Man given suspended sentence for death threat to MP – The Guardian

‘A man who sent a threatening voice message to senior Labour MP Ben Bradshaw the day before the killing of parliamentary colleague Jo Cox has been given a suspended sentence.’

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The Guardian, 23rd August 2016

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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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Two jailed for murder of homeless Salford man – The Guardian

‘Two men have been jailed for the murder of a 23-year-old homeless man in Greater Manchester who was attacked and then set on fire in a tent.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2016

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Judge jails ‘childish’ man who brought M1 to standstill because of grudge with police – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 1st, 2016 in child abuse, complaints, guilty pleas, news, nuisance, police, roads, sentencing by Mark L

‘A “childish” man who cost the economy £28 million when he brought the M1 to a standstill for 28 hours has been jailed for two years after he caused hundreds of holidaymakers to miss their flights.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th 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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Man jailed over Oldham carjacking of woman, 78 – BBC News

‘A man has been jailed for 11 years after he stole an elderly woman’s car and ran her over with it.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2016

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Prosecutions for hate crimes against disabled people surge by more than 40 per cent in a year – Daily Telegraph

‘The number of prosecutions for hate crimes against disabled people has surged by 41.3 per cent in the last year.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th 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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Paedophile who travelled 100 miles to rape 12-year-old girl jailed for six years – The Independent

‘A man who travelled 100 miles to rape a 12-year-old girl after blackmailing her online has been jailed for six years.’

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The Independent, 26th June 2016

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Retired company director fined and reprimanded for destroying his own mother’s grave – Daily Telegraph

‘A retired company director has paid £4,500 in costs after being reprimanded by a judge for vandalising his own mother’s gravestone with a hammer.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th June 2016

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Defendants must be allowed legal advice before early guilty pleas, MPs say – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted June 15th, 2016 in guilty pleas, legal representation, news, plea bargaining, sentencing by sally

‘New guidelines on sentence reductions for early guilty pleas must allow defendants to obtain legal advice before deciding to plead guilty, an influential group of MPs says today.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th June 2016

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Court rule changes ‘may drive innocent defendants into making guilty pleas’ – The Independent

‘Changes to court rules to encourage more defendants to plead guilty earlier may lead to more miscarriages of justice as well as increasing the prison population, MPs warn today.’

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The Independent, 14th June 2015

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Skip hire firm boss jailed for injuring 21 people when his Mercedes careered into charity ball marquee – Daily Telegraph

‘A wealthy businessman who drunkenly ploughed his new Mercedes into a marquee at a charity ball injuring 21 people has been jailed for more than a year.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th June 2016

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Sarah McClay death: South Lakes Safari Zoo fined – BBC News

Posted June 13th, 2016 in animals, costs, employment, fines, guilty pleas, health & safety, inquests, news, sentencing by sally

‘A zoo where a keeper was mauled to death by a tiger has been fined for health and safety breaches.’

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BBC News, 10th June 2016

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New protocol for criminal defence on prosecution ‘failures’ – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A practitioner group is challenging what it claims to be ‘repeated’ failures by prosecutors to disclose information on time by issuing a step-by-step guide for criminal defence solicitors.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 8th June 2016

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Businesswoman jailed for paying employees to take her speeding points – Daily Telegraph

‘A top businesswoman roped 10 employees into a speeding point scam after she clocked up dozens on multiple Range Rovers, a court heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th May 2016

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Daily Mail publisher fined £40,000 over pixellated photograph – The Guardian

Posted May 13th, 2016 in anonymity, child abuse, fines, guilty pleas, media, news, victims by tracey

‘Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail, has been fined £40,000 after pleading guilty to identifying a man who claims to be the victim of a VIP paedophile ring.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2016

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Fears over credit for guilty plea – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Criminal defence solicitors are expected to oppose proposed replacement guidelines on sentence reductions for early guilty pleas.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th April 2016

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Jailed mother Lesley Dunford sentenced to 13 years in prison for killing second child – The Independent

‘A mother already in prison for killing her daughter has been sentenced to a further 13 years after pleading guilty to killing her baby son.’

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The Independent, 15th April 2016

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Twitter case man pleads guilty to sending pro-Islamic State tweets

Posted April 1st, 2016 in guilty pleas, internet, news, proscribed organisations, terrorism by sally

‘A 23-year-old man who sent an estimated 8,000 tweets from 42 different Twitter accounts supporting the Islamic State group has pleaded guilty to encouraging terrorism, a court has heard.’

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BBC News, 31st March 2016

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