Wayne Couzens pleads guilty to murdering Sarah Everard – The Guardian

Posted July 9th, 2021 in guilty pleas, murder, news, police by michael

‘A serving police officer has admitted murdering Sarah Everard after abducting her from the street as she walked home in south London.

The Metropolitan police constable Wayne Couzens pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey on Friday [9th July] to her murder, having admitted to her kidnap and rape at an earlier hearing.’

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The Guardian, 9th July 2021

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Child sex offender loses appeal based on inadequate legal advice – Legal Futures

Posted July 8th, 2021 in appeals, child abuse, children, guilty pleas, internet, news, police, sexual offences by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has rejected the claim that a man convicted of a sexual offence after a police officer posed online as a child was given inadequate legal advice.’

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Legal Futures, 8th July 2021

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Machete-wielding robbers jailed for crime spree – BBC News

Posted July 1st, 2021 in conspiracy, guilty pleas, news, robbery, sentencing by sally

‘Members of a machete-wielding gang who raided a string of corner shops and terrorised a young family in their home have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 30th June 2021

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Restricting or Revisiting the Issue of Credit for Pleading Guilty? – Broadway House Chambers

Posted June 24th, 2021 in chambers articles, guilty pleas, news, sentencing by sally

‘What level of credit are you going to submit the Defendant is entitled to for his guilty pleas in the following scenario?’

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Broadway House Chambers, 1st June 2021

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Court of Appeal Guidance on Credit for Guilty Plea Indications – 25 Bedford Row

Posted June 24th, 2021 in chambers articles, guilty pleas, news, sentencing by sally

‘This article reviews the Court of Appeal case of R v Plaku [2021] EWCA 568 which provides guidance concerning credit for guilty plea indications.’

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25 Bedford Row, 2nd June 2021

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PC Wayne Couzens pleads guilty to kidnap and rape of Sarah Everard – The Guardian

Posted June 9th, 2021 in guilty pleas, kidnapping, murder, news, police, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘Police constable Wayne Couzens has pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and rape of Sarah Everard, who went missing in March while walking home in south London.’

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The Guardian, 8th June 2021

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Paedophile’s ‘industrial scale’ blackmail scam targeted 2,000 victims – The Guardian

‘A paedophile who exploited and blackmailed almost 2,000 victims globally has admitted 158 charges in what has been described as “industrial-scale” offending.’

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The Guardian, 7th June 2021

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University lecturer jailed for sex assault on student – BBC News

Posted May 18th, 2021 in assault, guilty pleas, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A university lecturer has been jailed for sexually assaulting a student as she walked home from a pub.’

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BBC News, 18th May 2021

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Man sentenced for blinding motorcyclist with egg in Wigston – BBC News

Posted April 29th, 2021 in grievous bodily harm, guilty pleas, motorcycles, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man has been sentenced after blinding a motorcyclist in one eye by throwing an egg at him from a car.’

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BBC News, 28th April 2021

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David Logan jailed for 10 years for killing family in Dalton crash – BBC News

‘A persistent drink-driver has been jailed for killing a father and his two children in a crash while they were out for a Father’s Day walk.’

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BBC News, 19th April 2021

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Oldham gang jailed for £160k supermarket thefts – BBC News

Posted April 15th, 2021 in conspiracy, guilty pleas, news, sentencing, theft by sally

‘Six men who stole more than £160,000 worth of items from supermarkets, by setting off alarms to distract security guards, have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 14th April 2021

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Procedural fairness: ECO must put suspicions of dishonesty to applicant before refusal says Court of Appeal – EIN Blog

Posted April 8th, 2021 in guilty pleas, immigration, judicial review, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘Following the approach in Balajigari v SSHD [2019] EWCA Civ 673 (discussed here), the Court of Appeal has held that it is arguable that procedural fairness required the entry clearance officer (ECO) to put suspicions of dishonesty to the entry clearance applicant, one Mr Wahid an advocate of the High Court of Sindh, and that UTJ Frances got it badly wrong by thinking that permission should be refused. In 2009, then 21 years old, Mr Wahid was convicted on his guilty plea entered at the first opportunity to a driving offence. He had permitted a friend to drive his car without a licence or insurance. He received a short driving ban and a fine and penalty, both of which were duly paid. He completed his LLB that year and then made an in-time application for further leave to remain as a student. He studied and completed his LLM in March 2011. He was then granted further leave as a student and was then granted a Tier 1 (PSW) migrant until 4 January 2014. While he was travelling from London to Pakistan in July 2012, security officers at Heathrow Airport found a blunt Spanish butterfly knife on a keychain in his bags which was a prohibited item. Security staff apologised when explaining to Mr Wahid that the police needed to be called as a matter of protocol. He was taken to a police station and interviewed. He was not charged. He said that he was informed that no further action would be taken.’

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EIN Blog, 7th April 2021

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Pensioner cleared of murdering wife during first lockdown in Wales – The Guardian

Posted February 16th, 2021 in coronavirus, domestic violence, guilty pleas, mental health, murder, news, Wales by sally

‘A man who killed his wife five days into the first lockdown last year in Wales has been cleared of her murder.’

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The Guardian, 15th February 2021

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Credit where credit’s due? A ‘likely’ story – Carmelite Chambers

‘In 2017, the Sentencing Council introduced a Definitive Guideline on Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty plea, leaving Judges with little or no discretion on the credit that can be afforded for pleas entered at the Crown Court, even for indictable only offences.’

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Carmelite Chambers, 11th January 2021

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Reading attacker Khairi Saadallah given whole-life prison sentence – The Guardian

Posted January 12th, 2021 in attempted murder, guilty pleas, murder, news, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘A man who murdered three men in 10 seconds on a summer evening in a Reading park, has been sentenced to die in prison after a judge determined it was a jihadist attack.’

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The Guardian, 11th January 2021

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Dayne Cooper jailed after Essex police officer dragged by car – BBC News

Posted December 1st, 2020 in assault, emergency services, guilty pleas, news, police, sentencing by sally

‘A man who dragged a police officer along the ground as he held the car door and punched another in the head has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 30th November 2020

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Harley Watson hit-and-run: Terence Glover admits manslaughter – BBC News

‘A man has admitted killing a 12-year-old boy in a hit-and-run near a school.’

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BBC News, 30th November 2020

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R v Luckett (Michael David) [2020] EWCA Crim 565 – CrimeCast.Law

‘“This was one of a pair of recent cases, which tend to suggest that police officers and those who aspire to be police officers are still held to a higher standard than the public they are sworn to protect. It was a sentencing appeal following a plea of guilty by a former police officer, who had made use of information gathered in the course of investigating a drink driving offence to get in touch with the defendant and subsequently enter into a long-term personal relationship with her. He resigned from the police and pleaded guilty to misconduct in a public office. His appeal against the sentence prompted the Court of Appeal to refer to earlier authorities on sentencing for misconduct in a public office by serving police officers and gave the court an opportunity to emphasise the gravity of the offence, whilst at the same time proving that the quality of mercy is not strained …”’

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CrimeCast.Law, 26th November 2020

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Army Cadet leader jailed for nine years for sex offences against boys – The Independent

Posted November 26th, 2020 in armed forces, child abuse, guilty pleas, news, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A former Army Cadet leader has been jailed for nine years after pleading guilty to child sex offences committed between 1981 and 1991.’

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The Independent, 25th November 2020

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Corbyn supporter spared jail after telling Margaret Hodge to die in string of antisemitic abuse – The Independent

‘A supporter of Jeremy Corbyn who targeted Labour MPs with “vulgar, obscene and threatening” abuse has been spared jail.’

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The Independent, 25th November 2020

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