Rape victim falsely accused of lying by police wins £20,000 payout – The Guardian

‘A rape victim falsely accused of lying by detectives has won £20,000 in damages after suing police under the Human Rights Act. The woman, who cannot be named, was 17 when a man raped her in Winchester in April 2012 after a night out with friends. Her mother reported the attack hours later and the victim told officers her T-shirt may contain her attacker’s DNA.’

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The Guardian, 22nd May 2015

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Gaughran v Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (Secretary of State for the Home Department intervening – WLR Daily

Posted May 15th, 2015 in criminal records, DNA, human rights, law reports, Northern Ireland, police by tracey

Gaughran v Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (Secretary of State for the Home Department intervening: [2015] UKSC 29; [2015] WLR (D) 214

‘The policy in Northern Ireland, England and Wales of retaining indefinitely the DNA samples and other information obtained from persons who were arrested and subsequently convicted of an offence was proportionate and justified, and was within the margin of appreciation afforded to member states. A convicted person’s the right to respect for his private life guaranteed by article 8 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms was therefore not infringed when the police refused to give him an assurance that his DNA samples would be destroyed.’

WLR Daily, 13th May 2015

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Retention of offenders’ DNA profiles not illegal, supreme court rules – The Guardian

Posted May 14th, 2015 in appeals, DNA, human rights, news, police, privacy, proportionality by tracey

‘Retaining DNA profiles of convicted adults indefinitely is not an illegal breach of their privacy, the supreme court has ruled in a test case involving a Northern Ireland drink driver. he judgment by the UK’s highest court sets a significant precedent in making a clear distinction between information that police forces may keep on those who have been convicted, as opposed to those who were merely suspects.’

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The Guardian, 13th May 2015

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Worcestershire man jailed for historical rape – BBC News

Posted May 13th, 2015 in DNA, news, rape, sentencing by tracey

‘A man has been jailed for the “degrading” rape of a woman in her home more than 23 years ago.’

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BBC News, 12th May 2015

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Regina v Bryon – WLR Daily

Posted April 30th, 2015 in appeals, burglary, crime, DNA, evidence, law reports by sally

Regina v Bryon [2015] WLR (D) 180

‘While DNA evidence taken from a moveable object was on its own insufficient for a prosecution case to go to a jury, DNA evidence combined with admissible evidence of a previous conviction for a similar offence was a sufficient basis.’

WLR Daily, 22nd April 2015

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Unease over police trial of hi-tech DNA machines amid fears that civil liberties could be infringed – The Independent

Posted April 22nd, 2015 in contamination, detention, DNA, forensic science, news, police by sally

‘Police forces across the UK are trialling technology that allows officers to analyse DNA samples in custody suites, amid fears that civil liberties could be infringed and evidence compromised.’

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The Independent, 21st April 2015

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Man jailed for four years for assault on disabled pensioner Alan Barnes – The Guardian

Posted April 7th, 2015 in assault, DNA, drug abuse, news, robbery, sentencing by sally

‘A drug addict whose attack on a disabled pensioner caused outrage around the world should use his four-year jail sentence to “do some thinking”, his victim has said.’

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The Guardian, 2nd April 2015

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Justice watchdog sued by wrongly convicted man who spent 17 years in prison for attempted rape – The Independent

‘A man who spent 17 years in prison for attempted rape before having his conviction quashed on the basis of a DNA test is suing the miscarriage of justice watchdog for negligence. It is claimed the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) repeatedly failed to undertake forensic analysis of the victim’s clothing, instead relying on the assurances of the same police force that investigated the case.’

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The Independent, 15th March 2015

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Rapist who preyed on women in crimes spanning nearly 30 years faces jail – The Guardian

Posted March 11th, 2015 in DNA, evidence, kidnapping, news, photography, rape, sexual offences by tracey

‘A rapist who preyed on women walking alone is facing jail after admitting crimes spanning nearly 30 years. Mechanic Clive Howard attacked five women in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire between 1986 and 2014. Police believe there may be more victims and are appealing for women targeted by Howard to come forward.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2015

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Are murderers born or made? – BBC News

Posted March 9th, 2015 in child abuse, crime prevention, criminal responsibility, DNA, murder, news by tracey

‘Murders are tragic but rare. But what drives some people to kill? Michael Mosley has been looking into research exploring the minds of murderers.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2015

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Bar Council backs MoJ U-turn on funding for DNA parentage testing – The Bar Council

Posted February 27th, 2015 in DNA, family courts, legal aid, paternity, press releases by tracey

‘The Ministry of Justice’s decision to reinstate funding for DNA tests that determine parentage in family court cases was the right thing to do, says the Bar Council after Justice Minister Simon Hughes announced funds for between £500,000 and £1m a year to pay for tests.’

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The Bar Council, 23rd February 2015

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Three-parent babies: Britain becomes first country to allow technique after House of Lords approves new regulations – The Independent

Posted February 25th, 2015 in DNA, embryology, health, legislation, news, pregnancy by sally

‘The UK has become the first country in the world to legalise so-called three-parent babies after the House of Lords backed the idea despite objections from church leaders and pro-life groups.’

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The Independent, 24th February 2015

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In re Z (Children) (DNA Profiles: Disclosure) – WLR Daily

In re Z (Children) (DNA Profiles: Disclosure) [2015] EWCA Civ 34; [2015] WLR (D) 76

‘On a purposive construction of sections 19 and 22 in Part II of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, biometric material seized and retained by the police could not be used or disclosed for any purpose other than criminal law enforcement, nor could a court order its disclosure for an unconnected purpose. Such a construction was compatible with the right to respect for a person’s private and family life under article 8 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.’

WLR Daily, 5th February 2015

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DNA tests to cut courtroom battles – Ministry of Justice

Posted February 18th, 2015 in delay, divorce, DNA, family courts, news by sally

‘DNA tests in family courts will be provided across England from later this year, Justice Minister Simon Hughes has announced.’

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Ministry of Justice, 17th February 2015

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Family court judges given power to order DNA tests – BBC News

Posted February 17th, 2015 in DNA, family courts, news, parental responsibility, paternity, pilot schemes by sally

‘Family court judges in England will be able to order DNA tests to determine a child’s parentage from September, Justice Minister Simon Hughes has said.’

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BBC News, 17th February 2015

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DNA sample taken for criminal purposes may not be used for paternity test – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted February 12th, 2015 in appeals, DNA, human rights, news, paternity by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has ruled that it would not be lawful for DNA originally collected by the police to be used by a local authority for the purposes of a paternity test.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th February 2015

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Patrick Curran jailed for life for murdering Joan Roddam – BBC News

‘A man with a fetish for older women has been jailed for life for the murder of a pensioner in her Cornwall home. Patrick Curran was 27 when he strangled 74-year-old widow Joan Roddam at her home in Delabole, in November 2003.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2015

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Foreign criminals’ data taken off police records – The Guardian

‘Biometrics commissioner warns privacy laws meant to protect innocent could also guard those committing offences abroad.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2014

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Stewart Jackson Fishponds car bomb hoaxer jailed for 20 months – BBC News

Posted November 25th, 2014 in bomb hoaxing, closed circuit television, criminal damage, DNA, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who admitted a bomb hoax in Bristol after he doused a car in fuel has been sent to prison for 20 months.’

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BBC News, 24th November 2014

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European Convention on Human Rights: What has it ever done for us? – The Independent

‘As the Tories attempt to dilute the treaty’s authority in the UK, James Cusick takes a look at the difference it has made.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2014

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