Archive for the 'dangerous offenders' Category

High risk criminals given community orders – Daily Telegraph

“Thousands of dangerous criminals are handed community sentences every year despite being a high risk to the public, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 24th January 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

MAPPA: open and transparent for greater public protection – Ministry of Justice

“For the first time, numbers relating to the MAPPA status and management levels of all MAPPA offenders living in England and Wales can now be viewed online.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 27th October 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Probation service failing to learn lessons over murder of French students, inquiry finds – The Guardian

“Fresh concerns about the way dangerous offenders are monitored in the community were raised today by a damning investigation into probation service failings after the torture and murder of two French students in London last year.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd November 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Criminals ‘under supervision’: Murderer Dano Sonnex – Daily Telegraph

“Blunders in the supervision of violent drug addict Dano Sonnex meant he was free to kill French students Gabriel Ferez and Laurent Bonomo last year.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 26th October 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Serious crime suspects freed on bail to murder and rape – Daily Telegraph

“Suspects released on bail committed more than 30,000 crimes in one year, including murders and rapes, it can be disclosed.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

EN (Serbia) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; KC (South Africa) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR daily

EN (Serbia) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; KC (South Africa) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2009] EWCA Civ 630; [2009] WLR (D) 213

“The Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (Specification of Particularly Serious Crimes) Order 2004, which was made under s 72(4)(a) of the 2002 Act and listed a number of criminal offences which would be presumed, irrespective of the sentence which had been imposed by the court, to fulfil the requirements of art 33(2) of the Convention and Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, thereby allowing the United Kingdom to refoule someone who had been convicted of one of the offences despite there being a risk to his life or freedom on his return, was ultra vires and unlawful.”

WLR Daily, 29th June 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

French student murders: parents sue over killer’s parole – The Guardian

“The parents of murdered French students Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez are to sue British authorities over systematic failures in the justice system that contributed to their sons’ deaths.”

Full story

The Guardian, 5th June 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Evil’ duo jailed for life over sadistic murders – The Independent

“A dangerous knife thug freed from jail by mistake was today jailed for life with a minimum of 40 years for the ‘sadistic’ murders of two brilliant French students.”

Full story

The Independent, 4th June 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Regina v Stannard; Regina v A; Regina v Clarkson – Times Law Reports

Regina v Stannard; Regina v A; Regina v Clarkson

Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)

“Where a defendant was before the court to be sentenced for offences committed both before and after April 4, 2005, when the dangerous offender provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 came into force, distinct statutory provisions applied but that did not mean that if the offences committed before April 4, 2005 were more serious than those committed after that date a sentence of imprisonment for public protection could not be imposed.”

The Times, 9th December 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Attorney-General’s Reference (No 55 of 2008) – Times Law Reports

Attorney-General’s Reference (No 55 of 2008)

Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

“Recent amendments to the assessment of dangerousness provisions allowed the court to exercise its judgment, untrammeled by artificial constraints, as to whether a sentence of imprisonment for public protection should be passed if the necessary criteria were established.”

The Times, 4th December 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Attorney General’s Reference (No 55 of 2008) – WLR Daily

Attorney General’s Reference (No 55 of 2008); [2008] EWCA Crim 2790; [2008] WLR (D) 370

The recent amendments to the assessment of dangerousness provisions allowed the court to exercise its judgment as to whether a sentence of imprisonment for public protection should be passed if the necessary criteria were established. Such a sentence remained an important sentencing alternative but the court was entitled to consider all the alternative and cumulative methods of providing proper protection for the public against the risk posed by the individual offender.”

WLR Daily, 27th November 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Lord Chief Justice orders review over fears killers wrongly having sentences reduced – Daily Telegraph

“The Lord Chief Justice has ordered immediate changes to the system of reviewing jail terms after learning that killers could be having their tariffs wrongly reduced because vital information is not seen by judges.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 3rd November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

79 high-risk offenders charged with new crimes after release – The Guardian

“Public confidence in the supervision of high-risk offenders released from prison suffered a fresh blow yesterday with the disclosure that 79 have been charged in the last year with a further serious crime, up to and including murder or rape.”

Full story

The Guardian, 21st October 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Thousands in jail limbo due to lack of Government planning and financing – The Times

“Thousands of prisoners were left in a Kafka-esque situation by the failure of the Government to plan and finance a new open ended jail term for dangerous offenders, according to a critical watchdog report published today.”

Full story

The Times, 15th October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Convicted rapist declared ‘safe’ months before he murdered teenager – Daily Telegraph

“A convicted rapist sexually assaulted and murdered a teenage girl only months after he had been downgraded to the lowest risk level by public protection officials, it has been disclosed.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 13th August 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Convicted rapist declared ‘safe’ months before he murdered teenager

“A convicted rapist sexually assaulted and murdered a teenage girl only months after he had been downgraded to the lowest risk level by public protection officials, it has been disclosed.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 13th August 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Freedom Of Information: Government warned of prison crisis for dangerous inmates – The Independent

“The much vaunted indeterminate public protection sentence was brought in two years ago, but the system couldn’t cope, says Robert Verkaik, Law Editor.”

Full story

The Independent, 18th July 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Ministers await ruling on release of 700 dangerous offenders – The Guardian

“More than 700 violent prisoners will be released and may be awarded thousands of pounds in compensation if the government loses an appeal court case this month.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Pc samurai sword attacker jailed – BBC News

“A man who attacked a police officer with a samurai sword has been given an indeterminate jail sentence, to protect the public.”

Full story

BBC News, 10th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Dangerous Offenders – Sentencing Guidelines Council

“On 14th July 2008, the dangerous offender provisions in the 2003 Act are amended as a result of the implementation of relevant provisions in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. The Guide for Sentencers and Practitioners issued by the Sentencing Guidelines Council in September 2007 as an addendum to its Guideline Judgments Compendium has also been amended. The Guide brings together the statutory provisions and relevant case law for the assistance of both the judiciary and practitioners: it is not a Council guideline. As well as incorporating the effect of the new provisions into the text, a new Annex F reproduces sections 225-229 of the 2003 in amended form, including the new schedule 15A. A brief summary of the effect of the new provisions is also included for ease of reference.”

Dangerous Offenders – Guide for Sentencers and Practitioners (PDF)

Sentencing Guidelines Council, 9th July 2008

Source: www.sentencing-guidelines.gov.uk

Gordon Brown accused over early-release prisoner who warned he would attack girlfriend – Daily Telegraph

“Gordon Brown has been accused of failing in his ‘basic duty’ to protect the public after a court heard that a prisoner who stabbed his pregnant girlfriend after being released early had warned what he was planning to do.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Straw rejects absconding fears over open prisons – The Guardian

“The justice secretary, Jack Straw, yesterday denied a claim by a prison officers’ leader that the public was placed at ‘massive risk’ by dangerous criminals being moved to open prisons.”

Full story

The Guardian, 6th May 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Risk’ from open prison criminals – BBC News

“Dangerous criminals are being placed in low security open prisons due to overcrowding, at ‘massive’ risk to the general public, the BBC has learned.”

Full story

BBC News, 5th May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Peart Review – Attorney General’s Office

“A review to ascertain the circumstances in which Anthony John Peart, aka Anthony Leon Joseph, came to be at liberty on 29 July 2005”

Full review

Attorney General’s Office, 28th April 2008

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Statement: Anthony Leon Peart aka Anthony Leon Joseph – Attorney General’s Office

“Statement: Anthony Leon Peart aka Anthony Leon Joseph.”

Full statement

Attorney General’s Office, 28th April 2008

Source: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Justice Secretary Jack Straw loses right to block release for prisoners – The Times

“The Justice Secretary lost his last power to block the release of dangerous prisoners from jail yesterday when the Court of Appeal ruled that it was a breach of human rights.”

Full story

The Times, 16th April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Prisoner release system ‘puts public at risk’ – Daily Telegraph

“The public could be at risk because of the haphazard way potentially dangerous prisoners are being assessed for release, spending watchdogs have found.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 5th March 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Straw defends early release of man who then killed partner – The Guardian

“The justice secretary, Jack Straw, was forced to defend the government’s early release scheme for prisoners today after it emerged a man who murdered his partner ‘should have been behind bars’.”

Full story

The Guardian, 11th December 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government appeals ruling on indeterminate sentences – The Guardian

“The government launched an appeal today against high court rulings which could force it to free dozens of prisoners who were detained for public protection because they were considered dangerous.”

Full story

The Guardian, 20th November 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk 

Publication of reports on the management of serious offenders – Ministry of Justice

“Reports into the management of offenders under Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) are being published today.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 22nd October 2007

Souce: www.justice.gov.uk

Sentences to protect public ‘keeping too many in jail’ – The Times

“A new prison sentence intended to protect the public from dangerous criminals is set to be overhauled amidst alarm at the huge numbers being given the jail term.”

Full story

The Times, 16th October 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Guideline Judgments Case Compendium – dangerous offender provisions – Sentencing Guidelines Council

“On Friday 21st September 2007, the Sentencing Guidelines Council published an addendum to the Compendium of Court of Appeal Guidelines. This relates to the dangerous offender provisions and brings together key judgments, setting them in the context of the statutory provisions; the document also contains two flow charts to help in ensuring that the proper stages are followed in the decision making process.”

Dangerous Offenders – Guide for Sentencers and Practitioners (PDF)

Sentencing Guidelines Council, 21st September 2007 

Source: www.sentencing-guidelines.gov.uk


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