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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...