Knife crime sentencing – let’s cut the politics

Knife crime

By Lyndon Harris Chris Grayling announced an intention to amend the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill to include a provision providing for a six-month minimum sentence for a second knife-related offence. This was met with opposition from Grayling’s Liberal coalition partners (more of which later). Sentencing has long been an area ripe for political point […]

Lee Rigby’s murderers – are whole life terms inevitable?

lee rigby murderer sentencing

By Elaine Freer Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale were convicted of murdering Fusilier Lee Rigby last year. Sentencing was adjourned, however, until such time as the domestic courts had ruled on the legality of the whole life tariff following the Strasbourg ruling in Vinter v UK.  The ECtHR held in Vinter that to impose a […]