Scots woman arrested over husband’s buried body – BBC News

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Image caption Louise Khan was arrested after the body of Alyn Pennycook was found on 9 February

A woman from Scotland is to stand trial accused of burying her husband in the back garden of their home in Portugal.

Louise Khan, who is 46 and originally from Lochgelly in Fife, was arrested after the remains of Alyn Pennycook were found on their farm.

Mr Pennycook, also a Scot, is thought to have died from cancer last year.

Officers believe he died in September or October but Ms Khan failed to report his death to the authorities in Portugal or Scotland.

She was arrested and held in custody “for the presumed practice of at least one crime of corpse desecration” following the discovery of the body on 9 February.


She has since been released on the condition she reports to a local police station and is due to stand trial on 27 February in Celorico da Beira.

‘Conditional release’

Ms Khan could face up to two years in prison if convicted.

She had lived at the property in Linhares, near the city of Guarda, for more than three years.

She is currently being assisted by UK government officials. A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: “We remain in contact with the Portuguese police following the arrest and subsequent conditional release of a British woman in Guarda.”

Neighbours of the couple reportedly raised the alarm with police after growing suspicious when Mr Pennycook was not spotted at the property for several months.

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Image caption Ms Khan and Mr Pennycook lived at the farm for more than three years

Police located the body using ground penetrating radar on land next to Ms Khan’s home.

An autopsy was said to have shown no signs of violence.

Ms Khan was brought before a judge at a court in Guarda last week for a summary hearing where a lawyer asked for more time to prepare the case.

A spokesman for the Policia Judiciaria in Guarda said he could not comment about the case, but confirmed: “A 46-year-old woman has been arrested for the presumed practice of, at least, one crime of corpse desecration.

“The body is believed to be that of a 59-year-old Scotsman, found and exhumed by members of the PJ police and the Scientific Laboratory Police.”

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Defence jobs in Scotland ‘in decline’ – BBC News

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Image caption The next generation of Royal Navy frigates are because of be improved the Clyde

Shipbuilding supports almost 10,000 tasks in Scotland, and has actually grown in significance while other production has actually decreased.

Yards at Scotstoun and Govan on the Clyde and at Rosyth on the Firth of Forth are hectic on Royal Navy orders.

However, a brand-new scholastic research study reveals the decrease in work by the Ministry of Defence, down by almost a quarter in the previous 8 years.

The report was commissioned by the GMB union.

It stated it makes the case for the Ministry of Defence to secure shipbuilding tasks by dedicating quickly to a postponed order for 8 frigates.


The research study has actually been performed by the Fraser of Allander Institute at Strathclyde University.

It approximates that 13,840 individuals are utilized by the Ministry of Defence in Scotland.

In 2008, when the economics institute last reported on the defence sector, there were 23% more tasks in uniformed and MoD civilian functions.

The variety of civilian MoD workers has actually fallen from 6,500 to 3,730 in 8 years – a time of federal government spending plan cuts.

The number in military functions is below 12,400 in 2008 to 10,100 this year.

The fall in military functions has actually been faster throughout the UK as an entire, indicating the Scottish share of tasks has actually increased a little. The share of civilian work has actually fallen to 8.5%.

‘ Political football’

GMB Scotland Secretary Gary Smith stated: “This report was commissioned following the hold-ups to type-26 program and due to the fact that of the long-lasting disappointments felt by our members throughout the sector after years of being utilized as a political football.

” One task on the Upper Clyde alone supports an extra 1.18 tasks throughout Scotland so for the future of Scottish shipbuilding and our long-lasting financial success it is vital that the UK federal government makes great on the guaranteed frigate program.

” Furthermore, and with a 2nd self-reliance referendum a genuine possibility, the Scottish federal government has to show to our members how they would prepare to sustain their tasks, incomes, pensions, abilities and regional neighborhoods without MoD financial investment.

” This report is a truth check and reveals that the vulnerable Scottish economy can refrain from doing without the countless tasks and numerous countless pounds in incomes supported by navy shipbuilding agreements.”

The report reveals that the share of tasks within Scotland are primarily in Argyll, with more than a 3rd, and Moray, with a 5th.

Argyll has the Coulport and faslane nuclear and submarine bases, while Moray has air and army operations based at Lossiemouth and Kinloss.

For those 2 council locations, military work is especially essential, at 13% of the labor force in Argyll and Bute, and 8% in Moray.

Aircraft provider

A current Scottish Enterprise study, performed with the defence sector, discovered it utilizes more than 38,000 individuals, consisting of the Ministry of Defence, shipbuilding, research study and aerospace.

The shipbuilding sector saw work dip in 2011, prior to the warship work got under method, and has actually considering that increased to 6,500.

In the 5 years to 2014, work increased 4% while there was a 1% drop in making tasks. That suggests it represents one in every 27 production tasks.

Modelling by the Allander economic experts recommends there was preliminary work of 2,700 tasks on the Clyde, supporting an overall of 4,900. Once it is invested, the wage costs, of 93m, has a vibrant impact on the economy reckoned to be 163m.

A previous research study by the very same institute, utilizing information from 2006, revealed 4,500 tasks supported, and a vibrant effect of 238m.

In Fife, the brand-new report reveals there are 1,800 straight utilized in shipbuilding, supporting an overall 3,900. The wage costs is computed at 60m, supporting 106m of invest.

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Scot’s actress Karen Gillan cast in new Jumanji film – BBC News

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the” Jumanji household”


Scottish starlet Karen Gillan has actually been cast in a brand-new movie that has actually been referred to as a subsequent story to the 1990s ticket office hit, Jumanji.

The previous Doctor Who starlet, from Inverness, signs up with United States stars Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, in the brand-new production.

Her casting follows her protecting a larger function in Guardians of the Galaxy .

Starring the late Robin Williams, Jumanji includes a wonderful parlor game and is related to by fans as a traditional.

‘ Scottish battle’

In posts on Instagram, Hart and Johnson invited Gillan, who studied drama at Eden Court in Inverness, to “the Jumanji household”.


Johnson composed: “I’m happy to reveal a lady who’s playing the most crucial function in our film – the skilled, lovely and down for a Scottish battle at any time, Karen Gillan.

” And yes, this is the woman who is so bad ass she shaved her freaking moving towards Guardians Of The Galaxy.

” We begin production next month in Hawaii and as much of you currently understand, this isn’t really a remake or reboot, however an extension of the incredible Jumanji story we like.”

Image caption The very first Jumanji movie starred Robin Williams


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Image caption The brand-new Jumanji movie will star Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson

Gillan shaved her visit play blue-skinned area pirate Nebula in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

She has actually gone back to the function for next year’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume Two. Its director James Gunn stated Gillan will have more screen time in the follow up.

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Image caption Karen Gillan as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy

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Pilots arrested for Intoxication at Glasgow Airport

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Drinking and driving is a horrible, harmful choice.

Drinking while flying 141 travelers in an aircraft? That’s even worse.

Two pilots, aged 45 and 35, were jailed on Saturday for presumed intoxication prior to a flight from Glasgow, Scotland, to Newark, New Jersey.

The flight was postponed 10 hours while United Airlines looked for pilots who might change them. Obviously, Glasgow Airport has some great bars, since the very same thing occurred there a month ago there with 2 Canadian pilots for Air Transat.

There have actually been lots of other current cases of pilots striking the sauce. In March, an American Airlines flight was canceled at Detroit Metropolitan Airport after the co-pilot had difficulty with his cockpit seat. Ends up his blood-alcohol level was two times the legal limitation .

Then, in April, a JetBlue pilot was jailed after finishing a flight from Orlando to Kennedy Airport in New York with 151 guests on board. He blew a. 11 in a test of his blood-alcohol material, which is over the legal limitation for driving a vehicle.

Luckily, no one was injured. That still does not make the concept of an intoxicated pilot flying an aircraft any less frightening.

The Associated Press added to this report.

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Richard Gadd from Scottland wins Edinburgh Comedy Award – BBC News

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Image caption Richard Gadd is the very first Scottish winner given thatArnold Brown in 1987


Scotland’s Richard Gadd has actually been revealed as the winner of this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award.


The 26-year-old Fife comic got 10,000 for his program Monkey See Monkey Do.

He was the very first Scot to be chosen for the distinguished Edinburgh Festival award in 23 years and is the very first Scottish winner given that Arnold Brown in 1987.

Scott Gibson, from Glasgow, won the very best Newcomer award.

Iraq Out & & Loud which included about 2,000 individuals, consisting of a host of political leaders, comics, and authors, staging a non-stop, live streamed reading of the Chilcot Report into the Iraq War , won the Panel Prize.

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Image caption Scott Gibson won Best Newcomer and Iraq Out & & Loud won the Panel Prize

Gadd, who was sexually mistreated 4 years back, invests a big part of his program, referred to as a “individual and deeply extreme expedition of masculinity and stress and anxiety”, working on a treadmill.

His program analyzes who he is and exactly what it implies to be a male.