Friday, August 07, 2015
Another murderous multiculturalist in Britain
Isn't it a charmer?
An 'angry and obsessive' thug is facing life in jail for shoving his girlfriend to her death through a 14th floor window.
Dora Matthews, 43, was heard screaming 'let me go' moments before she plummeted to the pavement from the living room window of the flat in Wood Green, north London.
The couple had a turbulent relationship and had been arguing in the early hours of the morning shortly before Ms Matthews was killed, a court heard.
Douglas denied murder but was found guilty by a jury after nearly ten hours of deliberation. He now faces a lengthy jail sentence or even life in prison.
Prosecutor Mark Dennis QC said the victim was heard screaming before she dropped from a 'comparatively small' window in the living room of Douglas' 14th floor flat.
'The only person who could have forced her out of that window, whether by physical manhandling or pushing her or by putting her into a state of such extreme fear of lethal violence that she in effect backed out of the window was this defendant,' he said.
'The prosecution allege that this was no accident, nor was it an act of suicide, rather it was an unlawful killing at the hands of an angry and obsessive man who could not control his violent temper following a prolonged and heated argument.
The court heard that Ms Matthews had been in a 'volatile' five-year relationship with Douglas, who she had a restraining order against, before the fatal night in December 2013.
'She had spent much of that night with her boyfriend, the defendant, who lived in a flat on the 14th floor, said Mr Dennis.
'Their relationship was of long-standing, however, it had been one which has been described both as 'volatile' and 'abusive'.
'That night people in neighbouring flats had heard the sounds of a terrible argument going on between Dora and the defendant.
'In the period leading up to this fall she was heard to be shouting at him to 'leave me alone', repeatedly shouting 'stop' and then just before the fatal event 'let me go' and 'get off me'.'
Douglas was previously convicted on five occasions for offences that related to his relationship with Ms Matthews and at time 'demonstrated an almost obsessive attitude' towards his lover.
The victim suffered 'multiple and complex fractures to all parts of the body' following the deadly push. But it was impossible to tell if she had sustained any injuries before the fall.
Her body had been discovered in the car park of the apartments by a passerby at shortly before 5am on the morning of Thursday December 19. Mr Dennis said: 'To his horror, he saw lying on the ground the lifeless body of a woman.
'He immediately raised the alarm and within minutes the Emergency Services were on the scene; there was, however, nothing that could be done by the as the woman had dropped from the fourteenth floor of the block of flats and she would in all likelihood have been killed instantly upon impact with the ground.
'The woman, Dora Matthews, was fully dressed and wearing her outdoors jacket when found and she had her car keys still in her hand as she lay there on the ground.
'It would appear that, just before the fall, she had been in the process of trying to leave the flats in order to go to her car which was parked in the car park in order to return home or possibly to go to her nearby place of work.'
After the body was found, police launched a manhunt for Douglas who eventually turned himself in at his local station.
Mr Dennis said: 'Throughout the remainder of the day police made efforts to find the defendant. 'Shortly after 8:30pm he finally emerged, walks into Tottenham Police Station where he appeared to break down and become hysterical. 'One he had calmed down he was arrested on suspicion of murder, to which he responded 'murder, p**s off, are you mad?'.'
Giving evidence, Douglas told the court they had left his flat twice that evening to stock up on cocaine and beers, spending as much as £100 on the party drug during the second trip.
Ms Matthews, a cleaner, was described as 'a very open-hearted person (who) was full of life' with no previous evidence of suicidal thoughts.
Douglas is expected to be sentenced shortly.
Empire State Building’s $1M Cecil the lion display outrages ‘Black Lives Matter’ supporters
Green/Leftists hate people and love animals
Large images of endangered species are projected on the south facade of The Empire State Building, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, in New York. The large scale projections are in part inspired by and produced by the filmmakers of an upcoming ... more >
By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 4, 2015
The Empire State Building’s projection of Cecil the lion and other endangered animals is being criticized for ignoring the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Along with Cecil, whose illegal killing sparked an international uproar, a snow leopard, tigers, lemurs and various snakes, birds and sea creatures were projected onto the building using 40 projectors, CNN reported.
The light display cost $1 million and was intended to promote the Oceanic Preservation Society’s documentary “Racing Extinction.”
Many social media users said the projection gave unfair attention to animals while ignoring the deaths of black people at the hands of police, The Huffington Post reported.
“I’m personally going to start wearing a lion costume when I leave my house so if I get shot, people will care,” writer Roxana Gay tweeted from her verified account, receiving nearly 9,500 retweets.
“Empire State Building put image of late lion Cecil but can’t put images of some of the lost black souls to discrimination #BlackLivesMatter,” wrote another tweeter.
“If only people could react the same way for the people murdered by Police brutality,” wrote another.
Study finds churchgoers have better mental health than those who join other groups
But politics drives you mad
Going to church is an effective way of keeping depression at bay, research suggests.
People who join a religious organisation - whether it is a church, synagogue or mosque - have better mental health than those who join a community group or political party, academics found.
Membership of a religious group is also more beneficial than taking part in sport, education or charity work, their study suggests.
The four-year study monitored 9,000 people aged over 50, from countries across Europe.
The British and Dutch team, whose research was published yesterday in the American Journal of Epidemiology, looked at different levels of social activity and how they influenced people's moods.
They found that joining a religious organisation was the best way of combating depression.
The academics, from the London School of Economics and Political Science, said it is not clear faith itself helps people, or if religion simply gives people a sense of belonging.
But while they could see a significant and long-term benefit from church membership, other social organisations had the opposite effect.
People who joined political and community groups tended to show an initial improvement in mental health, but then declined over the long term.
LSE health expert Dr Mauricio Avendano said the only activity associated with sustained happiness was attending a church, synagogue or mosque.
'The church appears to play a very important social role in keeping depression at bay and also as a coping mechanism during periods of illness in later life.
'It is not clear to us how much this is about religion per se, or whether it may be about the sense of belonging and not being socially isolated,' he said.
The research, carried out with Erasmus University Medical Centre in the Netherlands, did not find any short-term benefits from sports and participation in other social activities.
'Participants receive a higher sense of reward when they first join an organisation but if it involves a lot of effort and they don't get much in return, the benefits may wear off after some time,' Dr Avendano said.
'Our findings suggest that different types of social activities have an impact on mental health among older people, but the strength and direction of this effect varies according to the activity.
'One of the most puzzling findings is that although healthier people are more likely to volunteer, we found no evidence that volunteering actually leads to better mental health.
'It may be that any benefits are outweighed by other negative impacts of volunteering, such as stress.'
It's class war! Billionaire opens fire at RSPB's bid to protect birds of prey with crackdown on grouse moors
A Hen Harrier. They eat grouse
A billionaire City tycoon has stoked a simmering row over grouse moors by opening fire on Britain's biggest nature charity.
Old Harrovian hedge fund manager and shooting enthusiast Crispin Odey accused the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) of waging a 'class war'.
Outspoken Mr Odey, who has turned both barrels on everyone from David Cameron to his own father over the years, attacked the charity's call to introduce the licensing of grouse moors.
The RSPB believe that introducing the measure would prevent gamekeepers from killing hen harriers.
A protected species about the size of a buzzard, the birds of prey have been targeted because they eat red grouse before the shooting season starts.
But colourful Mr Odey, 55, who is said to be worth £1.1billion, and who once spent £120,000 on a chicken coop dubbed 'Cluckingham Palace' at his country mansion, said: 'It's a bit of a class war. It's Jeremy Corbyn. It's not about the birds.'
Revealing himself to be a backer of You Forgot The Birds, a campaign group led by former cricketer Sir Ian Botham which has accused the RSPB of misleading donors over how it spends its money, he said the charity was fuelling resentment against wealthy grouse moor owners and exploiting the plight of the hen harrier to help raise funds to pay its 2,000 staff.
The charity is 'locked in a battle with who they saw as the enemy, which was strangely the shooting community,' he claimed, and said this faction was 'completely obsessed with the idea that raptors [such as the hen harrier] are what bring the money in so they defend raptors at all costs'. His comments in The Times came only a week before the 'Glorious Twelfth', the start of the red grouse shooting season on August 12.
The RSPB yesterday dismissed all Mr Odey's accusations – and hit back, saying he had 'trivialised' the grouse issue by linking it to class war.
Grahame Madge, a spokesman for the charity, said: 'The RSPB doesn't have any position about legal field sports. But we have significant concerns about the impact of shooting on the illegal killing of birds of prey. We have evidence that happens in some places where they are trapped, shot or poisoned.
'We think better regulation will encourage better management of these sites. It is a conservation issue.' He added: 'The hen harrier nests in areas of open heather, which is the sort of area that grouse like too, and the two species can co-exist.
'Responsible grouse moor owners shouldn't have anything to fear from the RSPB.'
Yesterday new figures from the Government's adviser on the natural environment revealed that this is set to be the most successful hen harrier breeding season in England since 2010 – but that still means that they remain this country's most endangered breeding birds.
Natural England said there are only six hen harrier nests across the north of England with 18 new chicks that have fledged, or reached the age when their wing feathers are large enough for flight.
The RSPB estimate there is suitable habitat for 300 pairs of the ground-nesting birds in the same area. In 2010, the most recent national survey year, there were 662 nesting pairs of hen harriers in the UK, with 505 of those in Scotland.
This was a decline of approximately 20 per cent from the previous survey in 2004, according to Scottish Natural Heritage.
Calls to license grouse moors have been mounting since Natural England warned in 2008 that hen harriers were on the brink of extinction due to human 'persecution' and had become the 'emblem of man's callous disregard' for wildlife.
The year before that, Prince Harry was criticised by animal welfare groups after two protected hen harriers were shot near the royal estate at Sandringham in Norfolk. The prince told police that although he had been in the area at the time, he had no knowledge of the shooting.
Yesterday Dr Adam Smith, of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, said: 'We've been looking for the Government to implement a hen harrier recovery plan for over five years. But it doesn't have to be battle lines drawn with this issue.'
Robert Benson, chairman of the Moorland Association, said: 'We need to do more for hen harriers. With the Government's help, numbers and the spread of nests next year could be even better.'
The RSPB has previously rebutted You Forgot The Birds' claims about how it operates, saying that managing nature reserves is only a tiny part of their conservation programme and that other activities, such as research and advising farmers, are also important.
They spend a total of £69million on conservation, a further £19million on education and political lobbying, and £32million on fundraising, a spokesman claimed.
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