Here are today’s headlines:
Teenager found guilty of murdering taxman he met on Grindr
Ben Bamford, 17 years of age, was found guilty of murdering 52-year-old Paul Jefferies after they had met two years previously on the gay dating app Grindr. Jefferies, a government tax advisor, first encountered the defendant when he was 15 years of age. On the 23rd of February, Ben went to Jefferies home in East Sussex to have sex with him and steal £400 for his drug debts. The Crowborough teenager, is said to then stabbed Jefferies after the tax advisor ‘came onto him’. The post-mortem highlights 40 injuries to the victim including a slashed throat and a partially severed thumb. Furthermore, coroner reports indicate Bamford used knifes and candlesticks to murder his victim. Bamford denied murder but was found guilty by the jury. Detective Chief Inspector Tanya Jones commented ‘This was a horrific attack by a teenage boy who preyed on his victim with the aim of exploiting him for money.’ Read more in The Guardian, the BBC and the Evening Standard.
Measures to increase diversity in the Supreme Court
In a speech, Lord Neuberger, has announced his retirement from the Supreme Court in September 2017. The Supreme Courts’ most senior judge has said six new judges will be appointed over the upcoming 18 months. Neuberger confirmed that himself and Lord Clarke would step down next summer and Lords Hughes, Mance and Sumpton will leave in 2018. Plus, Lord Toulson – whom retired in July – has not yet been replaced. He continues to say that the appointment process for the six new Supreme Court judges aims to improve diversity in the UK’s highest court. Currently, the Supreme Court consists of twelve all white members, only one female, only two not privately educated and only five from ethnic minorities. Justice Secretary, Liz Truss, plans to introduce measures to improve diversity. Neuberger and the only female judge in the Supreme Court, Lady Hale, have said they want ‘’to have two composite recruitment competitions, one starting early next year to recruit three new justices, and the other starting in the first half of 2018 to recruit another three new justices”. Read more in The Law Society Gazette, The Guardian and Legal Week.
Improvements needed on Hunting legislation to stop illegal hunting in Scotland
Scottish judge Lord Bonomy carried out a judicial review on the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002 to improve PWM (S) A 2002 which doesn’t ban, only restricts, dog hunting. The review found that investigation and prosecution of alleged offences is often complicated thus leads to many guilty of an offence getting away with it. Furthermore, Bonomy’s report implies that illegal hunting continues to take place. The scrutiny took place with the aim of establishing whether PWM(S)A 2002 provides enough protection for wild mammals and if the legislation permits effective and humane control of wild mammals. Throughout the review, the scope altered slightly and focused on ‘whether the Act has resulted in the elimination of the chase and kill by hounds or other dogs of traditional fox-hunting, while allowing effective and humane control of foxes.’ Also, included in the report was Bonomy’s recommendations on amending the Act. Sourced from LexisNexis. Read more here.
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- CitySprint faces tribunal over rights of freelance workers (The Guardian)
- Top judge urges tougher community service as alternative to prison (The Guardian)
- Turkey withdraws child rape bill after street protests (BBC News)
- Welsh island records its first ever crime (The Independent)
- Ann Maguire: Husband criticises review into teacher’s murder (BBC News)
- Colombian government and Farc to sign new peace deal (BBC News)