What’s Next for Coronation Street’s Sally?
201811.28
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What’s Next for Coronation Street’s Sally?

What Happens Next for Sally? In a dramatic climax the jury returned guilty verdicts in the case of R v Sally Metcalfe, the hapless Coronation Street Councillor caught up in fraud, money laundering and bribery. As viewers will know, poor Sally appears to be a victim of Duncan’s cunning plan to divert blame elsewhere. Her…

What You Need to Know About Restorative Justice
201811.23
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What You Need to Know About Restorative Justice

What Restorative Justice? Restorative Justice, or RJ as it is sometimes known, is a way of holding offenders to account and can be used as an alternative to a caution or conviction, or alongside a sentence. What Happens? Restorative justice gives a victim the opportunity to meet or communicate with an offender to help them…

Is Alexa a Key Witness?
201811.15
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Is Alexa a Key Witness?

Alexa – Witness for the Prosecution? On 29th January 2017, Christine Sullivan and her housemate were found murdered in Farmington, New Hampshire. Their bodies were discovered by the house owner, Dean Smoronk, who was Sullivan’s boyfriend. Timothy Verrill, an associate of Smornok, was later charged with second-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty. Although the…

Acid Attacks – New Laws in Force
201811.07
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Acid Attacks – New Laws in Force

There’s New Laws Regarding Acid Attacks After a recent spate of assaults involving the use of acids and other corrosive substances, the government has acted to try and curb their use. At the present time there are around 15 acid attacks / offences per week. In January 2018, the Home Office announced a voluntary agreement…

Are Dangerous Dogs on the Rise?
201810.23
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Are Dangerous Dogs on the Rise?

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s report ‘Controlling dangerous dogs’ calls for a full-scale review of current dog control legislation and policy to better protect the public. The report was published on 17 October 2018. Is There A Problem with Dangerous Dogs? According to the Committee, yes. In 1991 the Dangerous Dogs Act outlawed…

Manslaughter – New Sentencing Guideline
201807.31
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Manslaughter – New Sentencing Guideline

The Sentencing Council, responsible for setting sentencing guidelines in England and Wales, has today issued a new guideline in relation to manslaughter offences. Which Offences Are Covered? The guideline covers: Unlawful act manslaughter – a common law offence Gross negligence manslaughter – a common law offence Manslaughter by reason of loss of control – a…

Getting Tough on Breach of Court Orders
201806.11
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Getting Tough on Breach of Court Orders

The New Breach Guidelines Yesterday (7 June 2018), the Sentencing Council has published new guidelines for judges and magistrates for when they are sentencing offenders who have breached court orders. The guidelines provide a clear approach which will mean a tightening up of the way courts deal with offenders who have not complied with a…

The Defence of Duress and Necessity
201805.18
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The Defence of Duress and Necessity

The Defence of Duress and Necessity – But I Had No Choice! There is a law known as the Defence of Duress and Necessity. It can be very difficult to demonstrate and will only apply in unusual and extreme circumstances. It is used to describe a situation where someone is forced by the demands of…

The Parole Board – A Period of Rapid Change
201805.02
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The Parole Board – A Period of Rapid Change

Your Update on the Parole Board …  Following the Parole Board decision to release John Worboys, the taxi driver rapist, there has been a review of its functions, in particular a review of Rule 25 of the Parole Board Rules 2016 that prevented the Parole Board disclosing any information relating to its hearings. That rule…

Did Ant McPartlin Get Off Lightly?
201804.18
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Did Ant McPartlin Get Off Lightly?

A lot has been written in recent days about the sentence passed following Ant McPartlin’s (of ‘Ant and Dec’ fame) conviction for drink driving, in this article, we examine the case in a little more detail. What offence was Ant McPartlin charged with? McPartlin pleaded guilty to an offence of driving with excess alcohol (‘drink driving’), that…