Nigel Wilkinson jailed: Photographer who drugged and raped two men receives 11 year sentence – The Independent

Posted August 15th, 2016 in DNA, drug offences, evidence, guilty pleas, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Nigel Wilkinson, the photographer who drugged and raped two men at his Bristol home, has been jailed for 11 and a half years.’

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The Independent, 12th August 2016

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Peter Sutcliffe could be tried for attacks on up to 13 other victims – Daily Telegraph

‘Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe could face a new trial for a series of previously unsolved attacks on women.’
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Daily Telegraph, 14th August 2016

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Cold case conviction for 1983 child sex attack after DNA match – BBC News

Posted August 5th, 2016 in child abuse, DNA, news, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A man who kidnapped and seriously sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl 33 years ago, has been jailed for nine years at Bristol Crown Court.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2016

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Criminal injuries compensation – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The courts have tackled the issue of compensation for criminal injuries inflicted before birth.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th July 2016

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James Warnock convicted 34 years after rape and murder – Crown prosecution Service

‘James Warnock, 56, was sentenced today at the Central Criminal Court to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years for the murder of seventeen-year-old Yiannoulla Yianni in August 1982. He was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for the rape of Yiannoulla. Warnock was convicted on 14 July 2016. The crimes took place in Yiannoulla’s home, where she lived with her family, in Hampstead, north London.’

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Crown prosecution Service, 18th July 2016

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Travolta fantasist guilty of 1982 teenager’s rape and murder – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2016 in DNA, murder, news, rape by sally

‘A man who described himself in court as looking like John Travolta has been found guilty of the rape and murder of a teenager 34 years ago.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2016

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Convicted Somalian rapist had deportation order overturned before attacking two more women as he “did not understand what is acceptable in UK” – Daily Telegraph

‘A convicted Somalian rapist who overturned a deportation order went on to rape two more women in Birmingham, with his lawyer arguing “he had a lack of understanding of what is acceptable in the UK”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd July 2016

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Man jailed for four years after fathering two children with his niece in ‘appalling’ incest case – The Independent

Posted June 27th, 2016 in children, community service, DNA, incest, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A man has been jailed after fathering two children with his niece.’

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The Independent, 26th June 2016

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Accountant wins legal claim to baronetcy in ‘cuckoo in the nest’ case that could challenge the British class system – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 21st, 2016 in DNA, news, peerages & dignities, Privy Council, time limits by sally

‘A retired accountant from Buckinghamshire is to be made a baronet in a landmark ruling set to shake the foundations of the British system of hereditary titles by opening them up to challenge through DNA tests for the first time.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th June 2016

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Children: Private Law Update (June 2016) – Family Law Week

Posted June 17th, 2016 in children, costs, DNA, enforcement, news, undertakings by tracey

‘Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.’

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Family Law Week, 15th June 2016

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Fingerprints and DNA of up to 800 terror suspects destroyed because of errors by spies and the police – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 27th, 2016 in DNA, fingerprints, intelligence services, news, police, terrorism by tracey

‘The fingerprint and DNA profiles of up to 800 terror suspects have been destroyed because of errors by spies and the police, it has emerged.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th May 2016

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Bristol man jailed for 22 years over 1984 murder of 17-year-old Melanie Road – The Independent

Posted May 10th, 2016 in DNA, murder, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A 64-year-old man who murdered a teenage girl in a sexually motivated attack 32 years ago has been jailed for at least 22 years.’

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The Independent, 9th April 2016

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Judge allows paternity test for DNA disease analysis – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted April 22nd, 2016 in cancer, DNA, family courts, genetic testing, human tissue, news, paternity by tracey

‘Spencer v Anderson (Paternity Testing) [2016] EWHC 851 (Fam). A fascinating case in the Family Division throws up a number of facts that some may find surprising. One is that this is the first time the courts in this country have been asked to direct post-mortem scientific testing to establish paternity. The other is that DNA is not covered by the Human Tissue Act, because genetic material does not contain human cells. One might wonder why the statute doesn’t, given that DNA is the instruction manual that makes the human tissue that it covers – but maybe updating the 2004 law to cover genetic material would create more difficulties than it was designed to resolve.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th April 2016

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Judges and lawyers to receive scientific ‘primers’ – Litigation Futures

Posted April 15th, 2016 in DNA, forensic science, judiciary, legal education, news by tracey

‘The judiciary is teaming up with the UK’s leading academies of science to produce guides and training that aim to helps judges, lawyers and juries when handling scientific evidence in the courtroom.’

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Litigation Futures, 12th April 2016

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Boffins offer primers for courtroom science – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 12th, 2016 in DNA, evidence, expert witnesses, news by sally

‘Easy-to-understand guides on scientific evidence could be introduced in courts as part of joint efforts to explore common interests between lawyers and scientists.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 12th April 2016

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Sam Hallam and Victor Nealon denied compensation by Court of Appeal – BBC News

Posted April 12th, 2016 in appeals, compensation, DNA, evidence, miscarriage of justice, news by sally

‘Two men who served long sentences before their convictions were overturned have lost the latest round of their legal fight for compensation.’

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BBC News, 11th April 2016

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Man guilty of Georgina Edmonds murder after fresh DNA clues – BBC News

Posted February 24th, 2016 in DNA, forensic science, murder, news by sally

‘A man has been found guilty of beating a pensioner to death with a marble rolling pin, four years after being cleared of the same crime.’

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BBC News, 23rd February 2016

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Identical twin found ‘not guilty’ of charges after DNA tests unable to determine which brother committed crime – The Independent

Posted February 10th, 2016 in dangerous driving, DNA, evidence, news, offensive weapons by sally

‘A man has been cleared of two charges after prosecutors were unable to provide evidence to disprove claims his identical twin brother was the real offender.’

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The Independent, 9th February 2016

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Stephen Lawrence investigation: Police seek fresh DNA samples – BBC News

Posted February 1st, 2016 in complaints, corruption, DNA, evidence, forensic science, inquiries, murder, news, ombudsmen, police, racism by tracey

‘Police investigating the murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 have contacted an unspecified number of people to request DNA samples.’

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BBC News, 30th January 2016

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The Human Genome and Human Rights recommendations: “aspirational and symbolic” – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 7th, 2015 in codes of practice, DNA, equality, human rights, medical ethics, news by sally

‘The International Bioethics Committee, under the auspices of UNESCO, has recently updated its guidance on the human genome and human rights. The Report of the IBC on Updating its Reflection on the Human Genome and Human Rights was published in October 2015, and takes into account the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights (1997), the International Declaration on Human Genetic Data (2003) and the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (2005). The following summary is based on Alison Hall’s review of the recommendations in the PHG Foundation’s bulletin.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 2nd December 2015

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