Wayne Couzens loses appeal against whole-life sentence -Daily Telegraph

Posted July 29th, 2022 in appeals, imprisonment, kidnapping, murder, news, police, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘Wayne Couzens is still set to die in prison after he lost his bid to reduce his sentence at the Court of Appeal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th July 2022

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Re S: A short lesson on jurisdiction in international children cases post-Brexit – Family Law

Posted July 22nd, 2022 in brexit, children, families, family courts, jurisdiction, kidnapping, news by tracey

‘The President of the Family Division has very recently handed down his decision in this matter of Re: S (A Child) (Jurisdiction) [2022] EWHC 1720 (Fam), in which we acted for the successful applicant mother. Whilst the facts of the case are unique, the judgment serves as a helpful reminder of the jurisdictional framework of international children cases following our departure from the European Union.’

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Family Law, 21st July 2022

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Sarah Everard: Three attendees fined over unofficial vigil – BBC News

Posted June 10th, 2022 in coronavirus, fines, kidnapping, murder, news, police, rape, sexual offences, women by sally

‘Three people have been fined for breaking Covid laws by attending a vigil for Sarah Everard.’

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BBC News, 9th June 2022

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The Whole Life Order: Have the Floodgates Been Opened? – Pump Court Chambers

‘Events that occurred in March 2021 instituted a widespread heated debate both domestically and internationally as a consequence of the murder of Sarah Everard at the hands of police officer Wayne Couzens. It sparked a global women’s safety movement and erosion of public confidence in police protection, alongside sparking conversations around inequality, misogyny and victim-blaming. Further, it was also a rare case of a whole life order being handed down for a single murder. Up there in the list of the most famous names in criminal history with Myra Hindley, Peter Sutcliffe and Rosemary West, now stands the name Wayne Couzens. Putting aside societal, political and media considerations regarding this sentence, can interpretation of the statute and of sentencing provisions in this case be seen as opening the floodgates?’

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Pump Court Chambers, 10th May 2022

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Two men convicted after schoolgirl kidnapped, raped and beaten with nunchucks – The Independent

‘Two friends who kidnapped a schoolgirl, beat her with nunchucks and repeatedly raped her have been convicted.’

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The Independent, 17th May 2022

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Police acted unlawfully over Everard vigil, court rules – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Metropolitan Police unlawfully failed to consider whether the right to protest provided a “reasonable excuse” under coronavirus restrictions to organise a vigil for murder victim Sarah Everard, the High Court ruled today.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 11th March 2022

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High court to hear claims Sarah Everard vigil ban breached human rights – The Guardian

‘Women’s rights activists are at the high court to argue that the police’s decision to ban a vigil for Sarah Everard in London was a breach of their human rights.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2022

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Sarah Everard inquiry to examine if ‘red flags’ over murderer Wayne Couzens were missed – The Independent

Posted January 11th, 2022 in inquiries, kidnapping, murder, news, police, rape by tracey

‘The public inquiry into how a serving police officer was able to abduct, rape and murder Sarah Everard will look at whether any “red flags” were missed.’

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The Independent, 10th January 2022

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Man jailed after kidnapping woman by posing as London taxi driver – The Independent

‘A man who posed as a taxi driver before a kidnapping a young woman in central London and attempting to sexually assault her has been jailed.’

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The Independent, 30th November 2021

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Sarah Everard: Chairwoman of inquiry into murder announced – BBC News

‘An independent inquiry into the murder of Sarah Everard will receive greater powers if the newly appointed chairwoman is unable to fulfil her remit, the home secretary has said.’

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BBC News, 22nd November 2021

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Greenwich hotel murder: Serial abuser guilty of killing girlfriend – BBC News

Posted November 11th, 2021 in domestic violence, families, kidnapping, murder, news, rape, sexual offences, women by sally

‘A “serial abuser of women” has been found guilty of murdering his girlfriend at a south-east London hotel.’

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BBC News, 10th November 2021

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Why the Everard Inquiry must look far beyond Wayne Couzens – Doughty Street Chambers

‘When DCI Simon Harding said that police officers viewed Wayne Couzens not as a police officer who was a murderer but as “a murderer who happened to be a police officer”, he was perhaps telling us more than he meant to about police culture. You might think that his cue came from the very top, after, in June, Dame Cressida Dick described the police as a body where you might find an “occasional bad’un”.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 5th October 2021

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Wayne Couzens launches appeal against whole-life sentence for Sarah Everard murder – The Independent

‘Sarah Everard’s murderer is appealing against the whole-life sentence he was given at the Old Bailey last month, it has emerged.’

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The Independent, 27th October 2021

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Sarah Everard: Police forces to review allegations of sex offences and domestic abuse involving serving officers – The Independent

‘All police forces in England and Wales are to review allegations of indecent exposure, sex offences and violence against women by serving officers.’

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The Independent, 12th October 2021

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A third of police forces referred sex assault claims to watchdog – The Guardian

‘Almost a third of police forces in England and Wales referred allegations of sexual assault and harassment against their own officers to the police watchdog in the days following the sentencing of Wayne Couzens for the murder of Sarah Everard, the Observer can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 10th October 2021

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Man jailed for posing as a police officer and trying to ‘arrest’ woman – The Independent

‘A man has been jailed after impersonating a police officer and attempting to “arrest” a woman.’

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The Independent, 8th October 2021

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Insight: Sarah Everard’s murder: Home Secretary commissions public inquiry – House of Commons Library

‘Priti Patel has launched a non-statutory inquiry following the sentencing of Sarah Everard’s killer. The chair and terms of reference have yet to be announced.’

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House of Commons Library, 6th October 2021

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Sarah Everard murder: Met to launch review of standards and internal culture – The Guardian

‘The Metropolitan police is launching a review of professional standards and internal culture within the force, led by a high-profile anti-sleaze adviser, following the rape and murder of Sarah Everard by a serving officer.’

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The Guardian, 4th October 2021

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Sarah Everard: Female officers ‘fear reporting male colleagues’ – BBC News

‘Female police officers fear reporting male colleagues as they worry they will be abandoned if they need help on duty, says a former senior officer. Ex-Met Ch Supt Parm Sandhu said female officers fear being “kicked in” while dealing with street violence. And a police watchdog inspector has admitted she would be concerned to approach a lone male officer at night.’

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BBC News, 30th September 2021

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Met Police issues advice to women to ‘shout or wave a bus down’ if they don’t trust a male officer – The Independent

Posted October 1st, 2021 in abuse of position of trust, kidnapping, murder, news, police, rape, sexual offences, women by tracey

‘The Metropolitan Police has issued advice for women who fear a male police officer might not be genuine, suggesting they call 999 or “shout out to a passer-by, run into a house or wave a bus down” for help.’

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The Independent, 1st October 2021

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