You are forgiven for not knowing who this weeks deaths are, we’re really scraping the bottom of the barrel for ‘celebrities’. Unless you are an F1 fan or actually watched Love Island, you might remember the horny milkman from Father Ted. It goes without saying, no points this week…
Look Who You Could Have Had:
- George Morfogen, 85, American actor (Oz, V).
- Angus Sinclair, 73, Scottish serial killer.
- Pat Laffan, 79, Irish actor (Father Ted, The Snapper).
- Charlie Whiting, 66, British motorsports director, FIA Formula 1 race director (since 1997), pulmonary embolism.
- Michael Thalassitis, 26, English-born Cypriot footballer (Boreham Wood, Ebbsfleet United) and reality show personality (Love Island).
In Other News
Katie Price has been criticised by a judge for not “bothering” to turn up at court. The 40-year-old, from West Sussex, was due to appear before magistrates in Crawley accused of two charges of using threatening and abusive words or behaviour in Shipley last September. District judge Amanda Kelly said Ms Price’s failure to appear showed a lack of respect for the court system. The court heard Ms Price, of Dial Post, near Horsham, was out of the country. At the hearing, which was adjourned to 20 March, the judge said: “She hasn’t bothered to turn up today. “Apparently she has something more important to do.” The court heard Ms Price would have been notified of the need to attend in a postal requisition sent in February and would have known about the case. Ms Kelly said: “This shows a lack of respect for the whole court system.” She said it would be “tempting” to consider an arrest, but she would “reluctantly” adjourn the hearing.
Police in Slovenia have accused a woman of cutting off her hand with a circular saw – with the help of her family – to make a fraudulent insurance claim. The 21-year-old and a relative have been detained and face up to eight years in prison if convicted. The suspects recently took out injury insurance, police say. The woman allegedly stood to gain about €400,000 (£340,000; $450,000) in compensation and monthly payments of about €3,000 from the policy. Four members of the family were initially detained earlier this year, but two were later released. Police say the group deliberately cut the woman’s hand above the wrist with a circular saw 1at their home in the capital Ljubljana. Relatives took her to hospital, saying she had injured herself while sawing branches. Officials say the group left the severed hand behind rather than bring it to hospital, to ensure the disability was permanent. But the authorities recovered it in time to sew it back on.
A fox has died in extraordinary circumstances after losing the ultimate game of chicken during a night-time raid on a henhouse. Students at Gros-Chene secondary school in Brittany were shocked to discover the dead body of the fox riddled with peck marks during their morning rounds last week. The school maintains their brood of free-range chickens ganged up on the animal, attacking it in large numbers and overcoming it. “There, in the corner, we found this dead fox,” Pascal Daniel, head of farming at the school, told news agency AFP. “There was a herd instinct and they attacked him with their beaks.” The animal was reportedly surrounded, then killed in a corner of the building home to 3,000 chickens. “It was a juvenile of five or six months, about 60cm long. He did not seem sick and in any case, he did not have scabies,” Mr Daniel said. Apparently no chickens were found to have been injured during the incident. It is thought the fox entered at dusk and then become trapped inside by light-controlled automatic doors that close when the sun goes down.
On This Day
- 1963 – Mount Agung erupted on Bali killing more than 1,100 people.
- 1966 – Off the coast of Spain in the Mediterranean, the DSV Alvin submarine finds a missing American hydrogen bomb.
- 1985 – Serial killer Richard Ramirez, aka the “Night Stalker”, commits the first two murders in his Los Angeles murder spree.
- 180 – Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor (b. 121)
- 1997 – Jermaine Stewart, American singer-songwriter and dancer (b. 1957)
- 2011 – Michael Gough, English actor (b. 1916)
Last Week’s Birthdays
Alexandra Daddario (33), Alan Tudyk (48), Jerome Flynn (56), Erik Estrada (70), Judah Friedlander (50), Jimmy Nail (65), Eva Longoria (44), David Cronenberg (76), Ruth Bader Ginsburg (86), Will.i.am (44), Lynda La Plante (76), Jamie Bell (33), Michael Caine (86), Billy Crystal (71), Quincy Jones (86), William H. Macy (69), Danny Masterson (43), Annabeth Gish (48), Jaimie Alexander (35), Titus Welliver (58), Aaron Eckhart (51), Liza Minnelli (73), Alex Kingston (56), Johnny Knoxville (48), John Barrowman (52), Jon Hamm (48), Olivia Wilde (35), Sharon Stone (61), Chuck Norris (79), and Robert Llewellyn (63).