Jimmy Saville: A Report for the Director of Public Prosecutions by Alison Levitt Q.C. Extracted below is the the reports introductory summary and the conclusion. For a full understanding of the issues you should read the whole report (here) Introductory Summary This case concerns four allegations that the late Jimmy Savile indecently assaulted girls and [...]
There is an interesting article on the BBC website which discusses how future cases of [alleged] child abuse might be handled by the police and prosecuting authorities. Jimmy Savile’s ability to commit hundreds of serious sexual offences inside public institutions, “hiding in plain sight” as Friday’s police and NSPCC report (here) on his crimes puts [...]
FACT has submitted its evidence to to the Criminal Cases Review Commission’s Review which can be accessed here We are grateful to Dr Ros Burnett for taking the lead on this task and for submitting this review on FACT’s behalf.
This item written by Steve Butcher appears on the age.com website and refers to a judgement in the State of Victoria’s Appeal Court (Australia) A woman jailed in 2010 for sex offences 33 years ago against two boys aged eight has been freed after Victoria’s highest court quashed her convictions and acquitted her. Three Court [...]
It is with much sadness that we report the passing of Bernadette Fearns and Dr Christopher Reeves both of whom died very recently. Bernadette played a pivotal role in the formation of FACT. Dr Reeves was a longtime supporter of FACT, and a regular attender at our conferences despite having to journey from the west [...]
A big thankyou to all those who supported the recent Welsh Assembly initiative including in particular Dr Eady, SWAWC and FASO.
In a joint initiative South Wales Against Wrongful Conviction, FASO (False Allegations Support Organisation, and FACT are to present Members of the Senedd (The Welsh Assembly) with copies of Richards Webster’s book The Secret of Bryn Estyn – the making of a modern witch hunt). The presentation has been organised primarily in response to recent developments which, once again, have put [...]
A petition has been launched aimed at getting the Ministry of Justice to support the idea to make a false allegation should a criminal offence. You can add your name to the petition by clicking here
Spiked on Line comments on Lord Mcalpine being wrongly accused of abuse in North Wales children’s homes on the BBC
There are two interesting articles in Spiked concerning the BBC debacle regarding Lord Mcalpine being wrongly accused of abuse in North Wales children’s homes. Frank Furedi The vigilantism of the Little Bullingdons The current ‘paedo hysteria’ is being fanned, not by low-rent tabloid papers, but by politicians, serious journalists and the Twitterati. Brendan O’Neill ‘Serious journalists’ are [...]
Well said! Nigel Farage, Leader of the UKIP Party, quoted on BBC Question Time aired on 15th november 2012 “There are lots of bad things that happen in the world, but how do we deal with them? And my big concern is that during the Labour years, we moved into a situation where the Government [...]
The Health and Social Care Bill received Royal Assent on 27 March 2012. The Act deals principally with healthcare reform, but it also contains some amendments to the legislative framework for social care. The Act will come into force on a day yet to be appointed by the Secretary of State. Changes for the regulation [...]
Book Review: Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories. David F. Pierre. CreateSpace Publishers. 2011. 190 pages.
Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories. David F. Pierre. CreateSpace Publishers. 2011. 190 pages. David F. Pierre’s newest book, Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories (The Media Report, 2011). The book documents the stories of seven priests who have suffered under the millstone of false witness over the last decade of scandal in [...]
Young photographer compensated for being wrongly prevented from taking photographs of military parade
Jules Mattsson compensated for military parade photo ban From time to time FACT has had occasion to be critical of young people who are browbeaten by police pressure. On this occasion we salute the action and determination of a young photographer who when asked by the police to stop photographing a military parade stood his [...]
Chris Jefferries who was wrongly accused of murdering Joanna Yeates informs the Levenson Inquiry that he was falsely accused of being a pervert, gay, bisexual and of being friend of a pedophile
Scottish government to consult on CRB. The scottish Government has begun a consultation on CRB’s The Police Act 1997 (Criminal Record Certificates – Children’s Hearings) (Scotland) Order 2012 The purpose of the consultation is to seek views on the offences which should be included in the order which Scottish Ministers intend to make under section [...]
A new support has been launched in Scotland for supporting families who have experienced injustice. A spokesman for the group said they are consulting with users and professionals to decide which way their organisation should go in.
This story appeared in the Independent on the 8th November 2011 Police faced criticism tonight after it emerged that they had contacted any protesters arrested at recent demonstrations, warning them to stay away from any trouble at tomorrow’s march, despite many never having been charged with or convicted of any offence. The Metropolitan Police Service [...]
This news excerpt appeared on the BBC website (here) Hillingdon woman ‘falsely called man a paedophile’ A woman from west London who falsely branded a neighbour a paedophile in an “unseemly outburst” must pay £1,500 in compensation for slander. Patricia O’Connor of Hillingdon turned on retired landscape gardener Michael Clynes in a row lasting a [...]
According to reports in the Press the Government intend to reform ACPO. News of this emerged in evidence given to Home Affairs Select Committee. A summary of the changes be found on the Police website are deatailed below. A new professional policing body will not be a “revamped” Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) as [...]
The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee have stated that anyone suspected or accused of having committed a crime must promptly be given information on his or her procedural rights in an easy-to-understand language, said the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday, in amendments to a draft law to protect defendants’ rights across [...]
Our attention has been drawn to the online Human Rights TV news channel which not only contains a lot of useful information about human rights but also has some excellent video’s including many concerning justice issues. The basic aim of the channel is to empower the voice seldom heard. Online Human Rights TV describe their [...]
Prostitute was sentenced to more than two years in jail after falsely accusing a man of raping her at knifepoint.
This story was first published on the Liverpool Echo website here A prostitute was sentenced to more than two years in jail after falsely accusing a man of raping her at knifepoint. Shinaed Kelly, 20, was only on her second night as a sex worker when she accused the innocent man of attacking her in [...]
The Sentencing Council have announced that they have published new sentencing guidelines on assault offences for judges and magistrates. The guidelines aim to ensure a consistent and proportionate approach to sentencing, with convicted offenders receiving a sentence that reflects both the harm they have caused to their victim and their culpability. There are separate guidelines [...]
Background to Report This project addressed the admissibility of expert evidence in criminal proceedings in England and Wales. In a criminal trial, a jury or magistrates’ court is required to determine disputed factual issues. Experts in a relevant field are often called as witnesses to help the fact-finding body understand and interpret evidence with which [...]
This article appears on the Scottish Catholic Observer Website under the title Hate crime’ reports to take precedence? New guidance on crimes against homosexuals and minority groups is published Police officers in Scotland should treat crimes against homosexuals and minority groups more seriously than general crimes against the public, according to controversial new ‘hate crime’ [...]