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article imageMurder and corruption in the British courts

By Alexander Baron     Feb 1, 2013 in Crime
A senior police officer has thrown away her career and her honour for a bung that didn't materialise. Two hired killers who murdered the wrong man have thrown away a great deal more.
Since Parliament got to grips with the phone hacking scandal, the privilege money can't buy hasn't been what it used to be. April Casburn was once a well remunerated senior detective working in counter-terrorism. Last month she went on trial at Southwark Crown Court for misconduct in public office; she had offered information to the (now defunct) News Of The World back in September 2010.
Although no money changed hands, she was convicted of misconduct in public office.
After the verdict, the judge allowed her bail to put her affairs in order. Today, Mr Justice Fulford gave her a 15 month sentence rejecting her claim - as had the jury - that she was a whistle-blower rather than simply attempting to line her own pockets.
It is not known how much the former detective hoped to make by selling information to a national newspaper, but it was almost certainly more than the mere two thousand pounds paid to two "hit men" who murdered a 17 year old student in Cardiff. Devout Moslem Aamir Siddiqi was stabbed to death on his doorstep in April 2010 after opening the front door to two drug addicts.
Ben Hope and Jason Richards were alleged to have been hired by Mohammed Ali Ege to kill an unnamed man who lived nearby. Ege was arrested in India 18 months later, but has to date not been extradited.
Although both Hope and Richards denied any involvement in the murder, Richards claimed his co-defendant had been. Their trial lasted a staggering four and a half months, but it took the jury less than a day to convict them both. They will be sentenced Friday.
If £2,000 - a thousand pounds each - to murder a man, sounds demeaning, two years ago a youth was convicted of shooting dead a 26 year old woman for a contract of just £200. At the time of the murder, he was just 15 years old.
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