17th Jan 2023
Landfill Tax fraud & Waste Crime
Landfill Tax applies to all waste disposed at a licensed landfill site (unless the waste is classed as exempt).
The permit holders for landfill sites (operators) are...
20th Sep 2022
Highly Dangerous Weapons & Sentencing
When sentencing for offences of assault, the use of a weapon will always be an aggravating feature. The sentencing guideline also refers explicitly to "highly dangerous...
12th Sep 2022
Barrister Strikes and Custody Time Limits
Custody time limits seek to regulate the maximum period that a person can be held in custody before their trial commencing. Broadly speaking, that period is one of six m...
6th Dec 2021
DNA and biometric evidence
The Commissioner for the Retention and Use of Biometric Material, Fraser Sampson, has published his annual report for 2020.
What are biometrics?
The report provides a working...
20th Oct 2021
Sentencing repeat offenders
Fasail Hussain was sentenced earlier this year for drugs offences. The sentencing judge imposed a total term of 2293 days imprisonment.
Hussain had been released from prison...
16th Sep 2021
Stalking, good character and unduly lenient sentences
Dipu Ahad was a councillor in Newcastle when a lady approached him for assistance as her former partner was harassing her. She approached him due to his stan...