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news round-up 29.9.17

news round-up 29.9.17(Posted on 30/09/17)

Secret Murder Trial Conviction Upheld:  Wang Yam has lost his appeal against conviction for the savage 2006 murder of elderly Hampstead resident Alan Chappelow. In his last judgment before retiring, lord chief justice Lord Thomas, sitting with Mr Justice Sweeney and Mrs Justice May, said there was no basis to believe “new evidence would or might reasonably have affected the jury’s decision in the case”. The original... Read more...


news round-up 15.9.17

news round-up 15.9.17(Posted on 15/09/17)

Parole for IPP prisoner ten years over tariff: James Ward is to be released from prison after serving eleven years for a ten-month sentence under Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP), the Parole Board has said. The 33-year-old was sentenced after setting fire to his prison bed. Originally jailed in 2006 for ABH in a fight with his father, James has a low IQ and mental health problems and has frequently self-harmed. &... Read more...


news round-up 8.9.17

news round-up 8.9.17(Posted on 08/09/17)

Lammy: Social Timebomb of BAME People in Custody. "When David Cameron asked me to conduct a review into the over-representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) individuals in the criminal justice system, I thought I was being set up to fail," David Lammy writes in the Guardian this week. "So many of the causes of, and answers to, the problem lie outside the criminal justice system: poverty, lone-parent... Read more...


news round-up 28.6.17

news round-up 28.6.17(Posted on 31/07/17)

The Court of Appeal has heard fresh evidence in the case of the Chinese dissident Wang Yam, an MI6 informant convicted of murder after a secret trial, which would have had a “dramatic impact” on the jury in his trial, Duncan Campbell & Richrad Norton-Taylor report in the Guardian. The court heard from three new witnesses, including neighbours of the murdered man, 86-year-old author and photographer Alan... Read more...


news round-up 12.5.17

news round-up 12.5.17(Posted on 11/05/17)

Further details this week on the retesting of blood toxicology results from Randox Testing Services and the arrest of two employees [see Round-Up 17.2.17]. "It is deeply worrying because the integrity of forensic testing is sacrosanct in the criminal justice system,” Dorset's Deputy Chief Constable James Vaughan commented. "The vast majority of these cases involve drug-driving, but there are likely to be more serious... Read more...


news round-up 5.5.17

news round-up 5.5.17(Posted on 08/05/17)

Forensic Science Regulator calls for Legal Aid rise Additional legal aid funding is needed to help Defence lawyers meet new digital forensics standards. “We need to fund forensic science properly and it needs to be funded from the centre,” Dr Gillian Tully told the Forensics Europe Expo in London. “It needs to be funded so that there’s appropriate money to achieve [these] standards.” Computer, phone and data technological advances in... Read more...