Man cleared of Bristol stabbings by reason of insanity – BBC News

Posted May 12th, 2010 in insanity, mental health, news, offensive weapons, wounding by sally

“A man has been found not guilty by reason of insanity of stabbing 10 people on a rampage in Bristol.”

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BBC News, 11th May 2010

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Wiltshire coroner orders review into suicide – BBC News

Posted May 12th, 2010 in coroners, mental health, news, suicide by sally

“A coroner has ordered police and health services to review the way they treated a patient who hanged himself after being falsely accused of a sex assault.”

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BBC News, 12th May 2010

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Woman who smothered grandmother loses murder appeal – BBC News

“A West Yorkshire woman who was secretly taped confessing to smothering her grandmother has lost an appeal against her murder conviction.”

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BBC News, 11th May 2010

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Link Lending Ltd v Hussain and another – WLR Daily

Posted April 27th, 2010 in appeals, land registration, law reports, loans, mental health, repossession by sally

Link Lending Ltd v Hussain and another [2010] EWCA Civ 424; [2010] WLR (D) 103

“A person, who had been taken into psychiatric care under s3 of the Mental Health Act 1983 and had been involuntarily placed elsewhere, was still in actual occupation of her own home under the land registration legislation. Where therefore the owner, lacking legal capacity, had transferred the property to a swindler for no consideration and the swindler had secured a loan on the property from a lender which he had failed to repay, the lender as the registered chargee was not entitled to dispossess her on the ground that she was not in actual occupation of her home.”

WLR Daily, 26th April 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Man ‘angry at phone call’ killed stranger in Greenwich – BBC News

Posted April 21st, 2010 in diminished responsibility, mental health, murder, news by sally

“A man who stabbed a stranger to ‘release his rage’ at not being able to get through to his girlfriend’s phone has been found guilty of murder.”

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BBC News, 20th April 2010

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MoD is failing its war veterans, leaving many to face jail terms, peer says – The Guardian

“Britain should appoint a cabinet minister responsible for the welfare of ex-service personnel amid concern over the rising number who end up in custody after returning home from a war zone, a former prisons inspector says.”

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The Guardian, 14th April 2010

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Man convicted of harassing model Sophie Anderton – BBC News

Posted March 25th, 2010 in harassment, mental health, news by sally

“A stockbroker has been found guilty of stalking model Sophie Anderton by bombarding her with text messages.”

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BBC News, 25th March 2010

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Connor v Surrey County Council – WLR Daily

Posted March 24th, 2010 in duty of care, law reports, mental health, negligence by sally

Connor v Surrey County Council [2010] EWCA Civ 286; [2010] WLR (D) 83

“A duty of care owed by a public body to one of its employees as a function of that employment relationship and which existed independently of the impact of action or inaction under statute could be violated, so as to give rise to a claim for damages, by failure to exercise a statutory discretion, but only where the discretion was, or would have been able to be, exercised consistently with the duty-ower’s full performance of its public law functions.”

WLR Daily, 22nd March 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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Schizophrenic man jailed for fatal stabbing in London – BBC News

“A schizophrenic man who pleaded guilty to killing a father in north London months after being fined for another attack has been jailed for life.”

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BBC News, 16th March 2010

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Key and another v Key and others – WLR Daily

Posted March 11th, 2010 in bereavement, law reports, mental health, probate, wills by sally

Key and another v Key and others [2010] EWHC 408 (Ch); [2010] WLR (D) 69

 “Although affective disorder such as depression, including that caused by bereavement, was more likely to affect powers of decision-making than comprehension, the effect of bereavement on a testator’s mind was a factor to be taken into account when deciding whether he had capacity to make a will and was capable of impairing testamentary capacity.”

WLR Daily, 9th March 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

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The Big Question: Is the Yorkshire Ripper going to be released early from prison? – The Independent

Posted March 3rd, 2010 in early release, mental health, murder, news, sentencing by sally

“Why are we asking this now?

The serial killer Peter Sutcliffe, who was given 20 life sentences in 1981 for murdering 13 women – he was known as the Yorkshire Ripper because he mutilated his victims’ bodies with a sharpened screwdriver – has applied to the High Court for a ruling on how much longer he must serve in jail.”

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The Independent, 3rd March 2010

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Murders committed by mentally ill ‘could be double what official figures show’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 1st, 2010 in mental health, murder, news, statistics by sally

“The number of murders committed by people with mental health problems could be double what official figures show, according to research.”

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Daily Telegraph, 1st March 2010

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Barber v Croydon London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Posted February 16th, 2010 in ASBOs, housing, mental health by sally

Barber v Croydon London Borough Council – WLR Daily [2010] EWCA Civ 51; [2010] WLR (D) 39

“A local housing authority had acted unreasonably in seeking possession against a mentally impaired tenant for anti-social behaviour when it failed to take into account the possibility that the tenant’s mental impairment might have given rise to his behaviour. However, the fact that the tenant had successfully advanced a public law defence in a private law action meant that the council would not be preventing from bringing a fresh possession action if on reconsideration it felt it was merited.”

WLR Daily, 16th February 2010

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Pitt and another v Holt and another – WLR Daily

Posted January 20th, 2010 in Court of Protection, law reports, mental health, receivers, setting aside by sally

Pitt and another v Holt and another [2010] WLR (D) 2

“A receiver appointed under the Mental Health Act 1983 by the Court of Protection was entitled to rely on the principle that, where a trustee exercised a discretion pursuant to the terms of the trust and the effect of the exercise was different from that intended, the court would set aside his action if it was clear that he would not have acted as he had, had he not failed to take into account considerations which he ought to have taken into account, or taken into account considerations which he ought not to have taken into account (‘the Hastings-Bass principle’).”

WLR daily, 19th January 2010

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Judge says extraditing Gary McKinnon may be unlawful – The Guardian

Posted January 14th, 2010 in computer crime, extradition, mental health, news by sally

“The home secretary may have acted unlawfully by pursuing the extradition of the computer hacker Gary McKinnon, a high court judge said yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 14th January 2010

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Call to lift ban on jury service for people with mental illness – The Guardian

Posted January 11th, 2010 in juries, mental health, news by sally

“Ministers are facing demands to scrap an ‘unfair and discriminatory’ law that bans thousands from being jurors because they have suffered from mental ill-health.”

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The Guardian, 10th January 2010

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M6 dash woman jailed over killing – BBC News

Posted November 27th, 2009 in diminished responsibility, homicide, mental health, news, sentencing by sally

“A woman has been jailed for killing a man she met on the day she appeared in court for punching a police officer who tried to stop her running on to the M6.”

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BBC news, 26th November 2009

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‘Failing mental health’ – BBC Law in Action

Posted November 11th, 2009 in mental health, news, prisons by sally

“Ninety percent of people in prison in England and Wales have a mental health problem.”

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BBC Law in Action, 10th November 2009

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Alan Johnson ‘stops the clock’ on Gary McKinnon’s extradition proceedings – The Times

Posted October 27th, 2009 in computer crime, evidence, extradition, mental health, news by sally

“The Home Secretary has thrown a lifeline to Gary McKinnon, the alleged computer hacker, with a promise to examine new medical evidence “very carefully” before deciding on his extradition to the United States.”

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The Times, 27th October 2009

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Mentally ill Briton faces execution for smuggling heroin into China – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2009 in China, death penalty, drug offences, mental health, news by sally

“Lawyers warn that Akmal Shaikh, 53, who has delusional psychosis, could be shot dead in jail after reports that his second appeal has failed.”

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The Guardian, 11th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk