Early Marriage Prevention Bill

31st January 2020

Ben Hoare Bell LLP is proud to have been part of drafting a Bill to prevent early marriage under the age of 18 with parental consent. This upholds human rights relating to unwanted marriage for vulnerable young people and means that everyone has the same minimum marriage age of 18. The launch event took place […]

BBC’s ‘The Trial of Christine Keeler’ – what is perjury?

29th January 2020

Fans of the BBC drama ‘The Trial of Christine Keeler’ who saw Sunday’s finale episode will have seen Keeler, famous for her affair with the former Secretary of State for War John Profumo, imprisoned for perjury. Keeler pleaded guilty in December 1963 to the offence and was sentenced to nine months imprisonment. Perjury is an […]

Investigation into force used by police during arrest

27th January 2020

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating the level of force used during the arrest of a 34 year old man on 8 January 2020. The man was arrested by Lancashire Constabulary Officers in Accrington.  CCTV footage showed the arrest. A number of blows apparently land on the man.  He appeared fully compliant […]

Police Officer jailed for false allegation against Council street worker

20th January 2020

A Metropolitan Police officer has been given a three year prison sentence for perverting the course of justice. Hitesh Lakhani, of Central West Command Unit, made a false report that a Hillingdon Council street cleaner had committed a serious sexual offence against a five year old child in the street in Uxbridge, following a dispute […]

Sentencing different ethnicities

15th January 2020

The Sentencing Guidelines Council has today published research investigating disparities between sentencing among different ethnicities, and revealed that Asian Defendants convicted of drugs offences are 50% more likely to be given an immediate custodial sentence, and a longer one, than White Defendants. The report considers data from Courts in England and Wales and places Defendants […]

Care Home Nurse jailed for assaulting patients

13th January 2020

On 9 January 2020 Alastair Quinn, a former Mental Health Care Home Nurse, was jailed for assaulting and neglecting dementia patients in his care. Mr Quinn worked at Covent House Care Home in Birtley, Gateshead.  Following a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court he received a 2 year Prison sentence having been convicted of eight charges […]

Durham Passport Office Worker given suspended prison sentence

On 10 January 2020 James Close a passport worker at the Durham Passport Office was sentenced to 12 months in Prison, suspended for 2 years for a number of offences which included theft of passport photographs from the Passport Office. Mr Close kept the passport photographs reportedly of girls aged from 8 years old to […]

Zara Tindall driving ban – no special treatment for Princess Anne’s daughter

9th January 2020

The Queen’s first granddaughter Zara Tindall received a driving disqualification from Cheltenham Magistrates Court yesterday, 8 January 2020, for a total of six months for speeding in November 2019. Mrs Tindall was recorded driving at 91mph in a 70mph zone in Gloucestershire. Whilst this would not automatically result in a driving disqualification, Mrs Tindall already […]