A businessmAn accused of killing his son-in-law has claimed he could not have carried out the murder because he was too fat. Criminal experts in America said it was the first time that obesity had been used as a defence in a murder trial. edward Ates, 65, from Florida, is accused of killing his former son-in-law, Paul Duncsak, at his 750,000 home in new Jersey three years ago when the victim was involved in a bitter custody battle with Atess daughter. Prosecutors claim Ates shot Duncsak dead as he talked on the telephone with his girlfriend. However, Atess lawyer, Walter Lesnevich, told a jury in Hackensack, new Jersey that a Csi examination of the scene showed the killer opened fire from a staircase leading up from a basement then shot the victim head-on --which meant he would have had to run up the stairs. The lawyer said his client, who weighed 20 stone, could not have moved so fast. Prosecutors claim Ates had researched how to commit the perfect murder on the internet and bought books on how to build a gun silencer. The case continues 22 Thursday, 29 October 2009 London Lite friends call for sensors to be fitted on heavy vehicles fury at accident verdict on cyclist crushed by lorry Imtoofattobestaircasekiller, claims20-stonefather-in-law louts dad is newMetman Blind spot victim: Rebecca Goosen RetailDetail Wicked wellies Daffodil, 15, mariecurie. org.uk Green mens, 19.99, riftshoes.com Flower, 19.99, millets.co.uk Georgie boot, 29.95, jellyegg.com Leopard print, 34.99, notonthe highstreet.com Stripes, 35, wonderful wellies.co.uk Eau de nil, 75, Hunters, exclusive to Fortnum & Mason hilary frohlich Spots, 35, joulesclothing. com Stand out from the crowd and stay dry in a pair of these fabulous wellies... THE father of a teenager who displayed placards proclaiming all policewomen are dykes at a police riot training exercise has been named by Scotland Yard to take charge of neighbourhood policing at the Met. Ian McPherson, currently Norfolks chief constable, succeeds Tim Godwin in the 177,000-a-year role. Last week he was forced to apologise for his 17-year- old son Jacks actions. Met Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said: Ian is an outstanding officer. Unique defence: Edward Ates A CYCLIST killed in a collision with a cement mixer could have been saved if heavy vehicles were forced to carry sensors, her friends said today. They criticised a coroners verdict of accidental death after he heard trainee architect Rebecca Goosen, 29, was the victim of the lorrys blind spot. She was riding to work in April when she was caught on the inside of the 32-tonne vehicle and crushed as it turned left at a junction in Islington. St Pancras Coroners Court heard yesterday that driver Vladas Urbanas had checked his mirror before turning, and it was clear. Coroner Dr Andrew Reid recorded an accidental death verdict after investiga- tor Mark Crouch told the inquest it was entirely possible that the cyclist was obscured to the driver, despite the vehi- cle being fitted with all the appropriate safety measures. But Ms Goosens flatmate Cristina Schoenborn, calling for all lorries to be fitted with proximity sensors, said: People may argue that sensors would cost too much, but how much does a death cost in terms of medical costs and coroners courts? Cycling campaigner Cynthia Barlow was extremely disappointed by the ruling. She added: Measures can be taken to make drivers aware of vehicles on their inside. Such measures would have saved this young womans life. by georgina littlejohn H index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html