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Friday, 10 December, 1999, 06:53 GMT
Boxer jailed for murder


A boxer known as "The Gent" has been jailed for seven years for killing his love rival with a single right hook.

Charlie Rumbol, 21, knocked out 18-year-old Robert Radford in a London street because he spent the weekend with his former girlfriend Carly Easter, 17, the Old Bailey was told.

Judge Ann Goddard told Rumbol: "You are a professional boxer so your fist was in fact your weapon. You waited for him and then you deliberately attacked him. You cannot say this happened in the heat of the moment."

Rumbol had denied the attack at an earlier hearing, but was found guilty of the manslaughter of Mr Radford on 3 November 1998.




Rape charge against tycoon dropped

Property tycoon Thomas Kramer has had a rape charge against him dropped.

The alleged victim, a former employee of German-born Kramer, 21, is reported to have decided not to proceed with the case.

He was arrested and charged on 12 May, after a complaint from a woman who previously worked for him in Florida and claimed she had been brought to work at his home in London.

The alleged offence was said to have taken place at the tycoon's 5m Holland Park mansion which also serves as his office.






Farmer faces murder trial

A farmer accused of killing one man and wounding another after they allegedly broke into his house has been committed to crown court for trial.

Tony Martin, 55, of Bleak House, Emneth, Norfolk, is charged with murdering 16-year-old Frederick Barras, of Newark, Nottinghamshire, on August 20 this year.

He is also accused of causing grievous bodily harm to 29-year-old Brendan Fearon, also from Newark.

Mr Martin was bailed to a secret address outside Norfolk until the hearing at Norwich Crown Court, after receiving threats against his life.




Prince attacks 'unreal' TV police

Prince Charles has attacked the "bewildering portrayal" of police officers in television programmes like The Bill.

In a speech at the 1999 Community Police Officer of the Year award at St James's Palace, he said: "These images bear little resemblance to reality."

"To me it is the community police officers here today and the thousands like them working throughout the nation who are in large part the essence of modern policing," he said.

The awards, set up in 1992, highlight the work carried out by community police officers - bobbies on the beat who are not attached to high profile units or squads.

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