Jack Barnes

Hull dad ‘unlawfully killed’ as security guards ‘excessively’ pinned him down after train station cigarette


Cooper Riswick


22 Nov 2018


The death of a 23-year-old man who fell from the roof of a four star hotel was an accident, an inquest has heard.

Cooper Riswick, from Canada, was at the Vale Resort in Hensol on 10 August when he fell from the roof after climbing out of his bedroom window to smoke a cigarette.

He and his family were staying at the hotel for a wedding.

Coroner Andrew Barkely recorded the death was an accident contributed to by alcohol.

Mr Riswick sustained fatal head and chest injuries in the fall.

James Emswiller

Hollywood Reporter:  10/11/2018

A sound crewmember on the Tom Hanks-starring Mister Rogers biopic has died after he fell two stories from a Mount Lebanon, Pa., building Thursday night on the set of the film, according to the Associated Press and numerous reports.

The AP reported that James Emswiller, 61, fell off a second-story balcony of an apartment building around 7:30 p.m. Thursday during a break in filming. He died later at the hospital. Mount Lebanon police told the Associated Press that he fell over a brick wall on the balcony.

Based on witness accounts, the police said, Emswiller, who worked as a sound crewmember for the production company and lives in the Pittsburgh area, was “alone on the balcony taking a cigarette break when he may have suffered a medical emergency resulting in his fall from the balcony.”

Officers found Emswiller on the ground behind the building with several crewmembers, including a set medic, attempting life-saving measures. Officers assisted with CPR and an EMS crew from Medical Rescue Team South arrived soon after, the police said. He was then taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital where he was in critical condition. By 830 a.m. ET Friday morning, it was reported he died.

Eduard Assylov

Daily Mail

Eduard Assylov, 37, brutally murdered by his roommate in Moscow, Russia
The unnamed killer said he could not stand Assylov’s smoking habit
He stabbed him and severed his head, limbs and genitals using a knife

PUBLISHED: 13:01, 21 December 2017

A Russian man was brutally murdered by his room-mate after his smoking habit became too much for the killer.

Eduard Assylov, a 37-year-old motor mechanic, was stabbed to death and his head, limbs and genitals chopped off with a knife.

His roommate confessed to the crime and said that had become fed up with Assylov’s smoking, and had eventually ‘gone berserk’ when the mechanic lit up in their home.

Assylov’s mutlated remains were discovered by his horrified neighbours in the Russian capital Moscow.

The 37-year-old’s head, arms and legs had been severed and his genitals were lying on top of a pillow soaked in blood.

A police spokesperson said: ‘The victim was found in the communal corridor of a dormitory where he had been renting a room.

‘He had been stabbed nine times in the stomach and five times in the groin.

‘In total he was stabbed more than 40 times before being dismembered.’

He added that the attacker had also cut off the victim’s ears and his left hand’s middle finger.

Police initially thought the man, who was single, had been the victim of an attack by a love rival, given the severity and nature of the injuries.

But soon after, the victim’s 45-year-old roommate, who has not been named, confessed to the killing.

Having moved to the capital from the city of Irkutsk in Siberia to work as a driver, the man told officers he couldn’t stand the victim’s smoking.

He said the pair had often argued about cigarettes but that on this occasion he had gone ‘berserk’ after he’d sparked up and had attacked him with a knife.

Stunned internet users were quick to express their horror at the attack.

One calling herself Irina Krot wrote: ‘I thought it was just me who hated smokers, but now I see I was wrong. Never thought I could feel pity for any of them.’

While Boris Shkodov commented: ‘What a terrible and stupid death!!’

The accused has now been charged with murder and faces life in jail.


Lisa Miceli

SEAFORD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island man faces manslaughter and other charges after police said he ran over and killed his longtime girlfriend.

It all started when Robert Savinetti, 57, of Melville, and his girlfriend got into an argument while having dinner at a Seaford restaurant Tuesday night.

The couple took the fight outside, where police said the situation escalated.

Nassau County Police Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick said Savinetti got into his SUV and started to drive away as his girlfriend banged on the passenger side door to let her in.

“As she was banging on the car, she got caught up in the wheels and the male ran the female over,” Fitzpatrick said.

Savinetti drove off but eventually returned to the scene, police said.

His 44-year old girlfriend, Lisa Miceli, was pronounced dead a short time later at the hospital.

In court papers, a police officer is quoted as saying that he asked Savinetti why he left his girlfriend there and he said he wanted to teach her a lesson about her smoking, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.

Prosecutors said Savinetti was drunk with a blood alcohol level of nearly twice the legal limit.

He is charged with vehicular manslaughter, leaving scene of fatal collision and two counts of driving while intoxicated.

He will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.

Authorities are investigating whether Savinetti ran over his girlfriend intentionally.

Abed Hannan Yaghoub


Germany: Muslim migrants kill another Muslim migrant for smoking during Ramadan

A Syrian Kurdish refugee resided in Germany, stated on his Facebook account that a group of Arab men stabbed Abed Hannan Yaghoub to death after they found him smoking cigarette and refusing to fast as it is Ramadan, the Muslim’s holy month during which they avoid eating, drinking and smoking in daytime….


The Martyrs Of Mosul



ERBIL – Extremists of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Wednesday executed six men in the city of Mosul in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh province for selling cigarettes, activists and eyewitnesses reported.

Smoking or selling cigarettes has been for years banned under the rule of the ISIS self-declared Caliphate in areas under the group’s control in Iraq and Syria. Those who violate ISIS regulations are exposed to brutal punishment, mostly public execution.

“The ISIS-led Islamic Police of Hisba arrested six men in Mosul on charges of selling cigarettes. They were then referred to the Sharia Court which ordered their immediate execution on Wednesday on charges of violating the rules imposed by their alleged Caliphate,” media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News in Mosul.

The six men were publicly executed by firing squad in the Bursa square in central Mosul, eyewitnesses told ARA News.

“Hundreds of people witnessed the brutal execution. The victim’s corpses were then moved to the al-Tib al-Adli hospital in Mosul,” the source reported.

Sandra Bland

Daily Mail

Sandra Bland’s independent autopsy completed as family reveal dash cam footage shows the incident that led to her arrest began with disagreement over a cigarette


A lawyer for the family of Sandra Bland has revealed that newly seen dash cam footage shows how the confrontation that led to her arrest began with a disagreement over a cigarette.

Bland was found dead at the Waller County Jail in Texas three days after she was pulled over for a traffic violation and taken into custody for allegedly being ‘uncooperative’, authorities said.

Police said three days later the 28-year-old hanged herself with a plastic bag, an account her family disputed and led them to order an independent autopsy – which was completed on Monday.

Results of the autopsy have not yet been released, according to CBS News.

The Texas Department of Public Safety claimed the state trooper who pulled Bland over on July 10 for failing to signal a lane change was being ‘argumentative and uncooperative’ and allegedly kicking an officer.

Cannon Lambert, the family’s lawyer, said there is no footage from the dash cam that shows Bland hitting an officer.

Lambert told NBC News that the video at first shows the trooper returning to Bland’s car after running her license and insurance with what appears to be a written warning.

He said the trooper can then be heard asking Bland to put out her cigarette, a request to which she responds, ‘Why do I have to put out a cigarette when I’m in my own car?’

‘That seemed to irritate him to the point where he said, “Get out of the car”‘, Lambert said.

Lambert said the trooper is then seen trying to ‘force her out of the car by way of opening the door’ and that Bland attempted to record him on her cell phone until she saw him pull out his Taser.

The attorney said Bland then complied with the trooper and exited the vehicle.

A video recorded by a bystander of Bland’s arrest shows at least one officer holding her to the ground outside by her car.

Bland can be heard on the film saying to one of the officers: ‘You just slammed my head into the ground. Do you not even care about that? I can’t even hear.’

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the trooper who pulled Bland over violated traffic stop procedures and the department’s courtesy policy and has since been assigned to administrative duties.

The department also said Friday that the dash cam footage will be released as soon as possible.

Berkeley Balcony Collapse


N Y Times:

Residents here said that apartments were often crammed with students trying to hold down living costs, and that people typically went out to the balcony to smoke.


Olivia Burke, Eoghan Culligan, Niccolai Schuster, Lorcan Miller and Eimear Walsh, all 21-year-olds from Ireland and Ashley Donohoe, 22, of Rohnert Park, were killed Tuesday when the balcony they were standing on snapped off the fifth floor of a Berkeley apartment building during a birthday party. Thirteen people were tossed 50 feet to the street below. The other seven remain hospitalized.

Lee Pearsall


Man falls to his death ‘while smoking cigarette out of window’ on Christmas Day

A man plunged to his death while smoking a cigarette out of an open window on Christmas Day, it is believed.

Named locally as Lee Pearsall, the 30-year-old builder had been drinking with pals in a local pub in Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, on Christmas Eve but left early to go home. He then leaned out of an upstairs window for a smoke but lost his balance and tumbled to the ground.

It is believed he was discovered by his mother Lynne the following morning and police and the ambulance service were called at about 10.30am.

Tragically he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Family friend Wendy Collins, whose daughter Kerry-Leigh Wileman was a former girlfriend of Mr Pearsall, said: “It is just an absolute tragedy, shocking at any time of year but even worse at Christmas.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police were called at 10.32am on Thursday 25 December by the Ambulance Service to an address on Ellershaw Lane, Conisbrough.

“A 30-year-old man had been found outside the address and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

“Police do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances and are preparing a file for the coroner.”

Mrs Collins added to the The Star: “Kerry-Leigh and Lee had stayed really good friends. She couldn’t speak highly enough of him and has been in bits since Christmas Day.”

On Facebook Miss Wileman posted: “Good night to my beautiful friend Lee. Such a shining star in this cruel world.

“A heart of pure gold and the soul of an angel. I couldn’t be more heartbroken with the thought of not seeing you again.”