Discretionary Life Sentences – Setting the minimum term – ½ or 2/3 of the notional determinate sentence – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted February 25th, 2021 in attorney general, dangerous offenders, news, sentencing, terrorism by sally

‘James Wood QC discusses recent sentence appeals on minimum terms in discretionary life sentences. He assesses the likely impact of the recent statutory changes increasing the minimum term to be served by some prisoners serving determinate sentences from ½ to 2/3. He identifies prosecutorial appeals to increase minimum terms in discretionary life sentences by the Attorney General, and warns that the judicial and statutory drift appears to be towards a similar lengthening from ½ to 2/3 of the minimum term to be served by those sentenced to discretionary life sentences on grounds of dangerousness.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 24th February 2021

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Police officer struck boy in custody across the face – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2021 in assault, children, news, police, sentencing by sally

‘A police officer has been found guilty of battery after he struck a child who was in custody in the face.’

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BBC News, 24th February 2021

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‘Very dangerous’ Plymouth man jailed for grooming girls on Snapchat – BBC News

Posted February 25th, 2021 in child abuse, internet, news, sentencing, sexual grooming, telecommunications by sally

‘A “very dangerous” man in his thirties who pretended to be 15-years-old to groom three young girls on social media, has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 24th February 2021

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Suspended sentence for fraudster who created bogus claims company – Litigation Futures

Posted February 25th, 2021 in accidents, claims management, fraud, news, road traffic, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

‘A fraudster who faked a road traffic accident and invented a fictitious accident management company to facilitate a whiplash claim has been handed a suspended prison sentence.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th February 2021

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Rapist John Worboys loses appeal against two life sentences – The Guardian

Posted February 25th, 2021 in appeals, news, rape, sentencing by sally

‘The black-cab driver John Worboys has lost his appeal against the two additional life sentences he received in 2019 when more victims of the serial rapist came forward.’

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The Guardian, 24th February 2021

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James Bevan: ‘10-year prison sentences for breaching COVID-19 entry requirements into the United Kingdom’? Governmental Decree is undermining the Rule of Law – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘The Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, announced in Parliament on Tuesday 9th February that those returning from ‘red list’ countries who fail to disclose that fact could receive a 10-year prison sentence following conviction (see The Telegraph).’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 24th February 2021

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Birmingham anti-crime worker jailed for sex offences – BBC News

‘A man who worked in schools to steer young people away from crime has been jailed for sexual offences against children.’

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BBC News, 23rd February 2021

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Covid: Scarborough woman jailed for coughing at police – BBC News

‘A woman who deliberately coughed at police investigating a breach of coronavirus restrictions has been jailed for four months.’

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BBC News, 23rd February 2021

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Leader of Islamist terrorist network jailed for over 3 years after sparking manhunt at UK borders – The Independent

‘A senior leader of a terrorist network has been jailed after sparking a manhunt that caused nine-hour tailbacks in Dover.’

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The Independent, 23rd February 2021

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Suspended sentence for woman who live streamed video of boyfriend’s trial – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A woman who live streamed her partner’s Crown court trial on Facebook after videoing from the public gallery has received a four-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 18th February 2021

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Covid: Cwmbran man jailed for killing wife in lockdown – BBC News

‘A man has been jailed for five years for killing his wife during the first coronavirus lockdown in March.’

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BBC News, 18th February 2021

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Woman jailed after sending pig’s head to ex-boyfriend – The Independent

‘A woman who sent her ex-boyfriend a pig’s head during a prolonged stalking campaign has been jailed.’

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The Independent, 18th February 2021

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UK woman who killed disabled son detained in hospital indefinitely – The Guardian

‘A woman who killed her disabled 10-year-old son after undergoing a breakdown during the UK’s coronavirus lockdown has been detained in hospital indefinitely.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2021

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David Wilson: Sex offender who posed as girls online jailed for 25 years – BBC News

‘A man who posed as teenage girls online and blackmailed 51 boys into sending him indecent images of themselves has been jailed for 25 years.’

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BBC News, 10th February 2021

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UK’s youngest terror offender walks free from court after recruiting for neo-Nazi group – The Independent

Posted February 9th, 2021 in news, rehabilitation, sentencing, terrorism, young offenders by tracey

‘The UK’s youngest known terror offender has walked free from court after recruiting members for a neo-Nazi group.’

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The Independent, 8th February 2021

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Tenant of social landlord given six days in prison over breach of civil injunction by breaking Covid rules on illegal gatherings – Local Government Lawyer

‘Bromley County Court has released a tenant of social landlord Peabody Trust who served six days in prison for breaching a civil injunction imposed after breaches of Covid regulations on gatherings.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd February 2021

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EncroChat: UK drugs boss captured as police crack coded messages – BBC News

‘A drugs boss who ran a multi-million pound enterprise in the UK has been jailed after detectives hacked into his encrypted messaging accounts.’

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BBC News, 4th February 2021

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Over 30 years of the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme – Attorney General’s Office

Posted February 1st, 2021 in appeals, criminal justice, press releases, sentencing, victims by tracey

‘For over 30 years the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme has helped victims of crime get justice. The scheme was launched in 1989 following public outcry over a series of controversial sentencing decisions, including the 1986 “Ealing vicarage rape” case where 21-year-old Jill Saward was raped by burglars at her father’s vicarage.’

Attorney General’s Office, 1st February 2021

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Couple jailed for trafficking teens to sell drugs – BBC

‘A drug dealer and his care worker girlfriend have been jailed for trafficking teenagers to sell drugs for a county lines operation.’

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BBC News, 28th January 2021

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Man sentenced after spitting at Jeremy Corbyn in ‘barrage of abuse’ during Covid first wave – The Independent

‘A 56-year-old man has been sentenced for spitting at former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in a “barrage of abuse” during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.’

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The Independent, 28th February 2021

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