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James McCormick gets further sentence for not paying his confiscation order

Way back in 2013 we looked at the case of James McCormick who was jailed for 10 years for selling fake bomb detectors. We said : "Thereafter we envisage that the police will pursue McCormick’s wealth under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in order to prevent him benefiting financially from his crime.  McCormick now faces loss of his...

Richard Ford and the powers of the Court of Appeal

We looked at the case of Richard Ford who got a 45 year sentence in 2016, and again on 28 March 2018 when his appeal against sentence was (unsurprisingly) allowed. We said that we would have another look at the case when the judgement was out, and so here we go ... Most cases that make the law reports don't make...

Ant McPartlin fined £86,000 for drink driving

Popular Saturday night entertainer Ant McPartlin (of Ant and Dec fame) got in to the news recently when he was arrested for drink driving on 18th March 2018 after being involved in a three car collision. On 16th April 2018 he appeared in the Magistrates' Court, where he pleaded guilty to drink driving. When he was breathalysed, his reading was...

Barry Bennell lodges grounds of appeal (and BBC gets the law wrong)

We looked at the case of Barry Bennell when he was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment on 19th February 2018. At the time, we commented that although it was an extremely lengthy sentence, it was unlikely that he would get very far in the Court of Appeal. Well, hopefully we will find out as it was reported on 10th April 2018...

Richard Ford wins appeal against 45 year sentence

We covered the case of Richard Ford who got an extremely lengthy sentence of 45 years for 10 offences of threats to kill. The twist was that he himself had asked to never be released from prison as he considered himself to be dangerous. At the time we said that "we would expect this sentence to be appealed and to...

Lavinia Woodward appeal – Single Judge says ‘no’

We looked a few times at the case of Lavinia Woodward, the Oxford student who got a suspended sentence for stabbing her ex. The case caused a bit of a stir in the media, and more so when it was publicised that she would be trying to appeal the sentence. At the time we said that the outcry was perhaps not...

Duane Ballin jailed for GBH, but why not murder?

Introduction  The case of Duane Ballin has caused some scratching of heads (as well as some annoyance) after he was 'jailed for 15 years' (more on that one later) on 26th March 2018. The confusion has come from the fact that Mr Ballin had savagely attacked his partner, Tara Newbold, before going to the police and saying that “I think I’ve...

Suspended prison sentence passed for fake holiday sickness

We looked last year at the case of the couple who lodged false compensation claims for fictitious illness picked up on holiday and got 15 months and 9 months imprisonment respectively. We said that although the length was what we would expect it might have been suspended if it had been less of a high profile case. On 5th March 2018 we...