This week in history
Registry official visited Keith Howe’s home 18 months after he and his partner, Marion Butler, applied for alternative access when they were denied vehicle entry by their neighbour.
This week in 2013, tributes poured in for “a courageous” and “lovely” centenarian who stole the hearts of millions with a world record paraglide. Margaret “Peggy” McAlpine died peacefully in her Karaman home, aged 106. The oldest overseas member of the Royal British Legion (RBL) and the oldest life and honorary member of the British Residents’ Society (BRS), she left two daughters, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
This week in 2009, more than 50 court cases taken out against Gary Robb were postponed after his legal team quit. Kemal Şentürkler, one of Robb’s former defence team, claimed the failed property developer had not been in contact with him since being deported to Britain to face serious drugs charges. He added that he had not been paid for work on behalf of Robb, who was then on remand in England.
This week in 1998, the minority Communial Liberation Party (TKP) was being cast in the role of parliamentary powerbroker after a general election surge left the National Unity Party (UBP) two seats short of an absolute majority. While UBP seized 24 seats in the countrywide polling, TKP won a 15.36 per cent share of the vote to send seven MPs to the TRNC Assembly.
On this very day, December 8, 1980, former Beatle John Lennon was shot dead outside his luxury New York apartment. The 40year-old was shot four times in the back by Mark Chapman as he entered the Dakota, a luxury building on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, opposite Central Park. Chapman asked the former Beatle for an autograph just hours before he laid in wait to kill him, it was reported.
On December 13, 1995, hundreds of black and white youths took to the streets of Brixton, in south London, to loot shops and burn cars after the death of a black man in police custody. Three police officers were injured in the violence, which continued for five hours and led to 22 people being charged with public order offences, theft and criminal damage.