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Police found an internet search for "Scotland serial killers" during an investigation into two women charged with murdering a disabled woman.

Officers also discovered checks for "Peter Tobin" and "Peter Manuel".

There was further research online for how long "the integrity of a crime scene" is kept.

They were found after the body of Sharon Greenop was discovered at her home in Troon, South Ayrshire, in November 2016.

Her sister Lynnette Greenop, 40, and her daughter Shayla Greenop, 20, are accused of her murder. They deny the charges.

It is claimed Sharon Greenop was assaulted on various occasions between 8 September and 10 November 2016.

The High Court in Glasgow heard police examined two Samsung phones during the investigation.

Number of victims

The jury was previously told Shayla Greenop had earlier handed over a mobile voluntarily.

Police Scotland's Cyber Crime Unit carried out checks on phones, including what had been accessed online.

The trial heard there had been an internet search for "Scotland serial killers".

A check of the web history further revealed a number of sites had been looked at.

This included a search on Wikipedia for "Peter Manuel".

Amongst other names were "Peter Tobin", "Robert Black" and "Archibald Hall".

A further check was for a "list of serial killers by number of victims".

Other searches included "How long is the integrity of a crime scene kept" and "How long to complete an adult adoption".

Bloodstains in bedroom

The trial also heard on Monday from a forensic scientist who said that blood spots matching the DNA of Sharon Greenop were found on a wall beside her bed and on a mattress protector.

James Hawkins said he visited the Greenop's home along with a pathologist and police officers while Sharon Greenop's body was still in the bed.

He examined the bedroom for bloodstains.

He told prosecutor Ashlie Edwards that a small piece of body tissue with clotted blood and a single hair on it was also discovered in the bedroom. This also matched her DNA.

Referring to the bloodstains Mr Hawkins told the court: "In my opinion this could be explained by Sharon Greenop having been repeatedly struck whilst bleeding and lying on the bed."

Defense QC Frances McMenamin, representing Lynette Greenop, asked Mr Hawkins: "You can't say when that blood or DNA was deposited," and he replied: "No, that's not possible."

The jury heard that the rest of the house was also examined for bloodstains and none were found.

The murder charge alleges Sharon Greenop was repeatedly struck with object or objects and had her neck compressed.

It is said injuries were also inflicted "by means unknown" and that there was a failure to obtain medical help.

The two accused, who both live in Ayr, deny all charges.

The trial, before Lady Carmichael, continues.

Categorized in Investigative Research

Berami Mumararungu, 8, gets Rwf100 as pocket money thrice a week from his mother -for the last six months this young man invests the money into gathering knowledge that he believes will help him realize his to become Rwanda’s next generation of crime investigators.

At SAY Cyber café located in Kajyagari zone, near Inyange diary store, just five minutes below the Kigali International airport in Kanombe, the Primary Two pupil- Berami is seated in his dirty clothes and like any other client, busy reading news and doing his homework.

While other children get money from parents to buy candies, toys and cookies, Berami uses his money to spend 15 minutes thrice a week at a cyber café in search for more knowledge on the internet.

With no background of internet, access to a computer not at school or at home, the teenager is determined to change his life by the age of 20, using the internet and computer skills at an early age.

“I get money, Rwf100, from my mum at least thrice a week. She gives it to me to buy cookies; but I don’t and she doesn’t know about. I spend the money at a cyber café” Berami says.

On his search engine, you can see internet pages like KigaliToday.com, and Google search engine where he inserts subjects about mathematics, English to enrich his and information about Rwanda especially news on President Kagame.

Berami says that he is lucky to be going to school and his dream is to become a police crime investigator with education as key to changing the life of his family welfare.

“I like to know what is happening in the country and my best website is Kigali Today because it covers the whole country. With this knowledge I think I want to become a cybercrime investigator, using the internet to the effect” Berami says.

Berami is just one of Rwanda’s next-generation of Rwanda’s internet kids. At the age of eight (8), he is able to sit alone at a cyber café to read local news, search on Google for local and global stars and read ahead of the school time table.

One may think that he is a kid from a rich family attending a modern primary school in Kigali to afford all this luxury, but not even close.

Learning from the best

On face value, one will look at Berami at a cyber café as a “street kid” in the wrong place. One wonders where he gets the computer skills to afford to get value for his Rwf100 – which equivalent to 15 minutes of internet time in Kigali city.


For him it all starts with interest in something and to learn by seeing and practicing and for the last six months he has managed to get the skills that a normal adult in Kigali city would not necessarily have even when they are exposed to computers.

“I used to come here to watch what others were doing. I got help from the café staff but with time I am comfortable on the computer alone” he says.

Watch for child abuse

As access to computers and internet continues to increase, it poses more danger for unguided children with full access to internet in Rwanda today.

Statistics indicate that 14 per cent of the African children own mobile phones while a bigger percentage use their parents’ devices with only 60 per cent of the parents controlling their children’s use of phones.

The Minister for Youth and ICT, Jean Philbert Nsengimana says that from under five to 17, children access internet mostly via their parents’ devices. “This means that most children are there online and we cannot deny them access but we want to protect them as we nurture them.” Nsengimana said last year.

Rwanda has set controls on how much children consume and protection from cyber-attacks as part of efforts to protect children as the country races into rapid socio-economic transformation, through the Child Online Protection (COP) programme.

Pascal Sibomana, a Cyber café operator where Berami frequents, is very keen on monitoring what the youngster is doing and the content he is searching through.

“I help to access information which I redeem suitable for a child. I keep a close eye on any dirty content that he and other children may tap into by accident; but for adults I block the malicious sites from the main server”.

After propelling the One Laptop per Child Programmme (OLPC) close to a decade now- with over 269,116 laptops distributed in 933 schools with process on-going, Rwanda is now planing on an ambitious agenda of phasing out use of notebooks in primary schools by 2019.

By 2019, the use of laptops will be compulsory on the list of basic school materials in all Rwandan primary schools and about 60, 000 locally made laptops are expected to be distributed by end of January 2017.

Author : Daniel Sabiiti

Source : http://rwandaeye.com/meet-the-8-year-old-future-crime-investigator/

Categorized in Internet Privacy

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