tv BBC News at Ten BBC News February 28, 2019 10:00pm-10:31pm GMT
tonight at ten, the court of appeal orders a retrial in the case of a woman convicted of murdering her husband. sally challen, who's now 65, admitted killing her husband in 2010, after what she said were decades of abuse. the pair had been married for 31 years. today, one of their sons welcomed the ruling. the abuse our mother suffered, we felt, was never recognised properly and her mental condition was not taken into account. we'll have the latest from the court of appeal after a two—day hearing. also tonight... the summit between the usa and north korea ends in failure, as mr kim demands an easing of sanctions in exchange for denuclearisation. the agents who arranged the doomed flight carrying the footballer emiliano sala say that cardiff city had let him down. as the islamic state group faces its final defeat in syria,
there are concerns for the fate of thousands of women and children. two men tell the bbc they were abused repeatedly by the pop star michaeljackson in the 1980s and early 1990s. every time i was with him, every single time i stayed the night with him, he abused me. and tributes to andre previn, one of the most gifted musicians of the past century, who's died at the age of 89. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news, claudio ranieri's time at fulham is up as he leaves craven cottage after just three months in charge.
good evening. the court of appeal has ordered the retrial of a woman who was convicted of the murder of her husband, after lawyers said she'd suffered "decades of abuse". sally challen, who's 65 and from surrey, killed her husband richard in a hammer attack in 2010. she had denied murder, and will now be retried after new evidence emerged about her mental state at the time of the killing. our home affairs correspondent june kelly is at the royal courts ofjustice. this was a truly dramatic day in court, the court room was packed, and there were cheers as the judges announced they were quashing the murder conviction, it will now be for a newjury to decide whether sally challen should be convicted of murder. from the start sally challen admitted that she had killed her husband richard. what has been under scrutiny at this appeal is why she did it. the couple were married for 30
years, and made their home in surrey with their two sons. sally challen‘s lawyers had argued that throughout the marriage she was a victim of her husband's emotional abuse, known as coercive control. for sally challen‘s son david and the family's lawyer, harriet wistrich, today was a partial victory. they had hoped to have her murder conviction reduced to manslaughter, but the appealjudges ruled that instead, sally challen must now face a fresh murder trial. it's an amazing moment, you know, the courts have acknowledged this case needs to be looked at again, as we've always said as a family. the abuse our mother suffered we felt was never recognised properly, and her mental condition was not taken into account. there was a highly emotional atmosphere in court, and supporters were disappointed that this wasn't an end to the legal process. it was at the family home in 2010 that sally challen took her husband's life. she hit richard challen more than 20 times on the head with a hammer.
during this appeal the court heard from experts about her mental state, and this was the basis for thejudges‘ ordering a new trial. in giving thejudges‘ ruling, ladyjustice hallett said that in the opinion of a consultant forensic psychiatrist, sally challen had been suffering from two mental disorders at the time of the killing, and this evidence had not been put before the jury at her original trial. sally challen wasn't in court. she had followed the proceedings by videolink from prison and she remains there tonight. her lawyers and her family say they will now try to have her freed on bail, as they wait for a new trial date. june kelly, bbc news, at the court of appeal. the white house insists that further meetings could be held between the us and north korea, despite the failure of the summit between president trump and the north korean leader kim jong—un. the meeting ended without agreement,
after the us refused north korea's demands for relief of economic sanctions. the leaders had been expected to announce progress on the denuclearisation of north korea. 0ur north america editorjon sopel is travelling with president trump, and sent this report. it all seemed to be going so well. president trump and chairman kim wandering through the gardens of a smart hanoi hotel. the pair apparently relaxed and getting on. and then a small piece of history. a reporter shouted a question at the north korean dictator — something that doesn't happen in pyongyang — and he answered. reporter: chairman kim, are you ready to denuclearise? translation: if i'm not willing to do that i wouldn't be here right now. but then the rumours started to circulate, that things were going awry. there would be programme changes, the white house told us.
the talks had been due to go on all morning, and then, according to the white house schedule, there was going to be lunch and a signing ceremony. but it all fell apart. it's hard to overstate what a failure it is, that after eight—and—a—half months of talks, a draft agreement, the principals flying in, and then everything turning to dust. as the delegations went their separate way, it looked as though kimjong un had overplayed his hand, and donald trump overestimated his persuasive skills in getting the koreans to denuclearise. so it was a rueful donald trump who appeared at his news conference. they were willing to denuke a large portion of the areas that we wanted, but we couldn't give up all of the sanctions for that. i suggested there might be another explanation. mr president, do you think it was premature to have held the summit when all these things had not been tied down? in the white house schedule last
night it said signing agreement today, and i wonder whether, as a follow up question, whether you could sketch out what the next few months look like. thank you. you always have to be prepared to walk. i could have signed an agreement today and then you people would have said what a terrible deal, what a terrible thing he did. you have to be prepared to walk, and, you know, there was a potential we could have signed something today. i could have 100% signed something today. we actually had papers ready to be signed. the one thing that wasn't fast was kimjong un's 60 hours on an train getting here from pyongyang, regular cigarette breaks on the way. surely he had been hoping for more? and donald trump hadn't travelled half way round the world to return back to the us empty—handed. but he is. jon sopel, bbc news, hanoi. 0ur correspondent laura bicker is in the vietnamese capital hanoi. we have heard some of the president's case on behalf of the american, what about the north korean side, what are they saying?
well, they called a press conference unusually in the middle of the night to give a message to the united states, that is the this is the best deal you are going to get. there won't be another one. they are offering to close one of their main nuclear plants and permanently stop testing long bank and nuclear missile but i have had a look at the sanctions release they are asking for and it is significant. the us was never going to achieve to that. there are risks for kim jong un as he walks away from the table, he has to keep a growing middle class in pyongyang elite happy and if sanctions start to bite that won't be the case. however, for decades the north koreans have been told you sacrifice everything, for these nuclear weapons and you will have a seat at the highest tables in the land. and when you look at this summit you might say mission accomplished and there are many who believe that this is not about disarmament for the north korean, this is about becoming accepted as a nuclear power. but the collapse of
these talks has come as a real shock in seoul and the president in south korea is offering to broker between the two sides, but the gap is so big that the basically breaking the deadlock will five weeks after the plane crash that killed the footballer emiliano sala and pilot david ibbotson, the men who facilitated the transfer from nantes to cardiff have told the bbc that they've been made scapegoats. willie mckay and son mark say that they made sala s travel arrangements after cardiff city left him "abandoned", in their words, to make his own plans, and that the premier league team could have done more. cardiff city has denied it neglected the player. 0ur sports editor dan roan has the story. his report contains some flashing images. it should have been the start of an exciting new chapter in the life of a talented young footballer. emiliano sala was cardiff city's record signing, but days after he was unveiled last month,
the argentinian striker died alongside pilot david ibbotson when the plane they were travelling in came down in the english channel. this man, football agent willie mckay, helped broker the £15 million deal from nantes and arranged the flight that ended in tragedy. he told me he only did so to help the player say goodbye to friends in france, and that cardiff could have done more to help. he was abandoned in the hotel more or less, to do his travel arrangements himself. nobody in cardiff seemed to be doing anything, and it was a bit embarrassing in cardiff's situation, because to buy a player at 17 million euros, and then leave him in a hotel, trying to go on the computer, and look for a flight, i think cardiff let themselves down badly. in a statement tonight, cardiff city say they strongly rejected the claim they failed to provide mr sala with travel arrangements and their offer of organising a commercial flight was declined. they added they had serious concerns over the potential
unlawfulness of the flight. this week, as the search for his body continued, air accident investigators said mr ibbotson did not have a licence for commercialflights and could only fly passengers in the eu on a cost sharing basis. people are looking for a scapegoat, me initially, and in the end, they will probably say it's pilot error. i assume it wasn't a cost sharing arrangement. it wasn't a cost sharing arrangement because emmy was not paying anything. so it wasn't cost sharing. you were going to pay the full amount? yeah. mckay did not own the plane and says he arranged the flight through his regular provider, and had not been aware mr ibbotson had been asked to fly it. did you ever think, i should know who that pilot is? when you phone a taxi and the taxi comes, you don't ask him, do you have your driving license? is the car moted? you know, it'sjust things you don't think about. i wasjust thinking
about getting the boy back home. we were happy with what we did. for people to try and vilify the pilot, and the man's dead, is a disgrace, i think. i don't know how anybody would be responsible because it was just a tragic accident. mckay recently attended sala's funeral in argentina, but he's not a registered agent, leading to further questions about his role. the suggestion was that you shouldn't have been anything to do with this deal. explain why you were involved? my involvement was i was helping my son. we never worked so hard, mark and i, on any other deal. mckay's son mark is a registered agent, and having acted for nantes in the deal, he is now owed £1.5 million. is there anything about it that you regret or you feel responsible for? i don't see how i would have done anything any differently. i don't want to sit here and be a victim, and say — because i'm not, that's a fact. but it's been tough and it's been tough for people around me and they have took the brunt of it.
cardiff were due to start paying nantes the money owed to them for the transfer yesterday, but have withheld payment until investigations are complete. i don't care if they pay. i don't care if nantes pay us, i don't care, because what we went through is total hell. with fifa investigating and cardiff considering legal action, the fall out from this tragedy continued. dan roan, bbc news. the farming minister george eustice has resigned from the government, in protest at the decision to allow mps a vote on delaying brexit if the prime minister's deal is rejected. he said it would be "dangerous to go to the eu "cap in hand at the 11th hour and beg for an extension". mr eustice is a longstanding brexit suporter who once stood as a ukip candidate before joining the conservatives. a man's been convicted of manslaughter for supplying his girlfriend with a class—a drug at a music festival. 24—year—old louella fletcher—michie,
who was the daughter of the holby city actorjohn michie, died at bestival in dorset after taking the hallucinogenic drug 2—cp. ceon broughton had denied he was responsible for her death. the families that instigated what's become the biggest inquiry into allegations of maternity failure in an nhs trust are considering withdrawing from the process, after a medical college was given a role overseeing the investigation. a review of maternity care at the shropshire trust has now been contacted by more than 200 families, many of whom allege that babies and mothers died avoidably or suffered long—term harm as a result of poor care. 0ur social affairs correspondent michael buchanan reports. ten years ago tomorrow, my first daughter kate was born and died within six hours because of a catalogue of horrendous failings. this woman has fought for a decade to uncover maternity failings at the shrewsbury and telford nhs
trust. her efforts led in 2017 to the department of health ordering an independent review. the family felt they were making progress until today. she's furious that the royal college of obstetricians and gynaecologists have been given a role overseeing the inquiry. it's just frankly unbelievable. this is non—independent scrutiny. it's not acceptable. and it will taint the review and prevent it from being independent, and it'sjust lining up to be a complete and utter whitewash. the families believe the college has been complicit in recent problems at the trust. injuly 2017, a team from rcog found significant maternity failings, but didn't tell regulators. in april 2018, the trust convinced them that care had improved despite the college not visiting the hospital. just months later, inspectors said maternity care at the trust was actually inadequate. last year, i asked the college
about their conduct. you found that the lack of staff in this trust was a patient safety issue, and you didn't feel this was worth reporting? we reported the lack of staff back to the trust. but not to the regulator? no, we did not report it to them. today, the royal college refuted any suggestion that its position on the maternity review is compromised. the regulator, nhs 0mprovement, said the inquiry would still be independent. the hundreds of family seeking answers desperately hope so. michael buchanan, bbc news. there's been a significant rise in net migration to the uk from outside the european union — that's the number of people arriving minus the number of people leaving. in the past year, 261,000 people from outside the eu, mainly from asia, have come here. it's the highest number since 200a. meanwhile, the number of people
coming here from inside the eu has fallen to its lowest level for almost a decade. in total, net migration was 283,000, a slight rise on the year before. the government's target is still less than 100,000. our home editor mark easton has spent the day in birmingham, assessing the impact of these changes, not least on the care system, which is heavily dependent on foreign workers. # clap along if you feel like a room without a roof...#. there is a waiting list to live at the award—winning liberty house care home in birmingham, but finding suitable care workers is still a problem. needing a staff of eight, there are currently two vacancies. 0ne former carer here had come from the philippines but was told by the home office she didn't satisfy visa rules. she was absolutely tremendous. she was brilliant with the service users, brilliant with the service, but she was sent back home and that was a major impact. we had to get somebody to replace her. my name is marita and i'm a home care worker... the department of health has
just launched a social care recruitment drive, which features marita from the philippines. she's a very good carer. we could do with a few more like her. in the west midlands, they could do with a lot more like her. with about 10,000 social care vacancies at any time, the government's chief social worker for adults was in birmingham today trying to help boost recruitment in the region. the government are consulting on the immigration white paper, and we're asking the sector and people to give their opinions as to what needs to be in place to ensure we can have people to come in and work in the care sector. british people seem pretty reluctant to work in social care. foreign workers from outside the eu are largely unable to get visas to work in social care, and the available number of eu workers is now falling fast. with an extra 650,000 social care workers needed in england by 2035, something's got to give.
the government's long—awaited proposals for social care are expected to urge the use of new technology. hello! hello. a robot like this is currently being trialled in a west midlands care home, and more are on the way. we could do this forever. i know we could! what do you think about the idea of a robot looking after you? well, technology is brilliant but you can't really beat the human contact because it's all about... as humans, we're social animals. solving the social care staffing crisis will ultimately mean finding real people who are ready and able to offer the human touch. mark easton, bbc news, birmingham. the islamic state group, which once controlled vast areas of syria and iraq, will suffer its final defeat within a week,
according to kurdish forces, backed by the united states, who are preparing a final onslaught on the group's last enclave. the remaining is fighters are surrounded in a tiny patch of territory at baghuz in south—east syria. in the past few days, more than 6,000 have surrendered. among them are large numbers of women, orphans of is fighters, and children who'd been enslaved by the group. from the desert outside baghuz, our middle wast correspondent our middle east correspondent quentin sommerville reports. out of the darkness and into the light. the islamic state group makes a slow and miserable surrender, carrying everything they own. these are the last of the true believers. and now their orders are to submit to their enemies, the kurds. many of their husbands are still inside their baghuz holdout. even the children are searched.
young and old, they are dazed by defeat. a group that showed no mercy now pleads for it. "a lot of children died in airstrikes. a lot of men and old people, too. you are human. we are human as well. do you not feel my pain, brother?" thousands have arrived this week. some, barefoot and lost. and in the cold desert light, injured male fighters surrender. the truth dawns on them. their caliphate is dead. abuba kar al—ansari tells me if we had met only a week ago, is would have killed me. why did you get out now? he says, "because there is no islamic state left. it collapsed".
free now, these yazidi boys were kept as slaves. is taught them to hate their own kind. but what of the children of is fighters? they don't belong here, either. this family is from russia. this group of indonesian boys gave their names. aysa. erdoan. chamil. they are innocents, but told me they missed is. rahman. the islamic state's victims aren't just among its enemies. they lie among its own, too. they brutalised, traumatised and corrupted their own children, and that hateful ideology will live on long after the caliphate's ended. is wrought chaos here and left a trail of broken families and orphans.
in a dusty tent, i met 12—year—old hamza from iraq. he can't walk. he stood on a mine. his family, all is, were killed in an air strike. he's all alone. "life inside was good", he says, "but there was less food and water and a lot of heavy fighting." as we leave, he stops me and asks, "what will happen to me?" there is no easy answer. the women and children are sent to displacement camps. more than 80, mostly babies, have died making this journey from baghuz. the men left behind won't go so peacefully. like the caliphate itself, their days are numbered. but even when this is over, they will leave behind a legacy of pain. quentin somerville, bbc news, deir ez—zour, syria.
leading technology giants, including facebook, twitter and google, have written to the government to try to influence the way the internet will be regulated in future on issues such as privacy and illegal or harmful content. it comes after calls for tougher regulations for social media companies following the death of 14—year—old molly russell. her family believe instagram was partly responsible for her suicide. the government is due to publish a delayed white paper on proposed legislation in the coming weeks, as our media editor amol rajan reports. the appalling circumstances of molly russell's death led to renewed calls here in britain for better regulation of the internet. this is an area fraught with practical and philosophical difficulties. but now, leading tech companies have pre—emptively written to the culture, health and home secretaries with an attempt to influence the ongoing negotiation over new rules for the internet. their pitch was led by facebook, google and twitter and was
coordinated by the trade body, the internet association, whose members also include the likes of amazon, airbnb and uber. here are some of the key principles. first, they want a vital distinction maintained between content which is illegal and that which is merely harmful. second, and this is contentious, they want intermediary liability protection. in plain english, that means platforms like youtube shouldn't be held legally responsible for third—party content. next, they insist detecting and removing worst of the internet is something machines rather than manpower will ultimately do, and the technical capability of companies will vary according to their resources. finally, these companies say there has to be a distinction between what you say in public places and private communication on platforms such as whatsapp, which is encrypted from end to end. this is dense, complex stuff, but the fact that leading companies have put their name to this letter shows they recognise more regulation is inevitable. this is their attempt to shape it before public sentiment pulls the internet in a direction
that is bad for business. in an interview with the bbc, two men have accused the pop star michaeljackson of sexually abusing them hundreds of times in the late 1980s and early 1990s. wade robson and james safechuck say that from the age of seven and ten, they were abused by the late singer at his neverland ranch in california. michaeljackson's family deny the claims. 0ur correspondent dan johnson reports from los angeles. he was the king of pop, a global icon and one of the most successful singers all time. allegations of child abuse overshadowed his later career. in 2005, he was cleared in court, but now there are new claims. i was seven years old. michael asked, "do you and the family want to come to neverland?"
two men have told the documentary maker they were grim that the star's fairy tale theme park, neverland. michael sexually abused me from the age of seven years old until 1a years old. and the sexual abuse included fondling, touching my entire body and my penis. hello, wade, today is your birthday. congratulations, i love you, goodbye. wade originally testified that michaeljackson never harmed him. the idea of being pulled away from michael now, this man, this otherworldly figure, this god to me who had now become my best friend, no way was i ever going to do anything that would pull me away from him. james safechuck was in a commercial with jackson. he says he was abused from the age of ten.
he grooms the children and the parents as well. so it's a meticulous sort of build up for him to be able to do that. and it takes him a while to build the trust. michael groomed the world as well. michaeljackson's music is still loved and generates millions of pounds every year. he himself always maintained that he had never hurt any child. some of his family members have continued to defend his reputation. why do you think they're coming forward now? money. you think is about money. it has always been about money. i hate to say it when it is my uncle. it is all most like they see a blank cheque. this documentary is not telling the truth. there has not been not one piece of evidence that corroborates their story. almost a decade after his death, michael jackson's character remains under the spotlight. his true legacy is still being questioned. danjohnson dan johnson can bbc danjohnson can bbc news, los angeles.
and you can see much more of that interview on the victoria derbyshire programme. that's on the bbc news channel from 10am tomorrow. andre previn, one of the most distinguished musicians of the past century, has died at the age of 89. he was a conductor, composer and pianist who won four oscars and ten grammies, and in effect turned his back on hollywood to pursue his love ofjazz and classical music. he later became the conductor of the london symphony orchestra. 0ur arts editor will gompertz looks back at his remarkable life. andre previn was an extraordinary musical polymath who blurred the boundaries between genres. he excelled as a conductor of many of the world's leading orchestras, conjuring from them a thrilling sound. he was a world—class jazz pianist... working with the greats, including ella fitzgerald. and at the start of his career, a hugely successful composer of film
scores, including my fair lady... # i could have danced all night...#. for which he received one of his four 0scars. good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to another television concert by the london symphony orchestra. he was also a tv star, recognising the small screen's potential to broaden the appeal of classical music. well, he was an amazing person, a great talent, a wonderful pianist, a wonderful composer. he always pushed you so you could do your very best. andre previn was born in berlin before moving with his family to paris in the late ‘30s to escape the nazis. and then onto america and hollywood. his wit and charm and enthusiasm made him attractive to studios hiring musicians and to women. the film star mia farrow was the third of his five wives. tonight, she tweeted... say hello to mr preview. ah, mr preview, how are you?