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Month: January 2012


Juror found in contempt for sharing findings of internet research

In Attorney-General -v- Theodora Dallas (2012) the Divisional Court heard that a jury member (Dallas) had conducted independent internet research in relation to a criminal trial she was sitting on. she had then discussed her findings with her fellow jury members. At the start of the case the jury had been shown a video about their responsibilities and told not to conduct…

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Variation of Crown Court Restraint Order to fund liquidation

On 16 January 2012 Mrs Justice Gloster DBE gave approved judgment setting out her reasons for granting a variation to a Restraint Order allowing the release of 20 million Us dollars to the liquidators of stanford International Bank Ltd (sIB v serious Fraud Office LTL 18/1/12)on 4 August 2011. The liquidator of sIB had sought…

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section 8(8) POCA precludes double counting of assessment for benefit under 'lifestyle' provisions

In Barnett [2011 EWCA 2936] the Court of Appeal was required to interpret section 8(8) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. In 2005, Barnett had been convicted of living on prostitution. Under the terms of an agreement between the Crown and the defence, the Judge made a confiscation order in the sum of £21,017.34. That Order…

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Transferred malice key to liability for murder

In Gnango [2011 UKsC 59] the supreme Court was asked to consider the criminal liability of the Respondent for the tragic death of a Polish care worker called Magda Pniewska. Miss Pniewska was aged 26 when she was shot dead when walking home from work in October 2007. Miss Pniewska had been shot by a male (BM)…

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