Prosecutors see UK’s highest rate of successful convictions for rape and other sexual offences

Prosecutors see UK’s highest rate of successful convictions for rape and other sexual offences It follows news that the Wessex CPS, the prosecution service responsible for prosecuting criminal cases in Wiltshire and Swindon, has seen “a considerable improvement” in the number of successful prosecutions across all three major strands of crime that fall under the…


Stalker ex-girlfriend faked kidnapping

Jessica Nordquist has been found guilty stalking her former boyfriend A woman described as a “manipulative and compulsive liar” who faked her own kidnapping and rape has been convicted of a relentless campaign of stalking against her former boyfriend. Jessica Nordquist, 25, sent emails and pictures to Mark Weeks showing herself tied to a bed…


Defensive action on disclosure

Disclosure got a bad name last year when a rape trial was abandoned. Now the CPS has set up a task force to address fundamental anomalies when it comes to bringing a case to court As departures go, Alison Saunders would have hoped for a better one. The last few months of the director of…


The thought police turn men into the enemy

Moves to add misogyny to the list of hate crimes are motivated by intolerance and prejudice    The Labour MP Stella Creasy wants to make misogyny a hate crime. Misogyny is defined as hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women. Tomorrow, the Commons will debate Creasy’s amendment to the “upskirting” bill, which would add misogyny…


Women dressed like prostitutes confuse men, claims Maureen Lipman

Maureen Lipman says the #MeToo movement has gone too far Maureen Lipman says the #MeToo movement has gone too far TIMES NEWSPAPERS Women celebrities who dress like prostitutes but complain about male attention are to blame for “confusing” men, Maureen Lipman has claimed. The actress said that the #MeToo movement was “going too far” in vilifying…


Man who said he was victim of VIP child sexual abuse ring charged

Claims by ‘Nick’ led to Met investigating public figures including Leon Brittan and Harvey Proctor  A 50-year-old man has been charged with 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one of fraud. Photograph: Shaun Curry/AFP/Getty Images The man whose claims of a VIP paedophile ring sparked a £2m Scotland Yard investigation targeting pillars…


Guilty Until Proven Innocent – Jon Robins

Guilty Until Proven Innocent by Jon Robins Cover Price £12.99 Our Price £8.99 inc. FREE Postage (UK Mainland ONLY) Whenever a miscarriage of justice hits the headlines, it is tempting to dismiss it as an anomaly – a minor hiccup in an otherwise healthy judicial system. Yet the cases of injustice that feature in this book reveal…


Falsely Accused Questionnaire

Failed Justice UK in conjunction with #metoofalselyaccused, Accused.me, Conviction and Time4Justice UK have collaborated to produce the questionnaire below. This is your opportunity to tell us how being falsely accused has affected you, your family lives, relationships, careers, finances and health. So if you are a relative, friend or you were the person accused we…


Woman awaiting sentencing for making a false rape claim is refused bail

A WOMAN currently awaiting sentence for making a false claim to police that she was raped was refused bail today. Krystal Alana Anderson made a bail application at Belfast Crown Court, which was refused on the grounds she may fail to attend court for her sentencing. Prior to the application being refused, defence barrister Sean…


Former CPS solicitor struck off for expenses conviction

A senior crown prosecutor jailed for falsifying his expenses to claim for phantom journeys to court has been struck off the roll of solicitors. Eoin MacCarthy, a solicitor for 32 years, submitted claims for journeys from his home address in Devon to Bristol Crown Court over a six-and-a-half-year period, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal heard. In total…


Justice under the influence

A 2010 research study (Levall et al) showed that a prisoner is 40% more likely to be released by a parole board if the board members had just eaten breakfast or lunch. They call this phenomenon ‘The Glucose Correlation Effect’. A 1998 study (Frank & Gilovich) showed that people in black uniforms tend to be…


An ‘appalling vista’

A newly established group of parliamentarians aims to counter widespread indifference to allegedly wrongful convictions. Lawyers are being urged to support them. The new all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on miscarriages of justice is seeking funding from law firms and chambers to assist it in its investigatory work, the Gazette has learned. Jonathan Rayner Chaired by Labour…


Wrongly imprisoned ‘find it harder to appeal convictions’

Fresh evidence has emerged in the case of Eddie Gilfoyle, who spent 18 years in jail after being convicted of killing his wife People claiming wrongful imprisonment are finding it harder to overturn convictions because the burden of proof is too high, a former appeal court judge says. Former Lord Justice Sir Anthony Hooper said…


Failure to disclose evidence ‘routine and deliberate’

The scandal over important information which might undermine prosecutions being deliberately hidden from defendants hit the news again last month as new information pointed to institutionalised failings around disclosure. According to The Times the failure by police and prosecutors to disclose vital evidence in criminal cases to the defence is routine and deliberate. They say…


Compulsive liar jailed after 11 false rape claims in decade

Elizabeth Jones has been jailed after 11 false rape claims in a decade A compulsive liar made almost a dozen false claims that she was raped in nearly a decade after making her first complaint at the age of 13, a court has heard. Elizabeth Jones, 22, admitted she lied about the latest rape allegation…


Schoolchildren admit they made up claims a male teacher sexually abused students

Schoolchildren admit they made up claims a male teacher sexually abused students to get him fired because he yelled at them – as he says his life has been completely ruined by the lies Primary schoolchildren, 11, accused their teacher of sexually abusing them Admitted they lied in parts of their claims in failed attempt…


Metropolitan Police ditches practice of believing all victims

• Rethink after failed sex crime inquiries • Director of public prosecutions to stand down Cressida Dick, Metropolitan Police commissioner, said officers must enter investigations with an open mind.FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA Britain’s biggest police force has abandoned its policy of automatically believing victims after a series of flawed inquiries into alleged sex crimes, The Times can reveal. Cressida Dick,…


Men are in danger. They need to be a protected species, says ANN WIDDECOMBE

I DID not think there were any new depths left to plumb in the endless saga of false allegations and the ruin of innocent men but I was wrong. A book entitled How To Destroy A Man Now is available on Amazon and apparently features on the website of the MeToo campaign. I have read…


Justice Committee Inquiry aims to investigate disclosure and wants your views

Disclosure of evidence in criminal cases examined 22 February 2018 The Justice Committee launches an inquiry into the disclosure of evidence in criminal cases. This follows the announcement of the Committee’s intention to examine the issue on 25 January. Inquiry: Disclosure of evidence in criminal cases Justice Committee “Extensive issues” with handling of disclosure Since…


Justice for Perceived Victims should Never be allowed to Outweigh the need to protect the Innocent

Many of you will be aware of the recent conviction of Barry Bennal. Bennal was, and is a serial Child Sex Abuser and the evidence in his case was overwhelming. For him and his victims, Justice has finally been done. We would like to make it VERY CLEAR, Our campaign is Not about helping people like…