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Tag: trial

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 18, 2017

Fergus and Judith Wilson

by Matthew Steeples

Fat former boxer and Toad of Toad Hall-like figure of fun Fergus Wilson and his equally badly dressed Hyacinth Bucket-like wife, a former maths teacher named Judith, banned “coloured people” from renting the 1,000 properties they own in Kent “because of the curry smell at the end of the tenancy”. They were also revealed to … Continue reading “Fergus and Judith Wilson”

May 10, 2017

The Tossers vs. The 48%

by Matthew Steeples

The 48% must make themselves heard at the 2017 General Election; they must vote tactically and do all they can to prevent the landslide ‘Queen Bee’ Theresa May is headed for   With UKIP’s first MP on trial for 14 counts of electoral fraud, 30 individuals connected to the Conservative Party facing potential prosecution in … Continue reading “The Tossers vs. The 48%”

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, 2016

The trials of Khemka

by Matthew Steeples

Old Harrovian jeans designer Sheel Khemka to face retrial

July 3, 2015

The W***er’s Tower

by Matthew Steeples

Unfortunately nicknamed Gloucestershire residence hits the market a year after Old Harrovian Sheel Khemka’s first trial

July 1, 2015

Alwen Hughes (also known as “Alwen Harris”)

by General

The wife of the disgraced entertainer and convicted paedophile Rolf Harris, jeweller and sculptress Alwen Hughes complained of “sleepless nights” during his 2014 trial.

June 29, 2015

Pete Halat

by General

Former attorney and Mayor of Biloxi, Mississippi from 1989 to 1993, Pete Halat was acquitted of but still is often connected to the 1987 murders of his business partner Judge Vincent Sherry and his wife.

Wally of the Week: Alison Saunders

by Matthew Steeples

Now Alison Saunders has been proven wrong for having failed to charge Lord Janner with child sex offences, she should resign or be sacked

May 17, 2015

The Worst Marriage in Georgetown

by Matthew Steeples

Story of the 2011 murder of 91-year old socialite Viola Herms Drath by her 47-year old bisexual fraudster husband Albrecht Gero Muth to be made into a film produced by Christoph Waltz

March 21, 2015

Robert Durst

by General

A member of the New York based Durst real estate dynasty and worth some $100 million, cross-dresser Robert Durst first came to the attention of the public when his first wife, Kathie, disappeared

October 25, 2014

Brooks is back

by Matthew Steeples

Rebekah Brooks looks set to return to the fold   Few expected Rebekah Brooks and her husband to be acquitted in June but now it looks set to be the couple who have the last laugh. News that Mrs Brooks has spent the week at the headquarters of News Corp in New York this week … Continue reading “Brooks is back”

September 23, 2014

Dave Lee Travis: Guilty as charged

by Matthew Steeples

Sympathy for Dave Lee Travis should evaporate after his having been found guilty of indecent assault and as he faces civil action over a further allegation

August 7, 2014

A mean mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Former residence of Leona Helmsley comes to the market   Leona Helmsley didn’t do “little”. She lived by the belief that “only the little people pay taxes” and housed herself in a vast mansion on a 40-acre plot in Connecticut. Helmsley died at the house in 2007 and it is now once again for sale

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 28, 2014

Investigating Tulisa

by Matthew Steeples

In the wake of the collapse of the Tulisa Contostavlos drugs trial, we examine the merits of investigative journalism   Tulisa Contostavlos declared she’d had a “rollercoaster of a week” after she was convicted of assault in one case yet saw off another after it was thrown out due to the “serious misconduct” on the part … Continue reading “Investigating Tulisa”

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 15, 2014

Oscar, tango, out

by Matthew Steeples

Arrogant Oscar Pistorius shows his true character yet again   Revelations that Oscar Pistorius was both in a fight in a Johannesburg nightclub last weekend and that he returned to Twitter to share his bizarre religious references sum up how arrogant this individual truly is.

May 17, 2014

Forcing Fernbridge

by Matthew Steeples

It is time to step up Operation Fernbridge   As Max Clifford faces further police questioning and Rolf Harris’ trial hears that he wrote a letter to the father of an alleged victim stating “I know that what I did was wrong but we are, all of us, fallible and oh how I deluded myself”, … Continue reading “Forcing Fernbridge”

April 10, 2014

Justice for Evans

by Matthew Steeples

Nigel Evans MP cleared of all charges brought against him   Today, justice has been done: Nigel Evans, a friend, contributor to The Steeple Times and a fine Member of Parliament, has been cleared of sexual offences against seven men.

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”

December 17, 2013

Burying the phone hacking trial

by Matthew Steeples

The mess that is the phone hacking trial   The public have tired of the phone hacking trial and despite Stuart Kuttner, the News of the World’s former managing editor, being placed in the dock today and the paper’s former news editor being declared “currently unfit” to face trial, there is now very little coverage … Continue reading “Burying the phone hacking trial”

November 1, 2013

Seizing The Sun

by Matthew Steeples

James Blunt names a song after ‘The Sun on Sunday’   Coinciding with Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson going on trial, singer James Blunt has recently released a song named Sun on Sunday.  

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 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 7, 2013

Viola Herms Drath (1920 – 2011)

by Matthew Steeples

This twice married 91-year old Georgetown, Washington, D.C. socialite and journalist was born in Dusseldorf and died as a result of “strangulation and blunt force injuries” in her own bathroom in August 2011.

June 20, 2013

Marshalling a sentence

by Matthew Steeples

Brooke Astor’s 89-year old son should be jailed   Anthony “Tony” Marshall, 89, is due in court in Manhattan today, Thursday 20th June, to hear whether he’ll be sent to prison. If jailed, he will be not only be one of the wealthiest prisoners but also the fourth oldest inmate in New York State’s prison … Continue reading “Marshalling a sentence”

May 18, 2013

Rename it “Paedo Street”

by Matthew Steeples

A fourth ‘Coronation Street’ star stands accused of abuse   The ITV soap Coronation Street was first broadcast in 1960. It was meant to be representative of the lives of ordinary people.   Now, with the Daily Mail revealing that a fourth cast member has been accused of “very inappropriate behaviour towards a girl”, the … Continue reading “Rename it “Paedo Street””

May 13, 2013

“Cock Roache” fears attack

by Matthew Steeples

As a William Roache waxwork is defaced, his friends announce that he fears being attacked himself   The actor who plays Coronation Street’s Ken Barlow, William Roache MBE, is due at Preston Crown Court tomorrow. Mr Roache, who has been charged with two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in the 1960s, supposedly also fears … Continue reading ““Cock Roache” fears attack”

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”

May 2, 2013

Paedophile Stuart Hall guilty

by Matthew Steeples

Stuart Hall admits 14 counts of indecent assault   The former It’s A Knockout and BBC Five Live presenter (James) Stuart Hall OBE admitted to being a rapist and paedophile this morning.

April 20, 2013

Amanda Knox

by Matthew Steeples

Whether innocent or guilty of the murder she’s repeatedly been accused of, this American has made $4 million from her memoir deal with HarperCollins. The family of Meredith Kercher, the true victim in all of this, have rightly stated that they “do not believe anyone should profit from the murder” but Knox, whose conviction for … Continue reading “Amanda Knox”

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 26, 2013

A cock-up by “Cock Roache”

by Matthew Steeples

The latest in a series of bizarre comments from actor William Roache   William Roache MBE, who plays Ken Barlow in Coronation Street, is no stranger to controversy.   The grandson of a Freemason who was interested in hypnotism, theosophy and esotericism, Roache is a vegetarian and spiritualist who was photographed participating in Druid rituals … Continue reading “A cock-up by “Cock Roache””

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”

October 13, 2012

Goodness, gracious, gaol

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples updates readers on John Goodman’s return to jail   The conviction of John Goodman in West Palm Beach earlier this year was a tragedy for all concerned but the twists and turns that have followed have been quite something else.   Goodman, who sold his family business, Goodman Manufacturing, for $1.43 billion in … Continue reading “Goodness, gracious, gaol”

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”

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 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 16, 2012

John B. Goodman

by Matthew Steeples

John B. Goodman sold his family business, Goodman Manufacturing, for $1.43 billion in 2004 and founded the International Polo Club Palm Beach. This socialite and protégé of the $7 billion Ponzi-schemer Sir Allan Stanford, claimed: “I don’t know what happened” when put on trial for smashing his Bentley into a Hyundai driven by Scott Wilson in … Continue reading “John B. Goodman”

May 21, 2012

Karen Matthews

by Matthew Steeples

She told “The Mother Of All Lies” when she arranged for her degenerate boyfriend to help her kidnap her own daughter, Shannon, in 2008. She hid the poor child under a bed and basked in the media attention. Not being very bright was what resulted in her being caught and resultantly she failed to collect … Continue reading “Karen Matthews”

April 28, 2012

Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras

by Matthew Steeples

The “David Beckham of polo” has been a model for Ralph Lauren since 2000. Born in Buenos Aires, Figueras is one of the world’s top 100 polo players and regularly tops lists of the world’s most handsome men. He gave evidence on behalf of his friend John Goodman, heir to the Goodman Manufacturing fortune, in … Continue reading “Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras”

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