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A Peach of an error
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A Peach of an error

In November 2013 Ian Watkins, lead singer of The Lost Prophets pleaded guilty to to attempting to rape the 11-month-old baby of a fan ‘Woman A’ and conspiring to rape the baby daughter of another fan ‘Woman B’. News reports indicate that prosecution footage showed him committing the act and a charge of rape was … Continue reading

Lostprophets singer pleads to child sex offences; which guideline applies?
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Lostprophets singer pleads to child sex offences; which guideline applies?

  Ian Watkins, former singer in the Lostprophets, yesterday pleaded guilty to attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13 (but not guilty to rape) and he “also admitted three counts of sexual assault involving children and six involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme … Continue reading

Selfies on the net
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Selfies on the net

This week, the NSPCC issued sensible advice to parents about sexting referring to it being “increasingly common”. It sounded so old fashioned. Teenage boys have been sending images of their knob by mobile phone since those contraptions were bigger than their member. Frankly, semi-nude pics of young people are sent via the net in the millions … Continue reading

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Calling a child predatory

Barrister Robert Colover has found himself the focus of media ire for his description of a 13 year old girl during a sentencing hearing in which he prosecuted.  The NSPCC joined in the condemnation describing his language as representing “a wider pattern about how child sexual abuse cases are taken and treated in our courts”.  … Continue reading

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Sex, Lies and Consent

People have been lying to other people to get them into bed for as long as there have been beds. This and other deceptions or false promises can cause problems for the courts where the allegation is of a non-consensual sexual offence.  Courts have spent the years since the passing of the Sexual Offences Act … Continue reading