Dancing behind bars, double murder and casino’s (news roundup)

MP3 players may become available to inmates
The U S Bureau of prisons has decided to test out a music program at a women’s unit in West Virginia. More than 200 000 prisoners in the United States will be allowed to have MP3 players, which will be sold to them in the prison commissionaires. They will be able to choose music from an in-jail house library of about 1 million tracks.
“The MP3 program is intended to help inmates deal with issues such as idleness, stress and boredom associated with incarceration,” says Bureau spokeswoman Traci Billingsley. Read more

Cambodia jails German man for child sex
German man (69), has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually abusing two 13-year-old boys. Hans Gandner, who was arrested in April, was also ordered by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to pay a fine of USD 1 000 and a total of USD 1 250 in compensation to the victims, their lawyer Chea Nara said. Read more

Gauteng cop held over double murder
Policeman allegedly shot dead his girlfriend and another man in Mabopane, north of Pretoria. On Thursday night, the 27-year-old constable went to the 21-year-old woman’s house and found another man there, Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said. Read more

Man due in court over Montecasino murder
A 32 year old man arrested in connection with the murder of a man who was found in the boot of his car at Montecasino in Fourways was due to appear in court on Friday. Read more

Interpol issues alert for “White Widow” stemming from 2011 Kenyan incident

Reports that a white woman was among the terrorists who stormed a mall in Nairobi last weekend have prompted a slew of media speculation about Samantha Lewthwaite, a British woman whose husband was one of the suicide bombers in the 2005 London terror attacks. Read more

Amanda Knox murder retrial set to open in Italy
Italy will put Amanda Knox back on trial on Monday for the murder of her British roommate in 2007, but the American will not return to attend court in the country that jailed her – for four years. Read more

Cop denies fake certificate allegation: report

Colonel Jay Naicker said the allegations against Colonel Vincent Mdunge surfaced when the criminal and academic records of SA Police Service employees were checked. Mdunge subsequently resigned. Read more

Mdluli ruling affects Zuma- expect
Expect believes court ruling, overturning the withdrawal of charges against police crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli has implications for Jacob Zuma. Read more

Man found with cocaine strapped to feet
SARS customs officials detain man at OR Tambo International Airport. The man was stopped disembarking a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil and taken for questioning. Read more


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