Relief from Forfeiture following Manslaughter: Challen v Challen [2020] EWHC 1330 (Ch) – Hardwicke Chambers

‘In this recent case, described by the presiding judge HHJ Matthews as “extraordinary [with] a fatal combination of conditions and events”, relief from forfeiture was granted despite the applicant having pleaded guilty to manslaughter with a resulting sentence of over nine years of imprisonment.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 29th May 2020

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Coronavirus: Death of Belly Mujinga ‘not linked to spit attack’ – BBC News

Posted June 1st, 2020 in assault, coronavirus, news, unlawful killing by sally

‘The death of a railway worker who was spat at by a man claiming to have coronavirus was not linked to the attack, police have concluded.’

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BBC News, 29th May 2020

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COVID-19 : a murderous virus? – Church Court Chambers

Posted May 19th, 2020 in causation, coronavirus, murder, news, prosecutions, unlawful killing by sally

‘Notwithstanding the seriousness of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and a global effort to fight the same, some individuals have taken it upon themselves to exacerbate the horror of the virus by spitting at others, purporting to have coronavirus. The Criminal Justice System is sadly accustomed to dealing with offences that involve threats to spread disease via bodily fluids; these offenders are often seeking to cause psychological terror and harm, rather than physical harm. However in circumstances such as this, the immediate psychological fear caused by the concern that the victim may have contracted the virus, may then be sadly outweighed by the pain and suffering of contracting the virus and subsequent death.’

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Church Court Chambers, May 2020

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Interpol Red Notice issued against Anne Sacoolas – is prosecution in the UK possible? – 5SAH

‘Last December, Anne Sacoolas was charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a road traffic accident in which 19-year-old Harry Dunn lost his life. It is alleged that she was driving on the wrong side of the road at the time. Mrs Sacoolas’ husband was employed in some official capacity at a United States Air Force communication station based at RAF Croughton.’

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5SAH, 13th May 2020

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Car owner killed vandal caught damaging wing-mirror – BBC News

Posted April 24th, 2020 in alcohol abuse, news, sentencing, suspended sentences, unlawful killing by sally

‘A car owner who fatally injured a vandal caught damaging his wing-mirror has been given a suspended sentence.’

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BBC News, 23rd April 2020

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Harry Dunn death: diplomatic immunity for Anne Sacoolas ‘illogical’ – The Guardian

‘Britain agreed to let Anne Sacoolas, the driver charged with killing 19-year-old motorcyclist Harry Dunn, return to the US on the basis of an “apparently illogical” interpretation of the law on diplomatic immunity, according to the most senior civil servant at the Foreign Office.’

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The Guardian, 22nd April 2020

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Portbury Hundred shooting: Spencer Ashworth lawfully killed, jury says – BBC News

Posted March 18th, 2020 in firearms, inquests, news, police, unlawful killing by sally

‘A man shot dead by police after firing an air pistol at an officer was lawfully killed, a jury has found.’

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BBC News, 17th March 2020

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Manchester officers face investigations into death of unarmed man – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2020 in firearms, inquiries, news, ombudsmen, police, professional conduct, unlawful killing by tracey

‘Six officers including the former assistant chief constable of Greater Manchester police will be investigated for misconduct following an inquiry into the death of a man shot by armed police.’

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The Guardian, 12th March 2020

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Nottinghamshire driver jailed for killing RAC worker fixing van – BBC News

‘A driver who killed a recovery worker while he was repairing a broken-down vehicle has been jailed for 12 months.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2020

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Harry Dunn lawyers call for High Court to publish US secret immunity papers – The Guardian

‘Lawyers acting for a teenager who died after a collision with a car allegedly driven by an American woman want the High Court to publish a secret document protecting her from prosecution.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2020

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Family of UK man who died in police custody criticises watchdog – The Guardian

‘The family of a man who died in custody last month has criticised the police watchdog for failing to recommend the suspension of officers being investigated over the circumstances of his death.’

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The Guardian, 11th February 2020

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Case Preview: R (Maughan) v Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire – UKSC Blog

‘This case concerns the standard of proof applicable in inquest proceedings in cases of alleged suicide. It raises important and fundamental questions concerning the conduct of inquests, and will be of particular significance to bereaved families where the deceased is alleged to have committed suicide while in the care or custody of the state. The Supreme Court may also consider the position in relation to findings of unlawful killing.’

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UKSC Blog, 7th February 2020

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People who worked on Grenfell Tower ‘could face life sentences’ – The Guardian

‘People who worked on the Grenfell Tower refurbishment could face the threat of being jailed for life, their lawyers have said, with witnesses interviewed by police believing they could be charged with manslaughter.’

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The Guardian, 30th January 2020

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Cadet death: Man jailed for killing rapper by dangerous driving – The Independent

Posted January 10th, 2020 in accidents, dangerous driving, drunk in charge, news, sentencing, unlawful killing by tracey

‘A van driver who admitted he felt “a little drunk” before getting behind the wheel and killing up-and-coming rapper Cadet in a head-on collision with a taxi has been jailed for almost five years.’

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The Independent. 9th January 2020

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Mark Duggan shooting report challenged by human rights groups – The Guardian

‘The official report into the police shooting of a man whose death sparked the 2011 riots is facing a new challenge from human rights investigators who say a virtual model of the shooting shows its main conclusion is wrong.’

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The Guardian, 5th December 2019

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State accountability for killings of civilians by soldiers in Northern Ireland: can the UK duck out? – Red Lion Chambers

‘On Nov 11, 2019, the Conservative Party announced rather unclear plans to take legal steps to ensure that inquest juries in Northern Ireland could not return verdicts of unlawful killing in relation to actions by UK soldiers (and presumably other state agents such as the RUC police) in operations during The Troubles. The plans also apparently include barring prosecutions for any alleged unlawful acts during such operations during The Troubles (there is no statute of limitations on serious criminal offences in the UK so this would be an entirely novel step).’

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Red Lion Chambers, 14th November 2019

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Hillsborough: David Duckenfield found not guilty of manslaughter – The Guardian

‘The former South Yorkshire police chief superintendent David Duckenfield has been found not guilty of gross negligence manslaughter more than 30 years after he commanded the police at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, at which 96 people died.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2019

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Hinckley deaths: Boys ‘were unlawfully killed’, coroner concludes – BBC News

Posted November 28th, 2019 in children, inquests, news, unlawful killing by sally

‘Two boys found dead with their father at a house were unlawfully killed, a coroner has concluded.’

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BBC News, 27th November 2019

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Inquest finds St Leonards hospice patients were unlawfully killed in fire – Garden Court Chambers

Posted November 26th, 2019 in fire, inquests, news, unlawful killing by sally

‘At an inquest in Hastings yesterday Senior Coroner Alan Craze concluded that three patients who died after a fire at a hospice on 11 July 2015 were unlawfully killed.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 21st November 2019

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Sophie Brimble: Man jailed for killing woman in race crash – BBC News

‘A driver who caused the “needless” death of a woman in an 80mph crash has been jailed for eight years.’

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BBC News, 18th November 2019

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