Boy (16) held over death of pensioner
A 16-YEAR-OLD boy has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a pensioner who was attacked as he tried to stamp out a fire during the London riots, Scotland Yard said last night.
Richard Bowes (68), died in hospital just before midnight on Thursday after he was attacked in Spring Bridge Road in Ealing, west London, during Monday's unrest.
Officers investigating the death have arrested the 16-year-old on suspicion of murder and four counts of burglary and a 31-year-old woman on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, police said.
Meanwhile, London's judiciary was stretched to breaking point yesterday as two magistrates courts took the unprecedented step of sitting on a Sunday in a desperate bid to make headway against the mounting backlog of cases.
The city's legal system is buckling under the strain, with police cells overflowing and judges struggling to mete out justice fast enough to free up space. The Metropolitan Police has so far made 1,414 arrests and has charged 810 alleged miscreants.
At Westminster it was up to District Judges Deborah Wright and Susan Williamson to dispense justice amid chaotic scenes as court officials, prosecutors and defence lawyers struggled to locate prisoners and paperwork.
Judge Wright became increasingly exasperated as a prosecutor said she had not been able to locate any papers on the people due to appear.
Judge Williamson heard how a teenager was caught on CCTV looting a designer clothes store in Hackney four times. In total the retailer lost more than £600,000 (€740,000) worth of stock. (© Independent News Service)