Facing life in jail: Sex beast who cruised streets in works van
Adam Downworth, 32, cruised the streets of Stockport and Gorton in his works van and targeted innocent lone victims at random, taking ‘sadistic pleasure’ from their suffering
A sex beast who stalked women and brutally raped them faces life in jail after he was convicted of a string of ‘vicious and violent’ attacks.
Adam Downworth, 32, cruised the streets of Stockport and Gorton in his works van and targeted innocent lone victims at random, taking ‘sadistic pleasure’ from their suffering.
During his ten-month reign of terror, police offered to give women home a lift home at night in patrol cars to avoid them becoming his next victim.
Downworth, an office cleaner, carried out four attacks without being caught by wearing blue surgical gloves from his workplace to avoid his fingerprints being found.
But he was spotted fleeing the scene of his fifth attack, in which he subjected his victim to a 40-minute ordeal. Police arrested him a mile away and his Berlingo works van was found parked nearby.
He was linked to the previous attacks by CCTV footage of his van, petrol receipts and tracking of his mobile phones.
Two mobile phones stolen from victims were also later found at his home. Slightly built Downworth, who had no previous convictions, initially denied all the attacks but changed his story in the light of the overwhelming evidence against him.
He claimed that he was a street mugger who had not sexually assaulted any victims, and invented a fictitious accomplice who he blamed for the more serious sexual attacks.
But a jury at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court saw through his lies and found him guilty of 13 charges after a trial lasting more than 13 weeks.
Downworth, of Lenham Towers, Brinnington, Stockport, was convicted of charges including rape, attempted rape, assault by penetration and assault occasioning grievous bodily harm.
Judge Jeffrey Lewis warned Downworth he would consider passing a life sentence.
Judges investigating whether a Pakistani diplomat asked for American help in removing two senior military commanders has concluded that the former ambassador to Washington drafted a controversial memo which sparked months of intrigue.
ISLAMABAD, May 18: The memo commission completed on Friday its formal proceedings during which it exhibited the electronic evidence produced by American businessman Mansoor Ijaz in support of his claim of drafting and delivering a memorandum to former US military chief Admiral Mike Mullen at the behest of former ambassador Husain Haqqani.
At its last hearing, the commission headed by Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa recorded the statement of its secretary District and Sessions Judge Islamabad East Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan who had submitted the forensic report of electronic evidence – BlackBerry messengers and email exchanges of Mr Ijaz and Mr Haqqani.
The secretary was crossexamined by Mr Ijaz`s counsel Akram Sheikh and the deputy attorney general.
Mr Haqqani`s lawyers did not attend the hearing because the former ambassador had boycotted the commission`s proceedings.
Advocate Akram said the forensic report proved that Mr Haqqani had engaged his client for drafting and delivering the memorandum to Admiral Mullen. He said expenses of forensic analysis should be recovered from Mr Haqqani because the commission had sent its secretary abroad after his denial to the electronic evidence.He accused Mr Haqqani of paying $30,000 per month to American lobbyists Harlen Ullman and David Frum from his $7 million discretionary fund for damage control after the memogate scandal came into limelight.
The commission`s secretary said he had asked the parties to submit their proposals for protocol for the forensic test of electronic evidence on March 19. Mr Haqqani and Mr Ijaz sent their proposals through emails the following day.
`I proceeded to London on May 5 for the forensic test of electronic evidence contained in laptop and BlackBerry handsets of Mr Ijaz and offered him and Mr Haqqani to send any suggestion or witness the forensic test at the Pakistan`s High Commission in England.
`I selected a British company, System Technology Consultants Limited (Sytech), for the forensic test because of its reputation, accreditation, cost-effectiveness and their promise for expeditious processing,` the secretary added.
He said the company had deputed two experts -Simon R Lang, a forensic analyst, and Mark Wilshaw, an internet crime specialist for the analysis of Mr Ijaz`s handsets and laptop. The experts started their work on May 11 and submitted reports, along with their affidavits, on May 14.
The deputy attorney gener-al asked the secretary under which criteria he had selected Sytech and how did he know that its experts were the best among others. The secretary said he had got information from the parties in the memo case and also checked through internet. Their selection was based on the cases they had solved in a certain period of time, he added.
Raja Jawad said he had informed Mr Ijaz and Mr Haqqani about the forensic test and also served notices on them prior to the forensic analysis.
The commission also took up an application of Barrister Zafarullah Khan who requested it to treat the evidence as completed and placed them before the Supreme Court for further proceedings.
He said Mr Haqqani had been found guilty after the forensic test and this was the reason he did not appear before the commission despite issuance of several summons.
The commission had summoned the foreign secretary, along with details of secret funds used by Mr Haqqani during his ambassadorship, but he did not appear because of his engagements abroad.
The commission decided to convene another in-camera meeting with the foreign secretary and announced the completion of formal proceedings of the memo investigation.
The memogate controversy (also Mullen memo controversy) revolves around a memorandum (addressed to Admiral Mike Mullen) ostensibly seeking help of the Obama administration in the wake of the Osama bin Laden raid to avert a military takeover of the civilian government in Pakistan, as well as assisting in a Washington insider takeover of the government and military apparatus. The timeline of events indicate that the memo, delivered in May, was still being acted on behind the scenes in October 2011; when Mansoor Ijaz wrote a Financial Times article bringing initial public attention to the affair. The memo, which at first was questioned to even exist, was published in November, leading to the resignation of Ambassador Haqqani and the continuing Pakistani Supreme Court investigation.
Central actors in the plot include Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, who alleged that long-time friend and former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani asked him to deliver a confidential memo asking for US assistance. The memo is alleged to have been drafted by Haqqani at the behest of President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari. The memo was delivered to Mike Mullen by personal friend of Mansoor Ijaz and then National Security Advisor James L. Jones.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has opened a broader inquiry into the origins, credibility and purpose of the memo and as of March 30, 2012 has extended their inquiry at least another 6 weeks. On April 19, 2012 a petition was submitted in the Supreme Court to arrest former Pakistan ambassador to US Husain Haqqani through Interpol for his refusal to return to Pakistan. On June 12 the supreme court commission released its findings and found that after testimony by all parties and verifying the forensic results of Ijaz’s BlackBerry conversations with Haqqani it was “incontrovertibly established” that Husain Haqqani had written the memo and was being called back to Pakistan to face likely charges of treason.
Husain Haqqani was forced to resign from the post in November after details of the unsigned letter came to light.
However, his supporters insist he is the victim of a smear campaign and a pawn in a three-way power struggle between the country’s judges, the military and the civilian government.
The idea that a Pakistani diplomat could enlist US help against a powerful military establishment is hugely sensitive at a time when American drones are pounding the country’s north-western fringes, and the controversy at one time threatened to bring down the government.
On Tuesday, a judicial commission concluded that Mr Haqqani had written a memo delivered to Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, in May 2011, days after the US raid to kill Osama bin Laden amid fears of a military coup in Pakistan.
Part of the report, read in court, said: “Mr Haqqani sought American Help; he also wanted to create a niche for himself making himself forever indispensable to the Americans.
“He lost sight of the fact that he is a Pakistani citizen and Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States of America, and therefore his loyalty could only be to Pakistan.”
The court adjourned for two weeks and ordered Mr Haqqani, along with a witness, Mansoor Ijaz, an American businessman who revealed the existence of the memo, to appear when the hearing resumes.
However, Mr Haqqani, who now lives in the US, dismissed the report as “political and one-sided”.
“In any case, the commission was created as a fact-finding body and not as a trial court so it has no right to pronounce anyone guilty or innocent of any crime,” he said in a statement.
Digital Forensic Services provided by SYTECH Assist in the Convictions of Dale Cregan & Others
On Thursday 13th June 2013 at Preston Crown Court, Dale CREGAN, Anthony WILKINSON, Luke LIVESY, Damien GORMAN and Jermaine WARD were all found guilty of their respective involvement in the brutal murders of father and son Dave and Mark Short during separate incidents in the Manchester area in 2012. A further offender, Mohammad Ali was also convicted for his part in assisting CREGAN and others.
The scale of the investigation against Dale CREGAN, who also claimed the lives of serving Manchester Police Officers Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, was both voluminous and complex. The investigations involved a much larger number of other suspects and witnesses that added to the overall enormity of the task
Throughout, SYTECH assisted Greater Manchester Police with Telecommunications (Cell-Site Analysis & ‘Chip-off’ handset examinations) and Digital Data (Sat-Nav and Computer) investigations, analytics and ultimately the presentation of vital evidence during the trial proceedings. Sytech’s specialist consultants (Simon Lang and Daren Greener) provided courtroom testimony on four separate occasions during the 18 week trial at Preston Crown Court
In respect of the individual murders of David (Snr) and Mark (Jnr) Short, CREGAN had recruited differing associates to assist in each staged attack. This again extended the complexity of the required communications analysis and data management that would ultimately determine those involved and their level of co-operation either in assisting CREGAN directly in each murder or in his protracted attempts to evade capture.
SYTECH assisted GMP with several lines of enquiry including the following items:
Affirming the attribution of mobile phones to suspects/defendants and identifying the transfer of particular mobile phone devices between those individuals.
Using mobile phone evidence to prove the level of association between suspects and defendants.
Comprehensive application of Cell-Site-Analysis for the historic tracking and assessment of movement, location and convergence of individuals over several months.
Discovering the movement of other family member’s pre and post incidents fearing retribution, which demonstrated the premeditated and organised nature of the killings of Mark and David Short.
Demonstrating the relevance and uniqueness in the periods of radio silence around the time of incidents.
Extensive recovery and detailed analysis of GPS data to show precise movements of individuals who assisted CREGAN
The jury at Preston Crown Court heard hours of evidence over several days relating to the collated telecommunications traffic, which prosecutors say proved the links between CREGAN and others who assisted in the pub shooting of Mark Short, and the shooting and grenade attack of David Short in his home.
The evidence aired in court, was only a fraction of the data painstakingly collected, analysed and managed by SYTECH in close partnership with Greater Manchester Police.
A Greater Manchester Police led investigation used the help and services of SYTECH to utilise their expertise in Cell-Site Analysis, GPS Forensics and Advanced Phone Forensics including “Chip-Off” for their successful investigation and subsequent convictions.
Dale Cregan will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the murders of four people in Manchester.
Cregan, 30, admitted killing father and son David and Mark Short, and the double murder of policewomen Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes last September, and faces the rest of his life in prison.
The ambush of the two officers was the culmination of a crime spree which began with him gunning down Mark Short as he played pool in the Cotton Tree pub in Droylsden on May 25. His father David had been the target.
Three months after the pub attack, in August 2012, he killed Mark’s father David Short, 46, in a gun and grenade assault at his home in Clayton, also in Greater Manchester.
It ended with Cregan luring two police officers to a house with a false report of a break-in, before gunning them down in cold blood.
The judge, Mr Justice Holroyde QC, said he had “pursued them with a cold blooded determination to end their lives”.
He spoke of the “horror of bodies being disfigured by the exploding of a hand grenade”, adding that the killings were an “act of premeditated savagery”.
He told the defendants that he had seen no hint of real remorse, or compassion for the victims.
Ahead of the sentencing, Michael Lavery, representing Cregan, said he could not make “sensible” submissions in mitigation, given the “exceptionally grave offences” his client had committed and admitted.
Nazir Afzal, chief crown prosecutor for the North West, said the killings were “nothing short of executions”.
Police commissioner Tony Lloyd said the case cast a “long, dark shadow” across the city.
Commenting on the murder of two unarmed officers, Greater Manchester chief constable Sir Peter Fahy said: “The British public prize the fact that their police force is routinely unarmed and saw this attack as an attack on all of us.”
On Thursday two other men – Luke Livesey and Damian Gorman – were found guilty of Mark Short‘s murder and the attempted murder of three people at the pub.
They were given life sentences with a minimum term of 33 years.
Jermaine Ward and Anthony Wilkinson were convicted of murdering David Short, and were given life sentences with a minimum term of 33 and 35 years respectively.
Mohammed Imran Ali, found guilty of assisting an offender, was given a seven year prison term.
Cregan was cleared of one remaining attempted murder charge. He smiled and shook hands with the other defendants after the verdicts.
During the trial a barber told the court of his “terror” when Cregan turned up at his home the night before murdering the two police officers.
Alan Whitwell was forced to trim the hair and beard of the double-killer on the run from police, an order given by Cregan so he would look good in court.
It can also now be reported that one of the jurors trying Cregan and the others was dismissed after declaring within days that they were all “as guilty as f***”.
Cregan was subjected to twice-daily checks behind his false eye as part of the intensive security operation surrounding his trial.
He is thought to have lost his eye in a fight with police in Thailand which involved a knuckle-duster.
Around 150 officers – several armed – swamped Preston Crown Court on each day of the trial which started in February as they monitored the complex and surrounding streets.
Two snipers were positioned on the facing roof of a solicitor’s building, while a portable cabin was erected at the entrance to assist in the searching of all visitors.
The evidence presented in the Tia Sharp murder trial in the UK highlights the important role that mobile forensics now plays in both police investigations and convicting criminals.
During the trial, Prosecutor Andrew Edis QC showed jurors an image of a dead child alleged to be Tia, taken with a mobile phone, although the girl’s face cannot be seen, on her bed at her grand-mother’s house.
Blood could be seen on the bed linen in the picture, said to have been taken in the early hours of 3 August, when prosecutors say Tia died. The court heard Tia had used Blackberry messaging, or BBM, on her mobile phone to speak to a friend until 00:42 BST on 3 August. After that, the prosecution say, she did not use her mobile phone ever again. Mr Edis said it seemed sensible to conclude she had died after that time.
In many murder cases, mobile devices can provide the missing information needed to outline the victim’s last actions or communications and/or possibly ? nd a link to identify the killer. They can also provide a wealth of signi?cant and important data that can be used to assist in ongoing inves-tigations or as evidence in a court of law, leading to a successful conviction.
Every investigation is about gathering information and building up a picture. Just as biological forensics analyse DNA to pull pieces of the puzzle together, mobile forensics gives more than just a basic overview of what criminals are doing or have done. Not only can it provide an insight into the past behaviour and habits of the criminal, but it can help investigators to plan ahead and ensure that they can map the future movements of suspects. Connections between criminals can also be identi?ed by tracking the communication from one phone to another, allowing investigators to see the period over which communication between criminals took place and who they are talking to on a regular basis.
Of course, it’s not just the visible and easily accessible information that might be relevant; it’s the data that is hidden and deleted that is often the most inter-esting and useful to investigators.