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July 11, 2011

Family admits drowned boy neglect

 Daniel Marshall Rees-Smith Daniel drowned in the pond in his grandmother’s garden in Hanham A mother, father and grandmother have pleaded guilty to neglect after a toddler drowned in a garden pond.

Daniel Marshall Rees-Smith was found dead at his grandmother’s home in Hanham, near Bristol, in June 2010.

Grandmother Hilary Rees, 44, and mother Charlotte Rees-Smith, 19, pleaded guilty to child cruelty and neglect from April 2009 until June 2010.

Father Andrew Marshall, 21, pleaded guilty to neglect relating to the death.

Rupert Lowe, prosecuting, said: “The pleas offered represent responsibility taken by all three defendants who the Crown says bear responsibility for what happened to Daniel Rees-Smith.”

Mr Lowe said the pleas were accepted after discussions with the Crown Prosecution Service and the police.

‘Unnecessary suffering’

The prosecution dropped manslaughter charges against all three family members.

Ms Rees, of Mount Hill Road, Hanham; Ms Rees-Smith of Hicks Court, St George, Bristol, and Mr Marshall from Wrington, Somerset, spoke only to enter their pleas and confirm they understood proceedings.

The charge alleged the trio “neglected, abandoned, or exposed Daniel Rees-Smith in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury to health”.

Daniel was taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital after emergency services were called to the house on Mount Hill Road at 2245 BST on 4 June 2010.

Doctors were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead.

The three members of the family are due to be sentenced at a later date.

July 1, 2011

parliamentary panel has decided to investigate and fix responsibility on the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority

 Ogra granted 306 licences in 2009-10 and 170 in 2010-11 despite a ban on new connections. PHOTO: FILE


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June 30, 2011

Naval base raid: Finally, report admits inside job in Mehran attack

Standing Committee on Defence told that evidence of “inside help” has been found in the PNS Mehran Base attack.


It took more than a month after heavily-armed terrorists mounted a brazen attack on Pakistan’s biggest naval airbase in Karachi, but investigators have finally concluded that the attackers had support from within the Pakistan Navy.

The terrorists sneaked into Pakistan Navy’s airbase PNS Mehran on May 22, destroying two P3-C Orion surveillance aircraft and holding off military commandos for 15 hours before they were killed in a final predawn assault the next morning. At least 10 security personnel were killed in the attack.

According to a preliminary investigation report tabled before the National Assembly Standing Committee on Defence on Wednesday, some navy officials were in custody for questioning over their possible links with the attackers.

Senior officials briefed the committee about the investigations into the PNS Mehran attack – one of the most potent terrorist attacks on the country’s security installations.

The briefing was confidential, but some participants speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed that the navy officials admitted that  the terrorists received help from people working at the airbase.

The report indicates that some people had conducted reconnaissance of the base before the attack. It also points out that closed-circuit TV cameras installed at the base were not working, making it easier for the attackers to slip through.

However, navy officials would not comment on the report. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Dr Azhra Fazal Pechuhu, head of the defence committee, said that the naval authorities had completed their internal investigations into the PNS Mehran attack.

“According to investigations, four terrorists were involved in the attack,” she said, adding that the mastermind would be brought to book after the completion of the probe.

She said the investigators were now looking into the external aspects of the probe where they would also try to ascertain if there was any foreign hand involved.

The May 22 attack on the well-guarded base raised questions about the ability of the security forces to protect their key installations from terrorist raids. And security analysts said it wasn’t possible for terrorists to launch such an attack without inside help.

Despite the briefing, committee members from the PML-N expressed dissatisfaction over the findings of the report. “What we have been told is nothing new as lots of information has already appeared in the media,” said an opposition member, who requested not to be named.