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Written by RSS Poster The Magistrates' Blog
This Judge (in fact a Recorder, who has the powers of a circuit judge but sits part-time) has been reported to the authorities for apparently falling asleep on the Bench. The usual suspects have lined up to denounce him, and Vera Baird, who ought to know better, has just told the BBC  this casts the criminal system in a bad light, or words to that effect. She is reported thus: 
 Former solicitor general Vera Baird said she was shocked by the allegation.
"It's a pretty personally insulting thing for somebody when you're describing probably the most important event in your life.
"But also what does it say about the state, about judicial governance, about the criminal justice system?"
She added it would reinforce general views that the judiciary "are out of touch".
This is utter nonsense: what it proves is that the judiciary is made up of human beings, most of them well the wrong side of forty, and some a good deal older than that, and therefore prone to nodding off at times
Now if the unfortunate  Recorder  had...

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Police: Sale man charged with five counts of rape

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A man has been charged with raping two teenage girls.

Greg Smith (22/02/1988), of Sale, has been charged with five counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault and a section 39 assault, on two victims.

Further charges have also been brought against him, which are five counts of the possession of indecent images and twelve counts of the possession of pornographic images.

He is due to appear at Trafford Magistrates’ Court on 26 July 2014.

The offences relate to the rape of a 16-year-old girl in July 2014 and the rape of a 14-year-old girl in February 2014 as well as another unconnected investigation.

Detective Inspector Debbie Oakes, from GMP’s Protect Team, a specialist unit set up to tackle child sexual exploitation in Manchester and Salford, said: “Greg Smith has been charged with a number of very serious offences and it is important his case can go ahead and be heard fairly and without prejudice.

“Although there are charges in this case, our investigations into these offences are...

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Police: Witness appeal after man was found with head injury in Bolton

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward, after a man was discovered with a life-threatening head injury in Bolton.

At around 2am on Friday 25 July 2014, police were called to the junction of Chorley New Road and Chorley Old Road in Bolton, and discovered an unconscious man with a serious head injury.

Police also found a dog next to the man and detectives believe he was out walking his dog and, because of the nature of his injuries, they believe he was attacked.

The man, 49, was taken to hospital and remains in a critical condition.

Detectives have launched an investigation to determine what happened and are appealing for the public’s help to trace the attacker.

Detective Superintendent Jon Chadwick said: “This man is extremely poorly and, from the extent of his injuries, we believe he was violently assaulted.

“He was out walking his dog when he was attacked and we are urging people to come forward if they were in the area at that time and witnessed the attack or remember seeing the dog in the photo.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the Crimestoppers anonymously on 00800 555 111.


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Police: Two men jailed over Great Yarmouth of Paulius Jakovlevas

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Two men have today been sentenced to over 30 years in total for the murder of 38 year old Paulius Jakovlevas in Great Yarmouth.

Neighbours discovered Paulius’ body on the morning of Monday 11 November 2013 in the communal stairwell of a group of flats at 46 Wellesley Road in the town. Post mortem examinations later revealed he had died from severe head injuries.

After a five week trial at Norwich Crown Court, 40 year old Kestutis Sliogeris of Cromwell Road in Peterborough and Mantas Staponka, 24 years old and of no fixed address were yesterday found guilty of murder. Today, Sliogeris was sentenced to 17 and half years in prison while Staponka was sentenced to a 16 year jail term.

Forensic evidence and witness testimony proved they had been involved in the attack on Paulius. A search of the bins outside also resulted in carrier bags of blood stained items and a letter belonging to Sliogeris being found.

Sliogeris was charged shortly after the murder had taken place. He...

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Police: Brighton sex attacker jailed after a series of sexual assaults in Brighton

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A man found guilty of a series of sexual assaults in Brighton over a number of months has been sent to prison.

Jude Krishnan, 22, of Montpelier Crescent, Brighton, was sentenced to six years and two months imprisonment today Friday (25 July), having been found guilty after a trial last month (June) of two attempted sexual assaults on 30 May 2012 and 18 November 2013, a sexual assault on 17 January, three sexual assaults on 2 February, and a further sexual assault on 16 September last year.

The jury could not reach verdicts on three further sexual assault charges on 18 November 2013 and 3 and 4 January 2013 and therefore these are to lay on file.

The court heard that this was a serious of attempted and sexual assaults on lone women which occurred in Brighton between May 2012 and September 2013. Krishnan would approach woman walking at night or in the early hours and indecently touch them over their clothing. He was arrested on 3 February last...

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Police: Woman sentenced to 13 years for manslaughter in connection with 1997 arson

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A woman has today (25/7) been sentenced to 13 years in prison for the manslaughter of two children in Oxford in 1997.

Fiaz Begum Munshi, 38, of Manley Road, Oldham Lancashire, was found guilty of manslaughter of eight-year-old Anum Khan and her 15-year-old brother Majid at Oxford Crown Court on Tuesday (22/7) and was sentenced to 13 years in prison today.

Fiaz Munshi was arrested by officers from the TVP Major Crime Unit supported by Greater Manchester Police in Oldham on 22 October 2013 and charged the following day in connection with the deaths of Majid and Anum in 1997.

The circumstances are that on 26 August 1997 police and fire service were called to a property which was on fire in Magdalen Road, Oxford at around 3.20am. Seven members of the Khan/Akhtar family had been asleep in the property when the fire started. They were Mehfooz Akhtar (known as Mrs Khan), four of her daughters, one of her sons and one of her grandchildren.

Six of the seven occupants...

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Police: Jamie Williams jailed for christmas day rape

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

A man has been sentenced to five years and six months in prison at Oxford Crown Court today (25/7) after being convicted of carrying out a rape on Christmas Day.

Jamie Williams, aged 20, of Chaffinch Walk, Oxford, was found guilty by jury on 18 July of the rape of a female aged 16 and over.

On 25 December 2011, Williams phoned the victim, a 17-year-old girl, and demanded that she visit his home.

She attended and Williams raped her.

He was charged with rape on 25 September last year and imprisoned, was made to sign the sex offenders’ register for life and was given a restraining order for life against the victim.

Detective Chief Inspector Katy Barrow-Grint said: “We take all rape reports very seriously and this case shows that we will strive to bring all perpetrators to justice, no matter how long ago the offences took place.

“I commend the victim for coming forward and being willing to give evidence and the sentence today rightly reflects the seriousness of what happened.”

Police: Sentencing remarks of HH Judge Eccles QC in Ben Blackley murder trial

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Ben Blackley Setencing remarks

Ben Blakeley jailed for at least  20 years for the murder of Jayden Parkinson  (c) Thames Valley Police

Ben Blakeley jailed for at least 20 years for the murder of Jayden Parkinson
(c) Thames Valley Police

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