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Welcome to BBC Channel Islands on Thursday April 6th.
Police name the woman found dead in St Helier and reveal
Four years on, and the Groves family speak
of their hope as they continue their battle for justice in memory
Best we can ever hope for is to be categoric 100% not reasonable doubt,
junk food -- to find out who did it and if we are lucky wife. -- Y.
And potentially life saving: women in Jersey will soon
be automatically invited for cancer screening.
And it may seem a bit early to talk about the strength of the sun but
it's got some strength now. This is where it is at the moment, peaking
in June. More detailed, at in the programme.
Good evening, I'm Alison Moss A woman who was
earlier this week has been named as 51-year-old Ana Maria
Jersey Police say she'd been strangled.
They want to speak to anyone who spoke to her after last Friday.
This is the photo of Ana Rebelo chosen by her family to be
The 51-year-old's body was found at this home on Victoria Street
A member of the public called 999, but she was already dead
Now, a postmortem exam has found that she died as a result
of compression to the neck by a third party, that is,
A 58-year-old man arrested on Tuesday on suspicion
of her murder has been released on bail, while officers
The police aren't giving any interviews today,
but told me earlier they aren't actively searching for anyone else
They're reiterating there's no danger to public safety.
They're still speaking to key witnesses, and they're appealing
again for anyone with information that may be relevant -
no matter how small - to get in touch.
In the meantime, forensic work is carrying on at Victoria Street
today, and specially trained officers
will be continuing to support Mrs Rebelo's family.
Four years ago a Guernsey family received an horrific phone call
saying their daughter had been murdered.
24 year old Sarah Groves was stabbed on a houseboat in India.
A Dutch national, Richard De Witt, was charged with her murder
His trial began in 2013 but has been plagued by delays.
On the fourth anniversary of her death, Sarah's father says
he's more confident that progress will be made this year.
It may've been four years since Sarah was murdered,
but for her parents, memories of her are
Her photo taking pride of place in their home.
When told about Sarah's death, her mother Kate says she hoped
I immediately phoned the police and asked them to verify that it was
true, I was hoping beyond hope that it was a hoax and very sadly they
came back to tell us that you know it was true.
The family has found comfort in launching
It aims to enhance the lives of young people and has put on many
big events in Guernsey and beyond, such as this bike ride to Spain.
But while they're happy with Sarah's Foundation
they're appalled by the quest for justice in Kashmir.
This man's accused of her murder but the trial is taking years
Persistent delays, including witnesses not appearing in court,
the defendant dismissing a number of his lawyers and civil
unrest in the region, are all issues the family are having
But her father says they're hopeful the new public prosecutor will be
I just keep harking back to the futility of the whole thing, how it
can ever come about that this kind of situation happened, how any one
human being can do this to any other human being, and I suppose best we
can ever hope for is to be categoric, not a reasonable doubt
who did it, and then if we are really lucky to find out why.
A prolific paedophile has been sentenced to eight and a half years
42-year-old Karn Damien Laffoley from Jersey,
pleaded guilty to numerous indecent image offences -
as well as breaching sex offender restrictions previously
Police describe him as a predator, whose behaviour was "nothing
Back in court for another sex offence.
Karn Laffoley has been in and out of jail in the UK and Jersey over
the past eight years for making and distributing indecent
His latest offence involves 434 images.
19 of the level four category, which is the second most severe.
They feature various unknown children -
and also a nine year old girl referred to as Miss A -
On the first of January 2015 - Laffoley contacted Miss A's mother -
known as Ms X via the Plenty of Fish dating site.
Her profile picture featured her with her nine-year-old daughter.
This is while he was completing a Sex Offender Treatment Programme
By March, Ms X, who lives in the UK,
was sending indecent images and movies of her daughter
He also visited them, breaching his restrictions.
Those pictures among many others have been
uncovered on the 'dark web', where they'll remain indefinitely.
Today the Royal Court sentenced Laffoley to
And banned him for 15 years from contacting or being
in the presence of young people as well as using
Jersey's Bailiff William Bailhache said in court that the
'sentencing was given with a view that you have played along
with those that have tried to help you.
We treat that as a serious aggravating factor.'
William Bailhache went on to say the '15 year
"It's for the protection of society...
Laffoley will receive more treatment for his addiction
Women in Jersey will soon be automatically invited for cervical
screening when they turn 25 - rather than waiting for them
Cervical cancer's the most common cancer among younger women,
and if caught early enough it's also one of the most treatable.
The health department wants to make sure every woman
Charlie McArdle's been to meet one woman in Jersey whose family has
Jade De Abreu's step mother, Lisa, has been diagnosed
with stage four terminal cancer at the age of 35.
Lisa, who lives in the UK, failed to have a smear test for nine
years believing she was too young to get Cervical Cancer,
We were totally shocked because of her age and then a little bit angry
because you think nine years, why would you not have a smear for nine
years. And to think, you know, if a smear had been done earlier it could
have been a completely different outcome, so that's one of the worst
parts of it because it could have been preventable.
Although numbers are small, Cervical cancer is the most common
And if caught early enough it's very treatable -
with nine out of ten women surviving.
In Jersey, woman are offered screening every three years
from the age of 25, but unlike the UK are not
automatically invited for their first test.
That could change though, as there are plans to write
to all women inviting them to be screened as soon as
Until that happens, you're being urged to make
What we're trying to develop is a system where from our names and
addresses register the cancer of the call system and we hope to have that
in place by the end of this year. Until that happens,
you're being urged to make that first appointment,
and keep up with the regular checks Jake you have spoken to Lisa on a
regular basis. Does she have a message? You'll agree yes, go and
get your spare tests! This just goes to show it could have been prevented
and if this prevents anybody else's family from going through what we
are going to go through then go and do it because it's not worth it,
it's... It's really not. Jersey's Chief Ministers could be
prevented from serving more than two terms of office under plans
from an island politician. The politician behind the proposal
believes Jersey should follow the example of the United States
and other jurisdictions to make sure the island's senior politician
doesn't become exhausted from doing This is not personal, nothing to do
with Senator Gorst but a general principle that I think the job is
really pretty high-powered and so on, and it isn't fair to keep people
on so that they just get burned out. BBC Radio Jersey will be discussing
the senator's suggestion - including a response
from the Chief Minister - in more detail tomorrow
morning from seven. The sun is glorious - but those rays
are getting stronger - I insisted on suncream
before my beach walk this morning - David Braine has our forecast
tonight - David it's time to start thinking about that sunshine
index isn't it? We are starting to think about that,
Alison, right. Wall-to-wall sunshine means if you are staying out all day
it will have an effect. The index is around four or five over the next
few days. Where we are at the moment is sort of halfway up the mountain,
the strength of sun throughout the years peaking in June. But around
half way up the mountain, April 21, we are getting there, enjoying this
fine weather be careful. Another fine Friday tomorrow, plenty of
sunshine to look forward to and generally light winds. That is the
reason. High pressure, but moving, slipping away gradually to the east
probably by the end of the weekend, but still under the influence on
Saturday and Sunday, with some war air providing two. -- warm ever
binding to. This doesn't get to us until Monday, but once it arrives it
draws in air from the north-west so we may end up with some lower
temperatures as we start the week next week. From the satellite
picture you can see there is hardly a cloud in the sky, lovely weather
today for France two. A clear night and I'd do a little dip desecrate a
little wind will stop tomorrow a nice day, plenty of sunshine, a
gentle breeze and slightly warmer air coming in from the south-east,
went subtly changing direction through the day tomorrow towards 15
or 16 degrees the maximum, and there are times of high water. For
surfers, the waves are small, clean, and more than one or two feet.
Generally fair weather tomorrow, with good visibility. He was the
once over the weekend, just in time, 18 degrees, 19 on Sunday, and pollen
hi and UV four and five. David, thank you. Main stories
night, police have named the woman strangled in Jersey. Her name was
Ana Rebelo. Good night. altogether because of changes
in land management and But the Devon Willow Tit Project
is trying to do something to help We sent our environment
Correspondent Adrian Campbell These are willow tits
and they're very rare. So rare, in fact, they're
on what is called the red list of species which indicates
they are globally threatened. There's been a decline
in their numbers across the country, and in Devon a steep
decline since the 1980s. Devon Biodiversity
Records Centre has mapped areas where
they've been cited. Back in the 1980s there was evidence
of these tiny bird started But it was a very different
story last year, when a This is one way to try and track
the elusive willow tit. Emily Stallworthy,
from the Devon wildlife trust, has been working
with Devon Birds to try using a speaker which
mimics their call. We left our camera running for half
an hour on the feeder. There was plenty of
activity, including this nuthatch, but no willow
tits were cited at all. Toni and Kevin Littleford live
near the Meath Nature Reserve. They think they've seen
willowtits in their garden. They think human
activity and changes to the landscape are harming
the birds's natural habitat. It's an awful shame if we lose these
beautiful creatures, really. We've had studies
coming out in the last few years that show that 50%
of our wildlife is disappearing. And willow tits is once PCs
protected by European legislation - it's protected
by the Birds Directive. So without that sort
of legislation in place we need to think about how we are protecting
our birds and our other wildlife On this nature reserve,
managed by the Devon Wildlife Trust, the willow tit
manages to hang on, and that is because the habitat
here really is ideal - there's plenty of grassland and wet
woodland to help the birds. But things across the rest of the
south-west are not so favourable. Adrian Campbell, BBC
Spotlight, Meath. Later in the programme -
stand-by for blast off. One of the slowest vehicles
on the road has been given And could you be the person
they're looking for - the search for a Cornishman
with links to the Carribbean. Two sisters who've campaigned
to raise awareness of the need for mental health support
for teenagers in Cornwall are to be Their brother Ben Cowburn
took his own life when he was just At the time there were no
specialist units in Following Ben's death,
his sisters Amber and Sophia were determined to change that
as Jane Chandler now reports. They've achieved a lot in seven
years, including running a charity The Cowburn sisters -
this is Ben's twin, Sophia - have came pained relentlessly ever
since he died to get specialist support for young adults with mental
health problems in Cornwall. We'd never been spoken
to about mental health. Certainly didn't have
an understanding of some of the terminology that was being thrown
at us regarding Ben. And actually we felt
that the education around mental health really needed to be
changed and challenged. The Invictus Trust was set
up by their parents and now the family's first big
objective has been achieved. Last week the Government
agreed to fund a specialist mental health
unit for children specialist mental health unit
for children and adolescents up The charity's also
raised over ?100,000 for So many people now want
to talk about mental health, want to run
their own events. And that's great, we've got so many
young people involved now. And to be recognised
nationally is incredible. And Ben was the most
incredible character. I think there's such
a stereotype of people who get depressed and that's one of
the reasons we go into the schools, me and my sisters, to talk
and to really try and get across to them, our brother
was a party animal, the life and soul of the
party, he was a fashion student, he was very popular,
he was just the greatest person. The sisters' work in
the community will receive national recognition
when they are given the prestigious Rotary Young Citizens Award this
weekend. He would be so excited
for us, and just proud of what we've managed to achieve -
because he was someone that stood up for what was right and
that's what we've done. It is the tenth anniversary and the
BBC News Channel will cover those awards live on Saturday.
Now one man from Plymouth is no stranger to slightly
We have featured his exploits on the programme before but he is taking
things to a new level. You haven't seen anything yet. Is it a bird? Is
it a plane? No. Some of you will remember back in
2013 the man broke the record for the fastest shopping trolley. Now he
is attempting another. It can reach a top speed in excess of 200 mph.
Its driver, by day he runs a karting Centre, in his spare time he is
adrenaline junkie. His vehicle of choice was not originally bitten to
the speed but with an ex-RAF jet powered engine in it, this is no
normal hearse. Matt says it is errors in and steady but can the
aptly named Dead Quick become the fastest hearse in the world? It's a
prototype and so far we've put 300 hours into it. We are probably
halfway through. We have to do lots of suspension and brakes changes.
Errored and Amex have not been done yet. There is a lot to do still. And
now it is all systems go. Surely though you have to be slightly mad
to want to do it. This is my art form. This is what I enjoy doing,
taking engineering and art and mixing them to create something
ridiculous. I think if it is what you are destined to do, you have to
do it, mad or not. I'm sorry, but I will carry on. I don't know what is
coming next, whatever comes into my head. We will have to wait until the
summer to see if it makes the world record.
Now what do you think the Caribbean and Cornwall have in common?
Well, a representative from the Caribbean is in Cornwall
looking for descendants of the first inhabitant of their island.
It was a Cornishman who set foot on the Cayman Islands 363 years ago
and now the Islands representative in the UK is seeking direct
descendants of the man who was called Bodden or Bawden.
The islanders are hoping to promote business and cultural
Spotlights Cornwall reporter David George wishes we'd sent him
sent him to the Carribean, but instead we sent
The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory, south of Cuba
There are around 60,000 inhabitants and the
first one in 1654 was apparently a Cornishman named Issac Bodden,
whose grandfather had gone to the Caribbean as part
What we're here to do essentially is to start the dialogue
and start the research to see if we can actually
find the individual who
left Cornwall, who went to the Caribbean,
and finally settled in
We took the Cayman Islands' top man in the UK to
People are here on Easter break and stop they
are enjoying the natural beauty of the Sun, the sand and the sea.
Very much like Cayman, Cornwall has a lot
of natural beauty, similar to Cayman.
Time for some proper protocol - a gift of food for the
visiting dignitary it looks very much like a big version of what we
It looks very much like a big version of what we
call in Cayman a patty, with your pastry and some sort of meat or
This is either a breakfast or a lunch favourite for us back home.
Some of these go back to the 1530s where they were first ordered to be
This is Cornwall's County records archive.
Somewhere in here could be the details of Cayman's
Some of the parish registers for some of the Cornish
parishes do not survive much before 1700.
But if it has survived we will find it, I promise that.
The hope is to set up a joint research project.
Apparently some Cayman dialect words have links to Cornish ones like
We do have a saying in Cayman called "coming a reckly",
The one-man Cayman delegation will visit the Cornish
Pirates rugby team and a brewery, "dreckly".
David George, BBC Spotlight, Perranporth.
Well, Roy Bodden is the President of the University of
And I asked him how obvious the connections with Cornwall
are on the Cayman Islands themselves.
That's a good question because I don't think there has been
any kind of examination of the connection with Cornwall.
I know that many Caymanians trace their ancestor
back to different places in the UK, but I don't think any of them,
certainly that I can recall, previously delved to any great
extent into their ancestral connections.
What you hope will come out of this search
Cornwall to find members of the family that were the founding
family, if you like, of the Cayman Islands?
I sense, when I go to the archives, I see Caymanians
trying to trace their genealogical roots.
They want to find out who we really are.
As I understand it, the first Bodden was an old man called
Isaac Bodden who settled in a place in East End named
So, now, how do you get people of my colour being born?
Well, the simple explanation for that is that
when these people came they came with their slaves,
and the nature of slavery in the Cayman Islands -
the nature of slavery probably in the Caribbean -
was in many instances the slaves took the names of their masters.
So that's how come you have Boddens who were white, Boddens
who were black and all shades of the spectrum.
I'm hoping one day I can come and visit you and explore the link
between Cornwall and the Cayman Islands even more.
In the meantime, it's been a real pleasure to talk to you.
It is so interesting. And if you are hardly dating with us in the
south-west at the moment, who leads the Caribbean? It has been glorious
today. Same temperatures. There is quite a big difference.
27 degrees in the Cayman Islands to today. For us, not quite so much. We
have struggled with temperatures, 11 or 12, our best today was 15. It is
fine and dry we have had glorious sunshine. This is Dorset. Further
along the other side of the Somerset coast, glorious sunshine. Not
everyone has been warm, though. It will be quite cold overnight and
night. Fine and dry tomorrow with some sunshine and generally
winds. Unfortunately the sun has winds. Unfortunately the sun has
brought out a lot of the pollen, so tree pollen is affecting some of our
hay fever sufferers. It will be high right across southern Britain to
borrow. The cloud will stay away and with the high pressure in charge we
should get plenty of sunshine. The sun is quite strong but the UV index
is very top. High pressure directly over the UK. It will move to the
east. Allowing warm as come from the south. Eventually this cold frontal
approach from the West and that will get to us at some point on Monday.
That was the satellite picture from earlier today and we have just had a
little Fairweather Cloutier and there. Not just along the coastline
is the sunshine, also inland. Plenty of water coming down our rivers
despite the dry weather. And also of course in the sunshine it has been
very pleasant everywhere across the very pleasant everywhere across the
south-west of England. The winds will change direction as we head
towards the weekend. We will see higher temperatures. But with clear
skies and light winds overnight, the nights are long enough to allow the
temperatures to dip down to six goal figures. Can't even rule out a touch
of frost. Tomorrow another lovely of frost. Tomorrow another lovely
day. Plenty of sunshine, the UV index at four or five. Temperatures
possibly as high as 15 or 16 degrees. For the Isles of Scilly,
decent sun. Here are the times of decent sun. Here are the times of
high water. And the waves. Have a good evening.
We are enjoying the lovely weather, but we thought we would leave you
tonight with a tantalising glimpse of the Caribbean. Good night.
Stacey and Chris are preparing for marriage by spending
a few days living alone with their in-laws to be,
and asking them all kinds of questions.
Did you get a kiss on the first date? No.
What does their in-laws' marriage tell them about each other's
I expect you'll want to become a schoolmaster, sir.
That's what most of the gentlemen does that get sent down
for indecent behaviour. Evelyn Waugh's classic novel.
Have you ever been in love, Mr Pennyfeather? No, not yet.
The fire escape is very dangerous and never to be used.