Sadie Jenkins given supervision order for slitting children’s throats – BBC News

‘A woman who slit the throats of two children has been given a two-year supervision order.’

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BBC News, 26th June 2015

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Alexander McDonald given 30 years for mother’s murder – BBC News

Posted June 25th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, drug abuse, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who strangled and stabbed his mother in a frenzied attack while high on drink and drugs has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years.’

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BBC News, 24th June 2015

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Conditions at Pentonville Prison so bad that staff can’t be bothered to mop up blood stains, report finds – The Independent

Posted June 24th, 2015 in drug abuse, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, violence by sally

‘Conditions at Pentonville Prison have been criticised in a damning reports cataloguing blood stained cells, habitual violence and prisoners claiming to have easy access to drugs.

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The Independent, 23rd June 2015

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Bedford cannabis joint row killer jailed – BBC News

Posted June 23rd, 2015 in drug abuse, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man who stabbed his friend to death in an argument about a cannabis joint has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 22nd June 2015

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Trecco Bay mistaken ID murderer David Braddon’s life term – BBC News

Posted June 4th, 2015 in alcohol abuse, assault, drug abuse, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who beat a teenager with a pole in an alcohol and drug-fuelled rage after he mistook him for someone else has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 3rd June 2015

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Laughing gas sales to be outlawed in government’s legal highs clampdown – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2015 in bills, drug abuse, drug offences, news by sally

‘The sale of laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, the second most popular recreational drug in Britain, is to be banned in the government’s clampdown on legal highs, Home Office ministers have announced.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2015

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Sadie Jenkins cleared of child murder bids ‘by reason of insanity’ – BBC News

Posted May 22nd, 2015 in attempts, children, drug abuse, expert witnesses, insanity, murder, news by sally

‘A Newport woman who slit the throats of two children in a drug induced trance has been cleared of attempting to murder them on grounds of insanity.’

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BBC News, 20th May 2015

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Inside the secret court that helps victims of drug abuse keep their families together – The Guardian

‘Seven years ago, the Family Drug and Alcohol Court began in London: now it is being extended to England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2015

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Women in prison equals children without mothers, say justice groups – The Independent

‘12,000 women are sentenced each year in the UK – leaving about 20,000 children without mothers, according to Women in Prison’

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The Independent, 16th May 2015

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Attempt to ban toxic ‘diet drug’ DNP fails – The Guardian

Posted April 27th, 2015 in drug abuse, food, news by sally

‘An attempt to ban the possession of the toxic “diet drug” DNP has failed, it has emerged just days after student Eloise Parry became the fifth person in three years to die after taking the pill bought over the internet.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2015

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Liberty Baker: Driver jailed for schoolgirl’s death – BBC News

Posted April 17th, 2015 in dangerous driving, drug abuse, guilty pleas, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who killed a 14-year-old girl when his car mounted the pavement and hit a group of people has been sentenced to four years in prison.’

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BBC News, 16th April 2015

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Drug minister bans five legal highs from midnight – The Guardian

Posted April 10th, 2015 in drug abuse, drug offences, news by tracey

‘Five legal highs, including an alternative to cocaine that is one of the most common in Britain, are to be banned from midnight on Thursday, ministers have announced.’

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The Guardian, 9th April 2015

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Self-harm, drug-taking and sexual abuse more common in privately run prisons, new figures show – The Independent

Posted April 7th, 2015 in contracting out, drug abuse, news, prisons, sexual offences by sally

‘Twenty-five years after the first private facility opened in Britain, private jails are performing far worse than government-operated facilities on at least a dozen counts. They account for a higher proportion of fighting, sexual assaults, drug-taking, self-harming, hunger strikes, and prisoner escapes than public-sector prisons, according to an analysis by The Independent on Sunday of new government statistics.’

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The Independent, 5th 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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Drug drivers believe it is more acceptable than drink driving, according to Government study – the Independent

Posted April 7th, 2015 in careless driving, drug abuse, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘People who take drugs before getting behind the wheel of a car believe it is a “much more acceptable” thing to do than driving while drunk, according to a Government study.’

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The Independent, 6th April 2015

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The new drug-driving offence – Park Square Barristers

‘For many years, there has been a prescribed limit to the amount of alcohol one may have in one’s system when driving, but there has been no parallel legislation or specified limit in relation to drug-driving, prescribed or otherwise.’

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Park Square Barristers, 24th February 2015

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Polo player choked on sock after drug session – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 19th, 2015 in doctors, drug abuse, drug offences, news, sentencing by sally

‘A doctor who gave the president of a university polo club a cocktail of drugs leading him to choke to death on a sock has been jailed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2015

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What should we do with violent children? One secure home may have the answer – The Guardian

‘The young people locked up in Clayfields House have been convicted of serious crimes, from assault to murder. Under close supervision, many have turned their lives around – but now this unusual prison may be under threat.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2015

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Specialist Family Drug and Alcohol Court is going nationwide – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC), introduced by District Judge Crichton in 2007, has been piloted in London and successfully rolled out to Milton Keynes and Gloucestershire. The court aims to help parents struggling with alcohol or drug abuse where this features as a key element in a local authority’s decision to bring care proceedings.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 17th March 2015

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Rape victims with petty convictions denied compensation – The Guardian

‘The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority routinely refuses to make awards to women who have committed minor offences.’

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The Guardian, 17th March 2015

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