A 35-year-old teacher identified as Kandice Barber is currently facing trial for allegedly having sex with her 15-year-old student.
Following her arraignment in court, the teacher from Wendover, Buckinghamshire, denied the child sex offences and also told jurors the boy had pestered her after she gave him her phone number so he could discuss a problem he had with another student.
Aylesbury Crown Court however heard earlier that Ms Barber was a cover supervisor at Princes Risborough School and was bound by the same rules as teaching staff to not contact students outside school without the head’s permission. It was alleged that she had sex with the teenager in a field and sent topless pictures to him on Snapchat between September and October 2018, a claim she countered by saying her account was hacked.
Barber is accused of meeting up with the pupil for sex on three occasions late in 2018 in a field, in woodland and in her 4×4.
The court also heard the boy admitted sex with Ms Barber after initially denying it when rumours of his alleged relationship with her were put to him by the head teacher in January 2019.
On Wednesday September 9, the jury heard that on September 30 2018 she searched “what is the name of someone you are having an affair with?” and the word “alibi” before Googling seconds later “when you have a plan of where you have been.”
She also searched “a lie of where you have been” before later looking up “good secluded areas,” and “Holiday Inn, Wycombe.”
Giving explanation for her actions, Ms Barber said;
“I was up at 5am as my mum and I were going to set up a car boot sale.
“On the way there was a name of a film that was bugging me, so I Googled those words. We were trying to remember the film name.
“I thought the name had something to do with adultery but it turned out to be the film Fatal Attraction.”
She added that she had Googled the hotel for her son’s father to stay in while he visited and “good secluded areas” was in relation to wanting to take her dog for a walk off the lead as he “absolutely loves lakes.”
When Judge Francis Sheridan told Barber that though the boy called her three times, the majority of phone calls had been started by her, she responded by saying;
“A lot of the time I am calling because he has contacted me on Snapchat saying ‘call me, call me.’
“Now I think he was clearly infatuated and obsessed with me. For me it was all perfectly innocent conversation.”
It was also alleged that the teacher begged the boy to delete the messages between them following rumours that had floated around in school and at a meeting with the headteacher. Reacting to this, Barber said;
“At one point I asked the boy to delete messages between us because I was concerned about losing my job.
“My eldest son had got wind of the rumours, he is the type of person who would ask to see my phone.”
She added that after she told the boy she was uncomfortable with the calls and refused further contact, he sent her a message which read;
“Watch what’s going to happen, you’re going to lose your job, you’re going to lose your family.”
Ms Barber denied three counts of causing or inciting a child aged under 16 to engage in a sexual act, one count of sexual communication with a child, one count of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activities while in a position of trust, and one count of causing a child to watch a sexual act by a person in a position of trust.
The hearing continues.
Alleged human trafficking kingpin arrested in Lagos after 5 year manhunt
An alleged human trafficking kingpin, Muritala Sanni, has been arrested in Lagos after a five year manhunt.
A non-governmental organisation, Kick against Human Trafficking and Human Rights Abuse Foundation facilitated the arrest and handover to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons for prosecution (NAPTIP)
It was gathered that Sanni was arrested last Wednesday, September 23, at his hideout in a hotel in the Amukoko area of Lagos State by policemen from the Amukoko Police Station.
Sanni was reportedly arrested after one of his victims was used as a bait to trick him to the hotel.
According to the president of Kick against Human Trafficking and Human Rights Abuse Foundation, Ojay Akinwale, his arrest was a major success for the organisation as his alleged trafficking network cut across Libya and East Africa.
Confirming the arrest of the suspect, the Public Relations Officer, NAPTIP, Hajara Tunde- Osho, said he will be prosecuted after investigation.
“The suspect was arrested on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, and handed over to us on Thursday, September 24, 2020. We will carry out our investigation and prosecute him afterwards,” she said.
Two Nigerian men, one woman arrested in Vietnam drug bust
Anti-narcotics police in Ho Chi Minh City, on Thursday, September 24, arrested two Nigerian nationals and one Vietnamese woman for trafficking methamphetamine.
Ochie Paul Ejike, 51, and his 35-year-old Vietnamese wife and business partner Ly Moc Kiu, along with fellow Nigerian Chukwuemeka Confidence Onyiriuka were identified as “major figures” in a drug trafficking ring monitored by police for several months prior to the arrests.
Earlier, police had found Chukwuemeka often received shipments of clothing from Cambodia at an apartment in Binh Tan District, though without any clothes ever seen being sold.
Every week, Chukwuemeka had met Ochie and his partner at various secret locations.
After months of monitoring, police identified the three as part of a drug trafficking ring in the city.
Last week, Kiu was driving on Quang Trung Street in Go Vap District when she was stopped by police. Officers subsequently found three kilograms of meth hidden in tea packages inside her storage compartment.
Phung told investigators she used to sell clothes and that she was married to Ochie. After giving birth to two children, they switched to trading drugs, assisted by various Nigerian compatriots.
Each week, Kiu received five to seven kilograms of meth, which she delivered to her partners. She earned VND70 million per kg, investigators said. Police are expanding their investigation.
According to top police officers, Ho Chi Minh City, also commonly referred to to as Saigon, has been a transit hub for drugs trafficked from the Golden Triangle. From there, the drugs are taken to Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, South Korea and even Europe, Australia and Latin America.
Vietnam has some of the world’s toughest drug laws. Those convicted of possessing or smuggling more than 600 g of heroin or over 2.5 kg of methamphetamine face death.
Police seize 324,000 used condoms as they bust factory repackaging them and selling back to the public (photos)
Authorities in Vietnam have seized 324,000 used condoms which were being recycled to be sold again to be the public.
Police confiscated the unlabeled rubber contraceptives during a raid at a warehouse located at DX12, Hoa Nhut Quarter, Tan Vinh Hiep Ward, Binh Duong Province, located in southern Vietnam over the weekend.
Officials said workers at the warehouse were tasked with washing, drying, and reshaping the condoms with wooden dildos before being put up for sale.
Local reports said they were being supplied to hotels and market stalls near the warehouse.
It was also discovered that thousands of repackaged condoms had already been sent out to the unsuspecting public.
Pham Thi Thanh Ngoc, 33, the owner of the warehouse, was arrested during the raid and has admitted that she receives used condoms once a month from an unknown person. She allegedly cleaned, dried, and sorted the condoms before selling them again to the public as if they were new, according to local news site VN Explorer.
A government official said: ‘Condoms are classified as medical items, so we will take a look at the several laws that the owner has broken.’
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