Judge says recent case shows how exceptional circumstances must be if court is to use its power to dismiss care proceedings without having heard all the evidence – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Family Court judge has refused applications to dismiss care proceedings at a half-way stage made by a number of people accused of sexual offences against children.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th March 2021

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Matthew Topham: Lottery winner sentenced over fatal crash – BBC News

Posted March 12th, 2021 in dangerous driving, news, sentencing, suspended sentences, unlawful killing by sally

‘A lottery winner who caused a fatal Christmas Day crash when he took his eyes off the road to find his young son’s teddy bear has avoided jail.’

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BBC News, 11th March 2021

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Tougher sentences on menu in ‘restore confidence’ bill – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 10th, 2021 in bills, criminal justice, investigatory powers, news, police, sentencing by sally

‘Legislation aimed at ‘restoring confidence in the criminal justice system’ is to be unveiled in parliament today. According to a government statement, the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill will equip the police with the powers and tools they need to protect themselves and the public, while overhauling sentencing laws to keep serious sexual and violent offenders behind bars for longer, and placing greater emphasis on rehabilitation to better help offenders to turn their lives around.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 9th March 2021

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Cardiff doctor sentenced for £68,000 fraud on NHS – BBC News

Posted March 10th, 2021 in doctors, fraud, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

‘A doctor has been given a suspended sentence after he admitted defrauding the NHS out of nearly £68,000.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2021

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Ellie’s Law: Parents of murdered girl win sentencing fight – BBC News

‘A mother who fought to change the law around murder says her daughter would be “very proud”.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2021

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Justice overhaul to better protect the public and back our police – Ministry of Justice

‘Cutting crime and building safer communities will be at the heart of new legislation unveiled in Parliament today (9 March 2021).’

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Ministry of Justice, 9th March 2021

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

Child abuse laws to be expanded in England and Wales – BBC News

‘Sports coaches and faith leaders who have sexual relationships with 16 and 17-year-olds in their care will be breaking the law under new legislation planned for England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2021

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Priti Patel orders review into Ruth Williams lockdown killing – BBC News

‘A review into the death of a woman who was killed by her husband has been ordered by the home secretary. Anthony Williams, 70, was jailed for five years after admitting to the manslaughter of his wife Ruth, 67, in south Wales.’

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BBC News, 7th March 2021

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Covid and sentencing: a round-up of the relevant authorities – Doughty Street Chambers

‘The pandemic has inarguably made custody more severe. Prisoners spend more time in their cell, have fewer visits, and face a heightened risk of infection. The higher courts have established that sentencing courts should account for such hardship. The below is a round-up of the relevant authorities.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 4th March 2021

Source: insights.doughtystreet.co.uk

Man jailed for stabbing wedding guest with fork during bust-up – BBC News

Posted March 5th, 2021 in assault, imprisonment, news, sentencing, wounding by tracey

‘A man who repeatedly stabbed a fellow wedding guest in the head with a fork has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 4th March 2021

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Ex-Tory MP fails in bid to appeal against jail term for sexual assault – The Guardian

Posted March 4th, 2021 in appeals, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘The former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has failed in an attempt to seek leave to appeal against his two-year sentence for sexual assaults against two women.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2021

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Sutton Coldfield pharmacist jailed over £1m black market pills sale – BBC News

‘A pharmacist who illegally sold addictive prescription pills valued at more than £1m on the black market has been jailed for 12 months.’

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BBC News, 2nd March 2021

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Briton jailed over plot to pay bribes for Iraq oil contract – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2021 in bribery, conspiracy, contracts, news, sentencing by sally

‘A British businessman has been jailed for three and a half years after being convicted of conspiring to pay huge backhanders in one of the world’s biggest bribery scandals.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2021

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Campaigners welcome extra protections in domestic abuse bill – The Guardian

Posted March 2nd, 2021 in assault, bills, coercive & controlling behaviour, news, sentencing by sally

‘Campaigners have welcomed news that ministers will make non-fatal strangulation a specific criminal offence punishable by five years’ imprisonment.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2021

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New laws to protect victims added to Domestic Abuse Bill – Home Office

‘A raft of new amendments to the Domestic Abuse Bill will be presented, providing greater protections for victims and further clamping down on perpetrators.’

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Home Office, 1st March 2021

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Non-fatal strangulation to carry five years in prison under reforms – The Guardian

‘Ministers will make non-fatal strangulation a specific criminal offence punishable by five years’ imprisonment following pressure from campaigners.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2021

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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

Source: insights.doughtystreet.co.uk

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

Source: www.litigationfutures.com