Husband in the dock for using semi-naked wife for target practice!

Husband in the dock for using semi-naked wife for target practice!London, Dec 10: A husband has been sentenced to three and a half years of jail for using his semi-naked wife for target practice with an air rifle.

Vedran Ribaric, from Zapresic in Croatia forced wife Mirna to strip to her knickers and run round her garden while he took pot shots at her for target practice with an air rifle

Ribaric had ever been forcing his 23-year-old wife to pose provocatively while he took aim.

17 killed in clash between policemen and robbers in Philippines

Manila - Seventeen people, including a 7-year-old girl, were killed in a running gunbattle between police officers and suspected robbers in the Philippine capital, a police report said Saturday.

The report said 5 civilian, 11 suspected robbers and one police officer died in the firefight that erupted late Friday in Manila's suburb of Paranaque.

Several others were wounded including three police officers and two security guards.

The shootout started when police intercepted the vehicles of the suspects on a highway in Paranaque.

Police captured four suspects, while three others escaped. (dpa)

Mom, 2 adult children charged in killing

QUEANBEYAN, Australia, Dec. 5 -- An Australian woman and her grown son and daughter were charged Friday with the killing of a bartender whose body was found in a New South Wales river in March.

Ben Beaudean, 25, of Queanbeyan was charged with the murder of Danny Ralph, The Canberra Times reported. His mother, Cody, and his pregnant sister, Taneeka, were charged as accessories after the fact.

Ralph, 46, a father of five, had been living in Queanbeyan in New South Wales since the mid 1990s. He worked at the Royal Hotel and was known to hang out at other bars in town.

Woman gets life for killing in church

DOYLESTOWN, Pa., Dec. 5 -- A Philadelphia-area woman was sentenced to life in prison Friday for shooting another parishioner because she was jealous of the woman.

Mary Jane Fonder, 66, once again denied killing Rhonda Smith, 39, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. She denied resenting the attention that Smith was getting.

"I'm sorry, so very sorry this poor woman was murdered," Fonder told Judge Rea Boylan. "But in the name of God ... I did not kill Rhonda Smith."

Smith was shot in the office of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she was working. Fonder was convicted of first-degree murder Oct. 31 and faced an automatic life sentence with no parole.

Man jailed for 16 robberies used to fuel drug habit

Hong Kong - A serial robber has been jailed for seven and a half years for 16 robberies committed to fuel his heroin addiction, a media report said Saturday.

Ray Lee Wai-yip, 37, targeted women in the thefts which netted 87,000 Hong Kong dollars (11,150 dollars) and five of the victims were over 70 and two were aged more than 80, the South China Morning Post said.

Sentencing Lee, deputy judge Peter Longley said he had been jailed twice in the past 10 years for robbery offences.

"The experience of prison did not make you better yourself," the judge told Lee. He added the letters Lee had written expressing remorse for the latest crimes were "worthless." (dpa)

EU court says retention of innocent people's DNA illegal

Brussels, Dec. 5: The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that retention of innocent people's DNA and fingerprint records by police is illegal.

The unanimous judgment by the Strasbourg court condemned the "blanket and indiscriminate nature" of powers given to police in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in collecting and storing DNA and fingerprint evidence of suspects.

According to The Independent, the British Government has not immediately said it will comply with the ruling by bringing in laws that would destroy nearly a million DNA samples taken from suspects who have been exonerated by the police and courts.

Danish navy vessel rescues suspected pirates

Copenhagen - A Danish navy vessel has rescued seven suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden, the Royal Danish Navy said Friday.

The seven were found Thursday in waters off Yemen on a vessel that had been drifting several days at sea.

Several weapons were seized and the seven were to be handed over to local authorities in Yemen, the statement said.

International maritime laws oblige vessels to assist other vessels in emergencies.

The Danish navy currently leads the Task Force 150 assigned to patrol international shipping lanes in the region.

The Danish navy vessel Absalon has been deployed in the waters off Somalia since early September. (dpa)

Mumbai terrorists did not have enough explosive: NSG Chief

New Delhi , Nov. 30: The Director General of National Security Guards (NSG)  J K Dutt today  said that the terrorists at the Taj Palace hotel of Mumbai did not had plans to blow up the Taj heritage hotel as they lacked enough explosives for it.

The amount of explosives recovered from them does not indicate that they could bring down the building, Dutt said minutes after returning from Mumbai, in New Delhi.

NSG faced several difficulties during the ‘Operation Cyclone’, due to the century-old architecture of the Taj building, which  has long connecting passages, spiral staircases and rooms with high ceilings, said the NSG Chief talking to media here.

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