Extra protection for 17-year-olds in police custody will be put in place by the end of October, the Home Office has said. Ministers have proposed that parents or guardians must be informed about a 17-year-old’s detention and an “appropriate adult” must be contacted.
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Many of the provisions of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 are finally being implemented on Thursday 25 July. These will form the revised Coroners’ Rules and Regulations and are a significant step towards standardising the coronial system and gearing it more towards the needs of families.
An Angolan man who died after being restrained by three G4S guards as he was being deported from the UK was unlawfully killed, a jury has found. Jimmy Mubenga, 46, died on board a plane at Heathrow airport that was bound for Angola in October 2010. At the end of an eight-week inquest, a jury of seven men and three women recorded a majority verdict of nine to one of unlawful killing after four days of deliberations.
Leslie Thomas, a barrister who has spent the past 20 years fighting for families whose loved ones have died while in police custody has been recognised for his work. This year Thomas is set to take up what may be one of his biggest challenges to date. He will fight the cases, as lead barrister, at the inquests of Mark Duggan.
The United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC), a coalition of those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody, supports others in similar situations.
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Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is a popular definition of insanity. Those of us across the country trying repeatedly to pass bills that would prohibit the shackling of pregnant women in jails and prisons are hardly insane.
The two men found guilty of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence in 1993 have lost their first round of their attempt to challenge their convictions. Gary Dobson and David Norris were jailed for life in January for the murdering the black teenager near a bus stop in Eltham, south-east London.