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A man has been jailed under new legislation brought in to consider stiffer sentences for attacks on emergency workers.Daniel Hilton, 27, from Leigh, Greater Manchester, was jailed for three months after he sank his teeth into the thigh of a police constable who responded to reports of a man with…
The conviction of a man who used social media to name the woman at the centre of the Ulster rugby rape trial should act as a deterrent for future cases, police have said.Sean McFarland from Belfast pleaded guilty on Wednesday to breaching the lifetime ban on naming a complainant in…
An independent report has urged ministers to raise the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland to 16 and set up a new youth justice system for offenders up to the age of 21.The work, commissioned jointly by the charity Action for Children and Bruce Adamson, Scotland’s Children and Young People’s…
A Muslim convert terrorist felt "justified" in assaulting hospital staff over a ban on communal prayers, an inquest jury has heard.Nicky Reilly, 30, was said to be furious after bosses at high-security Broadmoor brought in the policy following fears that Muslim patients were intimidating others by the way they were…
Four women bringing a High Court challenge over the Government's Universal Credit scheme say they are struggling financially because of the way the system operates.The women, who are all working single mothers, argue a "fundamental problem" with the controversial welfare scheme means their monthly payments vary "enormously" and they end…
Domestic abuse incidents recorded by police in Scotland have risen in the past year but the Justice Secretary says he is confident new laws will help tackle the crime.A total of 59,541 incidents of domestic abuse were recorded in 2017-18, according to Scotland’s chief statistician, an annual increase of 1%.In…
A High Court challenge to the "huge" fee required to register a child as a British citizen has been given the go-ahead.The Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC) argues that the £1,012 registration fee, just £372 of which represents the Home Office's administrative costs, is unlawfully…
Terminally-ill Noel Conway has called on politicians to change the law on assisted dying after his legal fight to die "peacefully and with dignity" was rejected by the UK's highest court.The 68-year-old retired lecturer (pictured), from Shrewsbury, who has motor neurone disease, said the Supreme Court's refusal to hear his…
A jailed sex offender was given the chance to play a part in the future of the child of a woman he raped, it has been reported.The man, who was reportedly part of a grooming gang, was contacted in jail by a council who gave him a chance to seek…
New guidelines surrounding the sentencing of all offenders are coming into force in Scotland's courts.For the first time in Scotland, the guidelines set down the fundamental principles and purposes of sentencing in a document.The guidelines, developed by the Scottish Sentencing Council, were approved by three senior judges at the end…
An 84-year-old man who killed his dementia-suffering wife with an iron pole in an "act of mercy" has walked free from court.Lawrence Franks was unable to cope with the worsening condition of wife Patricia, 86, but did not want to go against her wishes of not being placed in a…
A terminally ill motor neurone disease sufferer who wants to die a "peaceful and dignified death" will go to the UK's highest court in a bid to change the law on assisted dying.Noel Conway (pictured) vowed to continue his legal fight after losing a Court of Appeal challenge in June…
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