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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Shani Warren: Man guilty of murder in 1987 Taplow Lake case – BBC News

‘A man has been found guilty of murdering a woman who was found bound and gagged in a lake 35 years ago.’

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BBC News, 17th 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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New protections for rape victims available at more Crown Courts – Ministry of Justice

‘More victims of rape and sexual offences will be spared the stress of being cross-examined in court under a measure rolled out to a further 14 locations today (12 May 2022).’

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Ministry of Justice, 12th May 2022

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Sexual offence victims face longest-ever court waits – BBC News

‘Recent cases involving serious sexual offences have taken the longest time on record to go through Crown Courts in England and Wales, the BBC has found.’

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BBC News, 25th April 2022

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Rape victims failed by UK criminal courts are being forced to seek justice elsewhere – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2022 in civil justice, damages, news, private prosecutions, prosecutions, rape, victims by sally

‘With prosecutions at an all-time low, some women are turning to civil courts – but the process can be difficult and expensive.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2022

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Rochdale grooming: Abused women receive police damages – BBC News

‘Three women who were groomed, raped and abused by gangs of men in Rochdale have received “substantial” damages and an apology from Greater Manchester Police.’

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BBC News, 12th April 2022

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Supporting male victims of crimes considered violence against women and girls – Family Law

‘The Home Office has published a document setting out the government’s position on and work to support male victims of crimes considered violence against women and girls. The document says: “The term ‘violence against women and girls’ refers to acts of violence or abuse that we know disproportionately affect women and girls. These crimes include – and are not limited to – rape, sexual violence, domestic abuse, stalking, ‘honour’-based abuse including forced marriage, ‘revenge porn’, and the harms associated with sex work and prostitution. These crimes have profound and long-lasting physical and mental health impacts and have absolutely no place in our society. The use of this term cannot and should not negate the experiences of, or provisions for, male victims of these crimes.” ‘

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Family Law, 11th April 2022

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Rape prosecution plan lacks ambition, say MPs – BBC News

Posted April 12th, 2022 in criminal justice, news, police, rape, select committees, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘Stronger reforms to England and Wales’ criminal justice system are needed to tackle the “shocking” collapse in rape prosecutions, a report by MPs says.’

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BBC News, 12th April 2022

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Rape victim sues police for naming her online – BBC News

‘A woman who was gang-raped by men claiming to be Welsh rugby players has sued the police for naming her online.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2022

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Man jailed for 13 years for raping woman he met in Kingston nightclub – The Independent

‘A man has been jailed for 13 years after he filmed himself raping a woman he met at a nightclub.’

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The Independent, 7th April 2022

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Oxford college pays damages to woman after alleged rape by fellow student – The Guardian

‘A University of Oxford college has pledged to overhaul its handling of sexual assault cases after paying damages to settle a legal action taken by a woman who said she was raped by a fellow student.’

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The Guardian, 1st April 2022

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Ex-Wiltshire police worker jailed for affair with rapist she was supervising – The Guardian

‘A female police worker has been jailed for having an affair with a convicted rapist she was supposed to be supervising.’

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The Guardian, 30th March 2022

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Brady Hickman jailed for rape of woman, 71, in her own home – BBC News

Posted March 24th, 2022 in elderly, news, rape, sentencing by sally

‘A man who raped a 71-year-old woman in her own home has been given a 15-year sentence.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2022

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Rapist jailed for 17 years after attacking again while on bail – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2022 in bail, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A “cold, unempathetic, manipulative” student who raped and sexually attacked two women while he was on bail and being investigated for an earlier violent rape has been jailed for 17 years.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 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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Manchester police pay £8,000 to woman urged to drop rape claim – The Guardian

‘Greater Manchester police (GMP) have paid out £8,000 to a woman who reported being drugged and raped, only to be pressed into dropping the case without a proper investigation “because nothing will come of it”.’

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The Guardian, 4th March 2022

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Police sergeant jailed for 10 years for raping drunk woman – The Independent

Posted March 7th, 2022 in imprisonment, news, police, pregnancy, rape, sentencing, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘A police sergeant has been jailed for 10 years for raping a “paralytic” woman who went on to give birth to his child.’

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The Independent, 7th March 2022

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Greater Manchester Police pays £8,000 damages to rape complainant – BBC News

‘A woman who said “dismissive” police told her “nothing would come” out of reporting being raped after her drink was spiked has received £8,000 damages.’

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BBC News, 4th March 2022

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Rape victims ‘systematically failed’ in England and Wales, report finds – The Guardian

‘Rape survivors who report their attackers are being systematically failed by the criminal justice system resulting in an average wait of nearly two years before a trial begins, a damning official report has found.’

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The Guardian, 25th February 2022

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