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Chile inquiry confirms President Allende killed himself

A team of international experts has concluded that the former president of Chile, Salvador Allende, killed himself during the 1973 military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet.

A detailed report was released two months after Mr Allende's body was exhumed as part of an inquiry into his death.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 11:45


How a mobile phone broke killers' wall of silence

Avie Howell had inserted his SIM card into Ben Mullany's mobile phone 12 hours after the shooting

The two men convicted of killing honeymooners Ben and Catherine Mullany refused to give evidence during their trial.

Their silence was described as "deafening" by one prosecutor – it became even more so as the wealth of evidence connecting them to the killings became apparent during the trial in the Antiguan capital of St John's. Avie Howell and Kaniel Martin protested their innocence throughout the two-month trial, but a jury handed down a guilty verdict yesterday after 10 hours' deliberation.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 11:45


Jailed Southport teenager Stewart Rimmer jokes about gun crime on Facebook

A Jailed teenager who was linked to a wave of shootings across the city has used his Facebook account to boast about gun shootings.

Stewart Rimmer was 16 when he fired a machine pistol at a Huyton home where children were playing.

Rimmer, of Kirklees Road in Southport, was jailed indefinitely at Liverpool Crown Court last year after the 17-year-old admitted possessing firearms, possessing a weapon while committing an offence and possessing ammunition.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 11:46


'Cold case' unit to be set up to tackle unsolved crimes

A special "cold case" unit is to be set up to tackle Scotland's unsolved murders and other serious crimes.

Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland said the specialist unit would review unsolved cases to identify those which merit a fresh investigation.

New forensic techniques, including DNA, improved ballistics and fingerprint databases will be used.

Mr Mullholland said: "Justice will pursue down the years those who have so far evaded detection for their crimes."

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 13:52


DNA database to be used in Air France crash investigation

French authorities will utilise a Brazilian DNA database to aid with the identification of recently recovered bodies from the wreckage of Air France flight 447.

The news came on Wednesday from the affected families’ spokesman Nelson Marinho, whose son was among the 228 people that perished in the Atlantic went the flight went down in bad weather two years ago just hours after departing from Rio de Janeiro.