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Showing 1 - 10 of 54 results for crime type "Violent crime" & area "CPS"

Man extradited from Pakistan and charged with murder of British police officer

Piran Ditta Khan, 74, was extradited from Pakistan on Tuesday, 12 April 2023 and after arriving in the UK was taken into custody at a West Yorkshire police station, where he was formally charged.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS News

UPDATED WITH SENTENCE: Thomas Cashman, guilty of the murder of nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel, sentenced to life

A killer, who took two loaded guns onto the streets of Liverpool to shoot a man but instead fatally shot nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel in her home, has been convicted of her murder. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 42 years.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

Four sentenced for murder of Anthony Sargeant

Four men have been jailed for murdering a 33-year-old father-of-eight in a drive-by shooting outside his mother’s home.

| News Item , Violent crime , CPS, West Midlands News

The law in action: how prosecutors apply centuries of legislation to contemporary crime

Speech by Max Hill KC, Director of Public Prosecutions to the Oxford University Law Faculty, 24 February 2023

| Speech , Violent crime , CPS News

Man charged with murder of Elle Edwards in Liverpool on Christmas Eve

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Merseyside Police to charge Connor William Chapman, 22, with nine offences relating to a shooting at the Lighthouse Public House on 24 December 2022.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

A double murderer sentenced to life imprisonment

A builder who murdered two women, one of whose bodies has never been found, has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS News

Jealous husband jailed for life for murder of estranged wife

A jealous husband who accused his estranged wife and mother of his two children of “disrespecting and humiliating” him has been sentenced to life imprisonment for her murder.

| Press Release , Violent crime, Domestic abuse , CPS, Yorkshire and Humberside News

Whole life imprisonment order for Killamarsh family murders

A drug user living in Killamarsh in Derbyshire has been given a whole life sentence for the murder of a family and a young girl staying with them on a sleepover.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, East Midlands News

Man convicted of brutal 1975 rape and murder after double jeopardy trial

A man who brutally raped and murdered his ex-girlfriend’s niece 47 years ago has been convicted after the CPS successfully overturned the verdict of a 1976 jury to see him face a retrial. 

| Press Release , Violent crime, Sexual offences , CPS, London North News

Man jailed for life over murder of Zara Aleena

A man who murdered a woman as she returned home after a night out has been jailed for life with a minimum of 38 years.

| Press Release , Violent crime , CPS, London North News

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