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Wednesday, 20 November 2019 09:50

Clogging up the system

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Christopher Hart report - Last year, two women had a silly argument on a train over boiled eggs. Normally, that wouldn’t have made headlines in the local Press, let alone a national newspaper. Yet, as the Mail reported yesterday, that minor spat on an early-morning commuter train somehow escalated all the way to the Crown Court, at a cost of tens of thousands of pounds to the taxpayer, countless hours in police and judicial time, and no end of stress, presumably, for the individuals involved
Tuesday, 19 November 2019 13:28

Double Jeopardy

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A jewel thief who beat two elderly people to death in their own homes has been convicted of their murders two decades on.
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  Children as young as seven are among thousands of under-18s stopped and searched by police in Wales. In the four years up to March 2019, more than 9,000 children and young people were searched by officers. Fewer than a tenth of those were arrested.
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Seven jails are set to receive new equipment to tackle the smuggling of drugs, phones and weapons behind bars, as efforts to make our prisons safer gather pace.
Thursday, 14 November 2019 10:49

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Wessex solicitors are always available 
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The government intends to review pre-charge bail legislation to ensure the safety of victims is prioritised and police are supported in investigating all offences.
Tuesday, 12 November 2019 10:10

Fewer referrals to CPS in rape cases

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Almost half of rape victims are dropping out of investigations, as a growing proportion do not want to pursue a prosecution even when a suspect has been identified, according to a Cabinet Office report leaked to the Guardian. 
Monday, 11 November 2019 16:20

Acquittal in large Fraud trial

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Congratulations to Robert Bryan instructed by Wessex Solicitors
Monday, 11 November 2019 11:18

Lest we forget

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Lest we forget. 
Thursday, 07 November 2019 10:09

Murder and Attempted Murder 

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Definition of murder: In legal terms, murder is the “the unlawful killing of a human being in the Queen's peace, with malice aforethought”. In lay terms, murder is the unlawful killing of another human being, while having the intention to kill or cause grievous bodily harm. Sentencing: The offence of murder carries a life sentence. A lesser sentence is not available based upon mitigation alone. A lesser sentence is available only if you have a lawful defence. There is no full defence for murder. Defences for murder are known as “partial defences”• Diminished Responsibility• Loss of control• Killing in pursuance…
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Straining to hear the judge from behind the bulletproof glass in the dock of court one, the 16-year-old pleaded guilty to a crime with the hallmarks of being committed by a child. He had burgled a McDonald’s and been caught by police helping himself to a McFlurry. 
Tuesday, 05 November 2019 09:34

Miscarriage of justice

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A man who spent two years in jail after being wrongly convicted of rape because police missed vital evidence from Facebook has been told he will not receive compensation (David Brown writes). Danny Kay, 28, was jailed in 2013. His conviction was quashed in December 2017 after the Court of Appeal ruled that police relied on an “edited and misleading” account of his Facebook contact with the alleged victim. His application for £500,000 compensation was rejected by Robert Buckland, the justice secretary.
Monday, 04 November 2019 09:43

Children let down by justice system

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The Youth court system is in 'chaos', says children's commissioner the Guardian reports.  Vulnerable children in England and Wales waiting months for convictions, appearing without adult support and being wrongly placed in dock, Guardian investigation finds.  The youth justice system in England and Wales is “chaotic and dysfunctional” following almost a decade of cuts and court closures, the children’s commissioner has warned, after a Guardian investigation found a system plagued by increasing delays, confusion and poor child protection.   Anne Longfield called for a wholesale review of the youth justice system, saying the youth court was “not a child-friendly environment…
Thursday, 31 October 2019 10:06

Successful appeal against licence revocation

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Mr William Goss of 2 Harcourt Buildings successfully appealed a decision of Havant Borough Council to revoke a licence to drive a taxi. 
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