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SMARTIE SLAG

Girl, four, who died after her mother ‘sedated her with “blue smarties” so she could have undisturbed sex with a boyfriend’ had heroin in her system EIGHT MONTHS before her death, court hears 

  • Michala Pyke, 37, and John Rytting, 40, deny two charges of child cruelty
  • Pyke’s daughter Poppy died in June 2013 after being found lifeless on sofa
  • She was allegedly given drugs by the pair over a prolonged period
  • A toxicology expert told jurors hair samples revealed she had been exposed to drugs for a prolonged period 
A four-year-old girl who died after being given drugs so her mother could have sex with her boyfriend had ‘repeat exposure’ to illegal substances throughout her short life, a court has heard.
Experts found broken-down heroin EDDP in Poppy Widdison’s hair follicle – proving the drug had digested into her system.  
The four-year-old was found lifeless on a sofa in June 2013.
Michala Pyke, 37, is alleged to have given drugs referred to as ‘Smarties’ to her  daughter so she could have sex with her boyfriend without being disturbed

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Poppy Widdison, four, died in June 2013

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Michala Pyke, 37, (left) is alleged to have given drugs to her daughter so she could have sex with her boyfriend without being disturbed. Poppy Widdison, four, (right) died in June 2013
Today toxicology expert Dr Vincenet Crimele told Hull Crown Court that one of the child’s eight-month-old hair samples had traces of heroin, ketamine and codeine in it – indicating that she was repeatedly exposed to drugs.
He said: ‘She was exposed to heroin from the entire length with the rate of growth of hair.’ 
Poppy’s mother Michala Pyke, 37, and her drug dealer boyfriend John Rytting, 40, deny serious child cruelty charges of physical abuse and plying the youngster with drugs – but have admitted neglecting the child by subjecting Poppy to an unsafe environment.  
The court heard that Pyke texted her drug dealer partner John Rytting, 40, (pictured) with a message about giving the youngster diazepam: ‘She can have a blue smartie and go to sleep lol xxx' 

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The court heard that Pyke texted her drug dealer partner John Rytting, 40, (pictured) with a message about giving the youngster diazepam: ‘She can have a blue smartie and go to sleep lol xxx’ 
Pyke also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of causing her daughter emotional abuse. 
The jury had heard yesterday that Pyke had texted Rytting saying: ‘she can have a blue smartie [diazepam] and go to sleep lol xxx’.
Jurors have been told that Poppy was viewed as an ‘inconvenience’ by the couple.
Dr Crimele said he was unable to confirm how the drug had been administered to the little girl.
He told the court: ‘This breakdown of EDDP would be concerned with digesting the drug.
‘We cannot, however, be sure whether it was picked up from surfaces and carpets or how it could be digested.’
Prosecutor David Gordon told the court that the defendants ‘were both drug users and therefore the child Poppy lived in an environment where drugs were present’.
He added to the doctor: ‘Am I right in the suggestion that these adults may have given the child drugs to make her go to sleep?’
The doctor answered: ‘Yes, absolutely.’
The doctor also agreed that the post mortem tests were inconclusive.
He said that a 27cm sample of Poppy’s hair revealed a trace of morphine and Codeine and exposure to six chemicals – which signifies exposure to heroin.
Dr Crimele said: ‘The concentration levels were very high which suggests she was exposed to heroin.’
Police found more than 1,000 tablets of controlled drugs scattered around in blister packs at his squalid flat in Grimsby, the jury heard.
Pyke and Rytting, who are no longer together, deny two charges of child cruelty

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Both have admitted a single charge of cruelty against Poppy by assaulting, ill-treating or neglecting her by exposing her to controlled drugs

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Pyke and Rytting, who are no longer together, deny two charges of child cruelty. Both have admitted a single charge of cruelty against Poppy by assaulting, ill-treating or neglecting her by exposing her to controlled drugs
Paramedics discovered Poppy was turning blue and not breathing when called to Rytting’s home after she was found lifeless on the sofa in June 2013.
She died the next day at Sheffield Children’s Hospital when her life support machine was switched off. An investigation failed to establish the cause of her death. 
Prosecutor David Gordon told the jury at Hull Crown Court that the defendants were not charged with murder or manslaughter as there was no evidence to blame them for her death and that experts disagreed about its cause.
But he said there was clear evidence of the girl being plied with illicit substances to keep her quiet.
He added: ‘We the prosecution say they wanted to get on with their love life and they regarded her as an incumbent.’
He said the pair deliberately fed the girl drugs, and evidence from Pyke’s mobile phone backed this up. References were made to ‘blue smarties’, a name for the class C drug diazepam.
A week before Poppy died Pyke sent the message to Rytting: ‘Got a bottle of wine if u wanna share. Text back before I leave in half an hour. She can have a blue Smartie and go sleep lol! XXX.’
Rytting replied: ‘U ok.’
Pyke responded: ‘Get them blue smarties ready – the one she likes! Lol XX’ The jury was told the reference to the ‘one she likes’ suggests a repeated course of conduct over a period of time rather than a one-off incident.
Mr Gordon said: ‘She [Pyke] regarded her own child as a nuisance and interfering with the enjoyment in her own relationship with Mr Rytting.’
Pyke and Rytting, who are no longer together, deny two charges of child cruelty.
Both have admitted a single charge of cruelty against Poppy by assaulting, ill-treating or neglecting her by exposing her to controlled drugs.
Rytting has admitted two drugs offences but has denied a third drugs supply charge. Pyke has denied two drug supply charges. The trial continues. 

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ANIMAL

Mother who stamped on her 21-month-old daughter so hard it tore her heart apart launches appeal against her conviction because the trial judge INTERRUPTED her lawyer

  • Kathryn Smith, 23, was jailed in April for stamping to death her daughter
  • Ayeeshia, 21 months, cried ‘stop mummy, stop daddy’ during the attack
  • Smith’s partner Matthew Rigby was convicted of allowing the child’s death
  • Her barrister says jury might have been prejudiced by judge’s interruption 
Kathryn Smith (pictured) was left with a two centimetre stab wound on her cheek after being jumped by as many as 10 lags on a prison stairwell in May

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Kathryn Smith (pictured) was left with a two centimetre stab wound on her cheek after being jumped by as many as 10 lags on a prison stairwell in May
A drug addict who stamped her 21-month-old daughter to death is appealing against her conviction for murder. 
Smith was jailed for life in April with a minimum of 24 years. 
Her ex-partner, Matthew Rigby, 22, was convicted of causing or allowing the child’s death, but cleared of murder. 
Ayeeshia, who weighed just 20lbs when she died, was killed while she cried ‘stop mummy, stop daddy’.
Her mother stamped on her chest with such force that she suffered a fatal heart injury, three broken ribs and bit through her own tongue.
Experts said her injuries were so severe she resembled a high-speed car crash victim. 
Smith, from Swadlincote, Derbyshire, today challenged her conviction at the Court of Appeal in London. 
Ayeeshia Jane Smith (pictured), who weighed just 20lbs when she died, was killed as she cried 'stop mummy, stop daddy'

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Her mother stamped on her chest with such force that she suffered a fatal heart injury, three broken ribs and bit through her own tongue

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Ayeeshia Jane Smith (pictured), who weighed just 20lbs when she died, was killed as she cried ‘stop mummy, stop daddy’. Her mother stamped on her chest with such force that she suffered a fatal heart injury, three broken ribs and bit through her own tongue

Ayeeshia Jane Smith months before she was tragically murdered
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Her barrister, John Butterfield QC, argued her conviction was ‘unsafe’ because of an interruption by the trial judge during the defence’s closing speech.
Mr Butterfield, who represented Smith at the trial, said Mrs Justice Andrews’ intervention caused ‘prejudice’ in the minds of jurors. 
He said: ‘The judge weighed in and weighed in in a way that was wrong, I say, on a number of different levels, in the middle of defence counsel’s closing address.
‘It is hard to understate just how devastating this was to the credibility of the defence case. 
‘To trespass on the closing remarks at all was a risk and was likely to have consequences.’
But Christopher Hotten QC, who prosecuted her, denied the judge’s interruption rendered the conviction unsafe.
The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, sitting with Mr Justice Wyn Williams and Mr Justice Goss, are expected to give a ruling in the New Year.
But Lord Thomas said if her conviction appeal does not succeed they would review the minimum jail term handed to Smith. 
Smith was attacked by fellow inmates at the notorious Foston Hall women’s prison in Derbyshire in May. The mob claimed they were avenging Ayeeshia’s death. 
Sources inside the notorious Foston Hall women's prison (pictured) in Derbyshire say she was attacked in May in revenge for the utterly savage murder of the helpless toddler

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Sources inside the notorious Foston Hall women’s prison (pictured) in Derbyshire say she was attacked in May in revenge for the utterly savage murder of the helpless toddler

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ANIMAL

Mother who stamped on her 21-month-old daughter so hard it tore her heart apart launches appeal against her conviction because the trial judge INTERRUPTED her lawyer

  • Kathryn Smith, 23, was jailed in April for stamping to death her daughter
  • Ayeeshia, 21 months, cried ‘stop mummy, stop daddy’ during the attack
  • Smith’s partner Matthew Rigby was convicted of allowing the child’s death
  • Her barrister says jury might have been prejudiced by judge’s interruption 
Kathryn Smith (pictured) was left with a two centimetre stab wound on her cheek after being jumped by as many as 10 lags on a prison stairwell in May

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Kathryn Smith (pictured) was left with a two centimetre stab wound on her cheek after being jumped by as many as 10 lags on a prison stairwell in May
A drug addict who stamped her 21-month-old daughter to death is appealing against her conviction for murder. 
Smith was jailed for life in April with a minimum of 24 years. 
Her ex-partner, Matthew Rigby, 22, was convicted of causing or allowing the child’s death, but cleared of murder. 
Ayeeshia, who weighed just 20lbs when she died, was killed while she cried ‘stop mummy, stop daddy’.
Her mother stamped on her chest with such force that she suffered a fatal heart injury, three broken ribs and bit through her own tongue.
Experts said her injuries were so severe she resembled a high-speed car crash victim. 
Smith, from Swadlincote, Derbyshire, today challenged her conviction at the Court of Appeal in London. 
Ayeeshia Jane Smith (pictured), who weighed just 20lbs when she died, was killed as she cried 'stop mummy, stop daddy'

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Her mother stamped on her chest with such force that she suffered a fatal heart injury, three broken ribs and bit through her own tongue

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Ayeeshia Jane Smith (pictured), who weighed just 20lbs when she died, was killed as she cried ‘stop mummy, stop daddy’. Her mother stamped on her chest with such force that she suffered a fatal heart injury, three broken ribs and bit through her own tongue

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Her barrister, John Butterfield QC, argued her conviction was ‘unsafe’ because of an interruption by the trial judge during the defence’s closing speech.
Mr Butterfield, who represented Smith at the trial, said Mrs Justice Andrews’ intervention caused ‘prejudice’ in the minds of jurors. 
He said: ‘The judge weighed in and weighed in in a way that was wrong, I say, on a number of different levels, in the middle of defence counsel’s closing address.
‘It is hard to understate just how devastating this was to the credibility of the defence case. 
‘To trespass on the closing remarks at all was a risk and was likely to have consequences.’
But Christopher Hotten QC, who prosecuted her, denied the judge’s interruption rendered the conviction unsafe.
The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas, sitting with Mr Justice Wyn Williams and Mr Justice Goss, are expected to give a ruling in the New Year.
But Lord Thomas said if her conviction appeal does not succeed they would review the minimum jail term handed to Smith. 
Smith was attacked by fellow inmates at the notorious Foston Hall women’s prison in Derbyshire in May. The mob claimed they were avenging Ayeeshia’s death. 
Sources inside the notorious Foston Hall women's prison (pictured) in Derbyshire say she was attacked in May in revenge for the utterly savage murder of the helpless toddler

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Sources inside the notorious Foston Hall women’s prison (pictured) in Derbyshire say she was attacked in May in revenge for the utterly savage murder of the helpless toddler

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NONCE SNATCH

Police arrest men, 21 and 19, who ‘posed as security workers in bid to snatch 11-year-old boy from school’

  • Men turned up outside Wellacre Academy in Flixton, Greater Manchester
  • The men were dressed in fake security clothing and carried fraudulent ID
  • Police in Manchester say the suspects remain in custody for questioning  
Two men posing as security workers allegedly attempted to take a boy away from a secondary school.
The men turned up outside Wellacre Academy in Flixton, Greater Manchester, close to the end of the school day yesterday.
Two men posing as security workers allegedly attempted to take a boy away from Wellacre Academy in Flixton, Greater Manchester (pictured)

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Two men posing as security workers allegedly attempted to take a boy away from Wellacre Academy in Flixton, Greater Manchester (pictured)
Police say the men were dressed in fake security clothing and were carrying fraudulent ID.
They then stood outside the school and asked for an 11-year-old boy.
Greater Manchester Police arrived to the scene and arrested a 19-year-old man and 21-year-old man on suspicion of attempted abduction.
They remain in police custody for questioning. 
 

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Karen Danczuk JUSTIFIED

Karen Danczuk’s brother is found GUILTY of raping girls and a woman between 1990 and 2010 

  • Michael Burke convicted of eight charges of rape and one of buggery
  • Charges relate to historic sexual abuse of two girls and woman in 20s
  • 38-year-old committed incidents between May 1990 and March 2010
  • Burke has been remanded in custody until sentencing on December 15
The brother of Karen Danczuk was today found guilty of raping two teenage girls and a woman.
Michael Burke, 38, of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, has been convicted of eight charges of rape and one charge of buggery.
The charges were in relation to the historic sexual abuse of two girls, who at the time were aged under 14 and under 16, and a woman in her late 20s at Manchester Crown Court.
Michael Burke, 38, of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, has been convicted of eight charges of rape and one charge of buggery

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Karen Danczuk, sister of Michael Burke

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Michael Burke (left), 38, of Rochdale, Greater Manchester, has been convicted of eight charges of rape and one charge of buggery. He is the brother of Karen Danczuk (right)
Simon Danczuk tweeted earlier today: 'Understand @GMPRochdale have just successfully prosecuted another rapist of children, who lives in Middleton. Well done to all concerned.'

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Simon Danczuk tweeted earlier today: ‘Understand @GMPRochdale have just successfully prosecuted another rapist of children, who lives in Middleton. Well done to all concerned.’
The incidents took place between May 1990 and March 2010 and Burke has been remanded in custody until he is sentenced on December 15. 
Former Labour councillor Mrs Danczuk, who has become known as the Selfie Queen, is the estranged wife of Labour MP for Rochdale Simon Danczuk.  
Her brother was convicted of raping the first person, who was aged between nine and eleven at the time, on three separate occasions when he was aged between 14 and 16.
His second victim was 12-years-old when first raped her. He was 16. 
He was convicted of sexually assaulting her a further three times when he was aged 16 to 18 and when the girl was aged 12 and 13. 
Another woman accused him of raping her, when Burke was a similar age to her, between 2008 and 2010.
He was found guilty of one rape against her.
Prosecutor Peter Wright QC told the court: ‘These women were objectified. They were objects of pleasure. They were demeaned and abused and for many years they remained silent.
‘They felt powerless in the face of this man’s conduct but each of them have now found the strength to speak up and accuse this man of the abuse they have suffered.’
Mr Justice Gilbart told him: ‘You have been convicted of serious offences and a custodial sentence is inevitable.’ 
Following the conviction, Burke collapsed in the dock.
He previously denied the claims he was a rapist and said he was a victim of ‘a conspiracy’ by the three complainants and none of it was true.
Burke told the jury: ‘They are trying to bolster their stories, which is why I am sat here now. No one who knows me would recognise that person.’
Earlier today, Simon Danczuk tweeted: ‘Understand @GMPRochdale have just successfully prosecuted another rapist of children, who lives in Middleton. Well done to all concerned.’
Mrs Danczuk has not commented publicly on the conviction.  

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MISSING

Fears grow for 12-year-old girl who hasn’t been seen since she set off for school on Tuesday morning 

  • Barbara Boganova failed to turn up at Merrill Academy on Tuesday 
  • She was last seen leaving her home in Harvey Road, Derby 
Police have revealed this Snapchat image of Barbara, who has been missing for 36 hours

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Police have revealed this Snapchat image of Barbara, who has been missing for 36 hours
Fears are growing for a 12-year-old girl who vanished after setting off for school in Derby yesterday morning.
Barbara Bogdanova failed to turn up at the Merrill Academy in the city and did not return to her home in Harvey Road later that night. 
Derbyshire Police have now issued a Snapchat picture of Barbara and say they are growing concerned for her welfare.
Barbara is white, 5ft 2ins tall, of medium build and with long, brown hair and was carrying a black bag containing her school books.
She was last seen wearing a black and grey jacket, a white shirt, black trousers, a black Merrill Academy blazer and black trainers.
Anyone with information about her is urged to call police on 101.
Around 140,000 people under 18 go missing each year according to Home Office figures.  
In 2010/11, 91 percent of missing incidents reported to the police were closed within 48 hours, with 99 percent of all missing cases solved within one year.
Only a small fraction fall victim to crime or end up homeless. 
Barbara vanished while on her way to school at Merrill Academy in Derby (pictured)

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Barbara vanished while on her way to school at Merrill Academy in Derby (pictured)

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