Jailed marine Alexander Blackman’s defence team ‘fell below standard required’, official report concludes – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 4th, 2017 in armed forces, legal representation, miscarriage of justice, murder, news by tracey

‘The legal team tasked with defending a Royal Marine accused of murdering a wounded Taliban fighter were responsible for a litany of failings that rendered his subsequent conviction unsafe, the body that investigates potential miscarriages of justice has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd January 2017

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John ‘Goldfinger’ Palmer was ‘unlawfully killed’ – BBC News

Posted December 20th, 2016 in inquests, murder, news, unlawful killing by sally

‘Notorious criminal John “Goldfinger” Palmer was shot six times in a “contract-style” killing, an inquest has heard.’

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BBC News, 20th December 2016

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Woman guilty of Letchworth casserole dish murder – BBC News

Posted December 20th, 2016 in burglary, families, murder, news, perverting the course of justice by sally

‘A woman who killed her half-sister with a chicken-shaped casserole dish while disguised in a goatee beard and wig has been found guilty of murder.’

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BBC News, 19th December 2016

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Businessman who killed his wife and tried to burn the house down jailed for life – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted December 16th, 2016 in arson, domestic violence, murder, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘A former City trader who knocked his wife unconscious, set her body on fire and then took his dog for a walk has been jailed for life today.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 15th December 2016

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Jailed Marine A’s senior officers ‘missed warning signs’ – BBC News

Posted December 15th, 2016 in appeals, armed forces, courts martial, mental health, murder, news, reports by tracey

‘Senior officers missed signs that the unit of a now-jailed marine was suffering from exhaustion, a Royal Navy review has found.’

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BBC News, 14th December 2016

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Stefano Brizzi jailed for PC Gordon Semple’s murder – BBC News

Posted December 13th, 2016 in murder, news, police, sentencing by sally

‘A man who strangled a Metropolitan Police officer before trying to dissolve his body in an acid-filled bath has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 12th December 2016

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Marine’s conviction for killing Afghan insurgent could be quashed – The Guardian

‘A former Royal Marine serving a life sentence for murdering a wounded Afghan insurgent faces the “real possibility” of having his conviction quashed following the presentation of new evidence, an independent review has found.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2016

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Serial killer Stephen Port jailed for rape drug murders – BBC News

Posted November 25th, 2016 in murder, news, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A “wicked and monstrous” serial killer who poisoned four young men with lethal doses of a date rape drug has been given a whole life prison term.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2016

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Jo Cox: Man jailed for ‘terrorist’ murder of MP – BBC News

Posted November 24th, 2016 in murder, news, parliament, sentencing, terrorism by tracey

‘Thomas Mair has been jailed for life after being found guilty of the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2016

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Teenager jailed for 16 years after murdering senior civil servant – The Guardian

Posted November 24th, 2016 in murder, news, sentencing, young offenders by tracey

‘A teenager has been jailed for at least 16 years after being found guilty of murdering a high-ranking civil servant after they met via the gay social networking app Grindr.’

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2016

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Stephen Port: Serial killer guilty of murdering four men – BBC News

Posted November 24th, 2016 in drug offences, homosexuality, murder, news, poisoning, rape, recidivists by tracey

‘A serial killer has been found guilty of murdering four young men by poisoning them with lethal doses of a date rape drug.
Stephen Port, 41, lured his victims to his London flat and secretly gave them GHB, the Old Bailey heard. Scotland Yard believes there could be more victims and is reviewing 58 deaths in London spanning four years involving the drug.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2016

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Spalding teenage couple’s murder sentences referred to Attorney General as ‘unduly lenient’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in appeals, murder, news, sentencing, young offenders by tracey

‘The 20-year minimum terms handed to a teenage couple – believed to be Britain’s youngest double-murderers – for the brutal “executions” of a mother and her daughter have been referred to the Attorney General for being “unduly lenient”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd November 2016

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Spalding murders: Youngest couple convicted of murder sentenced to minimum of 20 years each – The Independent

Posted November 11th, 2016 in murder, news, sentencing, young offenders by tracey

‘A 15-year-old boy and girl have been sentenced to a minimum of 20 years for the murders of a mother and daughter, who were smothered and stabbed in the throat as they slept in their beds.’

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The Independent, 10th November 2016

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Levi Bellfield: Police find ‘no link’ to other crimes – BBC News

Posted November 10th, 2016 in inquiries, murder, news, police, recidivists by sally

‘An investigation into allegations surrounding more crimes that may have been committed by the killer of Milly Dowler has been closed.’

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BBC News, 9th November 2016

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Regina v Sardar (Anis Abid) – WLR Daily

Posted November 8th, 2016 in anonymity, appeals, conspiracy, disclosure, evidence, explosives, law reports, murder, witnesses by sally

Regina v Sardar (Anis Abid) [2016] EWCA Crim 1616

‘The defendant was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and, as an alternative count, conspiracy to cause an explosion. It was the Crown’s case that the defendant had been directly involved in the construction and/or deployment of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), one of which had caused the death of an American soldier near Baghdad in September 2007. The defendant’s case was that he had been acting in lawful and proportionate defence of Sunni communities who were under threat from Shia militia; his fingerprints had been found on two of the bombs, although not the one which had resulted in the fatal explosion. The defendant was convicted of murder and conspiracy to murder; no verdict was sought on the alternative count of conspiracy to cause an explosion. He appealed against conviction on the ground, inter alia, of fresh evidence from two anonymous witnesses (C and D) who were now available to give evidence as to the frequency and quality of attacks by the Shia militia on the Sunni communities and the need for the Sunnis to act in self-defence. C and D were prepared to disclose their identities to the court and, within a strict “confidentiality ring”, to counsel for the Crown, the Crown Prosecution Service lawyer and two senior investigating officers with undertakings that there should be no further disclosure to anyone. However, the Crown was not prepared to give such undertakings. The defendant applied for an order under section 87(3) of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (which required the defendant to inform the court and the prosecutor of the identity of the witness) for anonymity measures to be put in place. It was submitted that although the “prosecutor” had to be informed, that did not necessarily envisage disclosure beyond the person of the prosecutor.’

WLR Daily, 18th October 2016

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Steak knife murder: Emma-Jayne Magson jailed for life – BBC News

Posted November 8th, 2016 in murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A woman who stabbed her boyfriend in the chest with a steak knife has been jailed for life for his murder.’

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BBC News, 7th November 2016

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Ann Maguire murder could not have been foreseen, review finds – The Guardian

‘The murder of a teacher by one of her pupils during a class at a Leeds school could not have been predicted or pre-empted, an official investigation has found.’

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the Guardian, 8th November 2016

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Prosecutors are failing ‘honour’ crime victims, say Met whistleblower – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors are failing to tackle “honour crimes” in British Asian communities for fear of causing unrest, a Scotland Yard whistleblower has said.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2016

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Ipswich murders: Suffolk Police arrest no kerb crawlers in six years – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2016 in murder, news, prostitution by sally

‘No arrests for kerb crawling have been made in the past six years in a town where five sex workers were murdered, police figures show.’

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BBC News, 5th November 2016

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Daniel Sanzone jailed for life for the murder of his 6-week-old son – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 4th, 2016 in child abuse, murder, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘A 23-year-old father has today been sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 15 years, after he was found guilty of the murder of his six-week-old son.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 3rd November 2016

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