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Transgender woman who pushed off-duty cop onto tube tracks avoids prison time
Published time: 21 Feb, 2018 17:13Get short URL
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A transgender woman who pushed a police officer onto tube tracks after downing four bottles of wine has narrowly avoided jail. The off-duty cop was pushed onto the rails when he intervened in a row between the woman and a friend.
Paris Valeta-Bregazzi, of Highgate, north London, pushed off-duty PC Sam Chegwin off the platform at Hanger Lane tube station. The policeman heard shouting and told the 30-year-old to calm down. She replied he “should mind his own business, as she wasn’t talking to him.”
The off-duty officer pushed her in the chest in an attempt to de-escalate the situation, unaware that she had recently undergone surgery on that area in relation to her transition. Valeta-Bregazzi retaliated, and Chegwin went over the platform edge.
Valeta-Bregazzi pleaded guilty Last November to one count of an unlawful act with intent to endanger a person on a railway. On Wednesday she received a six-month sentence, suspended for two years. She was also handed a rehabilitation order of up to 20 days.
Recorder Jeremy Dein QC said it was “extremely fortunate” that the policeman wasn’t seriously injured or killed.
“[Chegwin] says in his statement he identified himself as a police officer, and that he used a defensive push aimed at your chest in order to maintain a safe gap, and that you came at him aggressively,” Dein said.
“The result of which is that he was thrown on to the tracks, fell between the railway lines, missing striking his head by just a couple of inches.
“The fact is that he could have been killed — by the fall and hitting his head; electrocuted; hit by an oncoming train or by a combination of those circumstances.”
The court heard that Valeta-Bregazzi has an expansive criminal history, featuring 39 convictions for 62 offences, mainly for theft and violence. She was also fined in May 2017 for racially aggravated harassment.
Dein praised Chegwin for “acting in a public spirited manner by intervening and seeking to prevent the escalation of violence.” The QC also said that he has no criticism of how the off-duty cop tried to de-escalate the situation.
“Mr Chegwin pushed you genuinely believing that it was necessary in order to fend off the risk of violence unfolding, and in order to minimise any possible danger to the public,” Dein said.
“You had significant surgery on the part of the body in which he made contact, although he didn’t know it.
“Furthermore, you didn’t appear to me, having viewed the CCTV, to have formed any malign intent, but to have reacted spontaneously without appreciating the ramifications of what it is you were doing.
“That’s my view of the facts in this case. Having said that, the consequences of what you did were serious. And your error of judgment is a matter to be noted, as one which could have caused, as I have indicated, far greater ramifications.
“You must understand that you have to control yourself.”
Mustapha Hakme, defending, said his client was continuing to have appointments with regards to the “final stages of her transition.”
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Night of knife crime prompts Khan to seek emergency meeting as machete fight VIDEO goes viral
Gang fight in London caught on camera as knife crime sweeps English capital © Twitter/ LiveLeak
London Assembly figures showed there were 14,521 knife crime offenses in the capital in the 12 months to January 2018, with stabbings in London at their highest level in six years, a 23 percent rise from the previous year.
Two young men were murdered on the streets in Camden on Tuesday night, prompting the London mayor to call for action from Downing Street.
A 17-year-old died in the street after being attacked outside a corner shop in Kentish Town. Less than two hours later, a 20-year-old died after being stabbed near Belsize Park.
Videos and images circulating in the media have shown just how dangerous the streets are becoming, especially for young men.
Horror footage of knife-wielding youths battling in east London has revealed the brazenness of criminals in the capital. The video from Barking, thought to have been shot in December last year, shows a group of young men fighting with weapons, with seemingly no fear of being caught.
In the two-minute clip, released on the internet, five young men circle a car parked outside what appears to be a block of flats.
The men hit the car repeatedly, with at least one of them holding a huge machete-style knife.
Eventually their target, another young man, emerges from the back seat of the car. With his face covered and holding a weapon, he launches himself toward his attackers.
They can be heard shouting to one another about how they want to kill him and how it should be done there and then in the carpark.
One shouts: “His face needs cutting up,” before another says: “Let’s finish him now. We’re not done.” The group call to each other “don’t let him go” while they take it in turns to approach the man, who is also carrying a what seems to be a machete.
Trolleys and a bike are thrown around as a woman and her child run past the chaos. The video ends before it is clear what happened to the man.
Twitter users said this is a daily occurrence in London. One man wrote: “Thugs acting with TOTAL impunity it in broad daylight... No fear of encountering police or of the pathetic court sentences if unlucky enough to do so... THIS is the dystopia the Govt have created with their cuts to policing ... “
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Saudi Arabia will now allow women to join its armed forces
A woman checks a weapon exhibited at an event to celebrate the selection of Abha as the capital of Arab tourism for the year 2017, in Abha, Saudi Arabia April 20, 2017. Mohamed Al Hwaity / Reuters
Women in governorates including Riyadh, Makkah, al-Qusaim, and al Madina can apply for the rank of soldier, Saudi’s General Security division announced in a statement Sunday. Prince Mohammad launched the Vision 2030 initiative to wean the country off its major dependence on oil revenues while also diversifying its economy, which includes expanding economic opportunities for women.
In order to become a soldier, however, a woman must fulfil 12 conditions, including: being of Saudi origin, raised in the Kingdom, unless her father had to live abroad because of a ‘government-related responsibility.’ In addition, applicants must be 25 to 35 years of age, hold at least a high school education, and must pass a mandatory medical check up.
Women married to non-Saudis are precluded from applying as is anyone with a criminal record or who was previously employed in any government or military-related institution. An applicant’s height must also not be less than 155 centimeters, with a good weight to height ratio.
Earlier this month, Eqbal Darandari, a member of the Saudi Shoura Council, called for the conscription of women for a period of at least three months to a year adding that all citizens should be ready to serve their country, reports Al Arabiya.
As part of the sweeping reforms, women are now also able to apply for jobs with the traffic police and air traffic control. When Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports announced 140 jobs open to women, over 107,000 women applied. Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor’s office announced earlier this month that it would begin recruiting women investigators.
The Kingdom has witnessed a number of firsts in recent months. Just this week, the General Entertainment Authority announced plans for the construction of the country’s first opera house.
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