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Need To Know: Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd jailed for bottle attack

■ Speedboat killer Jack Shepherd jailed for bottle attack

SPEEDBOAT killer Jack Shepherd has been jailed for four more years for assaulting a barman with a vodka bottle.

Shepherd, who is currently serving a prison sentence for the speedboat death of Charlotte Brown, pleaded guilty to attacking former soldier David Beech.

He was given a four-year term which will run consecutively to the six-year sentence he is serving for the manslaughter of Ms Brown in 2015.

Shepherd (pictured) admitted ‘unlawfully and maliciously’ wounding Mr Beech, who he hit over the head with the bottle after being refused alcohol at a hotel with a friend.

As the pair were ushered out of the hotel, Shepherd took a litre bottle of vodka from his back pocket and struck the barman over the head, causing the victim to fall to the floor, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Helen Phillips, from CPS South West, said: ‘This was an entirely unprovoked act of violence.’

■ Former SNP MP behind bars for embezzlement

A FORMER SNP MP who abused her position of trust to embezzle more than £25,600 from pro-independence groups has been jailed for 18 months.

Natalie McGarry, 37, spent the money on rent, a holiday to Spain with her husband, transfers of cash to him and other lifestyle spending, Glasgow sheriff court was told.

McGarry (pictured) pleaded guilty to two charges of embezzlement when she appeared at the court on April 24. Her attempt to withdraw the guilty pleas at a later hearing was refused by sheriff Paul Crozier.

Sentencing her at the court today, Mr Crozier said she had expressed no remorse for her crimes.

McGarry embezzled £21,000 from Women for Independence (WFI) in her role as treasurer of the organisation.

She transferred money raised through fundraising events into her personal bank accounts and failed to transfer charitable donations to Perth and Kinross food bank and to Positive Prison, Positive Future between April 26, 2013 and November 30, 2015.

The court heard £750 raised for Perth and Kinross food bank, which would have provided food for 30 families, never reached the organisation.

The former MP, who represented Glasgow East and did not seek re-election in 2017, also used cheques drawn on the Women for Independence bank account to deposit money into her own account.

In addition, McGarry admitted embezzling £4,661.02 in her role as treasurer, secretary and convener of the Glasgow Regional Association of the SNP.

McGarry’s defence agent Allan Macleod said his client had had mental health issues over the years, including depression and anxiety, and had recently suffered a ‘devastating’ miscarriage at six weeks.

■ Heathrow’s new £50m scanners will allow liquids and laptops to stay in bags

PASSENGERS at Heathrow could keep liquids and laptops inside their hand luggage when passing through security once new scanners have been installed.

The west London airport announced it is investing £50million to roll out computer tomography (CT) equipment over the next three years.

The technology, already in hospitals for CT scans, can provide clear, 3D images of cabin baggage.

It is hoped this will cut security queues, as well as remove the need for passengers to take laptops out of bags and use a separate transparent pouch to carry liquids and gels.

Heathrow has been working with the Department for Transport to become the first UK airport to trial the scanners.

The airport’s chief operations officer, Chris Garton, said: ‘This cutting-edge kit will not only keep the airport safe with the latest technology, but will mean that our future passengers can keep their focus on getting on with their journeys and less time preparing for security screening.’

■ Amazon to start delivery by drones ‘within months’

AMAZON has said it hopes to start delivering packages by drone ‘within months’ as it unveiled its newest model with an emphasis on safety.

The online shopping giant said its hybrid design used machine learning and computer-vision techniques, as well as visual, thermal and ultrasonic sensors, to detect and avoid people and objects as thin as clothes lines on the ground. It has an airplane mode and vertical mode.

Amazon’s Jeff Wilke told the re:MARS conference in Las Vegas: ‘From paragliders to power lines to a corgi in the backyard, the brain of the drone has safety covered.’

‘We know customers will only feel comfortable receiving drone deliveries if they know the system is incredibly safe,’ Mr Wilke said.

‘So we’re building a drone that isn’t just safe, but independently safe, using the latest artificial intelligence technologies.

‘We expect to do it within months.’

Amazon aims to make its drones fly up to 15 miles (24km) with the ability to deliver packages weighing no more than 5lb (2.3kg) in less than 30 minutes.

The company ran a trial of its earlier drone model in Cambridge in 2016, making a delivery within 13 minutes.