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Criminal cases prosecuted by the CPS are in the news every day, along with a range of issues relating to our work – from hate crime and violence against women and girls, to support for victims and witnesses, statistics and speeches.

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Showing 1 - 10 of 58 results for crime type "Violent crime" & area "London North"

Man jailed for murdering woman sleeping on steps of an east London church

Keiran Rifat, 22, murdered 42-year-old Kelly Stewart outside Memorial Church in Plaistow

| Press Release , Violent crime , London North News

Mother admits killing 10-year-old son in Acton

Olga Freeman, 40, admitted one count of manslaughter by diminished responsibility at the Old Bailey in relation to her son Dylan.

| Press Release , Violent crime , London North News

Killer convicted of anniversary revenge murder in Southwark park

A killer who stabbed to death the man he believed was responsible for his younger brother’s murder 18 years before has been convicted of murder.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, London North News

Man sentenced for former Wasps player killing

A killer who stabbed a former Wasps rugby player and coach to death as he walked home from the pub has been sentenced to a hospital order.

| Press Release , Violent crime , London North News

Ilford man sentenced for killing his two children

Shop worker Nadarajah Nithiyakumar, 41, was sentenced today to a mental health order for killing his two children, aged 18 months and 3 years, at their home.

| Press Release , Violent crime , London North News

Holiday Inn worker murdered for his Gucci bag in Croydon

Samuel Odupitan, 24, followed Tyler Roye off a tram in Woodside, Croydon, before robbing him and fatally stabbing him six times.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, London North News

Jealous killer who shot love rival as he slept convicted

Louis Kelly, 40, killed 33-year-old Mark McCann-Barrett after discovering his friend had been having an affair with his former partner.

| Press Release , Violent crime , London North News

Killer couple guilty of murder with Colombian 'devil's breath' drug

A killer couple who murdered an Irish dance champion and poisoned another man using a drug dubbed ‘the devil’s breath’ have been convicted.

| Press Release , Violent crime , London North News

Killer convicted of double shooting murder

A gunman who shot dead a mother-of-nine and her nephew in an apparent revenge attack has been found guilty of two counts of murder.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, London North News

Murderer who took photos of his dead partner jailed for life

Yixing Song, 54, stabbed mother-of-two Li Qing Wang 22 times in her own bedroom in Leyton, east London on 25 February 2020.

| Press Release , Violent crime , London North News

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