Justice at last for Carol’s family

It has been reported in The Times that the family of a nurse who falsely claimed that her parents were Satanists after undergoing “recovered memory” therapy have won the right to seek a new inquest into her death. Article and source here (please note The Times operates a paywall) FACT Comment You can find out further […]

Barry George to take compensation case to European Court.

Barry George, the man wrongly accused of murdering TV presenter Jill Dando, is taking his £1 million compensation claim to the European Court of Human Rights. Mr George, 53, is seeking compensation for loss of earnings and wrongful imprisonment, after spending eight years in jail for a crime he did not commit. Full Story here

The Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014 receives Royal Assent

The Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014 which makes provision about the release, and supervision after release, of offenders, to make provision about the extension period for extended sentence prisoners, to make provision about community orders and suspended sentence orders, and for connected purposes has received Royal Assent Under the new Act rehabilitation periods for community orders […]

Inside Time article: the baffling case of Karl Watson and why the CCRC fail to acknowledge that his unfair trial is sufficient reason to rede the matter back to the Court of Appeal

There is an excellent article in Inside Time written by Bob Woffinden, a leading investigative journalist,  into the baffling case of Karl Watson and  why the CCRC fail to acknowledge that his unfair trial is sufficient reason to rede the matter back to the Court of Appeal. On a Sunday afternoon just over 22 years ago, […]

Relief as another celebrity case collapses

The Daily Mail have full coverage of Jimmy Tarbuck’s response to the news that he is not to be prosecuted for alleged  historical abuse following complaints made by 6 individuals. Jimmy Tarbuck said he had been the victim of ‘false and malicious claims’ after learning he will not be prosecuted for historic sexual offences. The […]

The problem with memory

There is an interesting article in Inside Time by Dr David Hockey an Applied Investigative Criminologist and Private Investigator regarding the role of memory in in cases of alleged historical abuse. Since the Jimmy Savile ‘Yewtree’ inquiry, there has been an increasing number of alleged historical sexual cases brought to court and there appears no end […]

Unlock provide update on recent changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

Unlock have campaigned for many years to see changes to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act. It’s the first time in nearly 40 years since the legislation has been reformed in this way. It’s been quite a wait since the law received Royal Assent in 2012, but we’re delighted that we’ve finally got there. Since we […]

“You will be believed” is the Police and CPS mantra for claims of sex offences

Read Jonathon King’s challenging article in Inside Time in which he takes issue with the police and CPS mantra that  those who report allegations of sexual abuse will be believed. They don’t tend to believe people claiming innocence of murder accusations or drug dealing or terrorism or fraud or burglary, but claims of sex assault, […]

DPP strongly defends celebrity prosecutions

Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions has strongly defended the prosecutions that have followed the Jimmy Savile scandal. She said that she intends to keep pursuing such cases and claims that the public would be “horrified” if complaints about historical abuse did not lead to prosecutions and  referred to sex abuse convictions for teachers dating back […]

Officers face a “Catch-22″ situation over historical sexual abuse claims.

Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says his police officers face a “Catch-22″ situation over historical sexual abuse claims and were criticised if they did not take allegations seriously yet condemned for pursuing them. “If we investigate to the point of charge – we are challenged – did you go too far? And I think we have got […]

Chasing Savile’s ghost threatens to leave today’s victims behind

“Can we now, please, stop trying to convict Jimmy Savile by proxy? That is surely the message of the acquittal of the DJ Dave Lee Travis on 12 charges of indecent assault, only a week after the acquittal of the Coronation Street actor William Roache”. Link to source and full article  (subscription required)

Police watchdog investigators to carrying out house to house following the death of a man wrongly believed to be a paedophile.

“Police watchdog investigators are carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the Bristol street where a disabled Iranian refugee was murdered by a vigilante who wrongly believe him to be a paedophile. The Independent Police Complaints Commission’s investigators will ask residents about Bijan Ebrahimi’s contact with Avon and Somerset police officers in the days, weeks and hours […]

The decision to prosecute historic sex abuse cases involving celebrity defendants has been called into question

‘The decision to prosecute historic sex abuse cases involving celebrity defendants has been called into question after veteran DJ Dave Lee Travis was acquitted of 12 sexual assault charges in the first high-profile trial brought by Operation Yewtree.’ Full story The Independent, 13th February 2014

Record number of people exonerated of crimes in US in 2013

A record number of people exonerated of crimes in US in 2013 Eighty-seven people cleared of conviction, including in many cases which investigation revealed no crime ever committed. A new report from the National Registry of Exonerations finds that almost a third of the people in 2013’s unprecedented crop of exonerations were convicted in cases in which, in […]

MP questions trawling approach in Operation Pallial

ITV.Com have reported that Barry Sheerman M.P. for Huddersfield  has raised questions about the National Crime Agency’s use of  police ‘trawling’ methods.  “Labour’s Barry Sheerman claimed the National Crime Agency (NCA) was using controversial “trawling” techniques to find evidence against teachers and social workers in its investigation into historic child abuse in North Wales care […]

Book Release: Justice for Carol – the true story of Carol Felstead.

Our attention has been drawn to a recent book release which will be of particular interest to all those who have been wrongly accused of abuse in which false memory plays a part. Title: Justice for Carol – the true story of Carol Felstead. Authors: Dr Kevin Felstead, Richard Felstead Justice For Carol – The True […]

Coronation Street star William Roache acquitted

‘The Coronation Street star William Roache has been acquitted of two counts of rape and five charges of indecent assault on Thursday at the end of a trial that raised questions about the decision of police and prosecutors to press charges.’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26071149  

New figures show up to one third of rape investigations in some police forces in England and Wales are later dropped.

New figures show up to one third of rape investigations in some police forces in England and Wales are later dropped. The Inspectorate of Constabulary, which compiled data from across all 43 police forces, revealed large variations in recorded rapes that are then dismissed. Lincolnshire has the highest proportion of alleged rape cases that go on […]

Childhood memories are less accurate than people think

 The Daily Telegraph reports (here) that childhood memories are less accurate than people think, with the brain likely to fill in gaps when it cannot remember the detail, it has been suggested. The authors of a new study suggest their findings could have important implications for court cases where witnesses who have experienced crime as […]

Parole system is on the brink of a crisis

The Independent on Sunday report (here) England and Wales’s parole system is on the brink of a crisis that will result in reformed prisoners being detained months after they should have been released. The report highlights problems caused by:- Staff cuts together with a groundbreaking Supreme Court ruling about the way parole hearings are conducted […]

Watchdog says it could no longer approve crime figures based on information recorded by the police in England and Wales.

A  BBC report dated 21st January 2014 states the UK Statistics Authority, the watchdog that oversees the publication of official data, said it could no longer approve crime figures based on information recorded by the police in England and Wales. The report states:- that there was accumulating evidence that the figures may not be reliable […]

FACT Spring Conference to be held at Oxford University’s Centre for Criminology.

FACT is pleased to announce provisional details of its forthcoming Spring Conference JUSTICE FOR PEOPLE FALSELY ACCUSED OF SEXUAL AND CHILD ABUSE  This year it will be held in association with Oxford University’s Centre for Criminology and will take place in Oxford on Saturday 17th May For further details please email the  the FACT secretary […]

Wirral electrician extradited from Canada to face historic child abuse charges from the 1970s was found not guilty on all counts.

Wirral electrician extradited from Canada to face historic child abuse charges from the 1970s has been found not guilty on all counts. Paul Cleary was accused of abusing two young girls he knew in Upton in the 1970s when he was in his late twenties, charges he always denied. The jury of eight men and […]

How Many of Your Memories Are Fake?

Our attention has been drawn to an article How Many Memories are Fake written by Erika Hayasaki. The article discusses how reliable are memories are, how easy it is to manipulate memory, how we think and forget,  whether or not there is such a thing as autobiographical memory. It also draws on recent research by Professor […]

Sentencing Historic Sexual Offences – The new guidelines

The Sentencing Council have issued new definitive guidelines on sexual offences The guidelines come into force on 1st April 2014 The existing guidelines do not apply in relation to offences committed under the 1956 Act. However, in the new document, the maximum penalties are set out in Annex C and the approach to sentencing historic sexual […]