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Ashley Charles – High Court refuses further appeal

We have looked previously at the case of Ashley Charles - the   both when he was convicted of murder, and when his appeal...

95 year old ‘spared jail’ for Attempted Murder

Introduction  We have looked on many occasions at the question of prosecuting and sentencing the elderly. The most recent development was when the Court of...

16 weeks’ custody for racist and abusive mother seven months’ pregnant

On 19 April 2017, expectant mother Elouise Sullivan aged 20 was given an immediate custodial sentence of 16 weeks following a guilty plea to...

Two jailed for halal turkey fraud

Introduction and Facts Many religions, including Islam, have dietary rules. Many muslims  adhere to rules that require meat to be halal, and there are various...

Mark Sands jailed for threatening to kill his MP

Introduction and Facts  We have covered a fair amount of social media prosecutions (see here, et al), some on different sides of the line of what...

Sentencing for the elderly – Court of Appeal gives guidance

Introduction We have looked previously at the oldest people sent to prison, all of which were blown out of the park when Ralph Clarke, then...

Julie Higgins – Fake Doctor spared jail, to the irritation of...

Introduction On 27th March 2017 Julie Higgins appeared for sentence at Bournemouth Crown Court for offences of pretending to be a doctor. That sounds a pretty...

Jonathan Walsh – paediatrician jailed for having indecent images of children

Introduction Any story of a doctor who is caught abusing the trust placed in him is bound to attract the attention of the public. And...

Book review: ‘Deserved criminal sentences’ by Andreas von Hirsch

This short book brings together much of von Hirch's writings (and the writings of others) on desert theory – the concept that the punishment...

Adam Johnson loses renewed application to appeal conviction and sentence

Introduction and Background The case of Adam Johnson, the former Sunderland footballer, has generated a lot of interest (see here for some previous coverage and...