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Need To Know: Man unfit to stand trial over deaths of mother and sister

■ Man unfit to stand trial over deaths of mother and sister

A MENTALLY ill man accused of stabbing his mother and sister to death in their home is unfit to stand trial.

Joshua Cohen, 28, allegedly killed Louise Cohen, 66, and Hannah Cohen, 33, in Golders Green, north London, on August 11 last year.

Cohen attended the Old Bailey for a hearing before Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC.

Members of the defendant’s family sat in court as the judge ruled that he was unfit to plead.

Judge Hilliard told jurors that the defendant was unfit to stand trial due to mental illness.

Their task would not be to decide on whether he was guilty of any offence but if he did the act in question — caused the unlawful death of two people, he said.

The jury was sworn in to hear the trial of issue.

■ Weekend washout leaves this month wetter than July 1976

HEAVY rain during the past few days means this month will end up wetter than July 1976.

An average 49.9mm of rain fell across the UK from July 1 to July 29, according to provisional figures from the Met Office.

The total for the whole of July 1976, when the UK was in the middle of a blistering heatwave, was 43.3mm.

With further rain forecast this week, the final total for July 2018 could be even higher.

Meanwhile, Saturday was the first day since June 23 that no part of the UK reached temperatures above 25C (77F), the Met Office said.

■ Suspect ‘burned clothes’ on day Lucy’s body was found

A MAN suspected of murdering schoolgirl Lucy McHugh burned clothes in the back garden of his family home on the day she was found stabbed to death, according to a local resident.

The body of Lucy McHugh was discovered in a wooded area near Southampton Sports Centre on Thursday.

The 13-year-old was last seen at her home in Mansel Road East on Wednesday morning and was reported missing, before being found by a member of the public the following morning.

Police are currently searching the family home of a 24-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder and sexual activity with a child, who has been named locally as Stephen Nicholson.

A local resident said he was arrested at the house, also in Mansel Road East, on Thursday.

■ India asks four million to prove nationality

Name game: Villagers wait outside a National Register of Citizens verification centre in Assam, India

INDIA has released a final draft of a list of its citizens in the north-eastern state of Assam, leaving some four million people to prove their Indian nationality.

It says hundreds of thousands of people have illegally entered the country from neighbouring Bangladesh over decades and settled down in the north east.

Bangladesh rejects the claim.

The application process for inclusion in India’s national register started in 2015.

Of 32.9 million applicants, the names of 28.9 million have been approved and included in the draft.

The four million who have been left out can file appeals by September 30. Hundreds of Bengali-speaking Muslims whose nationality is suspect are living in half a dozen detention camps in Assam state.