These are the two men who will spend 30 years between them behind bars for a shocking knife attack. Roman Hemmings, 20, and his younger brother Sero Hemmings, 18, both of Swannington Road, Leicester, targeted Ashley Johnson after taking offence to a comment about the manner of their driving. Roman dealt the fatal blow, which was described in court as "unsurvivable". They then fled the scene before going on the run. Following a 12-day trial at Leicester Crown Court, both defendants were today found guilty of murdering the 24-year-old and sentenced to life imprisonment. Roman Hemmings has been ordered to serve a minimum of 20 years and Sero Hemmings a minimum of 10 years. Detective Inspector Jon Blockley, from East Midlands Special Operations Unit’s major crime team, said: “This was a horrific incident in which a young man had his life taken away by two men he didn’t know – all over a flippant comment about the way a car was being driven. “After committing … [Read more...] about Faces of brothers who murdered man over driving comment
A court has been told how a mother has placed the ashes of her brutally murdered son in an urn she had bought for herself. Roman Hemmings, 21, and Sero Hemmings, 18, both face the prospect of life in jail for the murder of Ashley Johnson. The 24-year-old was stabbed fatally in the back as he was getting into a car in Dannett Street, near Fosse Road North, in Leicester , in the early hours of Saturday February 24. The jury of six men and six women at Leicester Crown Court deliberated for seven hours and 19 minutes before reaching a unanimous guilty verdict. Ahead of their sentencing by Judge Timothy Spencer QC, Ashley's mother Karen Johnson addressed the court to read out a statement on the family's behalf, including Ashley's fiancee Chelsea. Mrs Johnson said: "Ashley was not only my son but my friend, work colleague and carer. "Ashley and I were very close; there wasn’t a day go by that we did not speak and we would see each other most days. "He was kind, loving, loyal, … [Read more...] about Mum’s speech to court over son’s murder at hands of brothers
The jury in a trial of two brothers accused of murdering a man in a random stabbing has returned its verdict. Roman Hemmings, 21, and Sero Hemmings, 18, were on trial accused of randomly stabbing Ashley Johnson. The 24-year-old was fatally knifed in the back as he was getting into a car in Dannett Street, near Fosse Road North, in Leicester , in the early hours of Saturday February 24. The jury of six men and six women at Leicester Crown Court deliberated for seven hours and 19 minutes before reaching a unanimous guilty verdict. The brothers, of Swannington Road, Leicester, who denied murder and declined to give evidence in their defence during the trial, will be sentenced later today by Judge Timothy Spencer QC. They are now facing life sentences. During the trial, Mary Loram QC, prosecuting, said that Mr Johnson had done nothing more than remonstrate with the Hemmings brothers, whom he did not know, when they tail-gated a car he was travelling in with friends after a night out, in … [Read more...] about Jury returns verdict in trial of brothers accused of murder
It was a Friday night in March 1974, and I was engaged in the weekly ritual of a night out with the lads – except tonight I had only one companion, Mick from four doors down. Tony from next door and Robert from next door but one were otherwise engaged: Martin from the end house was visiting relatives. The several young families with small children in our little corner of the Britwell Estate in Slough mixed together convivially. We all had jobs to go to, reasonable rents and cars to drive; nuclear families harvesting the fruits of the postwar settlement. I was 23, a decade younger than Mick, who worked as what was then called an ambulanceman. I was a postman. We were close friends, from similar backgrounds – except that Mick and his brother had been guests of Dr Barnardo, their father having been unable to cope when their mother died. Despite our council house security we felt there was something important missing from our lives. We’d discussed politics over many a … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight The night that changed my life: Alan Johnson on joining the Labour Party
WHEN bank giant Lehman Brothers collapsed in September 2008, it triggered a global financial crash that led to a devastating recession in Britain. Now, a decade after the firm went bankrupt, we take a look at what caused the crisis. What caused the 2008 financial crisis? There were a huge number of factors that led to the collapse of the global economy, but it was mostly abuse of mortgage lending without strict regulation or understanding. These included: Low interest rates which encouraged mortgage lending Secularisation, which is when mortgages were bundled together and sold as low-risk securities Lax regulation allowed predatory lending in the private sector The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), a 1977 US federal law designed to help low- and moderate-income Americans get mortgage loans encouraged banks to grant mortgages to higher risk families Mortgage guarantees. Many of the subprime (high risk) loans were bundled and sold, finally accruing to quasi-government agencies Why did … [Read more...] about Why did Lehman Brothers collapse and what caused the global financial crisis in 2008?