Rapper Ceon Broughton wins appeal against manslaughter conviction following festival death of Louella Fletcher-Michie – Garden Court Chambers

‘Ceon Broughton, a rapper jailed over the death of his partner Louella Fletcher-Michie from a drug overdose at Bestival has won his appeal against his manslaughter conviction. Broughton’s conviction in 2019 and seven-year prison sentence for manslaughter was quashed on 18 August 2020 by the Court of Appeal. The appeal was heard before The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Burnett, Mr Justice Sweeney and Mr Justice Murray.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 18th August 2020

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Mother and grandparents win appeal over interim care orders – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by a mother and the maternal grandparents against interim care orders made in respect of three children, saying the transcript of the hearing before the recorder “demonstrates once again the difficulties facing courts required to conduct hearings remotely because of the restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th August 2020

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Driver jailed for head-on crash with cyclists in Bargoed – BBC News

Posted August 25th, 2020 in bicycles, dangerous driving, drug abuse, news, sentencing by sally

‘A driver who ploughed head-on into four cyclists at 60mph has been jailed for two years and eight months.’

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BBC News, 24th August 2020

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Court overturns man’s conviction for girlfriend’s Bestival drug death – The Guardian

‘The rapper Ceon Broughton has had his conviction for the manslaughter of his girlfriend overturned by the court of appeal.’

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The Guardian, 18th August 2020

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UK judge rules against Johnny Depp over ‘drugs texts’ in libel case – The Guardian

Posted June 30th, 2020 in defamation, disclosure, domestic violence, drug abuse, evidence, news by sally

‘Johnny Depp has breached an order in a libel case by failing to disclose texts that apparently show him trying to obtain drugs, the high court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2020

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A Local Authority v The Mother and others [2020] EWHC 1233 (Fam) by Ned Sproston – Broadway House Chambers

Posted June 4th, 2020 in adjournment, care orders, coronavirus, drug abuse, news by sally

‘What can we take away from the judgment in this recent Covid-19 related remote hearing case?’

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Broadway House Chambers, 29th May 2020

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Separation REALLY is the last resort – Garden Court Chambers

‘In this case, the local authority successfully applied for an interim care order as a result of the mother’s longstanding drug addiction (which had led to the need for one leg to be amputated and the use of a wheelchair), her chaotic lifestyle, and domestic abuse concerns. The child was placed with her mother in a residential unit.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 27th April 2020

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‘Lacklustre’ response to suicides at London jail despite warnings, report finds – The Independent

Posted March 13th, 2020 in drug abuse, news, ombudsmen, prisons, standards, statistics, suicide by tracey

‘A prison in London has shown a “lacklustre” response to self-inflicted deaths despite major warnings that it must improve and widespread concerns over failures across the penal estate to respond to inmate suicides.’

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The Independent, 12th March 2020

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Court of Appeal rejects appeal by council over ruling reuniting mother and child in different residential unit – Local Government Lawyer

‘A local authority has failed in an appeal over a judge’s decision that a mother and child should be reunited in a different residential unit.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th February 2020

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Prisons: what’s gone wrong & how to fix it – Counsel

‘An abysmal mess? What our prisons tell us about our country today – by Nick Hardwick.’

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Counsel, February 2020

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Charity warns over ‘safe’ legalisation of cannabis – The Guardian

Posted February 10th, 2020 in charities, drug abuse, drug offences, mental health, news, statistics by sally

‘One in 20 adults would take cannabis on a regular basis if it were legalised, similar to the number of people who currently use it, according to a poll for a leading mental health charity.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2020

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Painkiller crash death nurse Cerys Price jailed – BBC News

Posted February 6th, 2020 in dangerous driving, drug abuse, news, sentencing by sally

‘A “drugged-up” nurse who killed a man in a head-on crash after taking a high dose prescription painkillers has been jailed for five years and four months.’

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BBC News, 6th February 2020

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Inquest finds use of Taser by Devon and Cornwall Police contributed to death of Marc Cole when experiencing paranoia – Garden Court Chambers

‘The inquest into the death of Marc Anthony Cole has concluded with the jury finding he died from excess use of cocaine resulting in paranoid and erratic behaviour, with the use of a Taser by Devon and Cornwall Police having a more than trivial impact on Marc going into cardiac arrest. The medical cause of death included the use of cocaine, an episode of altered behaviour including self-harm, excitement, exertion and restraint including the discharge of a TASER X26 device.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 30th January 2020

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Guildford cell death: Police ‘thought woman was asleep’ – BBC News

Posted February 4th, 2020 in death in custody, drug abuse, inquests, news, prisons by sally

‘A woman who was found dead in a police cell appeared to have stopped breathing the night before her body was found, an inquest jury has heard.’

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BBC News, 3rd February 2020

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“Should Cannabis Use be Legalised” An Article by Yasin Patel & Amy Hazlewood – Church Court Chambers

Posted January 30th, 2020 in chambers articles, drug abuse, medicines, news by sally

‘Cannabis, good drug or bad? The topic of debate internationally for decades by governments, medical professionals, recreational users and more. A renewed debate about the laws prohibiting or permitting cannabis use and supply around the world has been fuelled by the legalisation of supply and use of cannabis for ‘recreational’ purposes. Yasin Patel and Amy Hazlewood consider amongst other things, the use of cannabis, the legal history, advantages and disadvantages of legalising it.’

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Church Court Chambers, January 2020

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Police tasering of man with mental health issues ‘contributed to his death’ – The Guardian

‘Truro inquest hears Marc Cole was hit three times as family calls for review of stun guns.’

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The Guardian, 28th January 2020

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Proportion of UK prisoners with drug problem doubles in five years – study – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2020 in drug abuse, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, statistics by sally

‘The proportion of prisoners developing a drug problem in custody has more than doubled in the past five years, research suggests.’

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The Guardian, 20th January 2020

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Judge under fire for telling violent abuser to take up running – Daily Telegraph

‘A judge has been criticised for telling a domestic violence offender to take up running to control his behaviour.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th January 2020

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Letter to the ACMD to review GHB and GBL – Home Office

Posted January 9th, 2020 in drug abuse, medicines, press releases by tracey

‘Letter from the Home Secretary asking the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to review the classification of GHB and GBL.’

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Home Office, 6th January 2020

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Freeman tribunal adjourned and may not finish until October next year – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2019 in adjournment, disciplinary procedures, doctors, drug abuse, news, sport, tribunals by tracey

‘The occasionally dramatic if sprawling medical tribunal of the former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman, which was due to be done and dusted last March, may not finish now until October 2020 after being adjourned yet again.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2019

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