistent they drive to a nearby park and on several occasions grabbed the wheel.

As her victim – a 23-year-old man – resisted, George pulled out a knife in Selsfield Drive and threatened him.

A struggle ensued as the pair left the van and fought in the street, during which the victim managed to throw the knife into a bush.

George bit her victim’s finger down to the bone while he made a 999 call to the police, as did a watching member of the public.

Officers arrived on the scene and arrested George on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and possession of a bladed article, but a search of her shopping bags and address uncovered even more sinister intentions.

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The bags contained items such as protective clothing, cleaning equipment such as bleach, duct tape and a Stanley knife – all linked to plans to kidnap, murder and ultimately cover up her crimes.

A search of her address also found a number of notes in the form of ‘to-do lists’, featuring plans including ‘drive to grave site’, ‘tourture [sic]’ and ‘walk him to site, kill and bury’.

George was subsequently charged with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon, to which she pleaded guilty at trial in May, 2021.

She was remanded in custody and sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Wednesday (April 6).

https://www.sussex.police.uk/news/s...-meticulously-pre-meditated-attempted-murder/
 
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