Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Dirty Britons and mental Dutch

Woman 'shocked by flashing judge'

A woman has told a court of her "embarrassment" when one of England's most senior judges exposed himself to her on a rush-hour train.Lord Justice Richards faces two counts of exposure on trains in south-west London on 16 and 24 October 2006.

On the first occasion, she thought the "presentable" and "very kind" man was accidentally exposed, the court heard. Recalling the first incident the woman said he had "boxed" her into a corner against the glass panels in the first carriage on the trip from Raynes Park, south-west London to Waterloo."Because I was embarrassed and nothing like this had happened to me before, I assumed this was an accident... so I carried on reading my paper," she said."Sometimes the gentleman would adjust himself slightly, sometimes his genitals would be exposed and sometimes not as much." She said the incident lasted about 15 minutes.A week later she spotted the judge on the train again, "My gut instinct then led me to believe that this was not an accident."When she realised he was exposing himself, she took out her mobile phone to unnerve him, the court heard. She then reported the incident following her boyfriend's advice. In January she boarded the train with a police officer and identified him.During his police interview Sir Stephen insisted it was a case of mistaken identity.During the trial David Fisher QC, defending, accepted it was possible the victim had seen Sir Stephen on two occasions but stressed he was not the same man.

Recalling his police interview, arresting officer Pc Adrian Watts told the court Sir Stephen had said: "It would be a very extraordinary thing to do, to have walked on to a crowded commuter rail service with one's penis hanging out."Sir Stephen has overseen several high-profile hearings, including the case brought by the family of Jean Charles de Menezes, seeking action against police officers over the killing of the Brazilian at Stockwell Tube station in south London.Lord Justice Richards was educated at King's College School, Wimbledon, and St John's College, Oxford. He was called to the bar in 1975. For five years in the 1990s, he served as First Junior Treasury Counsel - the so-called "Treasury Devil". Regarded as one of the most demanding jobs in the legal world, the Devil represents the government in the civil courts.

Dutch TV plans kidney donor show

Dutch broadcaster BNN plans to air a television show next week where a terminally ill woman will decide who out of three young patients will get her kidney, Dutch media said on Saturday. Viewers will be able to advise the 37-year-old woman, known as Lisa, via text messages which of the candidates to pick, the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper said.

The show is scheduled for next Friday in a prime time spot.BNN, whose former director died from kidney failure and spent years on a waiting list for a kidney transplant, told the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper that the show is meant to highlight the acute shortage of donors in the Netherlands.Dutch TV show seeks sperm donor A new reality television show in the Netherlands which sees a woman search for a sperm donor is in the running to be made into a full series.I Want Your Child And Nothing Else is among five programmes vying for a run on Dutch cable channel Talpa.

Viewers will decide on Saturday night which show they want to see more of. Other contenders include the efforts of five prostitutes to set up a business, while another features two people who have never met before becoming engaged. The so-called "Sperm Show", if made into a full series, will conclude with the contestant's artificial insemination after she has chosen her donor. The station will also broadcast the Dutch version of Big Brother. For this year's show it is reported that a pregnant contestant who is willing to give birth on air will be recruited.