Sexual Offences

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Legislation allowing for the electronic monitoring of sex offenders has been signed into law and will come into effect later this year. The Sex Offenders (Amendment) Act 2023 includes measures aimed at strengthening the management and monitoring of sex offenders in the community, including amendment

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A woman who suffered image-based abuse at the hands of her former partner has been awarded nearly £100,000 in the first civil case of its kind to come before the English courts. The woman had discovered that her partner had secretly filmed her naked on a number of occasions and uploaded the im

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Juries in England and Wales are more likely to convict than acquit a defendant of rape, and this has been the case for at least 15 years, according to a large-scale analysis of all jury verdicts by University College London’s Professor Cheryl Thomas. The analysis found that the jury conviction

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Children who were conceived through rape will be recognised as victims of crime in landmark new legislation in England and Wales. The UK government yesterday announced it will amend its upcoming Victims Bill to clarify that these children are entitled to support from criminal justice agencies such a

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The Supreme Court has granted permission for a leapfrog appeal by the State in a case concerning the burden of proof for the "reasonable mistake" defence in child sexual offence cases. The High Court last summer ruled that a legislative provision requiring a defendant to prove on the balance of prob

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A member of the Northern Ireland Assembly has submitted a formal complaint to the Lady Chief Justice in connection with remarks made by a judge during a sexual assault hearing. The complaint centres on comments made by Judge Brian Sherrard KC in Dungannon Crown Court as he was sentencing a man who a

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Government plans to combat domestic, sexual and gender-based violence will next year benefit from a record 22 per cent funding increase worth around €9 million. The Department of Justice launched its five-year "zero tolerance" strategy earlier this summer, containing 144 detailed actions to be

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Catfishing — the practice of using fake photos on social media or dating apps to lure people into a relationship on false pretences — would become a criminal offence in Ireland under a proposed bill. Fianna Fáil senator Lisa Chambers, whose own photos were stolen and used on a dat

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Scottish academics have called for judges to stop directing juries to take body language into account when assessing the credibility of witnesses. Sixty-four mock juries were set up for research, featuring a total of 863 participants. Half of them were shown a recorded rape trial while the remainder

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