Hmm, wonder who this is?

Reading it I think at times of a bloke in the schmutter trade. And then think, nah, there’re clues here that it’s not him. There has been stuff about him and NDAs, yes, but still, not him:

One of Britain’s wealthiest men is under police investigation over allegations of rape and sexual assault, The Times can reveal.

The multimillionaire businessman, whose identity is protected by court orders and who has been referred to as Mr X, agreed financial settlements last year with two former female employees who accused him of assaulting them.

Why not him?

Wide-ranging secrecy orders imposed by a senior High Court judge mean that The Times cannot name the businessman, who has extensive establishment connections,….

Not quite how we would describe that individual, is it, establishment, quite the opposite?

The judge said that the case involved “allegations of sexual offences” against “a public figure with a well-known family name”.

Not really.

Mr X, who is married with grown-up children, has homes in London, the countryside and overseas.

So, if not him, then who?

Comments closed, obviously.

If M’Lud would care to comment?

Three men have admitted being involved in a late-night assault on Guardian journalist Owen Jones outside a pub in Islington, north London.

At a short plea hearing on Wednesday afternoon at Snaresbrook crown court, James Healy, 39, from Portsmouth, Liam Tracey, 34, from Camden, London; and Charlie Ambrose, 29, from Brighton, all pleaded guilty to affray.

Healy admitted a further charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He denies the attack was motivated by homophobia and will now face a trial of issue in front of a judge to decide whether that was the case.

The three men face the possibility of custodial sentences following the attack on the journalist and political activist in the summer.

Custodial sentences for affray? Likely or not? Homophobic ABH perhaps, but affray?

Oh, now yes, this is clever

Russian authorities have detained a man who built a fake frontier post in the woods near the country’s border with Finland and promised migrant workers he could smuggle them into the European Union.

The man erected mock border posts and charged four men from south Asia more than $10,000 to take them to EU member Finland, the Russian border guard service said on Wednesday.

Sure, bit hard on the migrants but that is actually quite glorious.

Really?

Boris Johnson has condemned the early release of criminals after it emerged that the man who carried out the latest London Bridge terror attack was a convicted Islamist who had been freed from prison on an electronic tag.

Two people were murdered and at least three more seriously injured, when the suspected jihadist, wearing a fake suicide vest, went on a rampage at a criminal justice seminar he was attending.

That supervision after early release is working well then.

Khan, along with two co-conspirators, originally received an indeterminate sentence for public protection but this was quashed at the Court of Appeal in April 2013 and he was given a 16-year jail term. In February 2012, Khan was ordered to serve at least eight years in prison.

Profile: Judge warned about killer’s release

1:21am
Khan was part of Stock Exchange plot
Usman Khan was convicted in 2012 for his role in the Stock Exchange plot, a Christmas bomb attack on the London Stock Exchange, the American embassy and the home of Boris Johnson, who was then the London mayor.

Should be out yet then, should he?

Nope, not something that should be done

Rape cases should be investigated through a grand jury-style system to encourage more victims to take their attackers to court, a senior judge has proposed.

Peter Murphy, a circuit judge, said the process – similar to investigating magistrates in Europe – would provide victims with greater privacy by enabling a judge to decide what information about their sexual past could be disclosed to police and prosecutors.

The judge or magistrate would work with police and prosecutors to ensure only relevant information was divulged in order to assuage victims’ fears that their sexual past will be trawled over and exposed to the defence.

Because that puts the decisions into the hands of the trained class that directs the grand jury. That trained class that has a rather different definition of rape from the rest of us out here.

It’s we the peeps that get to decide what is a crime…..

Well, OK then

Less than a third of sexual violence reports in New Zealand lead to a court case, and only 11% to a conviction, the most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken in the country has found.

The Ministry of Justice report, which looked at tens of thousands of cases over four years, “does not make for happy reading” and highlighted just how many people face barriers to justice, said Jan Logie, under-secretary to the minister of justice.

The report, called Attrition and Progression: Reported Sexual Violence Victimisations in the Criminal Justice System, looked at 23,739 claims of sexual violence reported to police between July 2014 and June 2018. For every 100 cases, 31 reached court and only six resulted in a jail term. Of all cases, nearly two-thirds involved a child.

Seems better than the average 4%* or so convictions we get for reports of burglary in the UK…..

*Mebbe right, mebbe not…..

How many children were harmed here?

AHM Passport Office worker stole dozens of children’s ID photographs before using them to create sickening sexual images, a court heard.

James Close, 36, admitted stealing 30 pictures from HM Passport Office in Durham last year before making indecent images for his own purposes.

The point and purpose is to protect children, yes? So, how may were harmed here and in what manner?

Of course, we also have that old point that the existence of the child imagery reduces the number of attacks on children. Therefore, logically, we should be welcoming this alternative use of subsidised imagery.

Yes, of course, few are willing to argue that but then few are willing to follow logic.

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….