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More lenient sentencing is a myth says senior judge

More lenient sentencing is a myth says senior judge(Posted on 11/12/20)

On Wednesday 9 December Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett gave the annual University College London Judicial Institute Lecture, where he argued the debate over sentencing should be based on “fact not misconception”. In his speech, the Lord Chief Justice said that if “the mythical alien” were to arrive on earth and take an interest in sentencing in England and Wales, it would “soon gain the impression that sentencing had got softer in recent... Read more...


Police force fails to record 800,000 crimes

Police force fails to record 800,000 crimes(Posted on 10/12/20)

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has reported that about 220 crimes a day went unrecorded by Greater Manchester Police in the year up to June 2020. The review also found officers prematurely closed some investigations on the basis that the victim did not support police action. Inspector Zoe Billingham told BBC News she was "deeply troubled" by the frequency of closed cases without a full investigation. "In too many of these... Read more...


Police compliance with disclosure requirements is 'deteriorating'

Police compliance with disclosure requirements is 'deteriorating'(Posted on 08/12/20)

As reported in the Law Gazette this week, Crown Prosecution Service inspectors have warned that the criminal justice system cannot afford more delays and inefficiency after finding that the CPS and police’s focus on improving disclosure is starting to drift. In January, HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate said the CPS’s disclosure of evidence was still sub-standard despite early signs of improvement. In a follow-up report published... Read more...


BBC South Today features Roger Kearney case

BBC South Today features Roger Kearney case (Posted on 25/11/20)

BBC South Today featured a news package on the case of Roger Kearney and the campaign work Inside Justice has done around evidence retention and storage as well as appealing for new information on Roger's case.  Click on the link below to view the bulletin which was broadcast on Tuesday 24th November 2020.  Read more...


Paula Poolton: New affair claims in 12-year-old murder case

Paula Poolton: New affair claims in 12-year-old murder case(Posted on 25/11/20)

Inside Justice which is reviewing the case of a man convicted of murdering his lover is investigating claims the victim may have been have been in a relationship with another man. Roger Kearney was jailed for life in 2010 after Paula Poolton, 40, was found stabbed to death in the boot of her car in Swanwick, Hampshire, in 2008. Kearney, now 67, has always maintained his innocence. Inside Justice has appealed for new information... Read more...


Eight out of 10 police forces are unaware of guidance on evidence retention

(Posted on 25/11/20)

The failure by police forces to properly store evidence ‘risks wrongful convictions’, according to a charity investigating miscarriages of justice. Freedom of Information requests made by Inside Justice revealed that eight out of 10 police forces in England and Wales were not aware of the relevant guidance. The National Police Chiefs’ Council guidance, published by the Home Office in 2019, sets out the requirements regarding the storage... Read more...