Did Ant McPartlin Get Off Lightly?
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Did Ant McPartlin Get Off Lightly?

A lot has been written in recent days about the sentence passed following Ant McPartlin’s (of ‘Ant and Dec’ fame) conviction for drink driving, in this article, we examine the case in a little more detail. What offence was Ant McPartlin charged with? McPartlin pleaded guilty to an offence of driving with excess alcohol (‘drink driving’), that…

New Sentencing Guidelines for Arson and Criminal Damage Proposed
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New Sentencing Guidelines for Arson and Criminal Damage Proposed

The Sentencing Council has today (27 March 2017) published proposed new guidelines covering arson and criminal damage offences. The guidelines, for courts in England and Wales, will help ensure consistent and proportionate sentencing for these offences. Why are new guidelines being proposed? The introduction of the guidelines is due to existing sentencing guidance for these…

Throwing Items Over the Wall into a Prison
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Throwing Items Over the Wall into a Prison

It can be a temptation to family members, and to others perhaps for financial gain, to seek to convey articles into prisons. The chance of being detected is high and possibly for that reason many who might otherwise be tempted to do so, resist. Section 40CB of the Prison Act 1952 makes it an offence…

Shaken Baby Syndrome
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Shaken Baby Syndrome

The unlawful death of a child is always a deeply traumatic act and one that shakes any society to its core. For some parents, it represents not only a deeply personal and tragic loss but the beginning of a nightmare. The reality in most murder and manslaughter cases is that the perpetrator is known, and…

Knife Crime – Sentencing Changes
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Knife Crime – Sentencing Changes

Knife crime seems to feature in the new on an almost daily basis, with a number of stabbings having taken place over the last few weeks, resulting in deaths and injury, and no doubt the loss of liberty in due course for those responsible. Attention is now focussed on using deterrent sentences to discourage knife…

New ‘Domestic Abuse’ Sentencing Guidelines
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New ‘Domestic Abuse’ Sentencing Guidelines

A new domestic abuse sentencing guideline has been published today (22 February), giving courts up to date guidance that emphasises the seriousness of this offending. Since Domestic Abuse cases are amongst the most common types of offence that we deal with, it seemed wholly appropriate to draft this blog which deal with the new sentencing…

What Happens in Rome, May Not Stay in Rome
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What Happens in Rome, May Not Stay in Rome

Most people know that if you commit a criminal offence in the UK, the police will record details of that offence and any subsequent sentence so that it is revealed during any future PNC (Police National Computer) check. But what about offending abroad, can that be kept a secret? The answer depends on where the…