Sex Offenders

Rape victims to benefit from Government funding boost

Victims of rape and sexual assault across England and Wales will be helped by a 50 per cent funding boost for specialist support services, the government has announced. The move will increase the money available – up from £8 million to £12 million per year – to total £32 million over three years for a […]

Confidential police papers on paedophiles and their victims thrown in a skip

Confidential papers relating to paedophiles and their victims ended up in a skip after a police sergeant’s mother-in-law threw them out by accident, a disciplinary hearing was told. Martin Skirving-Chehab, from Cleveland Police, is accused of breaching professional standards when he took two carrier bags of material home from a police unit for managing sex offenders in Middlesbrough. The papers […]

Judge slams police treatment of Manchester rape victim

A judge has criticised the way a male police officer interviewed a teenage rape victim, saying it caused “further abuse” for the girl. Judge Hilary Manley said she had “grave concerns” about the case of Joseph McDonagh, 31, who was jailed for 24 years at Manchester Crown Court. The judge also queried why it took […]

Criminal justice system to get extra £15 million to speed up prosecutions for rape if the Conservatives win the General Election, the party has pledged.

The criminal justice system will receive an extra £15 million to speed up prosecutions for rape if the Conservatives win the General Election, the party has pledged. The package of measures would support police and the Crown Prosecution Service in handling rape cases with £10 million to speed up charging decisions. Funding for the Rape […]

Boris Johnson backs an end to automatic half-way release for sexual and violent offenders – described as ‘nonsense’ by one prisons expert.

Boris Johnson has indicated violent or sexual offenders could remain locked up for longer if he becomes prime minister – which one prisons expert has described as ‘political posturing and sheer nonsense.’ The Tory leadership hopeful said it was wrong that prisoners were routinely let out after serving just half of the sentence handed down […]

Prison Officer appeals order he must pay $146,000 to prisoners in sex abuse case

A California prison officer is appealing a federal court’s decision in November forcing him to pay $46,000 to inmates who claimed he molested them while on duty. Erwin Abanico, an officer, and Benjamin Curry, former warden, were named defendants in a Civil Rights lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California U.S. District Court in […]

Clifford: From West End To Wandsworth – “It’s inevitable he’ll face attack”

The celebrity publicist Max Clifford is facing up to two years in jail after becoming the first public figure to be convicted of sexual offences under Scotland Yard’s Operation Yewtree inquiry. Clifford, 71, was convicted of sexually abusing four girls following an eight-week trial at Southwark crown court in London, which heard how the PR […]

Child Pornography Solicitor Struck Off

Middlesex-based property partner James-Guy Jacobs has been struck off the solicitors roll and ordered to pay costs of £1,500 following a conviction for child pornography offences at Harrow Crown Court in November 2012. Jacobs was convicted of ten counts of making indecent photographs or pseudo photographs of a child, five counts of taking indecent photographs […]

Ashfield – high levels of violence and use of force by staff

Nick Hardwick, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, in a report to be published at midnight, says that in his final inspection of HMYOI Ashfield before it is re-roled from a juvenile institution to a category C adult male prison for sex offenders, he found there were high levels of violence, self-harm, along with high levels […]