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24 Mar 2016, 16:07pm
A woman has today, Thursday, 24 March 2016, appeared in court charged with murder.
Angela Whitworth, aged 43, formerly of Herald Way, Bicester, appeared at Oxford Magistrates’ Court today charged with murder.
Whitworth was arrested in Uganda on 9 March 2016, and returned to the United Kingdom today following deportation from Uganda.
12 May 2015, 16:43pm
“Although the defendant was initially arrested for aggravated trespass the decision to bring the more serious charge of public nuisance was taken after full consideration of all the facts and evidence in the case. The view of the CPS at the time of charging was that the defendant’s actions went beyond aggravated trespass, which carries a maximum sentence...
6 May 2015, 18:30pm
A former soldier has been convicted of a string of sexual offences against a number of girls and women he recruited into the army.
Edwin Robert Mee, 46 (10.4.69), formally of Croydon was convicted Wednesday, 6 May at Southwark Crown Court of one count of rape, two counts of oral rape and 13 counts of sexual assault against 11 victims.
Mee will be sentenced...
27 Apr 2015, 17:46pm
On Monday 27th April Andrew Hutchinson, aged 29, was sentenced to 18 years imprisonment at Oxford Crown Court. The sentence was to be extended to allow for a further seven years on licence, which means that he will not be released until he has served at least 12 years of his sentence and then only with the approval of the parole board.
17 Apr 2015, 16:35pm
At Wolverhampton Crown Court today, a 13-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been jailed for life, with a minimum tariff of 12 years, after he had been found guilty of the murder of 47-year-old Glynis Bensley by a jury following a trial in March.
Fellow defendant Zoheb Majid, aged 20 from Smethwick was found guilty of Ms Bensley’s...
16 Feb 2015, 23:12pm
The Crown Prosecution Service and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Police Mark Burns Williams are locked in a debate over the handling of the case of Daniel Atkinson and Jade Rice who, whilst in the care of KirkLees Social Service, were killed in a car driven by a 21yr old care worker Mohammed Tanwir on Bradley Road in 2006.
13 Feb 2015, 15:46pm
Three men jailed for the rape of a woman in 20-hour ordeal – case demonstrates need for context when considering issue of consent
Three men have today [Friday, 13 February] been jailed for a combined total of 18 years for the rape and sexual assault of a 23-year-old woman.
In a protracted attack in a Lincoln flat, Michael Armitage,...
10 Feb 2015, 16:56pm
A 91-year-old man has today been found guilty of historic sexual assaults which he committed over 60 years ago while he was a physical education teacher in the city.
A jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard how Marcus Marcussen from Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire was a teacher at a local secondary school in Birmingham during the 1950’s, 60’s and...
28 Jan 2015, 14:34pm
Police and prosecutors have today [Wednesday, 28 January 2015] been given the clearest instructions yet on assessing the vital issue of consent in rape cases.
For the first time, toolkits will spell out situations where a potential victim may have been unable to consent due to incapacity through drink or drugs, for example, or where consent could not...
9 Jan 2015, 15:56pm
A council worker who defrauded his employers out of £32,000 of housing benefits has today been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court to 20 months imprisonment, suspended for two years and to complete 300 hours of unpaid work.
Anthony McHale, aged 55 and from Willenhall was employed by Wolverhampton City Council as benefit assessor and was responsible...
5 Jan 2015, 17:28pm
A 44-year-old Walsall man has today been sentenced to 16 years imprisonment at Wolverhampton Crown Court for attempted murder after he was found guilty during an earlier trial of trying to burn down his ex-partner’s house.
Gary Griffiths from Brownhills, Walsall was in a short relationship with the victim, but after a few months, this was terminated...
19 Dec 2014, 18:10pm
A 33 year old man from Bedford has today (December 19) received a life sentence with a minimum of 9 years to be served after being found guilty on 4 November of a raping a young woman as she made her way home following a night working in a pub. In addition to this the defendant was sentenced to 2 years for ABH to run concurrently.
Abdul Ghafoor, a married...
19 Dec 2014, 18:01pm
Asif Butt, a former practice manager at an NHS surgery in Birmingham, was today [Friday, 19 December] handed a two-year prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, at Birmingham Crown Court for fraud, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006.
He was also handed a 12-month supervision order, must pay £800 costs and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid...
17 Dec 2014, 11:40am
Three members of medical staff will be charged with gross negligence manslaughter following the death of Jack Adcock, 6, at the Leicester Royal Infirmary on 18 February 2011, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has announced today.
Fiona Morrison, Specialist Prosecutor with the CPS Special Crime Division, said: “We have carefully considered the...
9 Dec 2014, 20:12pm
Having considered the detail and the issues raised by the family, I am satisfied that the decision making in this case was correct and that it was made in accordance with our policies and guidance. I have separately met with Ms de Freitas’ father, David de Freitas, to explain in more detail our decision and the evidence informing it, much of which is...
4 Dec 2014, 12:59pm
CPS Spokesperson said:
“Following the halting of the trial of Ms Contostavlos and Mr Coombs we took steps to identify current and past cases involving Mr Mahmood as a prosecution witness. We made it our immediate priority to carefully look into live prosecutions in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and any past cases which involved...
1 Dec 2014, 11:09am
The sexual abuse of young patients carried out by Cambridgeshire cancer treatment doctor Myles Bradbury was one of the worst cases of a breach of trust prosecuted by CPS East of England.
Michelle Brown, head of the CPS East of England’s Rape and Serious Sexual Offences Unit (RASSO), said: “This paedophile doctor took advantage of his young patients...
17 Nov 2014, 18:04pm
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Wessex has authorised Dorset Police to institute proceedings against Dorset County Council Leader, Spencer Flower, 72 and of Verwood, with three offences under section 31 and 34 of the Localism Act 2011. This Act imposes a duty on members of a local authority to disclose certain pecuniary interests on taking office...
7 Nov 2014, 21:41pm
A 44-year-old man has today been found guilty of encouraging others to carry out a cyber-attack on the websites of the Home Office and a member of parliament.
A jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard that on 15 June 2012, Mark Johnson from Stoke-on-Trent, posted a distributed denial of service (DDOS) link onto his Twitter feed, which when activated,...
29 Oct 2014, 12:37pm
An 82-year-old man who shot dead a mother and daughter at his home near Farnham, Surrey, has been convicted of their murders.
John Lowe killed 40-year-old Lucy Lee and her mother Christine Lee, 66, on Sunday, 23 February 2014. They had been providing care and assistance to Lowe after his long-term partner died in 2012. Lowe also killed four dogs at...
16 Oct 2014, 12:37pm
Following the death of Andrew Pimlott in Plymouth in April 2013, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has determined that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute a police constable for gross negligence manslaughter or misconduct in public office.
A report submitted to the CPS by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) indicated that on...
9 Oct 2014, 14:09pm
West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have today authorised the charging of a 95-year-old man from Devon for historic child sex offences.
The charges related to offences which were carried out by Jack Mount between 1954 and 1979.
Wendy Bounds, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands CPS, said:
“I have today authorised West Mercia...
1 Oct 2014, 12:30pm
Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has today published the final version of new standards for all CPS prosecutors. This follows a consultation with the public, which demonstrated that draft interim standards published in April 2014 were largely in the right place.
Casework Quality Standards apply to all cases prosecuted by the CPS...
25 Sep 2014, 9:39am
Following consultation with The Crown Prosecution Service two men are due to appear in court this morning (Thursday, September 25th) in connection with the murder of Paige Chivers.
Robert Ewing, 59, of Kincraig Place, Blackpool is charged with murder and doing a series of acts with the intent to pervert the course of justice.
Gareth Dewhurst, 45, of...
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