Can’t say I’m surprised

Almost a fifth of murders in England and Wales are now committed by people who are on parole, shocking new figures reveal today.

Failures by the probation service to supervise prisoners properly once they are released is now reaching crisis point, according to experts, with a 63 per cent increase in the number of homicides committed by ex-inmates.

Crimes are committed by criminals? Oh my giddy aunt…..

Well, yes, seems fair enough

Asinging star suspended by the Royal Opera House for groping a colleague on stage is being allowed to continue headlining performances at some of Europe’s premiere opera houses.

Not the groping of course, but the continued performances:

The allegations have split the world’s most prestigious opera houses, with some prepared to give Grigolo the benefit of the doubt until the ROH concludes its investigation, while others prefer to err on the side of caution .

Conviction and punishment after the investigation, no?

We know the solution here

Child sex abuse victims are being retraumatised by fighting a “futile” battle for compensation, government-ordered inquiry has found.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) published its report on the Accountability and Reparations strand of its wide-ranging investigations on Thursday.

The researchers concluded that survivors are often retraumatised during what can prove to be a “frustrating, hostile and ultimately futile” legal battle for justice through the courts.

Just give the cash to anyone who claims.

What? You want to retraumatise them? And of course no one would claim without there being merit to the claim, would they?

Just don’t mention Nick….

This isn’t trolling this is witness tampering

Apaedophile, who was jailed for ten years for abusing young girls in Rotherham, has had another 45 months added to his sentence after admitting trolling one of his victims.

Waseem Khaliq, 35, set up a fake Facebook account and used it in an attempt to intimidate the girl and undermine her evidence.

He also made a threatening phone call from prison, telling officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) who were investigating him that he knew where they lived.

Khaliq was convicted of child abduction and indecent assault at Sheffield Crown Court last month as part of the long running Operation Stovewood investigation into sexual abuse and exploitation in Rotherham.

But after he was charged, Khaliq set up a fake Facebook account using the name, Andros Simpson, and used it to troll one of his victims.

Claiming to be an investigative journalist, who was looking into what happened in Rotherham, he claimed the victim was lying and said she was only giving evidence because she had been offered cash and a new house.

He also used the account to contact a number of associates of the victim in an attempt to intimidate her and prevent her from giving evidence.

Attempting to pervert the course of justice rather than trolling, which is merely snarling at someone online….an important distinction because trolling isn’t yet a crime and shouldn’t be.

Most amusing

You think this one is going to go wrong:

Identical triplets have been jailed after helping to supply an “extremely dangerous criminal” with an Uzi sub-machine gun and a loaded pistol.

DNA belonging to Reiss, Ralston and Ricky Gabriel was identified on the deadly weapons, but it proved impossible for the police to ascertain which of the brothers it belonged to.

So therefore they jail all three just in case?

Except:

Scotland Yard detectives then launched an extensive investigation to establish which of the brother had handled the firearms – and using mobile phone and surveillance evidence were eventually able to prove it was actually all three.

The Case of the Nazi Boxer Shorts

Shades of black footie bags:

A white supremacist who owned boxer shorts emblazoned with Nazi swastikas has been found guilty of stirring up racial hatred.

Presumably there actually is a Eulalie that makes the underwear.

This however seems wrong:

Nathan Worrell, 46, from Grimsby had denied 11 race hate offences after being accused of distributing stickers and posters with slogans including “Diversity is White Genocide” and “Refugees Not Welcome”.

Can’t see that those are “race hate”. They may be correct or incorrect statements of course. But the second is clearly an attempt at least at a statement of fact. And there’s nothing to say that refugees are going to be of some other race. A number of English South Africans could be said to be deserving of asylum given what Zuma did to the place……

More seriously though what is now race hate seems to have moved on rather a lot from “Kill the Darkies Now” doesn’t it?

Probably incompetence

Not malice:

The two guards assigned to Jeffrey Epstein’s wing of the Manhattan jail fell asleep while they were supposed to be monitoring him, it has been claimed.

Epstein, 66, was found dead in his cell on Saturday morning, seemingly by suicide. The death of one of America’s most high-profile prisoners as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges has enraged the attorney general, William Barr, and angered his accusers.

On Wednesday it emerged that Epstein was left unsupervised for three hours, in spite of orders to check on him every 30 minutes.

According to reports in The New York Times, surveillance video from inside the jail, reviewed after Epstein’s death, shows guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Center did not make some of the checks they claimed to have made in their logs.

The two guards are alleged to have falsified records to cover up their mistake, several law enforcement and prison officials told the paper.

Probably….

Well, no, this is rather the purpose, isn’t it?

The victims of convicted billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein say the truth about his sordid activities must not be allowed to die with him.

As news spread about his suspected suicide in a Manhattan prison cell questions quickly began to be asked about what that means for both his victims and his alleged accomplices.

His victims have no appetite for letting his death bring to an end the long running inquiries into the sex-trafficking ring he had operated for so long with apparent immunity.

As there’s no accused there’s no trial and no investigation.

Well, OK, no major accused. Meaning that Ghislane should be looking over her shoulder….

Well, yes….

Police in Texas have apologised after photographs emerged of two white officers on horseback leading a black man down the street by a rope.

Obviously.

Melissa Morris, a lawyer for Mr Neely’s family, said he was homeless, mentally ill, and suffered from bipolar disorder.

Doesn’t matter, skin colour.

Galveston’s police department said leading a suspect by a rope on horseback was something officers were trained to do.

It was an accepted law enforcement technique, and even “best practice” in some situations.

Doesn’t matter, skin colour. Doesn’t even matter whether skin colour should matter, it does.

However:

Leon Phillips, president of the Galveston Coalition for Justice, said: “These are two white police officers on horseback, with a black man, walking him down the street with a rope tied to the handcuffs, and that’s doesn’t make sense, period.

“Stay there with him instead of humiliating him, and now you’ve humiliated the whole city of Galveston. And I do understand this, if it was a white man, I guarantee it would not have happened.”

Advice to Galveston. Search those archives for a white arrestee being led on a rope behind horses. Search real hard and publish, publish, publish.

This bird who killed her kids

The father of two young girls murdered by their sex worker mother claimed he warned social services about the “evil” killer who was jailed for life yesterday.

Louise Porton will serve a minimum 32-year prison sentence for murdering her two daughters because they “got in the way” of her sex life.

The 23-year-old suffocated three-year-old Lexi Draper and strangled 16-month-old Scarlett Vaughan in Rugby, Warwickshire in January and February last year.

In a victim statement, read out at Birmingham Crown Court by the prosecution, Chris Draper, the children’s father suggested he contacted social services about Porton before his daughters were killed.

“Maybe if social services had listened to me, my girls would still be alive today,” he said. Birmingham Children’s Trust did not respond to a request for comment.

Mr Draper said he was “broken” and no punishment would ever be enough.

“I sit and think, day and night, and I can’t understand why my two little girls were taken away because Louise wanted to sleep around.”

Mr Draper, who was in court for sentencing, said: “I hate Louise.”

In an other report it’s said that he never actually met the younger of the two children. Leading to the interesting question, well, where were you matey?

Rightie ho

Sending women to prison, and removing them from their children and families, has long been seen as a contentious issue. Particularly given that women are predominately nonviolent offenders and tend to commit “victimless crimes” – such as theft – that are often survival based.

Eh?

Gillian McNaull
Lecturer in Criminology, Queen’s University Belfast

So I’ll send some bint around to steal your car and you won’t be a victim, right?

Er, why?

Dame Vera said: “As Victims’ Commissioner, I cannot be expected to adhere to the official line that mobile phone data is only required when necessary to achieve a reasonable line of enquiry.

“The overwhelming evidence from those who support rape victims is that the reality is so very different. This evidence has led me to conclude victims are routinely being asked to hand over their mobile phones, even in some cases where their attacker is a stranger and there could not have been any communication between them.

“I want this practice to stop. I want to see a change in culture, where the current digital download form is withdrawn and where only proportionate downloads are made, and only in cases where it is absolutely necessary.”

They’re only a victim once it is established that a crime has actually happened. Including the concept that if a rape didn’t happen then the accused is in fact the victim. Meaning that we;d rather hope that the Victims’ Commissioner would be on the side of the people trying to work out if an offence has been committed…..

So, what’s the threat here?

The Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo has been ordered to forfeit billions of dollars and spend the rest of his life in a maximum security US prison, ending a criminal career that at its height controlled much of the western hemisphere’s drug trade.

Joaquin Guzman, the former leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, was ordered by a judge in New York to pay $12.6 billion to the US government, a conservative estimate of his profits in the US, and serve a life sentence plus 30 more years.

We’ll make it life plus 20 if you pay up? Life plus 40 if you don’t?

There’s brave and then there’s…..

Wallabies shaken after front-rower Taniela Tupou mugged in South Africa

Eh?

Taking on a 135kg Wallabies front-rower nicknamed the “Tongan Thor” on the street might seem like one of the worst ideas in the history of bad ideas, but it was Taniela Tupou who was left counting his blessings after being subjected to a brazen robbery in Johannesburg over the weekend.

Tupou, in South Africa preparing for Australia’s opening Rugby Championship match later this week, was heading back to the team hotel after dinner at a steak restaurant in an affluent suburb when a man pounced and snatched his mobile phone.

Tupou reportedly gave chase before being called off by his teammates as he tussled with the thief who was attempting to make his getaway in a waiting car.

Waving a gun around and shouting “Give me your wallet” is one thing. Actually jumping an international front row is rather beyond that, no?

Difficult one

Murderers who refuse to reveal where bodies are buried to be denied parole under new law

Well, yes, see the point.

Marie McCourt has begged murderer Ian Simms to tell her the whereabouts of her daughter’s remains ever since the insurance clerk vanished on her way home from work in 1988.

But the pub landlord, who was convicted by a jury on overwhelming DNA evidence of the 22-year-old’s abduction and murder and is still in jail, has always maintained his innocence.

But what if he is actually innocent?

Actually, not that it makes that much difference. Insisting that you are actually innocent does delay release upon licence….