A 14-year-old boy has appeared in court, charged with plotting his own murder. John, 14, used multiple personalities on the internet to convince Mark, 16, to stab him when they met up in Greater Manchester last June. The boys’ real names have not been disclosed to the press. John used a number of different characters on the internet and became friends with Mark after meeting him in chat rooms. One of John’s false personas – a 42 year-old woman claiming to work for MI5 – told Mark he had to murder his friend. He was told to say, “I love you bro” as he carried out the attack and was promised sexual favours and money if he was successful. After the stabbing John was left critically ill in hospital, although he has now recovered. He is said to have been having difficulties in school and was unsure about his sexuality. Both boys have been put under supervision orders.ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004
Belcolade’s marketing executive Lydia Baines (pictured) holds aloft a chocolate dessert, made especially to celebrate the company’s 20th birthday.The birthday party took place at Whittlebury Hall at the end of a golf and spa day out for many of its largest buyers. The event was hosted by Dan Oakley, managing director of parent company Puratos, who was joined by Gert De Boever, regional director for Western Europe.The dessert, made using dark, milk and white chocolate, was created by Ernst Bachmann, Puratos’ award-winning Patissier of the Year at last year’s Baking Industry Awards. Belcolade was established in 1988 and produces dark, milk and white real Belgian chocolate, which it exports as liquid, drops, blocks, chips, chunks and grains, to over 90 countries worldwide.Included in the range are chocolates using cocoa from Fairtrade or Rainforest certified farms.