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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...

Viscount St Davids bailed pending his appeal against conviction

Introduction  We looked last week at the case of Rhodri Phillips, the 4th Viscount St Davids, who was jailed for 12 weeks on 13th July 2017 following his conviction for racially offensive Facebook postings. On 19th July 2017 Viscount St Davids was back in Court, this time the Crown Court at Southwark. Appearing by video link, he was making an application...

Ian Paterson – AG to refer the sentence to the Court of Appeal

We looked at the unusual case of Ian Paterson, a surgeon who was jailed for 15 years on 31st May 2017 following his conviction for causing grievous bodily harm (mostly with intent) by carrying out unnecessary operations. It was a very difficult sentencing exercise, which we suggested that the Judge appeared to have carried out very carefully and explained why...

Acid Attacks – What’s the law on sentencing?

Introduction Nobody could have been failed to be moved by some of the horrific cases that we have seen of people who have been attacked by having acid thrown over them. Unsurprisingly, this has lead to calls from various quarters to look at whether the sentencing for these offences is high enough (including from Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary). But is a...

Gayle Newland – ‘I was pretending to be a boy for a variety of reasons’

We have looked before at the case of Gayle Newland, who is up for sentence on 20th July 2017 (next Thursday) following her conviction at a re-trial of various sexual offences where she (to cut a very long story very short) was convicted on the basis that she had deceived another woman about her sex, claiming to be a...

Viscount St Davids jailed for threatening and racist Facebook posts

Introduction The development of the internet, and social media in particular, had lead to a revolution in the criminal law in many ways. One is that it has greatly increased the number of ways in which an offence can be committed. This was discovered by Rhodri Colwyn Phillips, 4th Viscount St Davids, on 13th July 2017, when he was jailed for 12...

David Harris – TV Producer jailed for trying to hire hitmen to kill his partner

Introduction and Facts David Harris is a 68 year old retired TV Producer who is starting (as of 14th July 2017) a 17 year sentence following his conviction on three counts of soliciting the murder of Hazel Allison, his partner of 27 years. It is a bit of a convoluted story. Mr Harris seemed to have a perfect relationship with Ms Allison, sharing...

Gayle Newland convicted at re-trial

Introduction The question of consent in relation to sexual interactions between people can throw up some incredibly complicated questions, one being question of when somebody tells lies about themselves vitiates consent. We have previously looked at the case of Galye Newland, a 27 year old who was convicted in 2015 of various sexual offences, and sentenced to 8 years imprisonment. An...