Michael Bright gets maximum seven years for Independent Insurance fraud – The Times

Posted October 25th, 2007 in fraud, news, sentencing by sally

“Michael Bright, the founder and former chief executive of Independent Insurance, was sentenced to seven years in jail yesterday for committing fraud that helped to cause the company’s downfall.”

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The Times, 25th October 2007

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Regina (Brooke and Another) v Parole Board and Others Regina (O’Connell) v Same Regina (Murphy) v Same – Times Law Report

Posted October 18th, 2007 in human rights, judicial review, law reports, parole, sentencing by sally

Relationship too close for independence of board

Regina (Brooke and Another) v Parole Board and Others Regina (O’Connell) v Same Regina (Murphy) v Same

Queen’s Bench Divisional Court

“The Parole Board’s relationship with central government was such that it did not have sufficient independence to carry out its role of reviewing the continued detention of prisoners lawfully, as required by common law and article 5.4 of the European Convention on Human Rights.”

The Times, 18th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Sentences to protect public ‘keeping too many in jail’ – The Times

Posted October 16th, 2007 in dangerous offenders, news, sentencing by sally

“A new prison sentence intended to protect the public from dangerous criminals is set to be overhauled amidst alarm at the huge numbers being given the jail term.”

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The Times, 16th October 2007

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‘Lenient’ rape sentences doubled – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2007 in news, rape, sentencing by sally

“Two men convicted of raping young girls have had their ‘unduly lenient’ two-year prison sentences doubled by the Court of Appeal.”

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BBC News, 12th October 2007

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Mother spared jail after supplying children with cannabis – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2007 in drug offences, news, sentencing by sally

“A former primary school teaching assistant who admitted supplying cannabis to her son and daughter so they would not approach street dealers was yesterday spared jail but ordered to carry out 200 hours of community service.”

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The Guardian, 10th October 2007

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‘Lenient’ rape sentences appealed – BBC News

Posted October 5th, 2007 in news, rape, sentencing by sally

“The attorney general has gone to the Appeal Court to appeal against the ‘unduly lenient’ sentences on two men convicted of raping under-age girls.”

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BBC News, 4th October 2007

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Man jailed over Facebook message – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 4th, 2007 in harassment, injunctions, internet, news, sentencing by sally

“A husband banned from contacting his estranged wife was jailed after he inadvertently sent her a message on the social networking site Facebook.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th October 2007

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Prisoners may be given 20 per cent cut in sentences to ease crowding – The Times

Posted October 1st, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“Ministers are investigating reducing the length of time that prisoners spend in jail by 20 per cent as an emergency measure to cut the total number of inmates, which yesterday reached a record 81,135.”

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The Times, 29th September 2007

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Guideline Judgments Case Compendium – dangerous offender provisions – Sentencing Guidelines Council

Posted September 26th, 2007 in dangerous offenders, news, sentencing by sally

“On Friday 21st September 2007, the Sentencing Guidelines Council published an addendum to the Compendium of Court of Appeal Guidelines. This relates to the dangerous offender provisions and brings together key judgments, setting them in the context of the statutory provisions; the document also contains two flow charts to help in ensuring that the proper stages are followed in the decision making process.”

Dangerous Offenders – Guide for Sentencers and Practitioners (PDF)

Sentencing Guidelines Council, 21st September 2007 

Source: www.sentencing-guidelines.gov.uk

Porsche driver clocked at 172mph is jailed – The Times

Posted September 25th, 2007 in news, road traffic offences, sentencing by sally

“A motorist caught travelling at 172mph on an Oxfordshire dual carriageway has been jailed for ten weeks.”

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The Times, 25th September 2007

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Paedophile sentence under review – BBC News

Posted September 20th, 2007 in child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

“The case of a paedophile who sexually assaulted children is to be reviewed by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).”

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BBC News, 19th September 2007

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Barrister jailed for trying to frame man with fake e-mail – The Times

Posted September 20th, 2007 in barristers, news, perverting the course of justice, sentencing by sally

“A TV and radio producer who retrained as a barrister became the first member of his profession yesterday to be jailed for perverting the course of justice.”

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The Times, 20th September 2007

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Langham given ten-month jail term for child porn offence – The Independent

Posted September 17th, 2007 in children, news, pornography, sentencing by sally

“The actor Chris Langham broke down in tears yesterday as he was sentenced to 10 months in prison for downloading child pornography.”

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The Independent, 15th September 2007

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Two jailed over torture death of baby boy – Reuters

Posted September 7th, 2007 in causing death of children or vulnerable adults, news, sentencing by sally

“Two people who tortured a 16-month-old baby boy to death, causing him ‘unimaginable agony’, were jailed on Friday under a new law.”

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Reuters, 7th September 2007

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Wrestler jailed for choke murder – BBC News

Posted September 7th, 2007 in murder, news, sentencing by sally

“A self-styled wrestling expert has been jailed for life for choking a disabled man to death.”

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BBC News, 6th September 2007

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Mandatory gun crime sentences ‘not being imposed’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 7th, 2007 in firearms, news, sentencing by sally

“Judges are not imposing enough mandatory five-year jail terms on criminals convicted of gun possession, a Government minister said yesterday.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th September 2007

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No bird for unwise owl thief – The Guardian

Posted September 3rd, 2007 in birds, news, sentencing, theft by sally

“A thief who stole a pet owl was given a suspended nine-month sentence yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 1st September 2007

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Imprisoned paedophile kept video abuse diary – The Independent

Posted August 31st, 2007 in child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

“A man who kept a video library of a campaign of sex attacks on children as young as three years old, racking up 89 separate offences, has been jailed for life.”

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The Independent, 31st August 2007

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Paedophile case appeal ‘possible’ – BBC News

Posted August 28th, 2007 in appeals, child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

“The attorney general is considering appealing against the non-custodial sentence of a paedophile who admitted his crimes.”

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BBC News, 24th August 2007

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More prisons are not the answer to punishing criminals, says poll – The Guardian

Posted August 28th, 2007 in news, prisons, sentencing by sally

“A Guardian/ICM poll published today overturns the assumption that the public think tough prison sentences are the best way to tackle crime. It shows that a majority of voters think the government should scrap its prison building programme and find other ways to punish criminals.”

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The Guardian, 28th August 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk