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Don’t Sushi Me!

Just over a year ago, I took myself off to Aberystwyth Crime Festival. From the train station, I took a taxi up to my lodgings. As the kindly Welsh driver removed my luggage from the boot and placed it on the ground, with a nod and a wink he told…

Dead Man Talking – Trash!

Let me say first off, I don’t agree with capital punishment. Well, in general, that is. The chances of even one innocent being executed are too great and no amount of pardon or money is going to resurrect the dead and return them to their loved ones. Whilst I say…

Can’t Buy Me Love – Money That Is!

When will they ever learn? Lonely British women, that is. Yet again we hear a sorry tale that some women of a certain age have fallen for the charms of an online ‘lover’ whose only interest is to relieve them of their hard-earned or inherited dosh. These women don’t just…

The Curious Case of the Eggs Throw-Down: Criminal or What?

Some years ago, while adjudicating on the magisterial bench, a case came before me which left me quite perplexed. The defendant was charged with some dubious breach of the peace offence. Top and bottom of this story: a man was going along his merry way, singing his merry little song,…

Shoplifting as a Middle Class Sport…?

Can you Adam and Eve it? The middle-class shoplift for fun? What? They’ve given up the fun and frolics of Verbier and Saint Moritz? When was shoplifting ever fun? And when did it become a sport? It’s one thing if you are poor and in need and you walk out of a…

Knives in Schools: When Will Lessons be Learned?

In November 2014, 16-year-old schoolboy William Cornick was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing his teacher, Ann Maguire in their Leeds Catholic school. He was sentenced to serve a minimum term of 20 years. William Cornick had a grudge against Mrs Maguire, and he had made it known that he…

Should Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse go on the Sex Offenders’ Register?

Domestic abuse of any kind is a despicable and insidious evil. This includes behaviour that is controlling, coercive, threatening, degrading and violent which also includes sexual violence. These behaviours are usually carried out by a partner, or an ex-partner. Whilst women can abuse their male partners (Sheree Spencer was recently…

A Sentencing Conundrum

Help! I need somebody, help! Somebody please, please help me, help me! Not wishing to burst into song but I do need some help in figuring out a conundrum. “How can we help you, Miss J?” I hear you ask. Well, it’s come to my attention (as these things do)…

A Fair Cop? Not Likely!

What’s the police for? Seriously, what are they for? Give me a moment while I consult Google. Just to be sure. Google says ‘the police is responsible for the prevention and detection of crime’. Ah yes! Catch the criminals. I kinda guessed so. Didn’t need to trouble Google. But still……