Kuwait couple sentenced to death for killing maid

A Kuwaiti court sentenced a local man and his wife to death for murdering their Filipina housemaid following a testimony by their son.

The criminal court found that the couple were guilty of premeditated murder and systematically torturing the maid before ending her life.

Their son testified that he had seen his mother beating the maid almost every day before the two decided to take her out at dawn.

Newspapers said the man and his wife took the maid to a deserted area at dawn, dumped her on the ground while she was still alive and crushed her by their car.

Ex-guard rapes teen ex-prisoner

Kuwaiti police arrested a former prison guard after he was accused of raping a 14-year-old boy who was an inmate at the prison where the guard had worked.

The former guard, who was moved to a police station, had invited the boy into his car then took him to his apartment, where he lives on his own.

“He raped the boy without giving any consideration to his friendship with the boy’s family,” the Kuwaiti Arabic language daily Alwatan said.

It said the cop was arrested after the boy’s father reported him to the police.

Teacher drops dead in class

A Saudi mathematics teacher dropped dead while giving a lesson in class to the shock of his students, many of whom burst into crying.

Hassan Al Barkani had felt pain in his chest and exhaustion but insisted on going into class at the public school in the western town of Madina.

“While he was giving the lesson, he collapsed and second later, he died while he was clutching his pen,” Alwatan daily said.

It did not mention the teacher’s age but said he had been in service for more than 20 years.

Dad kills three daughters with stone

KATHMANDU - A man in Nepal has been arrested on suspicion of beating his three daughters to death with stones in the country's remote southern plains, local police said on Friday.

The 35-year-old from Phaparbari village in Makawanpur district had admitted to killing his daughters aged nine, 10 and 12 while they were sleeping in their house on Thursday evening, local police officer Kushar Basnet said.

"He has confessed to killing all his daughters with stones. He repeatedly struck them on the head," Basnet told AFP by telephone.

Basnet said the suspect was looking after the girls alone in the isolated home while his wife and son were attending a neighbour's wedding.

"We couldn't find the exact motive for the killing but the man is mentally disabled and had drunk some alcohol that night," he said.

Basnet said police were still investigating and had not yet charged the man with murder, which carries a 20-year jail sentence.


Teacher jailed 40 years for sex with student, 14

US: A primary school teacher has been put behind bars for four decades for having sex with a 14-year-old student.

Shannon Alicia Schmieder, 39, will have to serve 20 years, the Daily Mail reported.

The teacher and the student knew each other right from the time of the latter's birth. The teacher and the student's mother were good friends and the boy's mother was distraught when she heard about the developing relationship.

The parents realised something was amiss in the relationship when they combed his Facebook page.

This will go down in history as one of the toughest sentence that anyone has received for inappropriate relationship with a minor in the US.

The parents are anguished over the entire state of affairs and they told the court they feel 'betrayed' by the woman who they considered to be their friend and a blessing.

What are you doing in my…your house!!

A Kuwaiti man returned home after a booze night with friends, pulled the key out of his pocket and tried to open the external gate of the house.

When he could not get in, he was so furious that he climbed up the surrounding wall and jumped inside the garden before heading for the front door.

He kept pushing the key into the door but it would not open. He again lost his temper and began kicking the door.

“A man opened the door and angrily asked him what he wanted….the drunk man looked into that man’s face and said :’ what are you doing in my house,” the Kuwaiti Arabic language daily Alwatan said.

“The man was so drunk that he had mistaken his neigybour’s house for his…he still insisted to go in, prompting his neighbour to call the police, who charged the man for drunkenness and illegally entering another house.”

Boy, 6, and grandmother, 71, die in village pond while feeding ducks

UK: A family in Britain was alarmed when a little boy of 6 and his 71-year-old grandmother did not return home in the evening. The duo's lifeless bodies were found floating in a frozen pond.

The elderly lady and her grandson died during an outing to feed the ducks, reported Daily Mail. The family is devastated over the twin tragedy. Neighbours described the child as 'cheeky' and 'adventurous'.

Once the alarm was raised, the RAF quickly got into action the same evening and a helicopter was deployed. They found the grandmother's abandoned car near the pond. She was found in the water soon after but was declared dead.

The authorities searched on for the child through the night. His body was found around 4am.


Woman accused of witchcraft, burnt alive

NEPAL: A 40-year-old woman was declared a witch and set on fire by family members in Kathmandu on Saturday.

The horrific incident occured when Shegani Mahato was attacked after a priest declared her a witch and accused her of making one of her relatives ill, a police official told CNN.

The mother of a nine-year-old girl was attacked in her village early in the morning. She was beaten up with sticks and rocks and then her relatives poured kerosene on her and burnt her alive. The entire incident was witnessed by her helpless daughter.

Police officials have arrested 10 people in association with the crime and they have all pleaded guilty. An 8-year-old boy is also among those 10 people who were involved in killing the woman.


Student jailed 8 months for "extensive" Facebook hack

LONDON: A British student, who hacked into Facebook's internal network risking "disastrous" consequences for the website, was jailed for eight months on Friday in what prosecutors described as the most serious case of its kind they had seen.

Glenn Mangham, 26, a software development student, admitted infiltrating Facebook from his bedroom at his parents' house in York in northern England last year, sparking fears at the U.S. company that it was dealing with major industrial espionage.

"This was the most extensive and flagrant incidence of social media hacking to be brought before British courts," said Alison Saunders, London's Chief Prosecutor. "Fortunately, this did not involve any personal user data being compromised."

Facebook first became aware of a security breach in its internal network in April and called in the FBI. The U.S. agents established the source of the hacking was based in Britain and British police raided Mangham's home in June.

Mangham said he had previously helped search engine Yahoo Inc improve its security and wanted to do the same for Facebook. However, prosecutors rejected his explanation.

"He said he wanted a mini project and chose Facebook because of its high-profile internet presence," prosecutor Sandip Patel told London's Southwark Crown Court.

"The prosecution does not accept that the defendant's actions were anything other than malicious."

The court was told Facebook spent $200,000 in dealing with his actions, the Press Association reported.

Judge Alistair McCreath told Mangham his actions were not harmless and had "real consequences and very serious potential consequences" which could have been "utterly disastrous" for Facebook.

"You and others who are tempted to act as you did really must understand how serious this is," he said.


Man tries to evict 98-year-old mom from home

NEW HAVEN: Peter Kantorowski wanted his 98-year-old mother to move into a nursing home or live with him. She wouldn't go; she didn't want to leave her home of nearly 60 years.

Finally, Kantorowski went to court — and served his mother with an eviction notice shortly before her 98th birthday in December.

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Finally, Kantorowski went to court — and served his mother with an eviction notice shortly before her 98th birthday in December.

Mary Kantorowski says she won't leave the small yellow house she's been in since 1953, raising her two sons and cooking for the church she attended daily. The house her late husband wanted her to stay in until she died; the house she says is her "everything."

"I don't know why he wants me to leave," she said Friday.

The epic mother-son feud is headed to court next month.

Peter Kantorowski, 71, became the owner of the Fairfield home several years ago when his mother transferred ownership to him but retained the right to live there, in what's known as a quit claim, Mary Kantorowski's attorney said.

The retired taxidermist said he's concerned about her well-being, that she's seemed disoriented and has been living in poor condition.

"I'm not throwing her on the street," he told WTNH-TV in New Haven. "At her age, at 98, I'm sure that she should be with people of her peers. She should have her meals on time."

Peter Kantorowski and his attorney didn't return telephone messages left by The Associated Press on Friday.

Mary Kantorowski's attorney, Richard Bortolot Jr., said she can take of herself, still does some of her own cooking and is seen regularly in her home by doctors and nurses. A judge ruled she was competent and appointed Bortolot to represent her in the eviction.

Her younger son, Jack Kantorowski, says his mother is in relatively good health. He's on his mother's side of the family feud.

"If there is a money problem or anything else, he should have said something a long time ago instead of just trying to get rid of his own mother," Jack Kantorowski said.

Peter Kantorowski, who lives about 20 minutes away in Trumbull, hasn't seen his mother for eight months, her attorney said.

"I'm appalled a son would do this," Bortolot said.

Jack Kantorowski said his father worked multiple jobs to buy the house and built additions over the years.

"He was always trying to protect my mom; she'd always have a place to live," he said. "If something happens to me, there was always going to be a home for her to stay for the rest of her life."

Peter Kantorowski filed a complaint against his mother in December after she refused to follow an eviction notice filed Nov. 30 to vacate the premises by Dec. 7. A trial is set to begin March 2 in Bridgeport Superior Court.

Bortolot says a probate court stopped Peter Kantorowski from trying to sell the house, valued at $330,000, after the eviction papers were served.

Asked where she might live next, Mary Kantorowski's voice catches.

"I don't feel very good about it," she says. "I want to stay right here in my own home."




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