■ Ex-pop star raped woman he met at nightclub, court told
FORMER JLS star Oritse Williams tried to have sex with a ‘spaced out and zombified’ woman and then raped her when she returned to his hotel room to look for her phone, a court has heard.
Williams (pictured) denies raping the woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, after she met him at a nightclub following a solo concert in December 2016.
A jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court was told Williams, who enjoyed chart success after shooting to fame on The X Factor in 2008, was arrested at a hotel in the city after the concert.
The 32-year-old, of Croydon, south London, is standing trial alongside his tour manager Jamien Nagadhana, who denies charges of sexual assault and assault by penetration in connection with the same incident.
■ Teenage killer to appeal against 27-year sentence
THE teenager jailed for a minimum of 27 years for the rape and murder of schoolgirl Alesha MacPhail has been granted leave to appeal against the sentence.
Aaron Campbell, 17, snatched the six-year-old from her bed at her grandparents’ home on the Isle of Bute last summer.
He was handed a life sentence with a minimum of 27 years following a nine-day trial at the High Court in Glasgow earlier this year.
A court spokesman confirmed today the killer has been granted leave to appeal against the length of the punishment imposed by judge Lord Matthews.
A hearing date has been set for August 7 at the High Court in Edinburgh.
■ Baby food recalled after pieces of rubber glove found
A BATCH of Cow & Gate baby food has been recalled from supermarkets because jars have been found to contain pieces of a rubber glove.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said the jars of Cheesy Broccoli Bake (10+ months) may contain small pieces of blue rubber which make the product unsafe to eat.
The 250g jars carry a batch code of 28122020 and have a best before date of December 28 2020.
The jars were on sale at almost every major supermarket, including Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Tesco, as well as Boots.
Only one batch of the baby food was affected.
■ Virgin Mobile working to fix network outage
VIRGIN MOBILE has said it is working to resolve an issue which has left many of its customers unable to make calls, send text messages and use mobile data.
UK users of the mobile network voiced their frustrations over the fault on Wednesday morning, for which Virgin Mobile have apologised.
A Virgin Mobile spokesperson said: ‘We’re working quickly to resolve an issue that’s affecting some of our customers making calls, sending text messages and using mobile data.
‘We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience caused.’