A man strangled a Chicago student after she wouldn't talk to him, prosecutors say
The teenage Indian-American university student was choke-held by her assailant until she passed out after she refused to talk to him or acknowledge his catcalls, then she was dragged to the back seat of her car and sexually assaulted, prosecutors said.
The gruesome details emerged during a bail hearing of the 26-year-old assailant Donald Thurman, charged with first-degree murder and criminal sexual assault of Ruth George, 19.
The prosecutors told the court on Tuesday that Thurman had confessed to the crime and it ordered he be held without bail.
George, originally hailing from Hyderabad, was a student at University of Illinois in Chicago and was found dead in family-owned car in a campus garage Saturday. The medical examiner has ruled her death a homicide by strangulation.
Cook County prosecutor James Murphy said Thurman became angry after George did not respond to his catcalls when she was walking from the campus to the parking garage early Saturday. He then followed George to the garage.
Thurman "thought she was pretty" and wanted to talk to George. She did not respond. This made him angry. He allegedly came behind her and put her into a choke-hold until she was unconscious, the prosecution said during the bail hearing.
Thereafter, Thurman, who is on a parole, dragged her to the back seat of her car. He sexually assaulted her and left her on the car seat, Murphy said.
Last December, he was released on parole after he served two years of his six years of imprisonment for a 2015 armed robbery conviction. His next court appearance has been set for December 16.
Meanwhile, George's family said in a statement they hold no hatred towards the perpetrator. "But our hope is no other girl would be harmed in this way and for a mother to never experience this type of heartache."
"Ruth lived out her deep faith in Jesus by loving and serving others, leaving a legacy of Christ-centered kindness and sacrifice", the family said. "She was the beloved baby of our family", they added.
George's university said she was a sophomore and kinesiology major.
The real question for us all is, what should be done to such convicts who commit such heinous crimes and ruin not just their own life, But also the life of their victim, their parents, friends, relatives and bring shame to their country and family just for a few moments of pleasure. Food for thought.
Written by: HALOS117
Date: November 30th, 2019
November 12, 2019, Singapore. An old world war two bomb was found in a construction site which was once the old nightlife of Singapore (so they weren't kidding when they said this party was a bomb). The authorities were let known of the weapon after it was discovered during excavation work in a construction site. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team of the Singapore Armed Forces determined the relic to be a 50 kilograms (110.23LBs) ariel bomb. They then assessed it, and it was deemed to be unsafe to move and was to be disposed of on-site. For the bomb to be disposed of on-site, they would have to cordon off 200 Meters off the area of the bomb hence, and a statement was written up to evacuate everybody within the premises, even residents in a hotel and condominium were evacuated hours ahead of the disposal. The residents that were affected were held in a nearby primary school, which was set up as a temporary holding area. The roads were closed, bus services were diverted; other operations in another construction site were also halted. The Building and Construction Authority, together along with the Land Transport Authority and SP Group, assessed that construction site, roads, drains, pipelines and buildings nearby were "structurally safe."
Not many details were given on how the bomb was handled, but it was successfully disposed of. On November 18, 2019, 6 days after it was found, the police said that it was discarded at around 1635 hours and an explosion from the denotation operations was heard at approximately 1100 hours, another explosion was heard at around 1450 hours, about 40 SAF personnel were involved with the process, the priority was to get it done in a controlled manner so that they could mitigate any potential damage and effects, it added. "It involved digging a containment trench and the setting of protective works, which included an overhead cover with compacted sandbags stacked together. A shaped charge was then employed to break open the bomb body in order to burn the main explosives within."
This is just one of the many bombs still hidden under the streets of Singapore and people should actively report to authorities whenever they find themselves in a situation like this, more investigations should have been done on the site as it even used to be an old night club, who knew when it would have blown up and killed hundreds would people had still come if they knew of the bomb sleeping beneath their dancing feet?
Written by: RobertLj
Date: November 24th, 2019