UK Wikinews Shorts: December 22, 2009

A compilation of brief news reports for Tuesday, December 22, 2009.

Man appears in court case involving murder of woman in Glasgow, Scotland

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A man has appeared in a court case regarding the murder of a woman from Glasgow, Scotland. Khalid Mamoun Sarwar, aged 28, appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court on charges of theft and murder. The charges relate to the death of 54-year-old Nasim Jamil. She was an agony aunt who worked as a presenter on Awaz FM, an Asian community radio station. She was killed in her apartment on Byres Road in Glasgow. The radio host's body was discovered by her daughter on December 9. Sarwar, who is from the city, was not making any declarations or pleas during the court trial. The man was subsequently remanded in custody.


Man jailed for murder of ex-girlfriend in Lancashire, England

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A man has been jailed for the murder of his ex-girlfriend in Lancashire, England, after a trial in Preston Crown Court. 52-year-old Alan Entwistle admitted the murder of his ex-girlfriend and mother of two Claire Atkinson, who came from Elm Street in the town of Fleetwood. The court heard how he had been planning the murder for several weeks since the relationship between him and Claire had broken down. A month before the killing he had been charged with kidnap and using a knife to threaten her but was released on bail. It was said that the former bouncer had been stalking Atkinson on the day of her murder and that he had managed to coax her into his blue Hyundai Getz. He then stabbed Claire 13 times, with her heart being infiltrated by seven of the wounds from the knife. After the murder, which occurred on April 17, 2009, Alan drove around with the body of the victim in the passenger seat of the car before deliberately crashing the vehicle into the back of a Land Rover. Alan Entwistle was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison. Judge Anthony Russell QC described him with the words "manipulative man".


Two people killed in car crash in East Yorkshire, England

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Two people, a man and a woman, have both been killed as the result of car crash in East Yorkshire, England. The two accident victims have been identified as 20-year-old Rebecca Robinson and 22-year-old Liam Normington. Both came from Hull. They were travelling along the A1079 towards Hull in their silver Citroën C2 car when they collided with a silver Volkswagen Passat which was moving in the other direction. The Citroen slid across the road and the two vehicles collided with each other. The Citroen then went off the road and rolled down a large embankment, resulting in the vehicle going onto its roof. The collision occurred at around 1420 GMT on Sunday between the market towns of Beverley and Market Weighton. Both died at the scene of the accident after sustaining fatal injuries. The road conditions were icy however Humberside Police have not yet confirmed that this was indeed a factor in the accident. North Yorkshire Police are now asking for any people who witnessed the collision to contact them.

A spokesperson for the police has said: "They were in a silver-coloured Citroen C2, travelling eastbound towards Hull when the car is believed to have veered to the other side of the road causing it to collide with a silver -coloured Volkswagen Passat travelling in the opposite direction. The Citroen then left the road and went down a very large embankment coming to a rest on its roof. As a result Liam and Rebecca sustained fatal injuries and sadly died in the incident."


Man dies after being found unconscious in garden in Western Isles, Scotland

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A man has died after being found unconscious in the back garden outside his house in Western Isles, Scotland.

35-year-old Donald Martin was found unconscious by one of his neighbours outside his house, located on Kennedy Terrace in Stornoway on the island of Lewis, at around 1300 GMT on Saturday. He was taken to Western Isles Hospital and placed in a high dependency unit, however the man died later that day. It is believed that the man froze to death as a result of sub-zero temperatures in the area. The man was working as an electrician and was not married. What was to be the last time he was seen was when he was returning to his house from a night out in the town centre of Stornoway, it is understood.

A spokesperson for the Northern Constabulary, the police service in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, has released a statement saying: "Despite their best efforts the man was pronounced dead some hours later. A post mortem will be carried out to establish cause of death and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal. There do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances."