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 […]
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 […]
“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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
‘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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
A man who spent 17 years behind bars after being wrongly convicted of a sexual assault has been freed by the court of appeal after DNA evidence pointed to another man as the perpetrator. Victor Nealon, a former postman, has always maintained his innocence. He was convicted in January 1997 of the attempted rape of a woman […]
The Law Commission publishes the reports on the risk Contempt of Court arising from the use of social media and the internet
The Law Commission published the first of its three reports on Contempt of Court on 9 December and the report, along with the online-only appendices, can be downloaded from our website using the following link: http://lawcommission.justice.gov.uk/publications/contempt_of_court_juror_misconduct.htm. The project is part of our Eleventh Programme of Law Reform and since the publication of that Programme, various high profile […]
Seven men who say they were sexually abused while pupils at a former Cardiff school in the 1960s and 1970s have received about £350,000 in payouts since 2011 – an average of £50,000 per person. Source: BBC here
There is a useful blog on Claire’s law on the pink tape website. It describes what Claire’s law is, what it sets out to achieve and some of its shortcomings. You can read it for yourself here
The Supreme Court have published a lecture given on the 28th November by Lady Hale, a Supreme Court Judge titled “What’s the point of human rights” In it Lady Hale sets out the historical context of the UK’s approach to humans rights and the impact of European legislation on UK human rights. She then goes […]
Cardiff Law School is the first Law School in the UK to have a case referred to the Court of Appeal on application made by a university-based Innocence Project. Congratulations to them. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) referred the case of Dwaine George to the Court on Friday 15th November 2013 Daniel Dale died almost instantly as he ran […]
The Disclosure and Barring Service issue further guidance concerning criminal record checks and referrals.
The Disclosure and Barring Service issue further guidance concerning criminal record checks and referrals. Whilst the advice is mostly relevant to employers it will also be useful to those who wish to challenge any error or adverse finding on their CRB record. This guidance covers … Stages of the DBS checking process Types of check Referrals and […]
FACT calls on Home Secretary and Minister of Justice to learn lessons from the murder of Bijan Ebrahimi
The murder of Bijan Ebrahimi, an entirely innocent man murdered because he was wrongly assumed to be a peadophile and the subsequent trial of his murderer and accomplice has rightly attracted a lot of Media attention. How can it be that in 2012 an innocent man is killed in such a brutal way and that his murderer […]