Morgan makes last plea
CNN host Piers Morgan ended his show’s three-year run with a plea for gun control. Morgan devoted the final minutes of Piers Morgan Live on Friday night to an issue that he said has been a consistent and often controversial part of the program. The British-born host cited gun violence statistics and expressed dismay that mass shootings including those in Newtown, Connecticut, and Aurora, Colorado, have not led to stricter laws.
Nurse charged with murder
A male nurse has been charged with the murder of three patients who were poisoned with contaminated medical products at a hospital, police said yesterday. Eight patients died following the poisoning at Stepping Hill hospital in Stockport, near Manchester, in northwest England, in June and July 2011. Victorino Chua, a 48-year-old father of two, has been charged with murdering three patients — Tracey Arden, 44, Arnold Lancaster, 71, and Derek Weaver, 83. He has also been charged with one count of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, 22 counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent and eight offenses of attempting to administer poison. Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood of Greater Manchester Police said: “Our thoughts continue to be with those people who were deliberately poisoned and their families. In close to three years we have conducted many painstaking inquiries and engaged with numerous medical experts. We are now at a point where we have charged Victorino Chua with a number of very serious offenses.”
Gunman in courthouse shot
Police shot and killed an armed man at the country’s busiest courthouse on the outskirts of Toronto on Friday after he entered the secure building and shot and wounded an officer. The unidentified shooter walked into the courthouse in Brampton, Ontario, at about 11am and “discharged a firearm,” injuring the policeman, a special investigative unit said in a statement. An exchange of fire is believed to have followed and the assailant was hit and later pronounced dead. “The bad guy is dead,” a policeman at the scene was quoted by the National Post as saying, while a police spokeswoman confirmed to public broadcaster CBC that “shots were fired within the courthouse.” Staff Sergeant Dan Richardson of the Peel Regional Police told a press conference that the wounded officer was being treated in hospital and is in stable condition.
Ex-teacher charged again
A former schoolteacher who spent five years in a Thai prison for sexually abusing children after an image of his digitally obscured face was reconstructed is facing 10 new charges. Police said on Friday that Christopher Paul Neil was arrested for sexual touching and child pornography production, which police say occurred in 2003 in Cambodia, and for possession of child pornography in 2007 in Canada. Neil taught in several Asian countries before being first arrested in 2007 following an international manhunt after hundreds of photographs of him allegedly engaging in sex acts with young boys were discovered on the Internet. Neil was arrested in Thailand after Interpol unscrambled swirled digital images from about 200 Internet photographs. He returned to Canada in 2012.