Man jailed after fatal collision in Hendon Lane Finchley N3 – Latest from New Scotland Yard

A Hendon driver has been jailed after admitting causing the death of a pedestrian in north London last year.

A friend – who drove him away after the incident in Finchley – will be sentenced later this month.

Both men appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Monday 4th July.

Arman Kassra (22.6.89 – 22 ys ) of Barford Close NW4 pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving whilst over the alcohol limit, and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for causing death by careless driving whilst over the alcohol limit. There was no separate penalty for the offence of failing to stop at the scene of a collision, over and above having his licence endorsed. He was also disqualified from driving for five years.

Two other charges were left to lie on file: causing death by dangerous driving, and driving while over the proscribed alcohol limit.

Mohammed Aghaie (b. 5th January 1991 – 21 years) of Weld Place, New Southgate N11 pleaded guilty to four counts:

Perverting the cause of justice (i.e. driving Kassra from the scene); Fraud by false representation (i.e. giving false details to obtain insurance); Making a false statement to obtain insurance; Driving without insurance.

He was remanded in custody for sentencing at Wood Green Crown Court on 29th July.
Police were called to the incident in Hendon Lane, Finchley N3 at approximately 2:00am on Sunday 6 June 2010.

A VW Golf had left the road and was in collision with two male pedestrians. The car was then in collision with a wall and caught fire.

Kassra had been driving the Golf, with Aghaie driving a BMW. Aghaie picked up Kassra and drove him away prior to police arrival.

One of the pedestrians was pronounced dead at the scene. He was Libor Kuchar (b. 18th December 1974 – 35 years – a Slovakian national] of the Hendon area. A post-mortem gave cause of death as multiple injuries.

The second man suffered minor injuries and was discharged after treatment at hospital.

Officers from the Road Death Investigation Unit at Alperton led the inquiry, and arrested Kassra later on 6 June 2010. Aghaie was arrested on 10 June 2010.

They were bailed to return pending further inquiries, and were subsequently charged in December 2010.

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Latest News on Rosemary Avenue N3 murder, man now charged.

Farrukh Pervez Malik, 65 (6.3.46), of Rosemary Avenue, Finchley, was yesterday, Tuesday 21 June, charged with the murder of a 60-year-old woman on Monday 20 June.

He will appear in custody at Hendon Magistrates’ court today,  Wednesday 22 June.

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A murder investigation is under way following yesterday’s death of a woman in Finchley.

A murder investigation is under way following the death of a woman in Finchley.

Police were called to an address in Rosemary Avenue N3 shortly before 11.25am yesterdayday, 20 June, following reports of a female assaulted. On arrival officers found a woman, aged 60, suffering multiple stab wounds.

LAS and HEMS also attended and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene at 12.25pm.

A man, aged 65, was arrested at the scene and is currently in custody.

An incident room has opened under DCI Steven Lawrence of the Metropolitan Police Service, Homicide and Serious Crime Command.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the incident room on 0207 321 9290 or if you wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Enquiries continue.

Serious knife attack on the Grange Estate, N2 last Saturday night.

Police are appealing for witnesses to an attack which occurred on the Grange Estate in East Finchley, N2 at 10:30pm on Saturday, June 18.

Police attended the estate in response to calls of ten males attacking one other male, and information from London Ambulance Services indicated they were on scene treating a stabbing victim.

Upon arrival the victim was found on the junction of Leopold Road and High Road with numerous stab wounds to the buttock and kidney area.

It was then established that there was another victim of the same incident nearby who was found at St Pancras Court with a stab wound to the left leg and his buttock.

The victims were both taken to hospital:

-Victim 1 had eight stab wounds to his buttocks and back area and at first LAS thought that his liver may have been penetrated but it was later deemed not to be the case and he was deemed as not life threatening or changing.

-Victim 2 had a stab wound to his buttock and his left leg but neither of these were deemed as life threatening or life changing and has since been discharged from hospital.

Three persons were present together prior to the attack, however, only two sustained injuries.

Four male suspects aged 14(x1) and 15(x3) have been arrested and are currently in custody.

Police are still searching for the weapon and believe there may be more suspects involved in the attack.

DC Charlie Pulling, the officer in charge of the case said: “Due to the distressing nature of the attack, the details provided by the victims are not sufficient for us to identify further suspects at this moment, so we are appealing for any members of the public who know about the incident to come forward.

“If anyone knows any of the suspects or has seen the incident we would ask that they call police or CrimeStoppers immediately to help us find these violent youths.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0300 123 1212 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference number 2414943/11.

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Officers from Barnet police station have arrested two Finchley people in connection with a series of Synagogue burglaries.

One man aged 42 from the Finchley Area was arrested on Saturday 20th May 2011. This man was questioned at a North London police station and subsequently released on bail pending further police enquiries.

 On the Wednesday the 25th May a 16 year old youth, also from the Finchley area, was arrested in connection with the burglary of a synagogue and will be questioned about the series of offences.  This youth is currently detained at a North London police station.

Detective constable Paul Richardson of Barnet CID said. “Anyone with information about these crimes concerned should contact Detective Constable Paul Richardson of the Barnet aqusiitve crime unit on 0300-123 1212   or phone CrimeStoppers anonamously on Tel 0800 555 111   Please remember to quote reference number 2412835/11

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Man suspected of committing a series of indecent exposures to women in the N12 area.

Barnet Police officers are looking for a man suspected of committing a series of indecent exposures to women in the N12 area.

The investigation started after the first victim reported to police that a man in a car had stopped to ask her for directions to East Finchley and that, as she was explaining the route to him, he had exposed his genitalia and was masturbating.

This incident happened on Southover, N12 at 08:30am on Wednesday 18th May 2011 and the man then drove off at speed towards Totteridge Lane N20.

The victim stated that the man was well mannered and she believed, due to the way he had conducted himself during this incident, that it was not the first time he has done such a thing.

The second incident occurred on Sunday 22nd May 2011 at 6:50pm on Hillcourt Avenue, N12. Again a man stopped in a vehicle and asked a woman for directions to East Finchley. Once more, as the woman got close to the vehicle to speak with him, she noticed that he was masturbating.  The man had then laughed and driven off towards West Finchley Tube station.

Both victims described the man as white, in his thirties, with short dark blonde or light brown hair.  He was of large build and spoke with an English accent.  The man was driving a small blue or grey vehicle.

DC Sandrine Manceau, the officer in charge of the case from Barnet CID said: “The grossly indecent behaviour of this individual is amplified by the fact that he is committing these crimes in the vicinity of schools and has clearly started doing so with some frequency.  We would like anyone with any information that may help the investigation to contact us immediately, especially if you may have been a victim of this man yourself, or have any further details as to his identity.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call Police on 0300 123 1212 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 2412126/11

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New “Safe Neighbourhood Team” sergeant for Finchley – Church End.

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Sgt Aiden Russell - Finchley Team

Finchley Church End Safer Neighbourhoods Team has bid farewell to Sergeant Alison Preece who has joined the Safer Transport Team, and a big welcome goes to Sergeant Aidan Russell who has taken over at the helm.

Sergeant Russell, from Tipperary Ireland, has been in the Metropolitan Police since 1989 serving in Holborn, Camden and now Barnet. He has seen a wide range of departments too with time on response teams, doing community policing and being in charge of a schools team. In May 2011 he transferred to Barnet on promotion as a sergeant where he was assigned to response Team 5 giving him plenty of challenges with a variety of incidents and emergencies.

When asked about his aims and objectives in his new post in Finchley Church End Aidan says: “My aim is to work closely with the community on my ward, reassuring them and gaining their trust and confidence. I hope, with the help of my  team to contribute to making the area a better and  safer place to live/work in. I hope to achieve this by increasing the SNT links with the community, with more proactive and high viability policing and by making best use of the various police teams on the borough. I intend forging closer links with my colleagues in Barnet’s Special Constabulary.

“I consider myself fortunate to have been posted to such a pleasant ward as Finchley Church End. I will listen to the concerns of the residents and act accordingly. “

One of the ward’s priorities is tackling burglary and the sergeant had a taste of that on his first day in the new post: “I enjoy patrolling the ward on foot, which I feel is the best way to get to know my community and gain their trust and respect. On his first day on foot patrol in Church End he already caught a burglar, who was attempting to break into a house in N3.

“I am grateful that my senior management team in Barnet has given me to opportunity to be part of Finchley Church End SNT. Being an SNT Sergeant has long been a personal ambition, and is one I intend putting to great use on the ward.”

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