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A woman caused uproar in court when she pulled two fingers from her handbag claiming they had belonged to one of her six children. :eek:

Remi Fakorede, who was convicted of a £925,000 tax credit fraud, told London's Snaresbrook Crown court they had fallen off following a curse.

She said the same voodoo curse had caused her to participate in the fraud.

The 46-year-old from Hackney was convicted of fraud committed between 1 August 2002 and 26 June 2007.

When the child's fingers were produced, one juror burst into tears while the judge immediately adjourned the case for the rest of the day.

Reporting of the incident, which happened during the trial, was only lifted once the guilty verdict was returned.

Police were called to the court and took a statement from the Nigerian-born defendant.

Social Services and the Child Protection Agency were also contacted

Although it is understood one of her children had lost part of her hand after suffering renal problems and developing gangrene, DNA test results are now awaited to determine who the body parts belonged to.

Fakorede was convicted of one count of fraud totalling £925,933, while one of her daughters, 21-year-old Denise Shofolawe-Coker, was found guilty of laundering £70,000 of the stolen money.

Remanding them in custody and adjourning the case until 8 September for pre-sentence reports, Judge Jacqueline Beech warned the pair they faced "inevitable" imprisonment for their "breathtaking" dishonesty.

Lifting the reporting ban on the earlier "fingers" incident, the judge said it must have been "unpleasant" for the jury, and added: "I have never experienced anything as horrific as this."

The court heard Fakorede, who holds joint Nigerian and British citizenship, invented 20 aliases to make 39 false tax credit claims over a five-year period.

She was found out when she then tried to claim childcare as well.

Fakorede blamed the fraud on unknown "forces of darkness", who she said had placed a "voodoo" curse on her family.

She then produced the fingers as evidence, saying the magic was so strong it caused one of her children to lose them.


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Its things like this, that make me a proud American, you'll never see that stuff in the states. The only courtroom controversies you'll see here are mini-riots :p

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piazza said:
Its things like this, that make me a proud American, you'll never see that stuff in the states. The only courtroom controversies you'll see here are mini-riots :p
ROFLMFAO. Don't even go there mate, you are on a loser before you start.
There's been a 100 times worse things happen in American courtrooms.

I would sooner have that woman than some of Americas nicest people below. :p

United States Of America
Charles Albright - aka The Collectionist; known for surgically removing the eyes of victims and keeping them in his house as trophies
Richard Angelo - aka The Angel of Death; nurse who killed 25 patients
Joe Ball - aka The Alligator Man, killed at least 20 women in the early 20th century in Texas
Martha Jule Beck and Raymond Fernandez - the Lonely Hearts Killers, killed at least three women and one child in the 1940s but suspected in up to 20 murders
David Berkowitz - aka Son of Sam and The .44 Caliber Killer; convicted of six murders
Bloody Benders - a family who killed guests at their inn in Labette County, Kansas, in 1872
Robert Berdella - convicted of killing six men in 1988 in Kansas City, Missouri, undoubtedly killed others, sexually tortured and dismembered his victims
Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono Jr. - aka the Hillside Stranglers; killers of 13 women and suggested as possibly involved in three other killings
Richard Fran Biegenwald - convicted of killing five people in the early 1980s in the Asbury Park, New Jersey area. He is suspected in at least six other murders
Arthur Gary Bishop - Utah man who murdered five young boys; executed in 1988
William Bonin - aka The Freeway Killer; with several accomplices, claimed the lives of 20 boys in California
Robert Charles Browne - Convicted of two murders in Colorado, but says he has killed 48, some of which have been corroborated
Jerry Brudos - aka The Shoe-Fetish Slayer, killed at least five women
Theodore Bundy - aka The Campus Killer, Lady Killer, South Hill Rapist and Chi Omega Killer; law student who raped and murdered more than 35 women in several states
Michael Bear Carson and Suzan Carson - nomadic hippie killers involved in the counter-culture movement, their crimes emerged from a shared missionary philosophy to exterminate individuals like Ronald Reagan, Johnny Carson and anyone else who stood in their way whom they believed to be "witches." They were suspects in 12 homicides and they began life sentences for three murders in 1983
Dean Carter - murdered at least four women
Richard Chase - aka the Vampire of Sacramento; murdered six people in the 1970s
Ray Copeland and Faye Copeland - oldest couple ever sentenced to death in the United States at the age of 69 and 75. Ray and Faye were convicted of killing five men. Their modus operandi was to hire unskilled drifters as farm hands and later kill them
Dean Corll, Elmer Wayne Henley and David Brooks - committed the Houston Mass Murders
Juan Vallejo Corona - California killer convicted of murdering 25 men in 1971
Andrew Cunanan - murdered five people, including fashion designer Gianni Versace, in a cross-country journey during a three-month period in 1997, ending with Cunanan's suicide, at the age of 27
Charles Cullen - nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania who killed as many as 40 patients through lethal injection
Jeffrey Dahmer - Milwaukee cannibal who kept heads, skulls and body parts in his apartment; convicted of 15 murders, but believed responsible for at least two others
Albert DeSalvo - aka The Boston Strangler; convicted of strangling 13 women
Nannie Doss - aka The Giggling Granny; serial poisoner who killed 11 people: four husbands, two children, her two sisters, her mother, a grandson and a nephew
Mack Ray Edwards - convicted of murdering three children after having confessed to the murders of six in Los Angeles County between 1953 and 1969. He claimed at one point to have killed as many as 18
Albert Fish - aka The Cannibal, The Moon Maniac and The Werewolf of Wisteria; sadist and pedophile who cannibalized several children; convicted of one murder, confessed to two others and suspected in two other killings
Wayne Adam Ford - aka Wayward Wayne; confessed to murdering four women, believed to have killed others
Kendall Francois - serial killer from Poughkeepsie, NY who targeted prostitutes. After strangling the women, he would store them in various crawl spaces in and around his home
Joseph Paul Franklin - racist serial killer who targeted interracial couples and attempted to assassinate Larry Flynt and Vernon Jordan; convicted of 11 murders and has confessed to nine others
John Wayne Gacy Jr. - aka Killer Clown; killer of at least 33 men and boys who kept bodies buried under his Chicago home
Gerald Gallego Jr. and Charlene Williams - aka the Sex Slaves Killers, kidnapped and killed victims in the late 1970s, most of them were teenagers
Carlton Gary - Georgia murderer convicted of the murders of seven elderly women
Donald Henry Gaskins Jr. - aka "Pee Wee" Gaskins and Meanest Man in America; executed on September 6, 1991; convicted of nine murders but confessed to over 200
Edward Gein - two known victims, one suspected victim, four missing persons; elements of Gein's life and crimes have inspired, at least in part Psycho, The Silence of the Lambs and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
Janie Lou Gibbs - Georgia poisoner who killed her three sons, a grandson, and her husband
Kristen Gilbert - Angel of Death serial killer, convicted of killing four by injection of epinephrine while working as a nurse
Harvey Glatman - Californian rapist and killer of three women; lured women to pose for "bondage photographs" and would rape and murder them.
Jeffrey Gorton - convicted of two rape-murders in Michigan, suspected of more
Dana Sue Gray - convicted of murder of three elderly women and attempted murder of a fourth in California
Belle Gunness - murder-for-profit killer who murdered her suitors and her own children in Indiana
Robert Hansen - Alaskan baker who killed prostitutes at his cabin; convicted of four murders but admitted to 11 others.
Donald Harvey - aka Angel of Death; hospital orderly, confessed to more than 80 "mercy killings" with 37 confirmed killings
William Heirens - aka The Lipstick Killer confessed to three murders spanning from June 1945 to January 1946
Waneta Hoyt - murdered her five children
Philip Carl Jablonski - killed at least four women in Utah
Keith Hunter Jesperson - Canadian serial killer convicted in the United States
Vincent Johnson - aka the Brooklyn Strangler; a homeless crack addict who killed at least five prostitutes
Genene Jones - Texas pediatric nurse who poisoned infants in her care. Convicted of only one murder but suspected of 10 or more others
Patrick Kearney - necrophiliac convicted of 21 murders in California and admitted to seven other murders
Edmund Kemper - started killing when he was 15 years old in Santa Cruz, California; convicted of six murders and implicated in four others
Tillie Klimek - Chicago woman who poisoned five husbands; sentenced to life imprisonment
Paul John Knowles - raped and murdered 18 people
Randy Kraft - convicted of the murders of 16 young men and boys but strongly suspected of 51 others in California
Timothy Krajcir - confessed to killing over nine women, five in Missouri and four others in Illinois and Pennsylvania
Peter Kudzinowski - killed children in New Jersey in the 1920s
Leonard Lake and Charles Ng - ex-marines and survivalists, killed at least 11 people and perhaps as many as 25; collected and murdered female sex slaves
Derrick Todd Lee - aka the Baton Rouge Serial Killer; convicted of two murders but linked by DNA evidence to five others
Henry Lee Lucas - convicted of 11 murders and confessed to about 3000 others, although most of his confessions are considered outlandish; a task force set up to investigate his claims suggested that the true number of his murders may be as high as 213
Rhonda Belle Martin - Alabama poisoner who murdered six family members, suspected of poisoning at least nine; executed in 1957
Herman Mudgett - active 1890-1894 during Chicago's 1893 World's Columbian Exposition; convicted of only one murder but definitively tied to at least 8 more and confessed to a total of 27. He is also known as H.H. Holmes
John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo - Washington D.C. area snipers; Muhammad is convicted of seven murders so far and awaiting prosecution for nine others, Malvo is convicted of, plead guilty to, or confessed to at least nine murders
Herbert Mullin - schizophrenic in Santa Cruz, California who killed people to prevent earthquakes; convicted of 10 murders and confessed to three others
Earle Nelson - aka Gorilla Man; necrophiliac serial killer; convicted and hanged for one murder but definitively implicated in about 20 more
Marie Noe - murdered eight of her children between 1949 and 1968
Carl Panzram - murderer, rapist, arsonist; executed in 1930; convicted of two murders but confessed to 19 others

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piazza said:
Its things like this, that make me a proud American, you'll never see that stuff in the states. The only courtroom controversies you'll see here are mini-riots :p
I'll assume the :p means that post was for laughs...

Even still, I'll just continue to claim "Not Europe" ;)
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