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Monday, 31 March 2014
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A criminal who is 7ft 2in tall has escaped jail because he is too big for prison beds. The 23-year-old giant, Jude Medcalf, was also too large for prison uniforms, a judge decided.
Medcalf, who admitted a series of crimes, was ordered to be released as he suffers from a little-known growth disorder, Klinefelter syndrome.
He terrified an innocent woman by firing a BB gun at her through a window, Exeter Crown Court in Devon was told. He then went on to steal Christmas presents and tea money from an NHS office.
Medcalf was freed from jail after Recorder Mr Adam Vaitilingam QC was told he had already spent 75 days in custody. He had faced problems throughout his time in custody because there were no beds or uniforms to fit him.
He was given a six-month curfew and 12-month community order after being held in jail on remand.
The court was told Medcalf’s chromosomal disorder, which also leaves him with adolescent emotions, was diagnosed last year.
Today a leading expert said judges must take the condition into account when sentencing offenders.
Sue Cook, national coordinator at the Klinefelter Syndrome Association, said: “Sufferers develop a very aggressive side and a few do get into trouble with the law.
“If someone has the condition, this should definitely be taken into account when sentencing.”
Brian Fitzherbert, prosecuting, told the court that when Medcalf saw his girlfriend calling the police after he had attacked an acquaintance’s car in Torquay, he fired the BB gun at her, which cracked a window.
She did not know whether the gun was real and feared for her life, the court heard.
Medcalf, from Newton Abbot, admitted possession of an imitation firearm and a bladed article, criminal damage and burglary at an earlier hearing. He had been remanded in custody for sentencing.
William Parkhill, defending, said Medcalf had been unable to access the specialist medical and psychiatric treatment he needed since his “tragic” diagnosis.
He said: “He has spent 75 days in prison on remand and he is not somebody who copes well because of the physical aspects in terms of accommodation, bedding and clothing.
“He is also a target because he is big enough to be seen as someone who it is impressive to assault but immature enough that he cannot deal with it.
“He has been targeted twice and had a black eye the last time he came to court.”
The judge said he had been tempted to pass a lengthy jail sentence , but he accepted the defendant “had a lot of difficulty in life. His condition had caused people to pick on him”, he added.
Mrs Cook, from Halstead, Essex, said: “Klinefelter Syndrome is not rare. It is very common. It affects one in 600 live births.
“Men with the condition often grow to 6ft or 6ft 2in, but I only know of one other man with it who has grown to 7ft.
“Sufferers tend to have gender issues – am I a woman or am I a man? – because they have an extra chromosome, which is a woman’s chromosome.
“They also suffer from skeletal difficulties – problems with their bones.”
The disorder was first discovered in 1942 by Dr Harry Klinefelter at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
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The baby was born to a 16-year-old girl in the nation’s Eastern Cape and she died a day later at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital. The baby also had no nose and the one eye was set in the middle while the
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Breaking News according has revealed that Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike has resigned to pursue his ambition as the Rivers State Governor.
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Sunday, 30 March 2014
Manchester United manager David Moyes has claimed that even Sir
Alex Ferguson, would have struggled to gain success at the club this season, according to ESPN.
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Unknown gunmen has kidnapped the National Treasurer of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers Association (PTD), Abdullahi Haruna, in Kaduna.
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Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has reiterated his objection to the ongoing National Conference in Abuja, saying it would end up as another talk show, as it was an avenue to fritter away public
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Security was beefed up on Sunday at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, venue of a meeting of African ministers of finance and economy and other leaders, after a daring attack at the headquarters of the State Security
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On Friday evening, armed men suspected to be soldiers raided one of the residences of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha (rtd.), former Chief Security Officer to the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha.
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Women and mothers in the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Abuja, on Sunday, prayed for peace, protection and unity of the country as preparations for the 2015 elections gathered momentum.
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A notorious prostitution ring leader, Paul Ayodeleaina has finally been nabbed in Lagos.
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Saturday, 29 March 2014
The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta on March 28, 2014, Friday, announced the arrest of members of a syndicate specializing in crude oil theft. The members of the group, which included two
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Fire officials say an explosion involving a tank of nitric acid has injured nine workers at a Rolls-Royce plant near the Indianapolis International Airport.
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|Professor Ishaq Oloyede said that their grievances were addressed by president Goodluck Jonathan.|
The Sultan of Sokoto, Mohamed Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Wednesday led some members of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), to President Goodluck Jonathan at the presidential villa to
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Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) yesterday arrested a 34 years old man with 120 grammes of heroin hidden in his anus at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport,
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A 38-year-old civil servant, Silas Dodo, has prayed an Upper Area Court in Mararaba, Nasarawa State, to dissolve his marriage with his wife because she is HIV-positive.
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Friday, 28 March 2014
A motor loader, otherwise known as “Agbero” has been sentenced to death by hanging having been found guilty of robbing his victims of total sum of N5,520, two handsets while armed with cutlass when his gang
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What is sweet, minty and sticky when you lick it? It is most likely to be chewing gum. Our moms tried to stop us from picking up the habit of gum chewing. Many have received punishment ranging from tedious
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Confusion enveloped the Shagari Plaza on Moshood Abiola Way, Garki-Area one, Abuja, on Thursday over successive explosions in the shopping complex.
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Thursday, 27 March 2014
The Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) is to re-open its Oshodi Station in Lagos on March 31 after seven years of closure.
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According to E24-7 Magazine a lady known as Faith Elizabeth Sakwe is president Jonathan’s daughter and she will be having her traditional wedding in Bayelsa on the 5th of April, 2014 while her white wedding will
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Wednesday, 26 March 2014
The Bishop of the Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, has described the N12 million allowances for the delegates to the National Conference as scandalous and unacceptable.
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Vice-Chancellor, Osun State University, Prof. Bashiru Okesina
The Vice Chancellor of the Osun State University, Prof. Bashir Okesina, says the university has engaged the
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