no… but he is kind of on our side in this case…
Police and prosecutors should have the right to appeal against the release of dangerous offenders on bail, the Director of Public Prosecutions said yesterday.
In a major step forward for victims’ groups, Keir Starmer, QC, lent his backing to a bail reform to allow prosecutors to challenge a judge’s decision to grant bail if they fear the suspect will go on to commit further offences.
Official figures show that bailed suspects commit one offence every four minutes. Last year 142,537 crimes were carried out by suspects on bail for another offence.
More than one murder every week is committed by a criminal on bail, according to police figures.
this is days after Keir met with the parents of murdered nurse Jane Clough.
Jane was allegedly raped by her ex-boyf (won’t mention the scum’s name here). The police arrested and submitted a remand file to court because they were so concerned at the level of hatred he showed to Miss Clough.
The judge gave him bail-despite an impassioned plea by CPS to remand him as there was ‘a high probability he would interfere with witness’ -lawyer speak for attack or kill the only person that could jail him.
The judge didn’t listen to those that knew him better and gave conditional bail-that lasted all of a few hours-he cycled to the hospital, stabbed her 70-times and cut her throat. Exactly what the Police said was likely to happen.
Her devastated parents, John and Penny, have campaigned to change the law, saying their daughter was betrayed by the criminal justice system.
I am all for Keir’s reforms…but this kind of borderline vicarious manslaughter will only stop when WE MAKE JUDGES PERSONALLY ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR DECISIONS.
Nothing else will work.