Disability hate crime convictions drop, says CPS – BBC News

Posted October 23rd, 2014 in crime, disabled persons, harassment, news, prosecutions, reports by sally

‘Prosecutors have pledged to do more to tackle disability hate crime after a drop in the number of convictions.’

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BBC News, 23rd October 2014

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Man sentenced to 21 years in prison for knifepoint rape of online date – The Independent

Posted October 22nd, 2014 in harassment, internet, news, rape, sentencing by sally

‘A man who brutally raped a woman at knifepoint, whom he had met on a dating website, has been sentenced to 21 years in jail.’

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The Independent, 21st October 2014

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Who, what, why: What laws currently cover trolling? – BBC News

‘Internet trolls could face two years in jail under new laws. But how does the British legal system currently police online abuse, asks Tom de Castella.’

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BBC News, 20th October 2014

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Internet trolls face four times longer in jail, Chris Grayling pledges – The Guardian

‘Internet trolls who spread “venom” on social media could be jailed for up to two years, the justice secretary Chris Grayling has said as he announced plans to quadruple the maximum prison sentence.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2014

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Fathers 4 Justice couple lose injunction claim – The Independent

Posted October 13th, 2014 in appeals, costs, evidence, harassment, injunctions, news by sally

‘The couple behind the pressure group Fathers4Justice who claimed a former lobbyist was harassing them have had an application for an injunction against him dismissed due to “a total absence of evidence”.’

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The Independent, 10th October 2014

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Bullied man uses video from sunglasses to mount private court case – The Guardian

‘A student who gathered video evidence of himself being harassed and abused on a pair of specially adapted sunglasses has been allowed to carry out a private prosecution of his tormentor.’

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The Guardian, 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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Investigation into McCann internet trolls launched by police – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 2nd, 2014 in harassment, internet, news, police, prosecutions, victims by tracey

‘Internet trolls who aim abuse, including death threats, at the family of missing girl Madeleine McCann could be prosecuted as part of a new police investigation. The Metropolitan Police has been passed an 80-page dossier of hundreds of tweets, Facebook posts and messages on online forums accusing Kate and Gerry McCann of being involved in their daughter’s disappearance in Portugal in 2007, and telling them they should “burn in hell”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd October 2014

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When does a righteous campaign shade into harassment? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 1st, 2014 in freedom of expression, harassment, human rights, injunctions, news by tracey

‘Merlin Entertainments LPC, Chessington World of Adventures Operations and others v Peter Cave [2014] EWHC 3036 (QB) 25 September 2014. This case explores the extent to which a campaign of criticism, conducted by internet and email, can merit restraint by the civil courts. As the judge says, whatever the aims of the campaign in question, its supporters may, in the course of their activities, annoy, irritate, and upset companies and individuals. But should the courts interfere, before the question whether the campaign is justified has been decided? And to what extent is such a campaign a criminal offence?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th September 2014

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Police criticised over handling of stalking victim shot dead by husband – The Guardian

‘A police force has been criticised for “weaknesses and shortcomings” in the way it handled fears raised by a stalking victim before she was shot dead by her estranged husband.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2014

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Peter Nunn jailed for abusive tweets to MP Stella Creasy – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2014 in harassment, internet, malicious communications, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Court sentences man to 18 weeks’ jail for bombarding politician with abuse on Twitter over Jane Austen £10 note campaign’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2014

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Law firm wins injunction against former client over online harassment – Legal Futures

Posted September 29th, 2014 in defamation, freedom of expression, harassment, injunctions, internet, law firms, news by tracey

‘A law firm has won an injunction against a former client who set up websites about the firm with its name in the URL, after the High Court deemed his actions to be harassment.’

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Legal Futures, 29th September 2014

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Black female Met Police firearms officer who won £40k at tribunal has all charges against her dropped – The Independent

‘PC Carol Howard was arrested and bailed for more than a year over eight different allegations, including assault, witness intimidation and possession of an indecent image of a child.’

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The Independent, 23rd September 2014

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New stalking legislation helps to bring thousands more prosecutions as CPS and ACPO launch protocol to improve service to stalking victims – Crown Prosecution Service

‘As stalking-related prosecutions rise, prosecutors and police are being reminded to focus on the devastating impact these crimes have on victims. After the first full year of operation, new stalking legislation has seen 743 cases brought to court – cases which may not have been charged under previous law.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 11th September 2014

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Judge tells masseuse to stop harassing Russell Brand and Jemima Khan – The Guardian

Posted September 12th, 2014 in assault, harassment, injunctions, news by tracey

‘Celebrity couple win court order in ongoing dispute with Szilvia Berki, which they say has caused considerable distress.’

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The Guardian, 11th September 2014

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Stalking prosecutions rise by 20% under new law on harassment – The Guardian

Posted September 11th, 2014 in Crown Prosecution Service, harassment, news, prosecutions, stalking, statistics by sally

‘Prosecutions for stalking and harassment increased by more than 20% last year following the enforcement of a new law that criminalises behaviour causing serious alarm or distress.’

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The Guardian, 11th September 2014

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Proving and Disproving Discrimination – Cloisters

‘This talk looks at the legal and practical tools available to employment lawyers to prove or disprove direct discrimination and harassment, exploring in particular three areas:
How judges apply the burden of proof s136(2)(3) EA 2010.
What is the role of Comparators in light of the Supreme Court decision of Hewage v Grampian Health Board [2012] ICR 1054, SC.
What role does knowledge of the protected characteristic now play in light of IPC Media Ltd v Millar [2013] IRLR 707.’

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Cloisters, 29th August 2014

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Met discriminated against black female police officer, tribunal finds – The Guardian

‘Scotland Yard subjected a black female officer to “vindictive … spiteful … insulting, malicious and oppressive” treatment and greeted her victory against the force in a discrimination case by trying to smear her name, a tribunal has found.’

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The Guardian, 2nd September 2014

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Exeter stabbing stalker in sentence appeal – BBC News

Posted September 2nd, 2014 in appeals, attempts, harassment, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A stalker who subjected a neighbour to a five-year campaign of intimidation before stabbing her is trying to have his life sentence for attempted murder overturned.’

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BBC News, 2nd September 2014

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Lord Rennard’s suspension from Lib Dems is lifted – Daily Telegraph

‘Disciplinary action launched in wake of sexual harassment allegations against the peer is dropped by the party.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th August 2014

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