Statement from the Director of Public Prosecutions on Eleanor de Freitas – CPS News Brief

‘Eleanor de Freitas’ tragic death was just days before she was due to stand trial for perverting the course of justice. The pending inquest will deal with the circumstances surrounding her death and I do not want to interfere with that process. However the case has understandably raised questions about private prosecutions in these types of cases and why the CPS took over and continued this particular case.’

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CPS News Brief, 9th December 2014

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CPS ‘right’ to pursue De Freitas case after rape allegation – BBC News

‘The UK’s top prosecutor has defended pursuing a woman who killed herself days before appearing in court accused of making a false rape allegation.’

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BBC News, 9th December 2014

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Mazher Mahmood: CPS to re-examine 25 ‘Fake Sheikh’ cases – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 8th, 2014 in Crown Prosecution Service, damages, evidence, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

‘The Crown Prosecution Service says 25 cases where the undercover journalist was a prosecution witness will be reviewed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th December 2014

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Boris Johnson to seek control of CPS and court system in London – The Guardian

‘Boris Johnson wants to secure control of the courts and the prosecution service, a move which would put London’s mayor in charge of the criminal justice system in the capital, the Guardian has learned. The plan would see control wrested from Whitehall and the devolution of the most important pillars of the justice system.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 2014

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CPS decide no criminal charges should be brought following investigation into police actions in relation to the Kevin Nunes murder trial – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Operation Kalmia 2 was an investigation to determine whether any offences had been committed in connection with Staffordshire Police’s handling of disclosure of unused material in a prosecution (relating to the death of Kevin Nunes), which resulted in the convictions for murder in the subsequent criminal proceedings being quashed by the Court of Appeal. Following an investigation led by Chief Constable of Derbyshire Mick Creedon and managed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was asked to consider allegations in relation to two matters relating to the handling of the murder trial.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th November 2014

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Man jailed for WhatsApp ‘revenge porn’ after posting images of woman online – The Guardian

‘A 21-year-old man is believed to have become the first person in the UK to be jailed for posting revenge porn online.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2014

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DPP orders inquiry into alleged rape victim suicide case – BBC News

‘An investigation has been launched into why a woman was prosecuted over an alleged false rape claim – and then killed herself. Eleanor de Freitas, 23, had bipolar disorder, and left notes saying she was frightened of going to court. She said she had been raped but faced trial for allegedly perverting the course of justice.’

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BBC News, 7th November 2014

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Robbie Powell: CPS to review schoolboy’s death 24 years ago – BBC News

Posted November 5th, 2014 in children, Crown Prosecution Service, health, inquiries, news by sally

‘The death of a schoolboy 24 years ago from a treatable condition is to be reinvestigated by the Crown Prosecution Service.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2014

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Inmate’s assault charge reinstated – BBC News

‘An inmate is to face trial over an alleged assault on a prison officer after a High Court judge quashed the decision to drop the case against him.’

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BBC News, 27th October 2014

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Abortion investigation: Group launches private prosecution – Daily Telegraph

‘Papers submitted to court in bid to trigger rare private prosecution of doctors exposed in The Telegraph’s undercover abortion investigation.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th October 2014

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Six months on bail – for being sent spoof video of a ‘tiger’ having sex, that was really a man in a tiger suit – The Independent

‘A bus driver wrongly accused of owning a film of a woman having sex with a tiger is trying to change the law on extreme pornography after a 14-month campaign to clear his name.’

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The Independent, 26th October 2014

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No further action to be taken following the death of Andrew Pimlott – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Following the death of Andrew Pimlott in Plymouth in April 2013, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has determined that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute a police constable for gross negligence manslaughter or misconduct in public office.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 16th October 2014

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Director of Public Prosecutions responds to Supreme Court on assisted suicide policy – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The Director of Public Prosecutions has today clarified the CPS Policy on cases of encouraging or assisting suicide in light of the recent comments of the Supreme Court in the case of Nicklinson and others.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 16th October 2014

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Geoffrey Robertson QC criticises arrests over alleged sex crimes – BBC News

Posted October 13th, 2014 in bail, Crown Prosecution Service, inquiries, news, police, sexual offences by sally

‘Police are arresting suspects of alleged historical sex crimes without sufficient evidence and keeping them on bail too long, a barrister has said.’

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BBC News, 11th October 2014

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CPS told of police role in vigilante murder of Bijan Ebrahimi – The Independent

Posted October 8th, 2014 in Crown Prosecution Service, murder, news, police by sally

‘Six police officers and staff could face criminal charges over an incident where a man was murdered by a vigilante after being wrongly accused of being a paedophile.’

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The Independent, 7th October 2014

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Sean Rigg custody death: Police perjury charges dropped – BBC News

‘Two police officers will not face charges of perjury, perverting the course of justice or collusion in relation to a death of a prisoner.’

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BBC News, 7th October 2014

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Revenge porn could lead to 14-year sentence, new guidelines clarify – The Guardian

‘The most serious cases of revenge pornography – putting sexually explicit images of former partners online – should be prosecuted under laws which carry a maximum sentence of 14 years, new guidance from the Crown Prosecution Service suggests.’

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The Guardian, 7th October 2014

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Criminal extradited from Spain and jailed for non-payment of UK Confiscation Order – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Martin Hickman, who was convicted in relation to the illegal sale and supply of medicinal products in 2009, has been extradited from Spain and jailed for 10 years after failure to pay a confiscation order made against him in 2012 at Southwark Crown Court.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 2nd October 2014

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DPP publishes final standards for all prosecutors – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in case management, codes of practice, Crown Prosecution Service, standards by tracey

‘Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has today published the final version of new standards for all CPS prosecutors. This follows a consultation with the public, which demonstrated that draft interim standards published in April 2014 were largely in the right place.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 1st October 2014

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Dave Lee Travis indecent assault sentence to be reviewed – The Guardian

‘The attorney general’s office is to review the three-month suspended sentence given to the former BBC Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis for indecent assault.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2014

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