Drill and rap music on trial – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2021 in artistic works, gangs, homicide, murder, news, violence by sally

‘Drill music has captured headlines since it started to emerge in the UK in 2012. With its often provocative lyrics, it’s been blamed by police for fuelling violence.’

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BBC News, 13th January 2021

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Knife killer brought to justice for 1994 Manchester stabbing – BBC News

‘A killer with a long history of mental health issues has been brought to justice for randomly stabbing a “blameless” man to death 26 years ago.’

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BBC News, 5th January 2021

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PC Andrew Harper killers’ sentences unchanged after appeal – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2020 in appeals, homicide, news, police, sentencing by tracey

‘The sentences given to the killers of PC Andrew Harper, who was dragged to his death in August 2019, will not be increased after challenges at the court of appeal.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2020

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High Court dismisses Harry Dunn challenge – UK Human Rights Blog

‘R (on the application of Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs & Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police [2020] EWHC 3185 (Admin). At a “rolled up” hearing on both permission and substantive merits, a challenge was considered by the High Court to the decision of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (“FCO”) that Anne Sacoolas, the wife of a member of the US Government’s Technical and Administrative staff stationed at RAF Croughton, was entitled to diplomatic immunity from prosecution. The challenge to this decision was dismissed on all grounds. However, permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal has been granted.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th December 2020

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London man who killed his children detained in hospital indefinitely – The Guardian

‘A man who slit the throats of his two young children during lockdown has been detained in hospital indefinitely.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2020

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Fifth femicide census shows “a serious failing and indicates a lack of will to tackle root causes” of killings of women by men in the UK – Family Law

Posted December 10th, 2020 in homicide, news, reports, statistics, victims, women by tracey

‘The Femicide Census has produced its fifth, and most comprehensive, report to date of women killed by men in the UK.’

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Family Law, 9th December 2020

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Emily Jones: woman jailed for life for killing seven-year-old in Bolton – The Guardian

‘The woman who killed seven-year-old Emily Jones in a Bolton park on Mother’s Day has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of eight years.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2020

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Judge orders jury to clear woman of murdering Emily Jones in Bolton – The Guardian

‘A woman with a history of violence and mental health problems who confessed to killing seven-year-old Emily Jones, has been cleared of murder.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2020

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Highgate mental health unit death: Killer detained indefinitely – BBC News

Posted December 4th, 2020 in detention, homicide, mental health, negligence, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who beat, strangled and set alight a fellow patient at a secure mental health unit in north London has been detained for an unlimited time.’

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BBC News, 3rd December 2020

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Father who threw baby in river ‘slipped through’ mental health care net, says judge – The Guardian

‘A man who threw his infant son into a river “slipped through the net” of mental health services, a judge has said. Zak Bennett-Eko, 23, was sentenced to a hospital order on Tuesday after being found guilty of the manslaughter by diminished responsibility of his 11-month-old son Zakari.’

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The Guardian, 1st December 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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Damilola Taylor: What lessons have been learnt 20 years on? – BBC News

Posted November 27th, 2020 in children, gangs, homicide, London, news, offensive weapons, victims, young offenders by tracey

‘Twenty years ago, 10-year-old schoolboy Damilola Taylor was stabbed in the leg and left to die in a south London stairwell. It took six years and three trials for brothers Danny and Ricky Preddie to be convicted of manslaughter. They were aged 12 and 13 at the time of the killing.’

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BBC News, 27th November 2020

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Domestic abuse victims with ‘trapped capital’ should not be denied legal aid, court rules – The Guardian

‘Victims of domestic abuse should not be denied legal aid because they have assets trapped in a home, the high court has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 25th November 2020

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R v Broughton Clarifying Causation in Gross Negligence Manslaughter – 2 Hare Court

Posted November 17th, 2020 in causation, drug abuse, evidence, expert witnesses, homicide, negligence, news by sally

‘In 2017 a 24-year-old woman, Louella Fletcher Michie, died at the Bestival Music Festival, having taken 2-CP, a Class A drug, supplied by her boyfriend, the appellant.’

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2 Hare Court, November 2020

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Rough sex excuse in women’s deaths is variation of ‘crime of passion’ – study – The Guardian

‘Men who kill women are increasingly using the “sex game gone wrong” excuse as a contemporary variation on the traditional crime of passion defence, research has found.’

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The Guardian, 10th November 2020

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Stoffel & Co. v Grondona [2020] UKSC 42 – Hailsham Chambers

‘In Stoffel & Co. v Grondona, the Supreme Court considered the operation of the common law defence of illegality in the context of solicitors’ negligence for the first time since its seminal decision in Patel v Mirza [2017] AC 467. At the same time, the Court handed down judgment in a clinical negligence case: Henderson v Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust [2020] UKSC 43.’

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Hailsham Chambers, 3rd November 2020

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Jack Mitchell death: Father jailed for manslaughter – BBC News

Posted November 10th, 2020 in child abuse, domestic violence, guilty pleas, homicide, news, sentencing by sally

‘A father who admitted causing the death of his teenage son by shaking him as a baby has been jailed for three years.’

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BBC News, 9th November 2020

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Divisional Court gives guidance on article 2 inquests – UK Human Rights Law Blog

‘R (Peter Skelton and anr) v Senior Coroner for West Sussex [2020] EWHC 2813 (Adminn). Susan Nicholson and Caroline Devlin were killed by the same man during the course of abusive relationships. They died in 2011 and 2006, but the man was not convicted – of murder and manslaughter respectively – until 2017. The inquest into Susan’s death in 2011 resulted in a verdict of accidental death. Following the murder conviction, the Coroner applied to the High Court for this to be quashed, with the intention of holding a short inquest at which a fresh conclusion of “unlawful killing” would be recorded. However, the Claimants in this case – Susan’s parents – sought to expand the scope of the inquest to consider what they thought, understandably, were police failings. They were successful; this blog explains why, and examines the wider implications of the ruling.’

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UK Human Rights Law Blog, 5th November 2020

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Mental health, clinical negligence and the illegality defence – UK Human Rights Law Blog

‘In Ecila Henderson v. Dorset Healthcare University NHS Trust Foundation [2020] UKSC 43 the Supreme Court has revisited the defence of illegality (“ex turpi causa”) in the context of a claim for clinical negligence.’

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UK Human Rights Law Blog, 3rd November 2020

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Man admits killing his children at London home during UK lockdown – The Guardian

‘A man has admitted slitting the throats of his two young children during lockdown. Nadarajah Nithiyakumar, 41, attacked his daughter Pavinya, aged 19 months, and three-year-old son Nigash at the family home in Ilford, east London, on 26 April.’

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The Guardian, 5th November 2020

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