Cheltenham News Iraq war veteran jailed for life after stabbing Britain’s Got Talent finalist to death

Cheltenham News Iraq war veteran jailed for life after stabbing Britain’s Got Talent finalist to death

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An Iraq war veteran has been jailed for life after stabbing a Britain’s Got Talent finalist to death in a violent rage.

Desmond Sylva knifed his on-off girlfriend Simonne Kerr more than 70 times at his flat in Clapham, south London, on August 15 last year.

The 41-year-old former soldier, who served in Iraq and Kosovo, admitted manslaughter but denied murder, citing depression.

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Sentencing Sylva at London’s Old Bailey after he was convicted of murder, Judge Wendy Joseph QC handed him a term of life imprisonment with a minimum of 21 years.

She said Sylva carried out a “sustained and ferocious attack”, adding: “There is only one sentence and that is life imprisonment.”

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The judge said: “You will never be released unless and until the Parole Board permits it. The board will not permit it until you are no longer a danger to the public.”

Due to time served on remand, she told Sylva he will be able to apply for parole in 20 years and 45 days.

“What you have done and the grief it has caused, and will continue to cause far into the future, is immeasurable,” Judge Joseph said.

She added: “Simonne was simply a lovely person much loved by her family.”

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The 31-year-old “was in your home undressed and in your bed and was about as vulnerable as a person can be,” she said, adding that it was clear that Sylva has a “dreadful and ungovernable” temper.

“You killed Simonne Kerr because you are a man of violent disposition prone to outbursts of violent temper,” she said. 

During the trial, prosecutor Oliver Glasgow QC told jurors it was an all too familiar case of “sexual desire, appalling violence and desperate lies”.

He said: “He wanted to restart a sexual relationship with Simonne Kerr. When he did not get what he wanted, he could not control his anger and he exploded.”

The judge said that messages Sylva sent to Ms Kerr were “sexually charged”.

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Cheltenham News 40/100 May 2014

Jamie Oliver joins children as they celebrate Food Revolution Day 2014 by cooking bread, making smoothies and creating salads at St Paul’s Whitechapel CE Primary School in London

Cheltenham News 41/100 May 2014

An exhibitor takes photographs of her stand at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea in London

Cheltenham News 42/100 May 2014

Members of Her Majesty’s Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen wait in the cloisters before the Order of the Bath service at Westminster Abbey in London

Cheltenham News 43/100 May 2014

British Prime Minister Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson wait for a train at Newark station in central England, following a visit to the town were they campaigned ahead of the Newark by-election

Cheltenham News 44/100 May 2014

A punk enjoys the atmosphere as they attend the Nice N Sleazy punk music festival at the Trimpell Social Club in Morecambe

Cheltenham News 45/100 May 2014

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson wears a traditional headdress during a visit to the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, a major new Hindu temple being built in Kingsbury in London

Cheltenham News 46/100 May 2014

A photo of Stephen Sutton stands in Lichfield Cathedral ahead of a two-day vigil in his memory

Cheltenham News 47/100 June 2014

Queen Elizabeth II unveils a plaque marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel and the launch of international high speed rail services between the UK and mainland Europe at St Pancaras railway station in London

Cheltenham News 48/100 June 2014

Participants take part in the Color Me Rad 5km run at Ingleston in Edinburgh where the runners are blasted with bombs of different colours during the race

Cheltenham News 49/100 June 2014

Decorations and flags outside The Robin Hood public house in Jarrow

Cheltenham News 50/100 June 2014

A girl walks on the Bournemouth beach as a 25 foot high sea creature resembling Richard Branson emerges from the sea in Dorset, carrying a TV, laptop, phone and mobile to celebrate the launch of Virgin Media’s Big Kahuna quad-play bundle

Cheltenham News 51/100 June 2014

US actress and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie (R) embraces Neema Namadamu of the DRC during the second day of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London

Cheltenham News 52/100 June 2014

An England fan with his face painted in the colours of his national flag and wearing a chain mail costume cheers prior to a Group D football match between England and Italy at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Cheltenham News 53/100 June 2014

Race-goer Jin Ye from China poses for a photograph in London

Cheltenham News 54/100 June 2014

Comedian Russell Brand holds a flyer for a pro-NHS demonstration as he speaks to a members of a crowd of thousands that gathered in Parliament Square to protest in London

Cheltenham News 55/100 June 2014

Fans of Andy Murray gather on ‘Murray Mount’ to watch the Gentlemen’s Singles first round match between Andy Murray of Great Britain and David Goffin of Belgium on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon in London

Cheltenham News 56/100 June 2014

Thousands of participants show up for the annual Gay Pride Parade in London

Cheltenham News 57/100 July 2014

Sheep painted in the colors of the Tour de France winners jerseys in fields near Harrogate where the race will pass

Cheltenham News 58/100 July 2014

Construction of new Crossrail stations in London hits halfway mark

Cheltenham News 59/100 July 2014

A large quantity of tyres alight at a recycling site in Renfrew, outside Glasgow

Cheltenham News 60/100 July 2014

Routemaster buses are driven through Finsbury Park during a gathering of the buses to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Routemaster in London

Cheltenham News 61/100 July 2014

The winning Henri Lloyd Clipper Round the World yacht returns to London as part of a victory parade, mooring at St Katharine’s dock in London

Cheltenham News 62/100 August 2014

A reflection in a puddle of the light installation ‘spectra’ – made up of 49 individual spotlights which shoot up into the sky – by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda and ArtAngel, at Victoria Tower Gardens in London

Cheltenham News 63/100 August 2014

Volunteers sit in wooden boxes at Parliament Square, to represent living conditions in Gaza, during a protest in London

Cheltenham News 64/100 August 2014

A gold ribbon is displayed in Kings Cross station concourse during the launch of CLIC Sargent’s gold ribbon appeal, as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, after a study by the cancer charity for children and young people, and their families, revealed a lack of public awareness of the “devastating” impact that childhood cancer has on families across the UK

Cheltenham News 65/100 August 2014

A giant inflated beach ball sits on the sand at Blackpool Beach in Blackpool

Cheltenham News 66/100 August 2014

The Blades display team take to the skies above Eastbourne, Sussex, as part of the town’s annual Eastbourne Air Show

Cheltenham News 67/100 September 2014

Final preparations are made to the main conference room in the Celtic Manor Hotel in Newport, South Wales, on the eve of the NATO Summit

Cheltenham News 68/100 September 2014

‘Hippopo Thames’ is lifted into the Thames near the Victoria Dock before going up stream to Westminster in London

Cheltenham News 69/100 September 2014

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire look at a piece by Chinese artist Xu Bing (L) entitled “Tao Hua Yuan: A Lost Village Utopia” during the Beyond Limits selling exhibition at Chatsworth House in central England

Cheltenham News 70/100 September 2014

Mayor of London Boris Johnson aboard the deck of the tall ship Tenacious, which is moored at Woolwich, in east London, as part of the month long Totally Thames festival

Cheltenham News 71/100 September 2014

The Hulk is spotted in London, escorting the brand new videogame Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes on its journey in the UK

Cheltenham News 72/100 September 2014

A “Yes” campaign flag flies from a derelict cottage on the Island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides

Cheltenham News 73/100 September 2014

Technical and maintenance teams spruce up the Royal Albert Hall, during a rare quiet day at the iconic London venue at the Royal Albert Hall in London

Cheltenham News 74/100 September 2014

Pearly Kings and Queens plant poppies at the Tower of London

Cheltenham News 75/100 September 2014

Over 350 people take to the water at Druridge Bay in Northumberland during an attempt to break the world skinny dip record

Cheltenham News 76/100 September 2014

A missing persons poster, requesting for information following the disappearance of 14-year-old Alice Gross from Hanwell, is accompanied by yellow ribbons in Hanwell town centre in west London. The hunt for Alice Gross, who went missing on 28 August is now being described as the largest police search operation since the 7/7 bombings of 2005

Cheltenham News 77/100 September 2014

A man navigating his barge down the Bridgewater Canal near Walton Hall, Cheshire

Cheltenham News 78/100 October 2014

Pumpkins at Oakley Farms in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, which have been harvested for Sainsbury’s in-store Halloween activity. Following a hot summer and an unusually mild September, the pumpkins were picked earlier than usual. This has resulted in a bumper yield and Sainsbury’s expects to sell 1.5 million pumpkins over the Halloween period

Jeremy Durkin/PA

Cheltenham News 79/100 October 2014

Sheep are pictured as Freemen of the City of London re-enact their right to drive sheep across London Bridge in London

Cheltenham News 80/100 October 2014

A man wearing a British Prime Minister David Cameron mask holds a sign which reads ‘Warmonger’ stands with supporters of the ‘Stop the war’ coalition and ‘Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’ as they march through central London, calling for the bombing of Iraq to stop

Cheltenham News 81/100 October 2014

British-American researcher John O’Keefe poses for pictures at his office in London, after winning the Nobel Medicine Prize with Norwegian couple, May-Britt and Edvard Moser, for discovering an ‘inner GPS’ that helps the brain navigate

Cheltenham News 82/100 October 2014

Actress Angelina Jolie is presented with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George by Queen Elizabeth II in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace, London

Cheltenham News 83/100 October 2014

Two paddleboarders make their way across Derwent Water near Keswick, Cumbria as autumnal weather continues across the UK

Cheltenham News 84/100 October 2014

Students from St Andrew’s University indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the ‘academic family’ in St Andrews, Scotland. Every November the ‘raisin weekend’ which is held in the university’s Lower College Lawn, is celebrated and a gift of raisins (now foam) is traditionally given by first year students to their elders as a thank you for their guidance and in exchange they receive a receipt in Latin

Cheltenham News 85/100 October 2014

Worshipers gather to pray in the temple during Diwali celebrations at Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple in Watford

Cheltenham News 86/100 October 2014

Mayor of London Boris Johnson boxes with a trainer during his visit to Fight for Peace Academy in North Woolwich, London

Cheltenham News 87/100 October 2014

Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire is floodlit as it takes part in its annual illumination

Cheltenham News 88/100 November 2014

A woman dressed in a costume is pictured during the biannual ‘Whitby Goth Weekend’ (WGW) festival in Whitby. The WGW festival brings thousands of goths and alternative lifestyle fans from the UK and around the world over a weekend of music, dancing and shopping

Cheltenham News 89/100 November 2014

Paddington Bear statues, each with a different celebrity-designed paint job, are pictured in front of Tower Bridge during a photo call ahead of the release of ‘The Paddington Trail’ film in London

Cheltenham News 90/100 November 2014

Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, speaks to members of the public at a sold-out public meeting at Hoo Village Institute in Rochester

Cheltenham News 91/100 November 2014

A giant effigy of Russian President Vladimir Putin to be burned is paraded by participants in costumes as they take part in one of a series of processions during Bonfire night celebrations in Lewes, southern England

Cheltenham News 92/100 November 2014

A view of a rainbow behind Tower Bridge in London

Cheltenham News 93/100 November 2014

The shortest man ever, Chandra Bahadur Dangi meets the worlds tallest man, Sultan Kosen for the very first time in London

Cheltenham News 94/100 November 2014

A customer poll of sweets purchased in favour of the party’s contesting the Rochester and Strood by-elecction on display in the Sweet Expectations Sweet Shop in Rochester, Kent, on the final day of campaigning before the by-election later this week

Cheltenham News 95/100 November 2014

A protestor holds a flare as others parade with banners during a protest against university tuition fees in London

Cheltenham News 96/100 November 2014

Cadet Harry Alexander Hayes plants the last poppy during a remembrance day ceremony into the ceramic poppy art installation by artist Paul Cummins entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ in the dry moat of the Tower of London

Cheltenham News 97/100 December 2014

The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is illuminated during a photocall in central London

Cheltenham News 98/100 December 2014

Charity runners dressed as Father Christmas await the start of the ‘Santa Run’ charity fun run in Battersea Park in London. Hundreds of participants dressed in Santa suits and white beards ran through Battersea park in aid of winter sports charity Disability Snowsport in this 6km festive fun run

Cheltenham News 99/100 December 2014

Bob Geldof with checkout worker Ali Hallam at the Asda Trafford Park store in Manchester for the launch of the Band Aid 30 CD, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’

Cheltenham News 100/100 December 2014

Snow drifts over a farm in Teesdale, County Durham after an overnight downfall

Cheltenham News 1/100 January 2014

Swimmers in fancy dress participate in the New Year’s Day Looney Dook swim at South Queensferry, Scotland

Cheltenham News 2/100 January 2014

A car drives through flood water on the Somerset Levels near Langport in Somerset

Cheltenham News 3/100 January 2014

Ian Dawes, the ‘Chief Boggan’ (L) and Phil Coggan, the ‘Lord’, enjoy a drink before the Haxey Hood game which is played every year on Old Christmas Day, in the village of Haxey near Doncaster

Cheltenham News 4/100 January 2014

Mark Duggan’s family, along with Duggan’s aunt Carrol Duggan (R), make a statement outside the High Court in central London

Cheltenham News 5/100 January 2014

A young girl looks at flowers and candles laid by members of the public near to the house in Ferry Gait Crescent where 3 year-old Mikaeel Kular was reported missing in Kirkcaldy

Cheltenham News 6/100 January 2014

Sheep graze in a field covered by early morning frost in Bolton Percy in North Yorkshire

Cheltenham News 7/100 January 2014

The Houses of Parliament and the river Thames are shrouded in early morning fog

Cheltenham News 8/100 January 2014

Preventive conservation co-ordinator at Historic Royal Palaces Jonathan Bridal inspects the Rubens ceiling paintings for damage during a conditioning survey at Banqueting House in London

Cheltenham News 9/100 February 2014

Newhaven lighthouse is battered by waves as high winds from the lastest winter storm continue in Newhaven on the south coast of England

Cheltenham News 10/100 February 2014

Flight Lieutenant Andy Power of 617 Squadron the Dambusters hugs his daughter Jessica aged seven as he arrives back at RAF Lossiemouth from Afghanistan in Lossiemouth, Scotland

Cheltenham News 11/100 February 2014

A congested Trafalgar Square during rush hour

Cheltenham News 12/100 February 2014

A letter sent by First World War sailor David John Phillips that has found its way to his granddaughter after 97 years, thanks to a blog post by archivists in Orkney – and leads provided by members of the public

Cheltenham News 13/100 February 2014

Bodhi looks up at a model of a hedgehog, measuring 12 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 7 feet tall, on Clapham Common in south London to mark the launch of the second series of David Attenboroughís Natural Curiosities on UKTV’s Watch channel

Cheltenham News 14/100 February 2014

Prince Charles wearing traditional Saudi uniform, dances with sword during the traditional Saudi dancing best known as ‘arda’ performed during Janadriya culture festival at Der’iya in Riyadh

Cheltenham News 15/100 February 2014

The northern lights as they are commonly known at Embleton Bay in Northumberland

Cheltenham News 16/100 March 2014

Choristers from Ely Cathedral choir and The Very Reverend Mark Bonney take part in traditional pancake races before evening song at the Cathedral in Cambridgeshire

Cheltenham News 17/100 March 2014

Crocuses bloom at The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew in London

Cheltenham News 18/100 March 2014

Milie (9) releases a red, heart-shaped balloon in Parliament Square in front of the Houses of Parliament as a symbolic marking of the third anniversary of the Syrian conflict in London. The image of a girl releasing a red balloon recreates the famous ‘There Is Always Hope’ graffiti on London’s South Bank by Banksy

Cheltenham News 19/100 March 2014

Domhnall the Irish Wolfhound wears a shamrock after being presented it by Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge during a visit to the 1st Battalion Irish Guards at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Mons Barracks, Aldershot

Cheltenham News 20/100 March 2014

Labour Party launch a new poster ahead of the Budget in London. The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will deliver his Budget statement to Members of Parliament in the House of Commons

Cheltenham News 21/100 March 2014

Work begins to demolish the end terrace cottage at Birling Gap near Eastbourne. The ex-coastguard cottage was in danger of collapsing after cliff erosion and was once one of seven properties, two of which were already demolished in the last two decades

Cheltenham News 22/100 March 2014

An artist’s impression of bioluminescent fungi growing on a tree. In future, genetic engineering could produce city trees with trunks and branches that glow in the dark as future ‘green’ cities could resemble fairylands filled with radiant buildings and glowing trees. The bright vision of environmentally friendly cities was unveiled by Arup, the engineering and design consultancy behind London’s Garden Bridge project

Cheltenham News 23/100 March 2014

An artist’s impression of solar-powered pathways that shine at night which could help reduce street lighting in future cities as future ‘green’ cities could resemble fairylands filled with radiant buildings and glowing trees. The bright vision of environmentally friendly cities was unveiled by Arup, the engineering and design consultancy behind London’s Garden Bridge project

Cheltenham News 24/100 March 2014

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne speaks with CEO of Tata Steel Europe Karl Koehler during a visit to the Tata Steel works in Port Talbot, Wales

Cheltenham News 25/100 April 2014

Butterflies emerge from their chrysalises in the Natural History Museum’s ‘Sensational Butterflies’ outdoor butterfly house in London

Cheltenham News 26/100 April 2014

Chelsea Pensioners Audrey Merton (L) Ron Ward (C) and Frank Treasure (R) react, during afternoon tea, at The Cavendish hotel in London

Cheltenham News 27/100 April 2014

Workers inspect one of the 30-storey Red Road residential blocks in north Glasgow

Cheltenham News 28/100 April 2014

People dressed as a ‘Viking warrior-crew’ sail along the River Thames near the Houses of Parliament in central London

Cheltenham News 29/100 April 2014

Bluebell flowers cover a woodland floor in Scunthorpe

Cheltenham News 30/100 April 2014

250 model lifeboats take to the River Thames in the RNLI’s Alternative Boat Race to raise awareness and funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

Cheltenham News 31/100 April 2014

Prime Minster David Cameron sows poppy seeds with pupils from Cathedral Primary School in Soutwark in the Downing Street garden in London, to help launch the Royal British Legion’s poppy campaign – whereby the RBL will send every school in the country free poppy seeds to plant with the aim of helping to raise childrens awareness of conflict

Cheltenham News 32/100 April 2014

Jean Paul Gaultier poses with a metre high mohican in the Punk Cancan section of ‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk’ at the Barbican Art Gallery in London

Cheltenham News 33/100 April 2014

Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge talk with members of the Maori welcome group at an official welcome on the grounds of Government House in Wellington

Cheltenham News 34/100 April 2014

Guests listen during a speech by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in honour of the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins at the State Banquet during the Irish president’s state visit in Windsor, west of London

Cheltenham News 35/100 April 2014

The new graffiti street art piece, suspected of being a Banksy, which appeared on the side of a house on Fairview Road adjacent to St. Anne’s Terrace, Cheltenham

Cheltenham News 36/100 April 2014

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George of Cambridge looks at a toy bilby at the unveiling a plaque, opening the Bilby enclosure during a visit to at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia

Chris Jackson/PA Wire

Cheltenham News 37/100 May 2014

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, jokes with a crowd of hundreds of women priests who posed on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral before going inside for a special service to celebrate twenty years since the ordination of women priests in London

Cheltenham News 38/100 May 2014

City Hall in London is turned into a giant rugby ball through light projection onto the building to mark 500 Days to go until the start of Rugby World Cup 2015

Cheltenham News 39/100 May 2014

The ‘Queen Mary 2’ ocean liner sails into dock alongside her sisters ships ‘Queen Elizabeth’ and ‘Queen Victoria’ to celebrate her 10th anniversary in Southampton

Cheltenham News 40/100 May 2014

Jamie Oliver joins children as they celebrate Food Revolution Day 2014 by cooking bread, making smoothies and creating salads at St Paul’s Whitechapel CE Primary School in London

Cheltenham News 41/100 May 2014

An exhibitor takes photographs of her stand at the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea in London

Cheltenham News 42/100 May 2014

Members of Her Majesty’s Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen wait in the cloisters before the Order of the Bath service at Westminster Abbey in London

Cheltenham News 43/100 May 2014

British Prime Minister Prime Minister David Cameron (L) and Mayor of London Boris Johnson wait for a train at Newark station in central England, following a visit to the town were they campaigned ahead of the Newark by-election

Cheltenham News 44/100 May 2014

A punk enjoys the atmosphere as they attend the Nice N Sleazy punk music festival at the Trimpell Social Club in Morecambe

Cheltenham News 45/100 May 2014

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson wears a traditional headdress during a visit to the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, a major new Hindu temple being built in Kingsbury in London

Cheltenham News 46/100 May 2014

A photo of Stephen Sutton stands in Lichfield Cathedral ahead of a two-day vigil in his memory

Cheltenham News 47/100 June 2014

Queen Elizabeth II unveils a plaque marking the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Channel Tunnel and the launch of international high speed rail services between the UK and mainland Europe at St Pancaras railway station in London

Cheltenham News 48/100 June 2014

Participants take part in the Color Me Rad 5km run at Ingleston in Edinburgh where the runners are blasted with bombs of different colours during the race

Cheltenham News 49/100 June 2014

Decorations and flags outside The Robin Hood public house in Jarrow

Cheltenham News 50/100 June 2014

A girl walks on the Bournemouth beach as a 25 foot high sea creature resembling Richard Branson emerges from the sea in Dorset, carrying a TV, laptop, phone and mobile to celebrate the launch of Virgin Media’s Big Kahuna quad-play bundle

Cheltenham News 51/100 June 2014

US actress and UN special envoy Angelina Jolie (R) embraces Neema Namadamu of the DRC during the second day of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London

Cheltenham News 52/100 June 2014

An England fan with his face painted in the colours of his national flag and wearing a chain mail costume cheers prior to a Group D football match between England and Italy at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus during the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Cheltenham News 53/100 June 2014

Race-goer Jin Ye from China poses for a photograph in London

Cheltenham News 54/100 June 2014

Comedian Russell Brand holds a flyer for a pro-NHS demonstration as he speaks to a members of a crowd of thousands that gathered in Parliament Square to protest in London

Cheltenham News 55/100 June 2014

Fans of Andy Murray gather on ‘Murray Mount’ to watch the Gentlemen’s Singles first round match between Andy Murray of Great Britain and David Goffin of Belgium on day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club at Wimbledon in London

Cheltenham News 56/100 June 2014

Thousands of participants show up for the annual Gay Pride Parade in London

Cheltenham News 57/100 July 2014

Sheep painted in the colors of the Tour de France winners jerseys in fields near Harrogate where the race will pass

Cheltenham News 58/100 July 2014

Construction of new Crossrail stations in London hits halfway mark

Cheltenham News 59/100 July 2014

A large quantity of tyres alight at a recycling site in Renfrew, outside Glasgow

Cheltenham News 60/100 July 2014

Routemaster buses are driven through Finsbury Park during a gathering of the buses to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Routemaster in London

Cheltenham News 61/100 July 2014

The winning Henri Lloyd Clipper Round the World yacht returns to London as part of a victory parade, mooring at St Katharine’s dock in London

Cheltenham News 62/100 August 2014

A reflection in a puddle of the light installation ‘spectra’ – made up of 49 individual spotlights which shoot up into the sky – by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda and ArtAngel, at Victoria Tower Gardens in London

Cheltenham News 63/100 August 2014

Volunteers sit in wooden boxes at Parliament Square, to represent living conditions in Gaza, during a protest in London

Cheltenham News 64/100 August 2014

A gold ribbon is displayed in Kings Cross station concourse during the launch of CLIC Sargent’s gold ribbon appeal, as part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, after a study by the cancer charity for children and young people, and their families, revealed a lack of public awareness of the “devastating” impact that childhood cancer has on families across the UK

Cheltenham News 65/100 August 2014

A giant inflated beach ball sits on the sand at Blackpool Beach in Blackpool

Cheltenham News 66/100 August 2014

The Blades display team take to the skies above Eastbourne, Sussex, as part of the town’s annual Eastbourne Air Show

Cheltenham News 67/100 September 2014

Final preparations are made to the main conference room in the Celtic Manor Hotel in Newport, South Wales, on the eve of the NATO Summit

Cheltenham News 68/100 September 2014

‘Hippopo Thames’ is lifted into the Thames near the Victoria Dock before going up stream to Westminster in London

Cheltenham News 69/100 September 2014

The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire look at a piece by Chinese artist Xu Bing (L) entitled “Tao Hua Yuan: A Lost Village Utopia” during the Beyond Limits selling exhibition at Chatsworth House in central England

Cheltenham News 70/100 September 2014

Mayor of London Boris Johnson aboard the deck of the tall ship Tenacious, which is moored at Woolwich, in east London, as part of the month long Totally Thames festival

Cheltenham News 71/100 September 2014

The Hulk is spotted in London, escorting the brand new videogame Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes on its journey in the UK

Cheltenham News 72/100 September 2014

A “Yes” campaign flag flies from a derelict cottage on the Island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides

Cheltenham News 73/100 September 2014

Technical and maintenance teams spruce up the Royal Albert Hall, during a rare quiet day at the iconic London venue at the Royal Albert Hall in London

Cheltenham News 74/100 September 2014

Pearly Kings and Queens plant poppies at the Tower of London

Cheltenham News 75/100 September 2014

Over 350 people take to the water at Druridge Bay in Northumberland during an attempt to break the world skinny dip record

Cheltenham News 76/100 September 2014

A missing persons poster, requesting for information following the disappearance of 14-year-old Alice Gross from Hanwell, is accompanied by yellow ribbons in Hanwell town centre in west London. The hunt for Alice Gross, who went missing on 28 August is now being described as the largest police search operation since the 7/7 bombings of 2005

Cheltenham News 77/100 September 2014

A man navigating his barge down the Bridgewater Canal near Walton Hall, Cheshire

Cheltenham News 78/100 October 2014

Pumpkins at Oakley Farms in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, which have been harvested for Sainsbury’s in-store Halloween activity. Following a hot summer and an unusually mild September, the pumpkins were picked earlier than usual. This has resulted in a bumper yield and Sainsbury’s expects to sell 1.5 million pumpkins over the Halloween period

Jeremy Durkin/PA

Cheltenham News 79/100 October 2014

Sheep are pictured as Freemen of the City of London re-enact their right to drive sheep across London Bridge in London

Cheltenham News 80/100 October 2014

A man wearing a British Prime Minister David Cameron mask holds a sign which reads ‘Warmonger’ stands with supporters of the ‘Stop the war’ coalition and ‘Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament’ as they march through central London, calling for the bombing of Iraq to stop

Cheltenham News 81/100 October 2014

British-American researcher John O’Keefe poses for pictures at his office in London, after winning the Nobel Medicine Prize with Norwegian couple, May-Britt and Edvard Moser, for discovering an ‘inner GPS’ that helps the brain navigate

Cheltenham News 82/100 October 2014

Actress Angelina Jolie is presented with the Insignia of an Honorary Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George by Queen Elizabeth II in the 1844 Room at Buckingham Palace, London

Cheltenham News 83/100 October 2014

Two paddleboarders make their way across Derwent Water near Keswick, Cumbria as autumnal weather continues across the UK

Cheltenham News 84/100 October 2014

Students from St Andrew’s University indulge in a tradition of covering themselves with foam to honour the ‘academic family’ in St Andrews, Scotland. Every November the ‘raisin weekend’ which is held in the university’s Lower College Lawn, is celebrated and a gift of raisins (now foam) is traditionally given by first year students to their elders as a thank you for their guidance and in exchange they receive a receipt in Latin

Cheltenham News 85/100 October 2014

Worshipers gather to pray in the temple during Diwali celebrations at Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple in Watford

Cheltenham News 86/100 October 2014

Mayor of London Boris Johnson boxes with a trainer during his visit to Fight for Peace Academy in North Woolwich, London

Cheltenham News 87/100 October 2014

Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire is floodlit as it takes part in its annual illumination

Cheltenham News 88/100 November 2014

A woman dressed in a costume is pictured during the biannual ‘Whitby Goth Weekend’ (WGW) festival in Whitby. The WGW festival brings thousands of goths and alternative lifestyle fans from the UK and around the world over a weekend of music, dancing and shopping

Cheltenham News 89/100 November 2014

Paddington Bear statues, each with a different celebrity-designed paint job, are pictured in front of Tower Bridge during a photo call ahead of the release of ‘The Paddington Trail’ film in London

Cheltenham News 90/100 November 2014

Ukip leader, Nigel Farage, speaks to members of the public at a sold-out public meeting at Hoo Village Institute in Rochester

Cheltenham News 91/100 November 2014

A giant effigy of Russian President Vladimir Putin to be burned is paraded by participants in costumes as they take part in one of a series of processions during Bonfire night celebrations in Lewes, southern England

Cheltenham News 92/100 November 2014

A view of a rainbow behind Tower Bridge in London

Cheltenham News 93/100 November 2014

The shortest man ever, Chandra Bahadur Dangi meets the worlds tallest man, Sultan Kosen for the very first time in London

Cheltenham News 94/100 November 2014

A customer poll of sweets purchased in favour of the party’s contesting the Rochester and Strood by-elecction on display in the Sweet Expectations Sweet Shop in Rochester, Kent, on the final day of campaigning before the by-election later this week

Cheltenham News 95/100 November 2014

A protestor holds a flare as others parade with banners during a protest against university tuition fees in London

Cheltenham News 96/100 November 2014

Cadet Harry Alexander Hayes plants the last poppy during a remembrance day ceremony into the ceramic poppy art installation by artist Paul Cummins entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ in the dry moat of the Tower of London

Cheltenham News 97/100 December 2014

The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is illuminated during a photocall in central London

Cheltenham News 98/100 December 2014

Charity runners dressed as Father Christmas await the start of the ‘Santa Run’ charity fun run in Battersea Park in London. Hundreds of participants dressed in Santa suits and white beards ran through Battersea park in aid of winter sports charity Disability Snowsport in this 6km festive fun run

Cheltenham News 99/100 December 2014

Bob Geldof with checkout worker Ali Hallam at the Asda Trafford Park store in Manchester for the launch of the Band Aid 30 CD, ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’

Cheltenham News 100/100 December 2014

Snow drifts over a farm in Teesdale, County Durham after an overnight downfall

Ms Kerr, whose six-year-old son Kavele tragically died of sickle cell disease, shot to fame in the NHS choir B Positive on the ITV show Britain’s Got Talent.

She met Sylva through dating app Tinder and arranged to visit his flat after finishing her shift at Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital on the morning of 15 August.

Sylva attacked her in bed with a 20cm kitchen knife, slashing her throat and repeatedly stabbing her face and neck.

Afterwards, he called 999 and said: “I’ve just committed a murder. I’m ex-Army and I’ve got lots of mental health issues.”

Sylva had a history of depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder – but also had problems controlling his temper, jurors heard.

Before he joined the Army, Jamaican-born Sylva had cut his neck while working in a bakery.

The divorced father-of-one served 10 years in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers before being discharged on medical grounds.

In 2010, Sylva throttled his mother Patricia King, telling her repeatedly: “You’re dead,” jurors heard.

Ms King reported the assault to police but later withdrew the complaint because he had been depressed and suicidal.

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