Regina v ABC and others; Regina v Sabey – WLR Daily

Regina v ABC and others; Regina v Sabey [2015] EWCA Crim 539; [2015] WLR (D) 146

‘In a prosecution for misconduct in public office it was necessary for the judge to make clear that the necessary conduct was not simply a breach of duty or a breach of trust and that the level was one where the conduct was calculated to injure the public interest so as to call for condemnation and punishment, the threshold of conduct being so serious that it amounted to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder, and being a high threshold. In relation to aiding and abetting the offence it was not necessary to establish that the office holder intended to cross the threshold: means of knowledge available to the defendant to make the necessary assessment of the seriousness of the principal’s conduct was sufficient. In relation to conspiracy to commit the offence it was not necessary that a defendant knew or intended that the misconduct concerned would meet the requisite threshold of seriousness.’

WLR Daily, 26th March 2015

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Regina v Quillan and others – WLR Daily

Regina v Quillan and others [2015] EWCA Crim 538; [2015] WLR (D) 144

‘If it was likely that a judge would need to make a ruling on a question of law relating to a criminal trial, it would usually be better to order a preparatory hearing before the start of the trial rather than having to make such a ruling after the jury had been sworn and the trial commenced, when any appeal against such a ruling by the Crown would require an undertaking that the defendant was entitled to be acquitted if the appeal failed.’

WLR Daily, 25th March

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Secret trial: Six unanswered questions – BBC News

‘An important principle in the British legal system is that “not only must justice be done, it must also be seen to be done”.’

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BBC News, 26th March 2015

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Secret trial clears man of plotting to kill Tony Blair – The Independent

‘A British law student has been cleared of targeting Tony Blair and his wife Cherie as part of a terrorist plot, following the UK’s first secret terror case.’

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The Independent, 26th March 2015

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Regina v Kakkad – WLR Daily

Regina v Kakkad [2015] EWCA Crim 385; [2015] WLR (D) 130

‘In confiscation proceedings, in relation to the benefit to be assessed, the market value of cocaine, to the extent that it was matched by an available cutting agent, was that which would have been obtained by cutting it with that available agent. However, the value of cocaine which was not matched by an equivalent amount of cutting agent in the defendant’s control could not properly be valued on any basis other than its undiluted wholesale form.’

WLR Daily, 17th March 2015

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Jury were right to clear Sun quartet – they shouldn’t have been on trial – The Guardian

‘Yet another jury has cleared more Sun journalists who were charged with offences related to the paying of public officials.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2015

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MoD ‘mole’ Bettina Jordan-Barber jailed over Sun leaks – The Guardian

‘A “mole” at the Ministry of Defence who made £100,000 from leaking stories to the Sun has been jailed for 12 months, it can now be reported after verdicts were delivered in a related trial.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2015

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Man jailed for trying to set up child sex abuse from south pole – The Guardian

‘A man has been jailed for three years for trying to arrange the sexual abuse of a child while working at the south pole.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2015

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Bigamist jailed after murdering second wife to cash in on life insurance – The Guardian

Posted March 3rd, 2015 in assisting offenders, bigamy, conspiracy, insurance, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A bigamist will serve at least 25 years in prison after being found guilty of murdering the second of his wives to cash in her life insurance and solve his financial problems.’

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The Guardian, 27th February 2015

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HSBC should face UK criminal charges, says former public prosecutor – The Guardian

‘HSBC’s Swiss arm is potentially open to a range of criminal charges in Britain because there is “credible evidence” that it has had a role in enabling tax evasion, according to a former director of public prosecutions.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2015

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Bridegroom who couldn’t remember the name of the woman he planned to marry is jailed for attempting to break UK immigration laws – The Independent

Posted February 17th, 2015 in conspiracy, fraud, immigration, marriage, news, sentencing by sally

‘A bridegroom who couldn’t remember the name of the woman he planned to marry has been jailed for attempting to undergo a bogus wedding to cheat immigration laws.’

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The Independent, 13th February 2015

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Top judge says claims Sun trial judges were switched to secure conviction are ‘absurd’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 13th, 2015 in conspiracy, judges, media, misfeasance, news by tracey

‘In a rare move, Mr Justice Sweeney weighs in at the Old Bailey to settle the legal row which erupted that week over the retrial of senior Sun executives.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th February 2015

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CPS to take no further action against journalist and public official over misconduct claims – The Guardian

‘The Crown Prosecution Service has announced it is to take no further action against an unnamed Sun journalist and a public official who were investigated over tips for stories.’

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The Guardian, 4th February 2014

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High court blocks second phone-hacking claims brought by John Leslie and Jeff Brazier – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2015 in conspiracy, corruption, costs, damages, interception, media, news, telecommunications, time limits by tracey

‘Mr Justice Mann rules that settlements reached in first claims for damages against News of the World publisher barred new actions from former TV personalities.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2015

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Coventry kidnap gang who cut off man’s finger jailed – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2015 in assault, blackmail, conspiracy, false imprisonment, gangs, kidnapping, news, sentencing by sally

‘A kidnap gang who cut off a man’s finger to get a £20,000 ransom have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2015

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Cocaine conspiracy fugitive Paul John Scott jailed – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2015 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, fugitive offenders, gangs, news, sentencing by sally

‘One of the UK’s most wanted fugitives, who was arrested on his return to Britain in a light aircraft, has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2015

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Operation Elveden: Journalists cleared in Sun trial – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2015 in conspiracy, corruption, media, misfeasance in public office, news, police by tracey

‘Four journalists have been cleared of plotting to pay officials while working at the Sun newspaper.’

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BBC News, 16th January 2015

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Gang involved in £5m mortgage fraud given jail sentences – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2014 in conspiracy, fraud, mortgages, news, sentencing by sally

‘A gang of people who carried out an “audacious” mortgage fraud worth more than £5m have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 18th December 2014

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PC Katie Murray jailed for leaking Cregan and drugs info to sister and ex-lover – BBC News

‘A PC who passed on intelligence about police killer Dale Cregan and planned drugs raids to her sister and drug-dealing former lover has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 17th December 2014

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Mohammed Rafiq, 80, guilty of acid revenge attack on teenage ex – BBC News

Posted December 12th, 2014 in assault, conspiracy, grievous bodily harm, news by sally

‘An 80-year-old man has been convicted of masterminding an acid revenge attack on his teenage ex-lover.’

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BBC News, 12th December 2014

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