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Wayne Rooney gets two year ban for drink drive

Introduction and Facts Wayne Rooney, the Everton and Manchester United player who recently retired from international football at the tender age of 31, had a fairly bad day at the office on 17th September 2017 when Everton played Man U, with his old club trouncing his new one. Things weren't so great the next day when he appeared in Stockport Magistrates'...

Viscount St Davids abandons appeal, goes back to prison

We looked previously at the conviction and 12 week prison sentence of Rhodri Phillips, the 4th Viscount St Davids, as well as his being bailed pending his appeal that was due at the beginning of August, but seems to have been rescheduled to 25th August 2017. On that day, we learned that the Viscount had decided to abandon his appeal after...

Robin Milner pleads guilty of being drunk in charge of a horse

The beauty of the law is that whatever hypothetical scenario you come up with, you will find that someone in real life has beaten you to it ... So it was on 18th August 2017 when this story - "Man admits being drunk in charge of a horse and cart" - popped up into the BBC News feed. It brings to...

Ian Paterson – Court of Appeal increases his sentence to 20 years

We looked in May at the case of Ian Paterson, the surgeon who was sentenced to 15 years after being convicted of carrying out unnecessary surgeries on his patients. When sentence was passed, we said that it was likely that the Court of Appeal would consider the sentence, we didn't think that it would be reduced. We got that right. We...

When is a medical professional guilty of manslaughter? Appeal in Honey Maria Rose allowed

Introduction  Cases of manslaughter are infinitely varied, and many raise exceptionally complicated questions of law and fact. One such area is when medics, normally doctors but it can be any, are accused of failing in their duty to such a degree as to go beyond the sort of negligence that results in them being sued, or even that level of lack...

Kathryn Smith – appeal against conviction dismissed but sentence reduced

Introduction  We looked last year at the conviction, and sentence, of Kathryn Smith for the murder in 2014 of her 22 month old daughter Ayeeshia. On 31st July 2017, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in her appeal, dismissing the conviction appeal but reducing the sentence. You can see details of the case in our previous post (as well as the...

Christopher Boswell – Immediate custodial sentence quashed for shooting a neighbour’s cat

Introduction We have looked previously at whether sentences for animal cruelty are too short, and it is clear that it is something that is of wider concern. On 24th July 2017 the Daily Mail published a news story of another possible example of this problem in action.   Facts  Christopher Boswell is a 73 year old, of good character and suffering from cancer...

Gayle Newland gets 6 years after her conviction at a re-trial

Introduction  We have looked on several occasions at the curious case of Gayle Newland (here's the piece on conviction, and a Guardian article from earlier this week) who was convicted on a re-trial. We won't repeat the facts here, but on 20th July 2017 she came to Court for her sentence. After a lengthy hearing, the Judge sentenced her to 6...