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Iain Farrimond – Senior Crown Prosecutor struck off after trying to kill his wife

Back in October 2016 we looked at the case of Iain Farrimond, a senior Crown Prosecutor who was jailed for 6 years for the Attempted Murder of his wife. After that, as a solicitor, his case was considered by the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority). When the case went to the Tribunal, he received an indefinite suspension (rather than being struck...

New Sentencing Guidelines for domestic abuse issued

On 22nd February 2018 the news reported that 'tougher sentences' would be introduced for cases that involved domestic abuse. This comes from the definitive guidelines issued by the Sentencing Council - "Overarching Principles : Domestic Abuse" It's worth a read to explain exactly what is proposed. It won't take very long, running in at 12 pages, half of which are blank...

Barry Bennell gets 30 years for sexual abuse

Introduction One strand of historic sexual abuse in the UK that has only recently begun to come out is in relation to its existence in football (wikipedia has a good overview on it here). On 19 February 2018 another high profile case, that of football coach Barry Bennell (known in Court as Richard Jones), ended as he was convicted of the...

Chris Parker – Manchester bombing ‘hero’ jailed for more than 4 years

We looked at the case of Chris Parker, the 'hero' of the Manchester bombings, who pleaded guilty in early January 2018 to stealing a purse and a phone from the victims of the attack and later using one of the cards that he had stolen. Looking at the theft and fraud guidelines, we had said a sentence of up to...

Criminal Defence : Good Practice in the Criminal Courts (book review)

For those that who’s main focus of criminal practice is the criminal trial, Archbold or Blackstones will still remain as the main book to pack on trial day, but this is a good adjunct to one of those, and will be of more use 95% of the time. It is for the busy criminal solicitor where this book truly...

Edward Vines – jailed for 3 years for stalking Emily Maitlis (again)

Introduction In 2016, we looked at the case of Edward Vines a university contemporary of journalist Emily Maitlis. He had made Ms Maitlis' life a 'living hell' for 25 years for repeatedly stalking her. Back then, he was convicted of breaching Restraining Order and was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.   Facts On 16th January 2018, so less than 18 months after he was...

Manchester Arena bombing ‘hero’ admits stealing from the victims

It was one of the heart warming stories of the tragedies of the Manchester Arena bombing on 22 May 2017  - Chris Parker, a homeless man who was sleeping rough near where the attack happened, went to help and comforted a seriously injured girl and   a woman who died in his arms. The story turned sour in August when he was...

Aaron Barley – double murderer has sentence increased

We looked at the case of Aaron Barley earlier this year. It was a horrible case; Mr Barley had attacked and killed two members of a family who had gone out of their way to help him. The motiveless killing is still unexplained. Mr Barley got a life sentence with a tariff of 30 years. The Judge had started with...