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The Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Act 2020 becomes law

The Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Act 2020 becomes law(Posted on 05/01/21)

Laws have come into force this week in a bid to make it harder for killers to get parole if they refuse to reveal where they hid their victim’s body. Also known as Helen’s Law, it was enacted just after midnight on Monday 4 January.  Named after insurance clerk Helen McCourt, who vanished on her way home from work in 1988, the law will also apply to paedophiles who refuse to identify those they abused. Ms McCourt’s murderer, Ian Simms... Read more...


Locherbie bomber lawyer is 'cynical' about US motivations around indictment

Locherbie bomber lawyer is 'cynical' about US motivations around indictment(Posted on 21/12/20)

US media reports have claimed the Justice Department is expected to unseal charges with Abu Agila Mas’ud named as the Locherbie suspect who will be indicted. Five appeal judges in Edinburgh are currently deliberating whether to acquit Abdelbaset al-Megrahi after the conclusion of the third appeal against his conviction last month.  The lawyer acting for the Megrahi family, said the timing of the American announcement was suspect. Aamer... Read more...


Members of 'Stockwell Six' could have their convictions overturned

Members of 'Stockwell Six' could have their convictions overturned(Posted on 15/12/20)

Courtney Harriot and Paul Green who were part of a group of six young friends from south London charged with assault with intent to rob on an underground train in 1972 could have their names cleared.The supposed victim of the alleged attempted robbery was Dt Sgt Derek Ridgewell of the British Transport Police. His practice, which led to many convictions, was to confront young black men at underground stations, accuse them of theft and then attribute... Read more...


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...