British actor Peter Wyngarde, 90, mourned

Peter Wyngarde
Updated 18 January 2018
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British actor Peter Wyngarde, 90, mourned

LONDON: Longtime British television and stage star Peter Wyngarde, best known for his role as the detective Jason King in the 1970s, has died. He was 90.
His manager Thomas Bowington said Thursday the actor died Monday in Chelsea and Westminster hospital in London after an illness that lasted several months.
“His mind was razor sharp until the end,” Bowington said.
“He entertained that whole hospital. He was funny until the end.”
The stylish Wyngarde and the characters he portrayed have been cited by the creators of the “Austin Powers” films as one of the inspirations for the fictional 1960s spy with a flair for flashy outfits and a taste for carousing.
Wyngarde was best known for his sleuthing role in the popular “Department S” television series but played numerous other parts, appearing in shows and movies including “The Avengers,” “The Saint,” “Flash Gordon” and others.
His manager said Wyngarde had not retired from performing and that plans for further stage work and personal appearances had been cut short by his death.
“He was a mentor on everything you can think of, from sports cars to how to make a good cup of tea and how to do a tie and shirt,” Bowington said.
Wyngarde’s father was a diplomat. The actor was born in France and educated in several countries before starting his career in Britain.


Mother who hid baby in car boot jailed in France

Rosa Maria Da Cruz, the mother of Serena, looks on during her trial, at the Assize Court of Tulle, central France, on November 12, 2018. (AFP)
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Mother who hid baby in car boot jailed in France

  • The case caused horror in France where Da Cruz’s partner Domingos Sampaio Alves, an unemployed bricklayer, claimed he had no idea his partner had given birth to another child

TULLE, France: A French court on Friday sentenced a mother who kept her baby hidden in the maggot-infested boot of her car to a five-year jail term, three years of which were suspended.
Rosa Maria Da Cruz, a Portuguese-born mother of four, kept her daughter Serena hidden away until she was nearly two, leaving her with serious mental disabilities.
In 2013, a mechanic discovered the baby in the filthy boot of Da Cruz’s car when she took it to be repaired.
Hearing a noise, he opened the trunk to discover the baby in a car seat, naked, filthy and dehydrated. She was surrounded by maggots and excrement.
The infant had also been kept in an unused room at the family home in the Correze region of central France.
The case caused horror in France where Da Cruz’s partner Domingos Sampaio Alves, an unemployed bricklayer, claimed he had no idea his partner had given birth to another child.
The child, who is now seven and in foster care, suffers from severe mental impairments, including irreversible autism, which medical experts have linked to sensory deprivation during her early months.
Da Cruz and Alves were allowed to keep their three other children, whom a paediatrician described as having been “perfectly raised.”