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Topic: Murder, manslaughter & serious violence

Natalie Goffe secures acquittal in assisting an offender murder trial

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022

What are the recent changes to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022.

Non-fatal strangulation offence now in force

From the 7th June 2022, those who strangle their partners, in an attempt to control or induce fear, will now face prosecution under the new non-fatal strangulation legislation.

What do new strangulation and suffocation laws mean for lawyers?

Key measures in the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 will give prosecutors new powers to charge suspects with specific offences of non-fatal strangulation and non-fatal suffocation.

Physical punishment – ‘A thin line between reasonable chastisement and assault’

The 21 March 2022 was a historic day in Wales. As of this date, physically punishing children became illegal.

Harper’s Law to protect emergency workers

The protection of emergency workers looks set to become law and hand tougher sentences to people convicted of assaulting emergency workers.

Introduction to the Sentencing Council’s new child cruelty definitive guideline

The Sentencing Council recently issued a new Definitive Guideline for Child Cruelty offences, applicable to defendants aged 18 or over who are sentenced in the Crown Court on or after 1 January 2019.