Ex-UK police officer handed life sentence for murder

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London, Oct 1 | A former British Metropolitan police officer who murdered a woman after kidnapping and raping her was ordered to spend the rest of his life in jail.

Wayne Couzens, 48, was sentenced a whole-life order in prison for the “grotesque” killing of the 33-year-old marketing executive Sarah Everard under the guise of an arrest, reports Xinhua news agency.

Sentencing at the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales in London, known as the Old Bailey, on Thursday, Lord Justice Fulford said the seriousness of the case, which shocked and outraged the whole nation, was so “exceptionally high” that it warranted a whole life order.

“The misuse of a police officer’s role such as occurred in this case in order to kidnap, rape and murder a lone victim is of equal seriousness as a murder for the purpose of advancing a political, religious or ideological cause,” he told the court.

The court had heard how Couzens used his police warrant card and handcuffs to snatch Everard as she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham, south London, on the evening of March 3.

The firearms officer then drove to a secluded rural area near Dover in southeastern England where he raped the victim, strangled her with his police-issue belt, and burned her body before dumping the remains in a pond.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “sickened” by the details that emerged during sentencing.

“Our police are there to protect us — and I know that officers will share in our shock and devastation at the total betrayal of this duty. People must be able to walk on our streets without fear of harm and with full confidence that the police are there to keep them safe,” he said.

Labour Party lawmaker Harriet Harman has called on Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick to resign after the shocking crime.

In a letter to Dick, Harman said women’s confidence in the police “will have been shattered” and it would be impossible for the current commissioner to oversee the changes needed to rebuild trust.

Source: IANS

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Share Market Weekly Outlook for Next Week

Share Market Weekly Outlook for Next Week

Indian market plummets for the second consecutive week, seems bulls losing their upper hands in the coming days. Index reacted violently grasping Indian as well as global factors throughout the past week.

High oil prices, uncertainty amid Ukraine war, mounting inflation and prospects of aggressive monetary tightening by the U.S. Fed all contributed to poor sentiment. Undoubtedly, the biggest negative sentiment was led by continued inflation all over the world. Sensex sheds 2041.96 points or 3.72 percent while Nifty losses 629.10 points or 3.83 percent in a week. Simultaneously, Bank nifty also lost control over the bears’ dominance. Nonetheless, no sector ended in green while Nifty Energy lost 10.56 percent and remained the prime laggard followed by Nifty PSE, and Nifty Realty losing 5 to 6 percent in a week.

In Nifty stock, BAJAJ AUTO gained 4.07% while TATASTEEL lost 14.54% on a weekly basis. INDIA VIX closes at 23.48 suggesting no sign of relief in volatility. Whenever the market tanks 20% from its peak, it is technically termed as the bear market. Currently the Indian market remains at the edge of 15 percent fall. Technically, on a weekly chart, the index has formed a long bearish candle confirming change in trend from positive to negative side.

Index has also faced resistance around 16300 levels throughout the week. Indicators as RSI still remains in the oversold zone and MACD also indicating no sign of reversal. In the daily chart lower low- lower high formation suggests no major pullback is expected. Coming to the OI monthly Data, on the call side the highest OI witnessed was 16000 followed by 16500 strike price while on the put side, the highest OI was at 15500 followed by 15000 strike price. Overall, Nifty is having support at 15500 mark while on the upside 16100 followed by 16300 may act as an immediate resistance. While Banknifty has support around 32000 while resistance is placed at 34300 on weekly chart.

Sumeet Bagadia
Executive Director
Choice Broking

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Share Market Closing Bell: Closing Bell: Nifty ends below 16,200, Sensex pares losses to close 276 pts lower

Share Market Closing Bell: Closing Bell: Nifty ends below 16,200, Sensex pares losses to close 276 pts lower

It was a volatile trading session after a positive opening, Nifty made an intraday high at 16318.75 level but showed downside momentum and tested the 16000 mark and managed to close at 16167.10 level with a loss of 72.95 points.

However, Bank nifty closed the session at 34693.15 level with a gain of 210.50 points. 31 out of Nifty 50 stocks ended in Red which suggest broad based selling. Among sectors, Bank, Commodities indices up by 0.5-0.3 percent each, while IT and Auto indices down by 1 percent each.

Stocks like ONGC, AXISBANK, INDUSINDBK, CIPLA & HDFC ended in green SHREECEM, BAJAJFINSV, LT & BAJFINANCE were the prime laggards.Technically, The Nifty has formed a Hammer Kind of candlestick pattern on a daily chart which indicates value buying from lower levels. Moreover, Nifty has taken support from the lower band of Bollinger on a Four- hourly chart which is a sign of short-term reversal in the counter.

However, the momentum indicators RSI bounced from oversold zone as well as divergence has been seen on an hourly chart which indicates bounce back momentum. The Nifty may find Strong support around 16000 levels, while on the upside 16400 may act as an immediate hurdle for the Nifty crossing above the same can attract fresh buying. On the other hand, Bank nifty has support at 33800 levels while resistance at 35500 levels.

Sumeet Bagadia
Executive Director
Choice Broking

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