Call for abolition of ‘not proven’ verdict in Scottish law
Country’s three-verdict system criticised for leaving accused innocent in the eyes of the law

That’s taking the accusation is the proof in rape cases a little far isn’t it? Complaining that sometimes the accused isn’t found guilty?

In 2016-17, only 39% of Scottish rape and attempted rape cases resulted in convictions – the lowest rate for any type of crime. Nearly 30% of acquittals in rape and attempted rape cases are found not proven, compared with 17% for all crimes and offences.

OK. So, what’s the rate in England and Wales. Obviously, there’s no “not proven” verdict. So, which way does it go? We’ve a higher guilty rate and a lower innocent? Or the same not found guilty rate? Which bit of innocent and guilty is not proven eating? A rather important thing to work out before thinking about abolishing the three bit system…..

Economic calculation

Trejo may now be clean but there is still one addiction in his life. “I love working,” he says, though this is partly because he has concluded that crime really doesn’t pay. “I realised that if I rob someone for $800, that may only take two minutes – but the other price is probably five years in prison. If you divide $800 into five years, it’s not a very good hourly wage.”

The level of punishment times the probability of punishment is the cost of crime.

Which does mean that if you raise the probability of punishment then you can reduce the duration of it. A guaranteed week inside for burglary might do more to reduce the incidence than 10 years applied to only 1% of those who do it.

So there’s gratitude for you

Julian Assange has launched legal action against the government of Ecuador, arguing that new house rules for his stay in the country’s London embassy violate his “fundamental rights and freedoms”, his lawyers said on Friday.

Assange’s lawyer, Baltasar Garzón, said the WikiLeaks founder was suing Ecuador’s foreign minister, José Valencia, for “isolating and muzzling” him with the new rules, which order Assange to avoid making online political comments and to take better care of his cat.

“He has been held in inhuman conditions for more than six years,” Garzón said, describing the conditions regarding the cat as “denigrating”.

He added Assange had not had his internet restored even though the new rules allow him to use the embassy wifi for his personal computer and phone.

He’d be out of jail by now if he’d surrendered. As it is he’s still got a sentence for skipping bail to serve….

So, so, rare

A mother-of-three has been jailed for falsely claiming she was raped.

Sophie Skinner, 25, from Llanfoist in Monmouthshire, denied perverting the course of justice but was found guilty by a jury.

Newport Crown Court was told the life of her victim Damon Osborne was “turned upside down” by the accusation in 2016.

She was sentenced to 18 months in prison by Judge Daniel Williams after he said she had shown “no remorse at all”.

The court heard that Skinner went out drinking in Abergavenny “looking for attention” on Saturday, 4 June in 2016.

CCTV showed her in a Wetherspoons pub, before going to public toilets in White Horse Lane.

“You then saw Damon Osborne who was waiting for a lift home – at the time he was 18 and you were 23,” Judge Williams said.

“You ran over to him and hugged him… the CCTV at the toilets could not be clearer – you initiated the sex with him.

“When he gave into your persistent demands for sex you told him you could get him into trouble for having sex with you.”

The court was told that Skinner then made a false claim that she had been raped to Wetherspoons’ door staff, and was interviewed by police.

But we must believe every claim by every survivor, mustn’t we?

All a bit minority report but…..

Councils are said to be using hundreds of thousands of people’s data to try and predict child abuse, it has emerged.

Five local authorities, Thurrock, Brent, Bristol, Hackney and Newham are accused of using 377,000 people’s data to create an algorithm which would allow social workers to intervene with families perceived of as needing attention from child services.

Among the information gathered are school attendance and exclusion records, housing association repairs and arrears information, and police records on antisocial behaviour and domestic violence, according to The Guardian.

But the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) told The Telegraph it was looking into the practice.

A spokesman said: “All organisations have a duty to look after personal information in their care but records involving children – often sensitive personal data – require particularly robust measures.

“The use of predictive analytics to for child safeguarding is clearly an activity that is likely to have a significant impact on the privacy of individuals.

“We would therefore expect any council using such technology to have fully considered the privacy risks, including conducting a thorough Data Protection Impact Assessment,and to have taken steps to address those risks.

“We will be making further enquiries to ensure that the use of this technology is compliant with data protection law.”

It’s an obvious enough area to be trying to use AI to predict problems. What are the common factors etc? Any warning signs etc?

We could even aid in writing the decision tree.

Has Mummy got a new scrote boyfriend?

Another fun problem

A transgender offender is seeking to delete from her record two crimes that could only have been committed by a man.

“I do not wish my gender history to be more widely known and do not wish to disclose my trans status to employers,” the woman, who asked to be identified only as Helen, said. She is to launch a judicial review to remove two convictions for “importuning as a man” when she worked at a Soho “clip joint” in the 1970s and 1980s.

A right to removal, if established, could cover rape, another crime that can legally be committed only by a person with a penis.

Trans people with a gender recognition certificate are legally entitled to keep their birth gender secret.

Well, so, what do we do here?

The convictions are spent, obviously enough, so they’ll only turn up on one of the more detailed records searches.

Dunno – what say you?

Formally reprimanded, eh?

A doctor has been formally reprimanded by the Dutch medical complaints board for carrying out euthanasia on a 74-year-old woman with dementia, despite her resistance.

The woman refused a cup of coffee containing a sedative and when she struggled, the doctor asked her husband and daughter to hold her down so she could insert a drip containing the lethal injection.

My word that is a stiff punishment for murdering someone, isn’t it?

The patient had been placed in a nursing home in Mariahoeve in The Hague after her condition became significantly worse, and it was there that a review by the on-site doctor concluded the woman was suffering unbearably from her condition.

The unnamed patient had completed a living will five years prior to her death, saying she wished to die when she considered the time was right, but it was not a formal euthanasia declaration.

A drug designed to make the patient sleep was put in her coffee, in breach of rules, it was found. The doctor, who is appealing against the ruling, also ignored the woman’s protests and inserted a drip into her arm, it was found. She further breached guidelines by asking family members to hold the patient down, according to an official report into the death.

When she thought the time was right, not when someone else did.

Well, yes

EXCLUSIVE: What break in..? £90m ‘burglary’ at billionaire James Stunt’s Belgravia mansion NEVER HAPPENED, claims ex-bodyguard on duty all night

I might have mumbled something about how in my opinion something like this was a vague possibility.

So rare, so rare these false claims

The father of three spent six hours in custody and faced possible sex assault charges as part of the “devastating impact” of claims made by Claire Morgan.

Morgan, 35, alleged she was sexually assaulted three days after she took a five-minute fare from the driver in Bridgend, south Wales in May last year.

She lied the man had taken her to an adventure playground, grabbed her breast and put his hand down her underwear.

The victim, a treasurer at his local mosque, was the sole source of income for his family but was forced to hand over his badge during a six-week investigation, the court heard. Police spent 60 hours investigating Morgan’s allegations as well as £450 on forensics.

A judge said the man avoided charges because of “diligence” from investigators while CCTV also proved inconsistencies in her account.

After reporting the fake offences, Morgan later set up a fake Facebook profile under the name Sarah Jenkins to answer a police appeal in which she claimed she witnessed the attack. She also made an anonymous call to Crimestoppers to provide further bogus details.

We must, but must, simply believe the claimant, always, eh?

Cock ups will happen, of course they will

Innocent people were arrested and had their children taken away after police errors meant they were wrongly accused of being paedophiles.

The mistakes emerged in a report by Interception of Communications Commissioner Sir Stanley Burnton who analysed a series of blunders by officers handling phone and internet data.

It mean blameless individuals were arrested, saw their homes and electronic devices searched, and had their children taken into care as a result of serious errors.

What happens next is the important thing.

As our police laddie in London not handing over evidence to the defence shows, what happens next ain’t all peachy either.

I wonder

One of London’s most notorious former crime bosses has paid back almost three quarters of a million pounds in ill gotten gains, after being warned he would go back to prison if he failed to pay.

Terry Adams was hit with the bill under a confiscation order, after he was convicted for money laundering in 2007.

But the 63-year-old claimed he was too poor to pay, despite the courts being told he lived a lavish lifestyle, enjoying nights out at the Dorchester Hotel and the Royal Opera House.

The alleged former gangster, also argued that it would be against his human rights if he were forced to pay back the debt – which had risen to over £1 million with interest.

But despite claiming he had no money left, Adams came up with the full amount after being warned that he faced another two and a half years behind bars if he did not cough up.

Will we be seeing one of those rental cars of a recent divorcee heading back to the showroom?

Well, OK, if you say so

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A police interrogation of a Kansas City man charged with drug and gun offenses ended prematurely when an investigator was driven from the room by the suspect’s excessive flatulence.

A detective reported that when asked for his address, 24-year-old Sean Sykes Jr. “leaned to one side of his chair and released a loud fart before answering.”

The Kansas City Star reports that Sykes “continued to be flatulent” and the detective was forced to quickly end the interview.

Because some things are crimes and others are not

Gordon Brown has warned that “rogue bankers” could cause another financial crash because the failure to imprison them after the last crisis means it is “inevitable” they will start gambling again with public money.

Writing in his memoirs, which are published next week, the former Prime Minister warned the “mistakes of the past have not been heeded” and bankers who act fraudulently must be jailed, banned from future practice and their assets confiscated.

He questioned how Fred Goodwin, the former boss of RBS, could walk away with his past bonuses “untouched”, a tax-free lump sum of £5 million and a pension of £300,000 a year after the bank collapsed and was bailed out by the taxpayer.

Being an idiot, running a business badly, losing lots of money, these are not crimes. When people did commit actual crimes, like rigging Libor, they were jugged.

I wonder

A criminal gang who hijacked a supermarket in Malmö, southern Sweden, proceeded to run the shop for more than a day before police stepped in.
The gang, a group of men aged 21 to 28, entered the shop in central Malmö and threw out the staff working there.
They tricked shoppers that all was normal by telling them the till system had broken down, and that payments had to be made in cash or via a smartphone app.

Following a campaign of intimidation of the actual owners.

So we know the following. That it was an independent store, perhaps of the Spar buying cooperative type but not part of an actual chain. We also know that it took place in Malmo.

What ethnicity were the gang?


The Attorney General is to review the jail sentences of an Asian grooming gang after a judge ruled the exploitation of white girls was not racially motivated.

The judge’s decision meant stiffer penalties for racially aggravated crimes could not be applied in the case of the Newcastle-based sex ring.

Judge Penny Moreland said the gang picked out their victims “not because of their race, but because they were young, impressionable, naive and vulnerable”.

Prosecutor John Elvidge told Newcastle Crown Court the victims were “white, British and female” and the defendants were “of Asian extraction” but insisted there was no direct evidence race had played a part in the gang’s process for selecting the girls.

100 offences?

Quite rightly, her sentence is longer than that of the man jailed on her lies

A woman who made a series of false rape claims and sexual assault allegations has been jailed for 10 years.

Jemma Beale claimed she had been seriously sexually assaulted by six men and raped by nine, all strangers, in four different incidents over three years.

The 25-year-old was found guilty in July at Southwark crown court of four counts of perjury and four counts of perverting the course of justice.

The Metropolitan police said one of the rape allegations made to police by Beale in 2010 led to the conviction of a man, Mahad Cassim, who was jailed for seven years.

After the CPS and his defence team were alerted to the fact there were serious doubts over the validity of Beale’s allegations, the man subsequently appealed against his conviction and it was quashed at the court of appeal in July 2015.


No, not because it’s about rape, or false claims, or feminism, but because it’s perjury. The system simply does not work if people will lie to the courts.

And yes, we do go after rich white men too. Both Jeffrey Archer and Jonathan Aitken served time for it.


Seems a pity to charge him really

He is a graphic designer by day and a thief by night. Meet Siddharth Mehrotra, who would break into the houses of politicians and bureaucrats in the night.

Mehrotra, who hails from a well-to-do family, was arrested along with two other accomplices along with the stolen booty which includes a luxury sedan, expensive watches and cash money.

In the past few months, there was a rise in the incidents of house burglaries in Vasant Kunj area and a police team was formed to identify the burglars.

During the investigation, police examined CCTV footage of the area and statements of people who were arrested earlier on similar charges.

After conducting a recce in Vasant Kunj, the accused realized that there is no way the residents can communicate with the security guards in the residential blocks as there is no intercom system. Also, vehicles entering the blocks are not checked, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Ishwar Singh.

“Mehrotra, along with his associate Anurag Singh, would enter the blocks and park his car. They used to target the houses belong to politicians, bureaucrats and senior officers by reading the nameplate on the main door,” the DCP said.

And that the politicians and bureaucrats were the people worth targeting tells us something about what’s wrong with India…..