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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 so Dr Jonathan Walsh, a paediatrician, was bound to get in the news when on 20th March 2017 he was jailed for indecent images offences.   Factual Background A search warrant was executed at Dr Walsh's address which...

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 for a criminal offence should be proportionate to its seriousness. The theory found its popularity in the 1970s after decades of consequentialist, risk-based and rehabilitation-focussed sentencing. von Hirsch, one of the primary proponents of desert...

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 links). Sentenced to 6 years last year, he tried to appeal both his sentence and conviction, and was turned down in relation to both on the papers by the Single Judge. He renewed both applications to the...

Woman who kept £20 note she found on the floor convicted of theft

Introduction It sounds like a law school question - If you find a banknote on the floor and decide to keep it, are you guilty of theft? On 28th February 2017 we had our answer. Yes, at least on the facts of that case. But the questions is why? Facts Nicole Bailey, a 23 year old woman of good character, was in her...

Franky Mills gets 2 years for cat killing spree

Introduction 17th February 2017 is World Cat Day (if you don't know what this is, search #WorldCatDay on twitter - there are a lot of cats). And in one small corner of England, the felines had their revenge on a human.   Facts For reasons unknown, and if they can be explained then they are not in the BBC article, last March then...

Rolf Harris cleared of 3 further charges, jury hung on 4

We looked last year at the new charges faced by Rolf Harris (it seems that in the modern age in cases such as this the Courts have accepted that everyone will know about the previous convictions). He stood his trial in January and February 2017 and on 8th February 2017 we learned that Mr Harris was acquitted of three charges...

Adam Johnson to renew his appeal against sentence

We covered the case of Adam Johnson, the Sunderland footballer when he was jailed for 6 years (and ordered to pay £50,000 costs) on 24th March 2016 for two counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 and one count of grooming. At the time, we said that we thought that the sentence was in the range of permissible sentences, and...

Women jailed for sex attack on footballer

Introduction We sometimes get asked to look at cases that are in the news, and our attention was drawn to the case of Brogan Gillard and her two friends on 27th January 2017. She was jailed for 31 months whilst her friend Paige Cunningham received 10 months for the 'ritualised humiliation' of the unnamed footballer. Sentence for a third friend, Shannon Jones,...