A former financial advisor has been sentenced today to six years for dishonest conduct in managing the finances of four elderly and vulnerable people, Preston Crown Court heard.
A 25-year-old man from Kidderminster has today, 13th August, been sentenced to a 12 month community order, handed a fine and ordered to pay costs, as prosecutors continue to tackle revenge porn across England and Wales using the new legislation.
A 14-year-old youth has been sentenced to 11 years at Bradford Crown Court today after pleading guilty at a previous hearing to causing grievous bodily harm with intent. On 11 June 2015, the youth, a pupil at Dixons Kings Academy, Bradford, stabbed his teacher, Vincent Uzomah, in the stomach.
Carl Jones has pleaded guilty today [Friday 7 Aug] at Liverpool Crown Court for making dishonest representations, theft, fraud and other offences. Mr Jones made a number of claims for pension credit and housing and council tax benefit by using documents which he claimed were completed by his brother Roy Jones, who passed away in 1967, and his former school friend. He also used passport details of these two people as well as holding passport details of another former school friend. Mr Jones has been sentenced to 28 months imprisonment.
Prosecutors being advised to learn from revenge porn cases across the country to help them tackle this "humiliating" crime
Since the introduction of the new Revenge Pornography law in April the CPS has brought cases across England and Wales using the new legislation. The first defendant believed to have been convicted is due to be sentenced today, (Friday 7th August), and details of the cases brought so far have this week been circulated to prosecutors across the CPS to help them use the new legislation most effectively.
Sue Hemming, Head of Special Crime and Counter Terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said:
Christopher Spivey has been convicted today of harassing the family of murdered soldier Lee Rigby after a two day trial at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court.
Andrew Taylor and Timmy Donovan have today been found guilty by a jury of the manslaughter of off-duty police officer Neil Doyle who died on 19th December 2014.
The CPS has recovered almost £700,000 from William, Brida, James and Johnny Connors, who were convicted along with another member of their family in December 2012 of slavery-related offences. The defendants beat their victims and forced them to work for as little as £5 a day, and were found guilty of conspiracy to require a person to carry out forced or compulsory labour. The assets recovered include a red convertible Mini, a caravan park and a Yacht Master steel watch. We are also awaiting payments from assets including houses, land and a VIP caravan.
Three men have today been sentenced for the murder of 17 year old Jordan Campbell who died on New Year's Day 2015. They were sentenced to a total of 61 years.
Today at the Old Bailey, Mohammed Ammer Ali, 31, from Liverpool, has been found guilty of attempting to acquire a poison, Ricin.
A 44 year old man from Wigan, has been sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve a minimum of 19 years for murder after a man he attacked with a knife died from the effects of his injuries almost five years later.
Today, Robert Ewing and Gareth Dewhurst have been jailed for their parts in the murder of Paige Chivers. Ewing was found guilty of murder and has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum tariff of 33 years. Dewhurst was found guilty of assisting Ewing to dispose of Paige Chivers' body and has received a total sentence of 8 years imprisonment. Both men have also been found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
Piers Arnold, of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: "This company ignored repeated and clear warnings about the dangers of their stock levels, refusing to take action partly because it was considered too expensive. Paul Bowers and his family have paid the price for the company's failure to take the action that was so clearly needed. I hope that the company's conviction today can be a small comfort to his family, and our thoughts are with them at this time."
Henry Bett, aged 26, has today (21st July) been convicted of causing death by dangerous driving at Huntingdon Crown Court and will be sentenced on 20th August.
Uncle and nephew charged over attempt to join ISIL in Syria - nephew charged over plot on US military
Junead Ahmed Khan, 24, and his uncle Shazib Ahmed Khan, 22, both of Luton, have been charged with one offence contrary to section 5(1)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2006. The charge dates between 1 August 2014 and 10 May 2015. Junead Ahmed Khan has been further charged with an additional count contrary to section 5 dating between 10 May 2015 and 14 July 2015.
A man who pretended to be a qualified doctor has been sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court to six years in prison.
Andrew Skelton, a former employee of Morrisons supermarket has today (17 July) been found guilty of fraud, securing unauthorised access to computer material and disclosing personal data. He has been sentenced to eight years at Bradford Crown Court, in relation to stealing personal data belonging to nearly 100,000 Morrisons employees.
The Crown Prosecution Service has recovered £40,000 from John Darwin, who was found guilty of deception in 2008 with his wife over a life insurance scam. He faked his own death and was reported missing in a canoe in the sea off Seaton Carew in March 2002. Meanwhile, his wife collected hundreds of thousands of pounds in life insurance payouts, with John Darwin hiding in the marital home.
Eleven people were today (16th July) sentenced at Southwark Crown Court for their part in one of the largest cases involving the trafficking of sex workers into the UK ever prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service in London. The prosecution involved CPS London, the Metropolitan Police Service and the Hungarian authorities and involved the trafficking of at least 250 sex workers from Hungary. The gang were arrested between June and July 2014.
Huntley Mount Engineering Ltd has today been sentenced for the corporate manslaughter of apprentice Cameron Minshull. In addition, Company Director Zaffar Hussain has been sentenced for an offence under section 2 and 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and company Supervisor Akbar Hussain has also been sentenced for an offence under section 7 of the same act.
On 15th May 2015 at Southwark Crown Court Ashley Mote was convicted of four counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception, three counts of false accounting, two counts of fraud and two counts of money laundering. These offences, which involved over £400,000 worth of false claims to the European Parliament, occurred between 2004 and 2009 whilst Mr Mote was an independent MEP for South East of England. He has today been sentenced to five years.
A religious studies teacher from Salford has today been sentenced to 13 years and 2 months with an extended licence period of 4 years for sexually abusing two teenage girls between 2000 and 2005.
Paige Chivers was 15 when she went missing in Blackpool at around the time of the Bank Holiday weekend in August 2007. She was a vulnerable teenager whose mother had died only six months earlier.
Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Humphrey Kevin Burke, 22, with the murder of Lorraine Barwell. Ms Barwell was attacked in Blackfriars Crown Court on 29 June 2015 while working as a custody officer.
Patrick Teegan, 71, was convicted today at Isleworth Crown Court of sexual assault of a 29-year-old woman on 24th May 2014. The attack occurred following the Royal Chelsea Flower Show which had taken place in the grounds of the Royal Chelsea Hospital that day.
The CPS will now bring criminal proceedings against police officer Paul White for perjury following the investigation into the evidence given by the officer at the inquest concerning the death of Sean Rigg.
The CPS has today authorised police to charge Max Clifford with one offence of indecent assault allegedly committed in 1981.
Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said, "A full file was received from the Metropolitan Police Service on 28 May 2015 and the CPS has today authorised the police to charge Joe De Souza, a former prison officer, with misconduct in public office.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Alison Saunders will now bring criminal proceedings against Greville Janner for child sex offences.
Trevor Gibbon, 48, was convicted today at the Central Criminal Court for the murder of Alison Morrison, 45. Ms Morrison was fatally stabbed shortly after she left her home on 18 December 2014.
Highest ever numbers of "violence against women" cases being prosecuted and convicted in England and Wales
The CPS has seen a dramatic increase in the numbers of cases concerning Violence Against Women and Girls (VaWG) - including rape, domestic abuse and sexual abuse. This year, more cases are being referred from the police, charged, prosecuted and convicted than ever before. In 2014/15, 107,104 of these crimes were prosecuted, an increase of more than 16,000 from last year (18.3%) and the highest ever in CPS records. Likewise, the numbers of those convicted rose by over 11,000 (16.9%) to its highest level ever. Child sexual abuse convictions also rose by 19%.
Michael D'Costa sentenced to a total of 16 years imprisonment for the sexual abuse of three young girls
Michael D'Costa was sentenced today at Isleworth Crown Court to a total of 16 years' imprisonment for a number of sexual offences against three young victims who were aged 10 to 14 years old at the time of the attacks. The offences, including five counts of raping a child under 13 years old, were committed between 2011 and 2014. D'Costa pleaded guilty to 25 sexual offences on 17th April 2015.
Daniel Elliott, 24, was sentenced today for a string of rape and sexual assaults in the Carshalton and Wallington area between August and November last year. He received life imprisonment, with a minimum of eight years, at Croydon Crown Court.
Andrew Stocker found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter following death of employees on an apple farm
Andrew Stocker has been found guilty by a jury of gross negligence manslaughter at Winchester Crown Court.
A former Guildford Borough Councillor has been sentenced to 14 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to forging her qualifications and claiming to be a qualified barrister.
MBE for CPS lawyer who facilitated the first extraditions, restraint, enforcement and repatriation of criminal assets from Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Shane Nainappan, who lives in Kings Langley and is based in CPS HQ in London, has been made awarded a MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for his services to law and order, in particular international co-operation. For the last four years Shane has been working in the United Arab Emirates as the first CPS Liaison Magistrate and Asset Recovery Advisor, fostering closer ties with his legal counterparts there and encouraging the vital work of Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) in the UAE and the region.
Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said, "The CPS received a file on 15 April from the MPS' Operation Elveden and has decided that no further action will be taken regarding two individuals. After careful consideration it has been decided that there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction for the charges of misconduct in public office or aiding and abetting misconduct in public office.
A 14-year-old youth has been charged with attempted murder, the CPS announced today.
A 34-year-old man has today been sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment for what is understood to be the first conviction under the new offence of forced marriage which came into effect in June 2014.
Christopher Watson has been charged in relation to allegations of fraudulent activity undertaken from July 2008 to July 2014.
Four men have today been sentenced at Leeds Crown Court to a total of 51 years for child sexual exploitation.
Olaseni Lewis died on 4 September 2010 following his restraint by a number of Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) officers at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, where he was, initially, a voluntary patient because of mental health problems. He was aged 23 at the time.
Anis Abid Sardar, 38, of north west London, has today been convicted at Woolwich Crown Court for his involvement in the making of bombs used against coalition forces in Iraq in 2007. He was convicted on two counts: murder and conspiracy to murder.
Victorino Chua was found guilty today at Manchester Crown Court of the murders of Tracy Arden and Derek Weaver.
The Chief Crown Prosecutor for East of England CPS, Jenny Hopkins, has urged male victims of rape to have the confidence to come forward and report attacks after two Libyan soldiers stationed at a barracks in Cambridgeshire have been convicted of raping a man in Cambridge city centre.
A 17-year-old boy was sentenced today at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court to a 24 month detention and training order for the sexual assault of Ione Wells. He was also ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for five years.
Two football players, Moses Swaibu and Delroy Facey, were today convicted at Birmingham Crown Court for their part in a conspiracy to commit bribery by fixing football matches in the Conference Premier Division.
Kyrron Jackson and Nicholas Chandler were sentenced today to life imprisonment with a minimum of 37 years for the murder of Mehmet Hassan on 24th March 2014. Leonie Granger was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment for manslaughter for the part she played in Mr Hassan's death. All three were also sentenced for conspiracy to rob and conspiracy to falsely imprison. Jackson and Chandler were also sentenced for offences related to an earlier robbery and attempted robbery.
On Monday 27th April Andrew Hutchinson, aged 29, was sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment at Oxford Crown Court. The sentence was to be extended to allow for a further seven years on licence, which means that he will not be released until he has served at least 12 years of his sentence and then only with the approval of the parole board.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has authorised the prosecution of Vladimir Bukovsky, 72, for five charges of making indecent images of children, five charges of possession of indecent images of children and one charge of possession of a prohibited image.
Deborah Walsh, Deputy Head of Counter Terrorism at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Following an investigation by police in the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, we have today authorised charges for a 14 year old male of two offences of inciting terrorism overseas, contrary to section 59 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
Gerry Wareham, CPS Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North East, said: "Following an investigation by Durham Police, I have today authorised police to charge Adam Johnson, aged 27, with four offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. The offences are alleged to have been committed on one girl aged 15 at the time.
Crown Prosecution Service re-review of Operation Elveden - statement from the Director of Public Prosecutions
Operation Elveden is a Metropolitan Police Service investigation that revealed the payments made to corrupt public officials by journalists for information. It followed two parliamentary committees and the Leveson Inquiry which revealed serious questions over the techniques used by some which may have amounted to systematic and flagrant breaches of the law. The range and circumstance of this activity was of a scale not previously encountered by police or CPS.
Mari Reid, a senior counter-terrorism lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Following an investigation by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit, I have today authorised police to charge Gabriel Clement Rasmus, Anas Abdow Abdalla, and Mahamuud Diini, all from Birmingham, with the preparation of acts of terrorism, contrary to s5(1)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2006.
Today [15 April 2015] at Croydon Crown Court Patrick Mbogo was sentenced to six years for being knowingly concerned in fraudulent evasion of excise duty. Mr Mbogo was an employee of the Ugandan High Commission in London between 2006 and 2010.
Rob Davis, from the CPS London Homicide Unit, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge Leslie Cooper, 36, with the murder of Abdul Hadi Arwani. Mr Arwani was shot dead in the Greenhill area of London on 7th April 2015.
A 29 year old man has appeared at Southwark Crown Court today, Monday 13th, and was sentenced to 30 months in jail after he robbed Stanley Evans, aged 92 at the time, in Soho.
A CPS spokesperson said: "The judgment does not call into question the prosecution of the cases they considered but acknowledged this is an extremely difficult, and rarely visited, area of the law. The Court of Appeal considered that the jury needed greater direction on how serious offending must be to amount to an abuse of the public's trust than was given in this case and therefore could not be certain that the jury would have reached the same verdict if that direction had been given.
Pyranha Mouldings Ltd sentenced for corporate manslaughter following death of an employee in manufacturing oven
Following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court, the trial Judge passed sentence today whilst sitting at the Royal Courts of Justice. Company director Peter Mackereth was sentenced to nine months in prison suspended for two years and fined £25,000 and Pyranha Mouldings Ltd. were fined £200,000. Pyranha Mouldings Ltd. and Peter Mackereth were also asked to pay costs of £90,000 between them.
Peter Boddy and David Moss sentenced in first prosecution related to the 'horsemeat scandal' of January 2013
Peter Boddy and David Moss have today been sentenced at Southwark Crown Court. They were each asked to pay costs of over £10,000, Moss received a four month prison sentence suspended for two years and Boddy was fined £4,000 for each count.
At the Old Bailey today, Friday 20 March 2015, Brustholm Ziamani was jailed, having been convicted on 19 February 2015 of one count of preparation of terrorist acts, contrary to section 5(1) Terrorism Act 2006. Brustholm Ziamani was aged 18 at the time of the offence.
Court of Appeal rejects tobacco smugglers' attempts to write off confiscation orders worth more than £2.7m
On Tuesday 17 March 2015, The Court of Appeal rejected an attempt by Robert Doran and Patrick Gray to write off confiscation orders made against them for £1,456,325.00 and £1,244,982.44 respectively, finding in favour of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
In February 2012 Drs Sivaraman and Rajmohan were the subject of an undercover operation organised by The Daily Telegraph at various abortion clinics in England. The evidence obtained was passed to the police and, after an investigation, considered by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). It was concluded that in each case there was sufficient evidence of an abortion offence, although this was a finely balanced decision, but that it was not in the public interest to prosecute.
Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said, "The CPS has decided that no further action will be taken regarding a journalist whose full file was submitted to the CPS on 24 February 2015. After careful consideration it has been decided that there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for the charge of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.
The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Avon and Somerset Police to charge a further four people in connection with the death of 16 year old Becky Watts.
The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Avon and Somerset Police to charge a 28-year-old man with the murder of 16 year old Becky Watts.
Polly Chowdhury and Kiki Muddar were convicted today at the Central Criminal Court of the manslaughter of eight-year-old Ayesha Ali. Ayesha was Polly Chowdhury's daughter and lived with her mother and Kiki Muddar in a flat in Romford.
The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge ten men with a wide range of sexual offences against girls under the age of 16.
A 55-year-old charity worker from Herefordshire has today been sentenced to 17 years and 4 months imprisonment for sexual offences which were committed over a 26 year period on eight young boys in the United Kingdom and in Kenya.
Three men jailed for the rape of a woman in 20-hour ordeal - case demonstrates need for context when considering issue of consent
Three men have today [Friday, 13 February] been jailed for a combined total of 18 years for the rape and sexual assault of a 23-year-old woman.
Today at Manchester Minshull St Crown Court, Fred Talbot has been found guilty of two indecent assaults against two boys under the age of 16. The offences occurred in the 1970s when he was a qualified teacher at a boys' grammar school in Greater Manchester. He was acquitted on a further eight counts of indecent assault.
CPS decision in relation to IPCC referral in respect of Ron Hogg in connection with two bonus payments made to him while he was deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland Police and in relation to a car that was passed to him when he retired.
Imran Khawaja, of London, was today jailed at Woolwich Crown Court having previously pleaded guilty to preparing acts of terrorism, attending a terrorist training camp, weapons training and possession of an article for terrorist purposes.
Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, said: "It was right that we put this case before the court and on three separate occasions, once before trial and twice during the trial, the judge dismissed applications by the defence to stop the case, thereby agreeing that the evidence should be considered by a jury.
No further action against an individual for misconduct in public office and offences under the data protection act
Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The CPS has decided that no further action will be taken regarding one individual whose full file was passed to the CPS on 9th July 2014. After careful consideration it has been decided that there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction for the charge of misconduct in public office, and that separately a prosecution is not in the public interest for an offence under the data protection act.
Police and prosecutors have today [Wednesday, 28 January 2015] been given the clearest instructions yet on assessing the vital issue of consent in rape cases.
At the end of the investigation into the disappearance and death of Alice Gross, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) submitted a report to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). That report proposed that Arnis Zalkalns was responsible for her abduction and murder.
Five men were sentenced for conspiracy to commit burglary today [Thursday, 22 January 2015] at Blackfriars Crown Court. The men received total of over 25 years' imprisonment for the smash and grab raid at the Louis Vuitton store in Knightsbridge.
Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has today [19 January 2015] published a major consultation on the approach to ensuring victims are properly assisted for the trial process at court and called for an overhaul of the service provide