PEOPLE

 

THE niece of Derek Bentley, the 19-year-old hanged for the murder of a policeman in 1953, said yesterday she would continue the fight to clear his name. Maria Dingwall (34), marking the 44th anniversary of his death, laid a wreath by the gates of Wandsworth prison, the scene of his execution.

She is hopeful the case will be referred to the Court of Appeal after being presented at the Criminal Cases Review Commission in April.

The election to choose a successor to Mother Teresa (86) as head of the Missionaries of Charity religious order has been postponed from February 2nd, the office of Archbishop of Calcutta Henry D'Souza said yesterday.

The archbishop's office gave no explanation. It said Mother Teresa had agreed to the postponement.

India's most eligible bachelor girl, Priyanka Gandhi, is to be told by a court today if she can go ahead with her marriage to a businessman next week.

The New Delhi court will decide if Gandhi, whose father Rajiv, grandmother Indira Gandhi and great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru were all Indian prime ministers, is already married to a villager.

Vicharapu Ramkrishna Goud claims he married Gandhi in 1991, but her lawyer has described Goud as a "fraud" who made "wild claims" of marriage to famous women, including Indian actresses Sridevi and Jyapraa.