Hmm, I\’m really not all that sure about this.
Murder suspects should not be eligible for bail except from in very rare circumstances, the Government is set to recommend. Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, will announce a review into the bail laws. At the moment the judge has discretion in setting bail terms in murder cases.
Now we can see why Straw thinks a tightening up is necessary: that bloke Weddell strangled his wife then killed two more while on bail.
Howeverr, however, just because you\’ve been accused of, charged with, murder, doesn\’t mean you actually committed murder: that\’s what the trial is going to determine at some point in the future.
So a general assumption of no bail for those accused of murder is quite literally the jailing of the innocent.
A defendant is kept in custody if there are reasons to believe he or she will commit an offence or interfere with witnesses.
Those seem good reasons to deny bail: what you\’ve been accused of doesn\’t seem to be.