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Tag: court

July 12, 2017

Viscount Porridge

by Matthew Steeples

Thrice bankrupt bigot Viscount St Davids banged to rights and set to be jailed Thursday; he blames Gina Miller as “untruthful” and Matthew Steeples as “an eavesdropper” and accepts utterly no blame for what he did   On Thursday, if he doesn’t turn up at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on time, justice will come knock, knock, … Continue reading “Viscount Porridge”

July 5, 2017

Rinder vs. Stunt

by Matthew Steeples

James Stunt finds support from the aristocracy, receives a suggestion he takes to the stage from actor Steven Berkoff and issues two more YouTube video posts   Update: 07:45am, Thursday 6th July – Three of the four videos by James Stunt have been removed. YouTube have replaced them with a comment: “This content is not … Continue reading “Rinder vs. Stunt”

May 30, 2017

Rotten Rolf

by Matthew Steeples

As convicted paedo Rolf Harris walks free from court and his nutty supporters once again reveal themselves, it must be remembered he is still a convicted abuser of girls as young as eight   Rolf Harris might well have walked free from court on Monday after a jury failed to reach a verdict on historical … Continue reading “Rotten Rolf”

May 12, 2017

Carina Reid

by General

Thieving Chelsea based trollop Carina Reid was labeled “arrogant”, “extremely boorish” and a fraudster by a judge in May 2017. Often spotted in the now defunct La Brasserie restaurant, this tarty so-called beautician was jailed for three years in May 2016 and ordered to pay back £50,000 she’d falsely claimed in benefits a year later. … Continue reading “Carina Reid”

May 9, 2017

Moving Jobs

by Matthew Steeples

Your Move estate agency employee sues firm for constructive dismissal and sexual harassment after boss allegedly offered him a blowjob if he hit targets   An estate agency firm took rewards for good performance to another level if allegations made in a Croydon courtroom this week are to be believed.   According to The Sun, … Continue reading “Moving Jobs”

May 3, 2017

Viscount St Davids

by Matthew Steeples

A statement from Matthew Steeples about the man who, in a London courtroom, called him a “wanker”   Yesterday, in London, in a stained tweed gilet more appropriate to Wiltshire than Westminster, Viscount St Davids – amusingly referenced in court as plain old ‘Mr St Davids’ much to the disgust of him and his and … Continue reading “Viscount St Davids”

March 11, 2017

Rent-a-Gob v. Rent-a-Gob

by Matthew Steeples

Acid tongued food blogger Jack Monroe’s libel victory over right wing media personality Katie Hopkins represents a victory for only their lawyers   Katie Hopkins undoubtedly spouts a lot of hot air but that she lost a libel action yesterday brought by the acid tongued food blogger Jack “I don’t want my boobs anymore” Monroe … Continue reading “Rent-a-Gob v. Rent-a-Gob”

January 25, 2017

Trumping Wildenstein

by Matthew Steeples

‘Catwoman’ Jocelyn Wildenstein puts her Trump World Tower apartment on the market after recent court appearance for “clawing” her boyfriend’s face   “No showings before 12pm” shouts the listing on realtor Douglas Elliman’s homepage and given how the owner of the property they’re currently selling no doubt looks of a morning, one need not wonder … Continue reading “Trumping Wildenstein”

March 16, 2016

Ex-ing Rutland

by Matthew Steeples

Evening Standard describes Tamara Ecclestone’s husband Jay Rutland as her “ex-husband”; do they know something the public have yet to learn?

December 20, 2015

Justice and Janner

by Matthew Steeples

The death of Lord Janner will not stop his alleged victims in their quest for justice and it should also result in Theresa May speaking up

December 1, 2015

Overheard: 1st December

by Matthew Steeples

Clangers overheard by readers of ‘The Steeple Times’ in the last week

October 31, 2015

A tawdry trio

by Matthew Steeples

As Amanda Clutterbuck and Ian Paton lose their attempt to reclaim £14 million worth of Kensington and Chelsea properties that they signed over to the ‘Vamp in the Veil’ Sara Al Amoudi, we suggest all three are nothing but tawdry

October 5, 2015

Cleaning up

by Matthew Steeples

£56 million EuroMillions winners to sell their £4.5 million Cotswolds “eco mansion” – Viewers would do well to not mention cleaners

August 25, 2015

The monotony of Michelle

by Matthew Steeples

Michelle Young’s ‘Evening Standard’ interview proves that she is nothing but egocentric and fame obsessed

April 23, 2015

Tommy’s troubles

by General

Thomas McLoughlin sentenced for his latest actions against Matthew Steeples

March 23, 2015

Doing Justice

by Matthew Steeples

An 18th century former court house in Chelsea is for sale for £14.5 million or available to rent at £10,000 per week

March 22, 2015

Handling anonymity

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples suggests that it is time for the courts and press to consider anonymity in reporting sensitive cases more carefully

September 14, 2014

Travels with du Maurier

by Matthew Steeples

Travelex founder puts the childhood home where Daphne du Maurier allegedly conducted two of her most illicit relationships on the market for £32 million

August 3, 2014

Caught in court

by Matthew Steeples

“More than impertinent” barrister Ian West slammed for his behaviour   Courtrooms, despite being places where justice ought to be taken seriously, are often the scenes of comical farce. Whilst Rolf Harris unconvincingly sought to win over the jury in his case by singing Jake the Peg and imitating his wobble-board, the case of a … Continue reading “Caught in court”

July 27, 2014

Choking on compo

by Matthew Steeples

Chain smoker’s widow awarded £13.9 billion in compensation   America is widely known as the land that created “compensation culture” but in the recent award of £13.9 billion ($23.6 billion) in punitive damages and £9.9 million ($16.8 million) in compensatory damages to the widow of a chain smoker, a truly ridiculous precedent has been set.

July 25, 2014

Trashy Tulisa

by Matthew Steeples

As singer Tulisa hits out at her conviction for assault, we urge her instead to learn to respect the justice system   Tulisa Contostavlos is best known for trashy tracks about “living on the edge of life” and has also sung lines such as: “Forgive us for what we’ve done, cause we young, we young, … Continue reading “Trashy Tulisa”

July 6, 2014

The truth will eventually out

by Matthew Steeples

As revelations that Lord Brittan has been questioned by police regarding an alleged rape, we urge David Cameron to give more resources to investigations into historic abuse allegations by the high powered

June 24, 2014

Justice for Brooks

by Matthew Steeples

Charlie and Rebekah Brooks cleared of all charges   Two years ago, in the bar of a Chelsea restaurant, Charlie Brooks told me that the charges against him and his wife would go away and today he’s been proven right

February 21, 2014

Ban the bashing of Brooks

by Matthew Steeples

Rebekah Brooks sees off the first of five charges   I am by no means an apologist for Rebekah Brooks but, equally, I have repeatedly argued that she ought not to be the sole scapegoat for phone hacking. Yesterday, after the first of five charges in her trial was dismissed, a milestone was reached and … Continue reading “Ban the bashing of Brooks”

December 20, 2013

#TeamTrouble

by Matthew Steeples

The not guilty verdict in the case of the former assistants to Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson’s highlights nothing but the mess that was their marriage   #TeamNigella has trended on Twitter in recent weeks. Even the Prime Minister joined in. Few have leapt to the defence of the television presenter’s former husband, Charles Saatchi, … Continue reading “#TeamTrouble”

October 26, 2013

Savile’s driver heads to court

by Matthew Steeples

How can arrest of Ray Teret be anything other than related to the activities of Jimmy Savile?   Jimmy Savile’s driver, Ray “Ugli” Teret, appears in court this morning charged with sex offences against fifteen teenage girls and possessing an indecent image of a child. That police claim this to be “unrelated” to the abuse … Continue reading “Savile’s driver heads to court”

October 4, 2013

Maximum nonsense

by Matthew Steeples

Max Clifford’s suggestion that Jimmy Savile is to blame for the case against him is without justification   After appearing at Southwark Crown Court today, Max Clifford announced: “But for Jimmy Savile I wouldn’t be here”. He is wrong.

September 30, 2013

Website of the Week: Sirimo.co.uk

by Matthew Steeples

A website that explains the legal restrictions on the rights to take photographs   Knowing your rights when it comes to taking photographs – especially in an age when most have iPhones and other smart devices with camera facilities – has never been more important.

September 11, 2013

A pint of Michael Le Vell

by Matthew Steeples

‘Coronation Street’ actor may have been cleared but was celebrating with a pint the best idea?   Actor Michael Le Vell was cleared of 12 sex offence allegations yesterday. He is an innocent man but though he was shown to be an alcoholic adulterer in court, he is now set for a “bumper £250,000 pay … Continue reading “A pint of Michael Le Vell”

September 2, 2013

Courting Corrie

by Matthew Steeples

Actors William Roache and Michael Le Vell in court on the same day   Soaps are meant to be more dramatic than reality. In the case of the nation’s longest running series, however, it’s the personal lives of the actors that have actually become more tawdry.

August 2, 2013

Charlie Cooper

by Matthew Steeples

After being convicted of stealing £1,500 worth of jewellery from Vandra Henderson of Whitstable, Kent in July 2013, this cleaner took to Facebook to berate a local newspaper who featured an image of him. Claiming his human rights had been breached didn’t win him any sympathy with his mother. In reply, Teresa Cooper wrote: “You … Continue reading “Charlie Cooper”

July 26, 2013

It’s A Knock-In

by Matthew Steeples

Stuart Hall’s sentence doubled   Today, paedophile and former broadcaster Stuart Hall’s sentence was doubled to 30 months by judges at the Court of Appeal. We salute those who questioned his original sentence

July 15, 2013

Stoned contraband

by Matthew Steeples

Two unusual items of Rolling Stones memorabilia come to the market   Just as the Rolling Stones performed in Hyde Park this weekend gone, Peter Harrington in London’s Fulham Road brought two unusual items of memorabilia relating to the band to the market.

July 8, 2013

Propping up a ‘princess’?

by Matthew Steeples

Sara[h] Al Amoudi: a supposed ‘Saudi princess’ who has a history with the British court faces two property investors who claim she duped them into handing her £14 million worth of properties in Central London   We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: “Where there’s brass, there’s muck”.

June 23, 2013

Shackled to the Tooth

by Matthew Steeples

Lawyers Baroness Shackleton and Raymond Toothe lunch at Scott’s   Raymond “The Rottweiler” Toothe and Fiona Shackleton spent two hours together on Friday lunching at Scott’s in Mount Street, Mayfair reported today’s The Sunday People.  

June 20, 2013

A stay of execution

by Matthew Steeples

Anthony Marshall gets another day of freedom   Anthony Marshall, the 89-year old son of the late philanthropist Brooke Astor, got a one day stay of execution from Judge A. Kirke Bartley this afternoon.  

May 6, 2013

A twister of a trial

by Matthew Steeples

The latest bizarre turn in the John Goodman case   Rather like the twisters that often hit the coast of Florida, the story of the case of the polo mogul and multimillionaire Goodman stereo manufacturing heir John Goodman has again taken another turn.   On Friday, it was revealed that a juror in the case … Continue reading “A twister of a trial”

April 25, 2013

Howard Raymond

by Matthew Steeples

He’s taken action against 16 newspapers as: “If they tell lies, I sue them” and another court case resulted in Michael Winterbottom having to change the name of a film about his father, the club owner, pornographer and property tycoon Paul Raymond. Termed by some as the new “King of Soho”, Raymond launched a London … Continue reading “Howard Raymond”

April 22, 2013

Though Sally may be silly, it’s the case against her that is stupid

by Matthew Steeples

The reasoning for Lord McAlpine’s libel action against Sally Bercow just does not stack up   Sally Bercow, the speaker’s wife, is a loudmouth. We don’t dispute that. There’s little she won’t say or do to keep herself in the public eye and whether draped in nothing other than a sheet in the Palace of … Continue reading “Though Sally may be silly, it’s the case against her that is stupid”

March 29, 2013

The truth’s stranger than fiction

by Matthew Steeples

The “Devil’s Advocate” is jailed for 14 years   Bogus lawyer Giovanni di Stefano was jailed for 14 years yesterday after being found guilty of nine counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception, eight counts of fraud, three counts of acquiring criminal property, two counts of using a false instrument, one count of attempting … Continue reading “The truth’s stranger than fiction”

March 10, 2013

Neil Hamilton: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks writer, broadcaster and entertainer Neil Hamilton: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Christine.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? If you say so dear.  

March 4, 2013

Noelle Reno: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks fashion entrepreneur Noelle Reno: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The weather… Or Tolstoy.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Eleanor Roosevelt: “Women are like tea bags. You never know how … Continue reading “Noelle Reno: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

February 9, 2013

Vicky Pryce

by Matthew Steeples

The former wife of disgraced politician Chris Huhne is herself an embarrassment to womankind. In February 2013, she used her time in a courtroom to rake up unnecessary information about their relationship in an attempt to save herself from jail. Her bitter attempts to blame her ex as a bully and her statement: “If I … Continue reading “Vicky Pryce”

February 4, 2013

Giovanni Di Stefano

by Matthew Steeples

Jailed for 14 years in March 2013 on charges of deception, fraud and money laundering, Di Stefano is a man who is often referred to as “The Devil’s Advocate”. He has been variously linked to such luminaries as Saddam Hussein, Harold Shipman and Nicholas van Hoogstraten. Others he’s associated with include Jeremy Bamber, Kenneth Noye … Continue reading “Giovanni Di Stefano”

February 1, 2013

David Elias

by Matthew Steeples

Some say he died in 2009, others, including the Serious Fraud Office, suspect he’s hiding out in the rainforests of Borneo. This bankrupted businessman was best known for drinking red wine from a teapot at breakfast and for his public spats with Egon Ronay, Richard Desmond, Lord Rothschild and Ernest Saunders. He met his wife, … Continue reading “David Elias”

November 23, 2012

Shia LaBeouf

by Matthew Steeples

This Californian became a child star to help solve the financial woes of his family. He excelled in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and received a $15 million cheque for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Aside from acting, he’s been in relationships with Carey Mulligan, Isabel Lucas and Megan Fox but it is bar brawls … Continue reading “Shia LaBeouf”

November 2, 2012

Windows on the WAGs

by Matthew Steeples

A £15 million mansion fit for a self-made tycoon or an upwardly mobile WAG   While the youth of the Kings Road and Loughton have featured in the reality shows Made in Chelsea and The Only Way is Essex, their counterparts in Cheshire have yet to undergo the same social experiment. Having come across a … Continue reading “Windows on the WAGs”

November 1, 2012

Andrey Borodin

by Matthew Steeples

This billionaire former president of the Bank of Moscow lives in exile in London and is on the Interpol Red Notices wanted list as a suspect in a £136 million (13 billion rouble) fraud.

October 9, 2012

Sophie Michell: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the chef, author and television personality Sophie Michell: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force?  “Independence and the life choices that come with it.”    “Never regret, never explain, never apologise” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? As … Continue reading “Sophie Michell: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

October 7, 2012

Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow

by Matthew Steeples

A most curious tale of playboys, socialites, lawyers and real estate moguls   This week the mystery buyer of Clarendon Court, the former marital home of Claus and Martha “Sunny” Von Bülow (1932 – 2008), was revealed as a restaurateur and real estate mogul named Paul Roiff. Separately, the New York Post reported that Mr … Continue reading “Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow”

October 4, 2012

Why pay less?

by Matthew Steeples

Living life to the full Donald G. Abbey style   “Why pay less when you can pay more?” is a mantra that some strangely choose to live by. In my time, I have encountered a couple with a different Ferrari for each day of the week, someone who proudly declared their home had a window … Continue reading “Why pay less?”

September 25, 2012

Hook off

by Matthew Steeples

The deportation of Abu Hamza and the story of Hassan Butt   It’s taken far too long but thankfully the day of Abu Hamza al-Masri’s deportation has arrived. This evil one-eyed Egyptian-born Sunni preacher, best known for his hateful views and involvement in terrorism, has been in prison in Britain since 2004 and is now … Continue reading “Hook off”

August 21, 2012

The man who had it all

by Matthew Steeples

The conviction of Asil Nadir   Last month I visited a house I’d heard much about over the years in the company of Ed Burrows, the personable managing director of Barnsdale Lodge in Rutland. That house, located a few minutes from the hotel that Burrows so ably runs, was Burley-on-the-Hill House.   Now converted into … Continue reading “The man who had it all”

August 20, 2012

Winging it

by steepleadmin

Sarah Tucker gives an update on goings on at the resort where Madeleine McCann vanished   Four hundred and thirty euros, one bedroom apartment, one week at the height of season at a luxury family resort in Portugal. And oh yes, it’s the Ocean Club at Praia da Luz. There’s availability with two and three … Continue reading “Winging it”

August 17, 2012

Assange’s asylum

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples gives his view on Julian Assange’s having been granted asylum by Ecuador   I spent much of the day yesterday watching the Occupy News Network live video stream from outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.   For those who don’t know it, the Occupy News Network is the news source of the Occupy … Continue reading “Assange’s asylum”

August 16, 2012

Tom McLoughlin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks private aviation entrepreneur Tom McLoughlin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   7th January 2013: When we published this interview on 16th August 2012, we were unaware of the real identity of Thomas McLoughlin. He told us he was an ambassador for American Express and all manner of other tales. Our readers responded … Continue reading “Tom McLoughlin: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

June 26, 2012

Sophie Michell

by Matthew Steeples

This blonde bombshell first appeared on the BBC aged 12 and since has presented shows including Channel 4’s Cook Yourself Thin. She’s also faced Anne Robinson on the Celebrity Weakest Link and written a number of cookbooks. A delight to spend time with, Michell has worked in places such as The Greenhouse and The Lanesborough … Continue reading “Sophie Michell”

June 24, 2012

Paul Burrell RVM

by Matthew Steeples

A Royal servant turned blabbermouth. He calls himself a “noted authority on all things regal.” Is anyone listening? No, we think not.

June 22, 2012

Vincent Tchenguiz

by Matthew Steeples

This Mayfair based property tycoon was born in Tehran and owns a Mangusta motor yacht named “Veni Vidi Vici” (“I came, I saw, I conquered”). His Rolls-Royce Phantom, numberplate “2V,” is often spotted outside London’s finest establishments and an SFO investigation into his business affairs has now been sensibly put to bed.

June 18, 2012

Edward Putman

by Matthew Steeples

This convicted rapist and burglar from St Albans won a £4.5 million National Lottery jackpot in 2009.  He carried on claiming benefits until he was caught but now claims he’ll pay back what he owes. Put him in the stocks.

June 17, 2012

Leona Helmsley (1920 – 2007)

by Matthew Steeples

“The Queen of Mean” was a chain-smoking hotelier and real estate tycoon with a reputation for tyrannical behaviour. She took the view that “only the little people pay taxes” but was investigated and convicted of federal income tax evasion in 1989. Sentenced to 16 years, she served just 19 months in prison and 2 months … Continue reading “Leona Helmsley (1920 – 2007)”

June 2, 2012

Gerry & Kate McCann

by Matthew Steeples

Their daughter Madeleine disappeared on the evening 3rd May 2007 from a holiday apartment whilst they sat enjoying tapas with a bunch of friends. Some believe the poor child was kidnapped. Others have alternative theories. A public fund to find “Maddie” raised hundreds of thousands of pounds but Mrs McCann’s book, Madeleine, contains so many … Continue reading “Gerry & Kate McCann”

May 25, 2012

Gina Rinehart

by Matthew Steeples

Whatever she does, “The House of Hancock comes first.” This little known Australian daughter of a bush pilot and prospector is now the world’s richest woman with a worth of some £18 billion. Known as the “Iron Lady,” twice-married Rinehart’s fortune is expanding at a rate of £21,000 a second and if this continues this … Continue reading “Gina Rinehart”

April 28, 2012

Lord & Lady Black (Conrad Black & Barbara Amiel)

by Matthew Steeples

She’s a British-Canadian journalist most famous for having an “extravagance that knows no bounds.” He was a media baron who denounced his Canadian citizenship to become a British peer. Life began to unravel in 2005 when he was charged and subsequently convicted on various charges of defrauding Hollinger, the company he led. “Citizen Black” got … Continue reading “Lord & Lady Black (Conrad Black & Barbara Amiel)”

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