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A paedophile who was suspected of child grooming offences joined the police force to target vulnerable victims and went on to rape a 13-year-old girl."Selfish and cruel" police constable Ian Naude (pictured) was warned to expect a significant jail sentence as he was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday…
Thongs and placards were held aloft in Belfast on Thursday in solidarity with protests in the Irish Republic earlier this week over how rape trials are conducted.A recent case in Co Cork sparked outrage after a defence barrister referred to the 17-year-old complainant's underwear during the trial, in which a…
A police officer accused of the rape of a teenage girl had ambitions of working in a unit dealing with vulnerable youngsters, a court has heard. Cheshire Police constable Ian Naude, 30, is accused of raping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old in October last year. On Thursday, Pc Laura McCormick…
Four men who were members of a gang that groomed and sexually abused vulnerable girls in Huddersfield have been jailed by a judge who told them their abuse "defies understanding". Leeds Crown Court heard on Thursday how some of the three teenage victims of Mohammed Akram, Niaz Ahmed, Mohammed Imran…
Rape crisis centres across Scotland are to receive £1.5 million to expand support services. Equalities minister Christina McKelvie (pictured) said the Scottish Government is “committed to preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls”. The centres offer confidential emotional and practical support, information and advocacy to those who have experienced…
A former Ireland and Ulster rugby player trying to recoup his legal fees after being acquitted of rape has offered no evidence to support his claims of financial hardship, a court has heard.A prosecution barrister said lawyers for Stuart Olding, 25, had been given "ample opportunity" to detail the extent…
A woman has been awarded £80,000 in damages in a civil case against a man who had previously been cleared of raping her. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, sued Stephen Coxen, accusing him of raping her in St Andrews, Fife, after a night out in September…
Three in four cases of violence against women and girls taken on by prosecutors end in conviction, the highest rate since comparable records began, new figures for England and Wales show. The 76.1% figure for 2017/18 represents the highest conviction rate since data was compiled by the Crown Prosecution Service…
Recorded sexual crime was up 13% last year, following new legislation outlawing acts such as circulating intimate photographs. Sexual crimes increased from 11,092 in 2016/17 to 12,487 in 2017/18 – the highest level seen since 1971. The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act came into force in July last…
A man accused of using social media to name the woman at the centre of a rape trial involving two rugby stars stayed away from court as his case was raised before a judge for the first time. Former Ireland and Ulster players Paddy Jackson, 26, and Stuart Olding, 25,…
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has denied changing its approach to rape prosecutions to improve conviction rates. The Guardian newspaper reported that advice to take a proportion of "weak cases out of the system" was set out in training seminars by two senior figures in the CPS. The CPS said…
Prosecutors have described the low levels of convictions against young men who are tried for rape as "a challenge for the entire criminal justice system" after figures showed that a third are found guilty. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said rape allegations which were tried at court only led to…
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