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article imageMurder and mystery in the Bromley press

By Alexander Baron     Mar 15, 2012 in Crime
London - Two murders and a mother questioning her son's apparent suicide are just three of the stories on offer in the Bromley 'News Shopper' this week.
Suicide is a surprisingly common cause of death; in 1988, undefeated heavyweight prospect Rudi Pika took his own life aged only 26. He was a married man and his second child had just been born. Darren Sutherland was only a year older when he took his own life in September 2009; like Pika, he was a prospect who was going places. After winning a bronze medal in the Beijing Olympics, he signed up with promoter Frank Maloney, and looked set for a glittering career in the middleweight division. In the wake of his death, Maloney suffered a heart attack.
Sutherland hanged himself at his apartment in Bromley; although the police ruled out foul play very early on, they did carry out an extensive investigation into his last movements to try to gain some insight into his state of mind. However, at the inquest - which might have been thought to have taken place some time ago - all manner of lurid allegations have been made, including by the victim's mother who unable to come to terms with her son's death, has pointed the finger at some unnamed person or persons.
Others have been less guarded and have blamed Frank Maloney for driving Sutherland to his death if not actually murdering him. The basis for this appears to be a letter someone wrote to Sutherland which contained a number of clearly defamatory allegations against Mr Maloney. Needless to say, the manager and promoter was not amused, as can be seen here.
Meanwhile, at the Central Criminal Court, Tuggie Phillips of Sydenham has been gaoled for life for the murder of Stephen Bailey. Paul Bailey, the victim's brother, was also attacked by Phillips but fortunately survived. The murderous assaults took place at the victims' home in Hackney in 1999, and Phillips fled to Holland from where he was extradited.
Also at the Central Criminal Court, 28 year old Andrew Monk of Eltham has been gaoled for life for the murder of 79 year old James Land. Rather than being a burglary gone wrong, as is often the case when the elderly are murdered, this senseless killing appears to have been motivated by a financial dispute involving a third party, albeit of a rather bizarre nature. Mr Land was stabbed no less than 11 times with a kitchen knife as he sat in his armchair. Monk was given a 20 year tariff.
Finally, not in Bromley but still in London, the two men who robbed Malaysian student Ashraf Rossli during the riots last August have received heavy sentences. John Kafunda was given four years and three months and his laughing accomplice Reece Donovan received a five year sentence. The man who punched the victim in the face breaking his jaw before stealing his bicycle was sentenced last week.
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