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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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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Around half of child prisoners now feel unsafe after large rise – The Independent

Posted November 16th, 2016 in child abuse, custody, news, race discrimination, reports, young offenders by sally

‘The number of children held in youth prisons who feel unsafe has risen significantly in recent years, an official report has warned.’

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The Independent, 15th 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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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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Young adult offenders need more support, say MPs – BBC News

Posted October 27th, 2016 in news, select committees, young offenders by sally

‘Someone who commits a crime between the ages of 18 and 25 should not be treated as an adult by the criminal justice system, a group of MPs have said.’

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BBC News, 26th October 2016

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McPhee v The Queen – WLR Daily

McPhee v The Queen [2016] UKPC 29

‘The defendant, a 17-year-old from Nassau, was arrested on a neighbouring island of The Bahamas on suspicion of murder following an armed robbery. He gave his mother’s phone number in Nassau to the police but no contact with her was established and no lawyer was called. After more than 31 hours in custody, during which time the custody log showed he had been taken from his cell several times but without any record made of his being questioned, a church minister in his mid-seventies was asked to come to the police station to witness the defendant make a statement. The minister did not speak to the defendant alone nor offer him any advice, but observed that the defendant was hungry and gave the police money to buy him a meal, after which the defendant made a written statement under caution confessing to the murder. Apart from the confession the only evidence against the defendant was that of another defendant who became a prosecution witness during the trial. At trial, the defendant claimed that his statement had been made following torture and so was not admissible. The judge rejected the claim of torture but did not consider whether the taking of the defendant from his cells had been for the purpose of informal interrogation, or whether the minister could properly be said to have been acting as an “appropriate adult” for the witnessing of a juvenile’s confession, and allowed the confession to go before the jury. The defendant was convicted of murder. The conviction was upheld by the Court of Appeal of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The defendant appealed to the Privy Council on the grounds, inter alia, that the confession should have been excluded under section 20 of the Bahamas Evidence Act as being unreliable, by reason of the defendant having been subjected to unrecorded questioning in the absence of a lawyer or appropriate adult and in any event should have been excluded as unfair under section 178 of the Bahamas Evidence Act.’

WLR Daily, 24th October 2016

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Ex-police chief found guilty of sexually abusing boys in 1980s – The Guardian

Posted October 24th, 2016 in child abuse, news, police, sexual offences, young offenders by michael

‘A former police superintendent has been found guilty of sexually abusing boys in the 1980s at a Home Office attendance centre for young offenders and at a children’s home.’

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The Guardian, 21st October 2016

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Serious case review launched over teenaged Spalding killers – BBC News

Posted October 20th, 2016 in children, mental health, murder, news, social services, young offenders by tracey

‘Review to examine if signs of deviant behaviour were missed in boy and girl, now 15, who killed Elizabeth and Katie Edwards.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2016

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‘Killer clown’ craze: Teen landed with criminal record, while police urge shops to remove sinister outfits from shelves – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 12th, 2016 in fines, news, public order, young offenders by tracey

‘A teenager has been hit with a criminal record for a “killer clown” stunt near an infants school as the escalating craze sparked calls from police chiefs to remove fancy dress from shop shelves.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th October 2016

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Teenager loses appeal over 27-year sentence for Essex knife murders – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2016 in appeals, homicide, murder, news, sentencing, young offenders by tracey

‘A teenager who stabbed two strangers to death in Essex in 2014 has lost his appeal against a minimum term of 27 years’ detention.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2016

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Young offender institutions: What is life like for inmates? – BBC News

Posted September 13th, 2016 in news, prisons, violence, young offenders by sally

‘Levels of violence in young offender institutions have been described as unacceptably high, with inmates and staff facing the daily threat of beatings and stabbings.’

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BBC News, 12th September 2016

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The terror of young offender institutions – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2016 in detention, inquiries, news, prisons, young offenders by sally

‘Levels of violence in young offender institutions have been described as unacceptably high, with inmates and staff facing the daily threat of beatings and stabbings. The government is promising a thorough review of the system. But what’s life like for young people who get locked up?’

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BBC News, 12th September 2016

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Old Bailey judge retiring after 20 years condemns burden foreign criminals are placing on state – Daily Telegraph

‘An influx of Eastern European criminals risks clogging up the criminal justice system and placing an extra burden on its finances, a senior Old Bailey judge warns. His Honour Judge Tim Pontius also expresses concern at the surge in historic sex abuse cases which he called “troubling”, while conceding that the system is struggling to cope with young Islamist terrorists.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th September 2016

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Homeless young offenders’ housing criticised by report – BBC News

Posted September 7th, 2016 in children, homelessness, housing, local government, news, reports, young offenders by sally

‘A third of homeless 16 and 17-year-old offenders in England and Wales are being placed in unsafe or unsuitable accommodation, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 7th September 2016

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Jazzie Watson jailed for life for killing younger brother – The Guardian

Posted August 31st, 2016 in families, murder, news, offensive weapons, sentencing, young offenders by sally

‘A 20-year-old man who stabbed his younger half-brother to death during an argument over how the teenager was speaking to their mother has been jailed for life.’

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The Guardian, 30th August 2016

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Under-18 terror detainments triple in two years – BBC News

Posted August 26th, 2016 in detention, news, statistics, terrorism, young offenders by sally

‘The number of under-18s detained under the Terrorism Act when entering or leaving the UK has more than tripled over two years, new figures suggest.’

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BBC News, 28th August 2016

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Home Office approved drug trials on young offenders in 1960s – The Guardian

Posted August 22nd, 2016 in medicines, news, pilot schemes, school children, young offenders by sally

‘The Home Office approved plans to carry out drug trials on children at two schools for young offenders in the 1960s, according to files released by the National Archives.’

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2016

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Threefold rise in number of sex offences in schools reported to police – The Guardian

‘The number of sex offences in schools reported to police has almost trebled in four years, a study has shown.’

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The Guardian, 8th August 2016

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Mumsnet cyber hacker ordered to do 200 hours’ unpaid work – BBC News

Posted August 3rd, 2016 in community service, computer crime, internet, news, sentencing, young offenders by tracey

‘A teenager who launched a cyber attack against parenting site Mumsnet – forcing it to reset millions of passwords – has been sentenced.’

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BBC News, 2nd August 2016

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