CCRC makes six more appeal referrals

An article published elsewhere on this website on 3rd September, 2021 highlighted a particularly busy period for the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC) (read more here). Just ten days later, the watchdog announced a further six appeal referrals. All are applicants connected to the much publicised ‘Post Office Horizon’ scandal. The cases of Mohammed Aslam, AmandaContinue reading “CCRC makes six more appeal referrals”

Sentences reduced in notorious ‘hit and run’ killing

In a lengthy article published elsewhere on this website (read here), the outcomes of a Court of Appeal Criminal Division hearing held in July, 2021 are explored in detail. The judgment, dealing with the safety of convictions and the sentencing of a notorious criminal, known as Meggy or King Meggy, and two others, was handedContinue reading “Sentences reduced in notorious ‘hit and run’ killing”

Criminal justice watchdog makes third appeal referral in busy two weeks

On 3rd September, 2021, the Criminal Cases Review Commission (“CCRC”) announced that the conviction of an applicant known as “Ms G” has been referred to the relevant Crown Court for an appeal hearing. This is the third referral since 19th August, 2021, following the cases of Gavin Trendell referred the previous day (read more here)Continue reading “Criminal justice watchdog makes third appeal referral in busy two weeks”

Council Leader calls for ‘wider representation of views’

Oldham’s Council Leader has urged residents of the Borough to join in the Public Question Time sessions at Full Council meetings, writes Neil Wilby. Cllr Arooj Shah‘s call came during July’s session at which queries had been raised by four politicians, with no unaffiliated members of the public taking part. Two Conservative Party members, RobertContinue reading “Council Leader calls for ‘wider representation of views’”

Controversial watchdog report criticised from all quarters

A report released last week by one of the country’s two police ‘watchdogs’, extending to 127 pages, has drawn criticism from leading stakeholders, victims and their families, and leading police action lawyers, writes Neil Wilby. The Independent Office for Police Conduct has made seventeen recommendations to the College of Policing, the National Police Chiefs’ CouncilContinue reading “Controversial watchdog report criticised from all quarters”

Extraordinary Council meeting set to rubber stamp top officer appointment

Following an exclusive posted elsewhere on this website on 17th August, 2021 (read here), Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council sits this evening in an Extraordinary session, starting at 6pm, to consider a motion approving the appointment of Harry Catherall as interim chief executive. The proposal to bring Harry out of semi-retirement was considered by the Council’sContinue reading “Extraordinary Council meeting set to rubber stamp top officer appointment”

Drinking in last chance saloon?

Following the publication on Friday 13th August, 2021 of a widely read, and shared, exclusive, elsewhere on this website (read here), a ‘peace meeting’ was arranged between Cllr Arooj Shah, Leader of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and Cllr Brian Hobin, Group Leader of the three-member Failsworth Independent Party. It followed the posting on-line of aContinue reading “Drinking in last chance saloon?”

No birthday present for convicted murderer

August 7th is the birthday of Robin Garbutt, convicted of murdering his sub-postmistress wife, Diana, in a brutal attack in the living quarters of the village shop they had both run since 2003 (read more here). Now 55 years old, he is in his eleventh year of a life sentence handed down at Teesside CrownContinue reading “No birthday present for convicted murderer”

Judge finds police officer ‘mistaken and ignorant’ as arrested grandmother wins substantial damages

The core of this article is reproduced with the kind permission of Iain Gould, one of the country’s leading police action lawyers. It has been a privilege to deal with Iain and his senior DPP Law colleague, John Hagan, over the past ten years, writes Neil Wilby. This is an account of a case involvingContinue reading “Judge finds police officer ‘mistaken and ignorant’ as arrested grandmother wins substantial damages”

Will lack of funding block road to justice?

A long-running battle against alleged miscarriages of justice is grinding along slowly, but surely. But, as so many have found before Ralph Christie, a Leeds-born carpet trader turned property developer, a lack of funds severely hampers the process, writes Neil Wilby. The proceedings in question began with his arrest by West Yorkshire Police in July,Continue reading “Will lack of funding block road to justice?”