The brother of a Boney M singer has been jailed for life after hiring a hitman to kill his rival following a bitter dispute over control of a mosque.
Muslim convert Khalid Rashad, 63, is the brother of Liz Mitchell, lead singer in the 1970s band famous for disco hits such as Rivers of Babylon, Rasputin and Daddy Cool.
She appeared as a character witness in his trial, held in January this year, explaining how they had grown up in a large Christian family in Jamaica.
His conviction can finally be reported at the end of a second trial in which Rashad was found guilty of keeping military-grade plastic explosives and rounds of ammunition at his home, yards from Wembley Stadium.
Rashad's rival, Abdul Hadi Arwani, 48, was found slumped in the driver's seat of his VW Passat in a street in Wembley, North London, with the engine still running and a bullet wound in his chest in April last year.
There was speculation the Muslim preacher may have been murdered by a Syrian hitman when it emerged that he had been a vocal opponent of the regime of Bashar al Assad.
But police identified the killer as Leslie Cooper, 38, a former soldier from Harlesden, northwest London, who was also born in Jamaica and had served with the Princess of Wales Regiment in Iraq.
Detectives were able to track him down after he topped up an unregistered phone in a shop in Harlesden High Street and then went into a nearby store to top up a British Gas card with his name on it.
Officers who searched his home found a Mac-10 sub-machine gun with its magazine and the silencer still attached in a bedroom wardrobe.
"On any reading, this was a serous bit of kit," Jonathan Rees QC, prosecuting, told Kingston Crown Court.
It emerged that Cooper had been hired by Rashad, formerly known as Burnell Mitchell, who had been involved in running the An Noor Cultural Centre in Acton, West London, for 20 years.
The Prison Governors Association (PGA) has renewed calls for a public inquiry into the state of jails in England and Wales following the death of an inmate.
Emergency services were called to Pentonville Prison in north London at 3.30pm on Tuesday, where they found three male prisoners suffering from stab wounds.
One of the prisoners, a man aged in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene at 4.25pm.
The two other men, aged 21 and 30, were said to be in a critical condition at an east London hospital.
Two prisoners, aged 26 and 34, have been arrested and taken to a local police station for questioning.
A spokesman for The Prison Service confirmed the incident was being investigated but said it would be "inappropriate" to comment further "at this stage".
The PGA said government cuts to staff and resources meant the "tragedy" was "no massive surprise".
The most recent statistics published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) show there were 100 apparently self-inflicted jail deaths in the year to March - the highest for more than a decade.
More than 20,000 assaults - 2,813 deemed "serious" - were recorded in the 12 months to December, a rise of 27% year-on-year.
In addition, there were nearly 5,000 attacks on staff - a jump of more than a third compared to 2014.
John Attard, PGA national policy officer, said: "It is no secret that we have had concerns about cuts and resources over the last four years.
"Sadly, it comes as no massive surprise to anybody close to this that we have had a tragedy such as this."
Mr Attard said "years of experience" had been lost, which was "showing".
"It's why we need an inquiry into this," he said.
In July, prison officers across England and Wales staged unofficial walkouts amid claims the system was in "perpetual crisis".
It came a month after the MoJ announced nearly £13m in funds to deal with prison safety issues.
In a statement the Prison Officers Association said it "once again" has serious concerns following the Pentonville death.
It has called on the MoJ to "fully investigate this matter and the underlying problems within the prison estate".
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said the department was "fully committed to addressing the significant increase in violence, self-harm and self-inflicted deaths in our prisons".
They continued: "Earlier this month the Justice Secretary announced an immediate investment of an additional £14m in 10 of our most challenging prisons, increasing staffing levels by over 400 prison officers.
"In the coming weeks she will be publishing a White Paper setting out plans across the estate for prison safety and reform to 2020 and beyond."
Pentonville, a category B men's prison, was opened in 1842 and holds more than 1,200 adults.
In a report last February it was said to be "performing poorly" as a result of staff shortages, overcrowding and inmates' easy access to drugs.
Nick Hardwick, then chief inspector of prisons, also noted: "Most prisoners felt unsafe; levels of violence were much higher than in similar prisons and had almost doubled since the last inspection."
A man who boasted he had committed the "perfect murder" has been found guilty more than 17 years after the offence.
Ronnie Coulter was convicted after being tried a second time for killing waiter Surjit Singh Chhokar as he returned from work in Wishaw, Lanarkshire, on 4 November 1998.
Mr Chhokar's partner Elizabeth Bryce had told the court how blood "flew out" of the victim when he collapsed after telling her "they've stabbed me".
Giving evidence, she said she ran outside when she saw him being attacked in front of her home in Garrion Street, Overtown.
Ms Bryce sobbed as she told how three men, who she identified as Ronnie Coulter, his nephew Andrew Coulter and David Montgomery, left the scene and Mr Chhokar told her he had been stabbed.
She said: "He walked up to his car and he had his arms on top of the car and he put his head on his hands. The next thing I heard a horrible noise.
"The blood just flew out of him and he just fell. He flopped down and fell on the ground.
"I just didn't believe it - he was dead."
The jury took around 10 hours over three days to find Coulter, of Overtown, Wishaw guilty following a four-week trial at the High Court in Glasgow. He will be sentenced on 31 October.
The 48-year-old was cleared of the murder at his original trial but was brought back before a jury under double jeopardy laws.
Andrew Coulter and Montgomery, were also tried for the murder in 2000, but both were acquitted.
Andrew Coulter had stolen a £100 giro cheque and a cooker from Mr Chhokar before the 32-year-old was stabbed to death.
Andrew Coulter stabbed another man to death 10 months after Mr Chhokar's death, while he was on bail.
The latest trial of Ronnie Coulter was told how he bragged about the crime after being cleared the first time.
His sister, Margaret Chisholm, said he had confessed to her after coming to her house following his acquittal.
She told the court: "He was sitting on the floor in the living room leaning against a radiator.
"He said 'I've just got away with the perfect murder'."
His former sister-in-law, Noreen McPolland, was asked: "Did Ronnie Coulter ever say anything about the death of Surjit Singh Chhokar?"
She replied: "He said 'I stabbed him. I stabbed the P*** bastard'."
It is a notorious case which laid bare flaws in Scotland's prosecution system.
Separate inquiries found inadequacies in the prosecution process and institutional racism in the way that victims of crime and ethnic minorities were treated by the system.
Outside court, Detective Chief Superintendent Clark Cuzen praised the strength of the Chhokar family.
He said: "It is important to recognise the tireless campaigning for justice over the years by the Chhokar family and their lawyer, Aamer Anwar. I hope they can take some comfort from today's verdict."
He added: "Whilst we were unable to find evidence of racial motivation at the time of the murder, there was evidence to support the fact that Ronnie Coulter described Surjit using racist terms when confessing to the murder."