Crime

An evil thought on facial recognition technologies

Just can’t help myself.

So there’s this claim that recognition can be done with just the one piccie now, as mentioned earlier in the day.

There’s also that mess with Google’s piccie recognition tech not being able to distinguish between melanin enhancement and a gorilla.

Assuming the problem persists still – a reasonable one – that means that the crime fighting ability of the piccie recognition technology is rather low. The very people we want to be able to identify are those we cannot.

Society is, as we all know, afflicted with a surfeit of gorilla crime these days.

There’s a merit to a statute of limitations

How can this possibly be tried?

The gang rape of a teenager more than 40 years ago by members of a touring rugby team is being investigated by detectives.

The 17-year-old victim was subjected to multiple rapes by several men at a hotel in Plymouth in 1978. She has now made a direct appeal to two witnesses to name her attackers.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the men were thought to be part of a rugby club visiting Plymouth from South Wales.

The alleged offences took place on a Saturday in late January or early February in 1978 at the now closed Strathmore Hotel in Elliot Street.

Seriously, how could a trial on this take place?

What fun

James Healy, 40, was one of a group of men who admitted carrying out a “frenzied attack” on the Guardian journalist outside a north London pub in August last year.

Prosecutors claimed the attack was motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation and political views.

But Healy insisted he did recognise Mr Jones and had clashed with him simply because he had bumped into him, spilling his drink and had failed to apologise.

It’s so difficult to know who to believe, eh? Although his mates:

Ambrose and Tracey previously both denied a charge of ABH and the charge was left to lie on file, with prosecutors accepting their actions were not motivated by homophobia.

The kiddies in court

This is one of those lovely little bits:

Responsible Child (BBC Two) is a drama built around one extraordinary fact – that, in England and Wales, children as young as 10 can be tried for murder as if they were adults. Think for a moment of any 10-year-olds you know and imagine them in crown court being assumed to have the capacity of a grown man or woman. In fact, 7,057 of their pre-pubescent peers have been through exactly that since 1995.

Hmm. Well.

The thing is the law was changed in 1997. Yes, after the election, this is Blair, same act that brought in ASBOs.

Before it was an absolute rule that a child under 7 couldn’t commit a crime. One between 7 and 14 was assumed to be incapable but this assumption could be rebutted. Then Blair:

5. Section 34 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (“section 34”) provided:

“Abolition of rebuttable presumption that a child is doli incapax

The rebuttable presumption of criminal law that a child aged 10 or over is incapable of committing an offence is hereby abolished.”

So, who should we blame for this state of affairs then? Be sure that it’s not going to be nice liberal and lefty legal reformers, eh?

Just a little hint for the writer in The Guardian. There haven’t been 7 thousand and change such prosecutions for murder…..

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.

Good news or bad news?

Only one in four criminals jailed for attacking police officers, Home Secretary reveals

Only one in four criminals attack police officers and therefore are jailed for it? Or only one in four criminals who do attack officers is jailed for it?

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.