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Posted by edelegal | 11 February 2020| Blog

A new series on Netflix, ‘The Stranger’, is receiving rave reviews, with viewers keen to discover the secret being kept from lawyer Adam Price, as the search continues for his missing wife.   There are many sub-plots along the way, including the blackmail of several individuals keen to suppress unsavoury stories making their way into...

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Posted by edelegal | 04 February 2020| Blog

    On Sunday 2nd February 2020 Sudesh Amman wore a fake suicide vest and stabbed two people in Streatham. Amman had only recently been released from a prison sentence imposed for spreading extremist material; he had been released after serving half of his sentence. Usman Khan, one of the London Bridge attackers, had also...

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Posted by edelegal | 04 February 2020| Blog

The Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing (Amendment) Regulations 2019 came in to force on 10 January 2020, with the effect of implementing Fifth Money Laundering Directive into UK law.   Money laundering is said to be a key enabler of serious and organised crime, which costs the UK at least £37 billion every year, hence...

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Posted by edelegal | 30 January 2020| Blog

In 2015 Emily Hunt complained to the police that she had been raped in a hotel room. She had also been filmed, naked and asleep, without her consent. Although she is entitled to anonymity, she waived that right to draw attention to her case. The Crown Prosecution Service did not authorise any charge, either for...

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Posted by edelegal | 28 January 2020| Blog

The government has announced further funding to strengthen security measures at several prisons. The funding will go towards advanced body scan technology, aimed at preventing drugs, weapons, mobile telephones and other prohibited items from entering the prison estate.   The scanners were developed specifically for the Prison Service and can produce instant images from inside...

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Posted by edelegal | 21 January 2020| Blog

It has long been a criminal offence to take photographs or make recordings in court; even sketch artists have to sketch from memory rather than while in court.   In 2011 an 85-year-old man was sent to prison for recording court proceedings, and Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (commonly known as Tommy Robinson) recently faced contempt of court...

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Posted by edelegal | 15 January 2020| Blog

Reynhard Sinaga was sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and sexual assault of 48 victims. The student is believed to have laced drinks with GHB to make his victims lose consciousness and have no recollection of what happened. He denied the offences saying that the acts were all consensual and the men would “act”...

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Posted by edelegal | 15 January 2020| Blog

In 1998 a 22-year-old insurance clerk called Helen McCourt was murdered and Ian Simms was convicted of that murder. The Parole Board recently directed Simms’s release saying that they were satisfied that imprisonment was no longer required for the protection of the public. Helen’s family are objecting to the release as Simms has never revealed...

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Posted by edelegal | 09 January 2020| Blog

A large number of people are subject to notification requirements under Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, many for an indeterminate period. The notification framework is often referred to as the ‘sex offender register’, and around 60,000 people are affected (although not all of those are subject to indeterminate notification). Last week several...

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Posted by edelegal | 09 January 2020| Blog

The plight of a 19-year-old British lady hit the news last week, culminating in reports of her being sentenced by a Cypriot court for making what was said to be a false rape allegation. There are many features of this particular case that have caused alarm, and it brings into sharp focus the different legal...

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