Dec 25 – Nicola Karen, 18, stabbed at a house in Droylsden, Manchester.Her boyfriend Graham Grogan, 21, was jailed for life in Oct 2000.As the traffic crawled to a halt, Mr Smith rolled down his window and pulled the top of his body out, calling to motorists: “Take a note of this number and call police.” The trial heard Smith had assets of £135,000.Dec 5 – Barry Wallace, 18, a Tesco shelf stacker, vanished on the way home from a nightclub in Kilmarnock. William Beggs, 36, was arrested in Holland on Dec 29 and was jailed for life (20 years) in Oct 2001. Dec 3 – Edmond Safra, 67, Jewish banking billionaire, and his nurse Vivian Torrente, died of smoke inhalation in the panic room of his penthouse in Monte Carlo. Ted Maher, 41, an American former Green beret, was jailed for 10 years for arson. Dec 1 – Mara Dorman, 40, a prostitute and crack addict from Belgravia, vanished in Dec 1999, stabbed and beaten and dumped in a black trunk by the side of the road at Hurstbourne Tarrant, near Andover, Hampshire on Jan 12, 2000 by a man with a metal detector.Kevin Dennis was one of several people (along with Barry George) who were told in 2013 they could not have compensation for wrongful conviction.Dec 28 – Flamur Daci, 28, an Albanian immigrant from Southend, was attacked at Tesco in Gravesend, Kent, in a brawl which continued in the nearby railway station. Five Albanian asylum seekers were identified as his killers – Edrin Hodaj, Gezim Ilgazi, Antest Dailani, Genjan Ilgazi and Ruduan Dailani. An inquest in July 2000 recorded a verdict of unlawful killing. Dec 25 – Pervinder Singh Rayatt, 19, from east London, was killed in Chinatown, central London at 4am.
Dec 29 – Babatunde Oba, 23, trainee manager for hire firm HSS, was stabbed at the Broadway Boulevard Club in Ealing.
Karlton Mills survived after being taken to hospital by taxi.
James Goodman, 22, and Shaney Heskey, 28, were both jailed for life in October 2000.
Kevin Dennis played for Welling United FC, having previously played for Arsenal and Brentford.
Their convictions were later quashed in 2004 and the retrial abandoned after it was decided that an expert witness on CCTV images was not reliable.