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article imageMurder in the UK: Remand, manhunt and trial

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By Alexander Baron     Aug 14, 2012 in Crime
As a man is remanded in custody in London charged with the murder of a twelve year old girl, a murder trial opens in Jersey, and police in Manchester are seeking the two men responsible for a shooting and hand grenade attack.
Yes, a hand grenade was used in Manchester. The story was featured by the BBC yesterday; there is CCTV footage - without sound - that shows the effects of the resulting explosion. The murder though was committed with a firearm. According to the BBC, two arrests have been made, but two named individuals are being sought in connection with the death of 46 year old David Short. The suspects have been named as Anthony Wilkinson and Dale Cregan.
This is a double tragedy for the Short family; Mr Short's son was murdered in May, and the two deaths are obviously connected.
The big London crime story so far this week has been the arrest of Stuart Hazell for the murder of Tia Sharp. He has now been formally charged with that murder, and appeared at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court yesterday by video-link from Sutton Police Station. This is a slightly unusual measure, and was probably taken to ensure there were no ugly scenes outside or in the court as often happens when the accused has been charged with the murder of a child.
The Island of Jersey is best known as the playground of the rich, a tourist trap, and all things nice. With a population of around a hundred thousand and a high income per capita, serious crime is all but unknown there, certainly violent crime. All that changed exactly a year ago today when a Polish national, builder Damian Rzeszowski, lost it big time and slaughtered six members of his family. The case had not received that much publicity until yesterday when his trial opened at Jersey Royal Court.
Rzeszowski has admitted the killings but is pleading diminished responsibility; unsurprisingly, this plea has been rejected. The killings happened after a family barbeque and are said to have been prompted by his wife having a brief affair. The first victim was his father-in-law Marek Garstka. Then, armed with two 12 inch kitchen knives, he attacked and killed his young son and his five year old daughter, his daughter's friend Julia de la Haye, also five, the girl's mother and finally his own wife, before stabbing himself. He appears to have suffered only a punctured lung, and unsurprisingly has been held at Broadmoor prior to the trial.
There has not been a murder trial in Jersey for around seven years. Rzeszowski arrived at the court in a police van under heavy security. The trial is expected to last two weeks.
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