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Rolf Harris partially wins appeal against conviction

Introduction We have covered the case of Rolf Harris in detail before (the original conviction and sentence, the application for permission to appeal and his acquittal on a second set of allegations). On 16th November 2017, the Court of Appeal gave judgement in his appeal against his 12 count conviction. The result was that Mr Harris one an appeal against one...

Keith Shaw – Judge gets a suspended sentence for fraud

Oh dear. We have had dodgy lawyers before unfortunately. Too many of them really - here's a recent example and QC who got jailed, someone dodgy who impersonated a lawyer, a law lecturer and a CPS clerk who is serving life for murder - sadly there's plenty more. But on 15th November 2017 there was another example to add to the 'rogues gallery';...

Rebecca Palmer – 5 years for false rape allegation

Introduction and facts Cases where false allegations of rape (or other sexual offending) are prosecuted are very rare, but they always attract the attention of the media. Recently, the case of Rebecca Palmer was in the press. On 19th October 2017, Ms Palmer was sentenced to 5 years having been convicted of four counts of perverting the course of justice. It was...

Dawn Davies jailed for sexual abuse, but is there a lacuna in the law?

Over a period of time, Dawn Davies (36) sexually abused an 11 year old boy by forcing him to have sex with her. She denied it, but was convicted by a jury of sexual activity with a child under 13. On 20th October 2017, she was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for this. So far so depressing. In terms of the sentence...

Sentences for ‘drivers who kill’ to be increased?

Introduction Currently, the maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving is 14 years, compared to a maximum of life for those who take somebody's life as a murder or manslaughter. That is the same maximum as for somebody who kills another by driving carelessly whilst under the influence of drink or drugs. It is a difficult area. It can cause...

Holiday fraud couple jailed for fake illness scam

Introduction and Facts  It was the perfect crime. Or, at least, it appeared to be - go on holiday and then, when safely home, make a fake claim for 'illness' suffered whilst you were away. It's been in the news a lot recently, with the insurance companies believing that they are getting diddled by a lot of people who are trying...

Minimum sentences for acid attacks (and a review of weapons sentencing)?

Introduction We looked previously at the law relating to 'acid attacks', an area about which there is a lot of public interest at the moment. It seemed to us that there were plenty of laws on the books to deal with people who carry out such attacks, but there was a possible argument to review the case of someone who...

Alice McBrearty – teacher jailed for sex with her 15 year old pupil

Introduction and Facts Last week the case of Lavinia Woods raised again the question of whether women get different (meaning more favourable) treatment from the Courts. On 6th October 2017, we saw another case that raises the same question when Alice McBrearty, a 23 year old teacher from East London, was jailed for 16 months for having a 4 month...