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criminal justice

379 petitions

Update posted 11 hours ago

Petition to Crown Prosecution Service, Alison Saunders

Take domestic violence seriously in courts

Last night Manchester Crown Court’s Judge Richard Mansell ruled that he would not jail Mustafa Bashir, a man who made his wife drink bleach and, at one point, struck her over her back with a cricket bat saying: "If I hit you with this bat with my full power then you would be dead." Judge Mansell concluded she was not vulnerable enough because she was "an intelligent woman with a network of friends" and a university degree.The Judge handed out a suspended sentence of 18 months - a punishment which is not enforced unless a further crime is committed during a specified period. What message does this send out to perpetrators of domestic abuse?Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecution at the Crown Prosecution Service needs to take domestic violence seriously. Like Bashir’s partner, I went through hell with my ex, enduring domestic abuse for 18 years. At one point I was shot with a sawn-off shotgun and then beaten. My 16 year old son took his life as a result of this. I also had a network of good friends - does that mean I was not vulnerable enough too? What ignorance by the system.For years I have been saying that judges who deal with these cases don’t fully understand the issue of domestic violence, including the power dynamics of the perpetrator and victim and how it can make you a prisoner in your home - regardless of your network of friends and how intelligent you are.I am actively campaigning in the domestic abuse arena to see that all services listen to the voice of those who have and still are victims/survivors. Sadly we are experts by experience. All Judges should have mandatory domestic abuse training because their lack of knowledge is putting lives at risk, those lives of the vulnerable people.I am calling on the Alison Saunders to agree to meet me, and show that the CPS understands that work needs to be done so that Judge Mansell’s actions are never repeated.

Rachel Williams
210,512 supporters
Update posted 15 hours ago

Petition to Max Hill QC Head of CPS., Winton Keenen Chief Constable Northumbria Police, MP Julie Elliott for Sunderland Central

My advocate and I will have a meeting with a special unit dealing with adult mental health.

  I have been battling with a mental illness for twenty three years. Vulnerability attracted an individual who took over my life.At four hours at a time he would groom me into a state of fear, Health & Safety, local government and any type of officialdom, he already knew that I struggled to cope with brown envelopes, the telephone, and debate.This individual decided to sell my property from under me.He got his brother-in -law (estate agent)to come to my property to give a rough idea of the value of my home, after the visit without my permission, he put scaffolding up that remained there for two years.He then took off the roof and because he hadn't paid the scaffolding company the scaffolding was removed and for a further two years I had no roof, the water poured in and caused a lot of damage.I was emptying pails of water 24/7.Then I had to buy a new roof with money I had to find for a roof that didn't need replacing.This individual used my address as his own and when he upset some of his workmen, they broke all of my windows with a BB gun.During his reign he took me to cash machines, he even had to show me how to use the machine as I had no need for them.He also took me to the post office and bank to extort money to the value of £22,000.00 from me.He would write out a cheque letting me think he was paying me back and telling me when to cash it, one was for £15,000.00, it was returned as the account didn't exist.I feel having a mental illness invites abuse.The Police, CPS, and Politicians do not understand my illness.The individual has walked away with my money, leaving me in wet deplorable living conditions and the Police have just allowed this to happen.I have pleaded with Mrs. Alison Saunders, Head of CPS to give me some justice, but she has ignored me.My illness made me suffer in silence for many years until the Police came looking for the individual because he was selling hired power tools, it was then the Police found out what was going on.

david hills
31 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Sajid Javid MP

Introduce ‘Helen’s Law': where hiding a body, preventing a burial and obstructing a coroner become criminal offences - with ‘whole life’ tariffs

To lose a loved one is devastating. To lose a loved one to murder is horrific. To be denied their funeral causes unimaginable suffering. I have endured this nightmare for almost 28 years. Ian Simms is serving a life sentence (on overwhelming forensic evidence) for the murder of my daughter Helen McCourt, aged 22, on 9 February 1988, in Billinge, Lancs. For almost three decades Simms has refused to reveal the whereabouts of Helen’s body – denying us the chance to grant her the dignity of a funeral and resting place.The case made legal history as only the third ever UK murder trial without a body. Sadly, as killers go to ever-desperate lengths to hide evidence and evade justice such cases have become more common. Without stiffer penalties they will continue to rise. In January 2016 a Parole Board will decide on Simms’ application for freedom. As it currently stands, the English legal system does not require a convicted murderer (at the end of their determined tariff) to admit guilt or reveal the location of a victim’s remains before being released. If parole is granted, my hopes of finding my daughter may never be realised. No other family should live this ordeal.I, hereby, petition the Prime Minister Theresa May and Home Secretary Sajid Javid to acknowledge the pain and distress caused to the families of missing murder victims by: Denying parole to murderers for as long as they refuse to disclose the whereabouts of their victim’s remains Passing a full life tariff (denying parole or release) until the murderer discloses the location (and enables the recovery) of their victim’s remains Automatically applying the following rarely-used common law offences in murder trials without a body*; preventing the burial of a corpse and conspiracy to prevent the burial of a corpse, disposing of a corpse, obstructing a coroner (*as in the case of R v Hunter, 1974 (from Archbold, Criminal Pleading Evidence and Practice 2015) Denying a funeral is, surely, an infringement of basic human rights. Please support me. Picture by Chris Neill

Marie Mccourt
588,879 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Sajid Javid MP

Protect and improve policing in the UK. Hold a Royal Commission.

I’m a retired senior police officer who worked in the force for over 39 years. My father served in the organisation before me. Our combined service adds up to over 60 years. I care deeply about protecting our communities and the state of policing and it’s heartbreaking to see the cuts being made. In this country we’ve lost 25,000 police officers since 2010. And the effects are clear to see - with over 91% of crimes taking place without anyone getting charged.  At the same time, cuts to other services like health care mean that colleagues in the force are dealing with more than ever before - like people with mental health problems that should be in the care of the NHS. It feels now like policing is in crisis with hundreds of officers leaving well before retirement. Without urgent change, it will only get worse and put us all a risk. That’s why I’m calling for the Home Secretary to hold a Royal Commission. This is a 'root and branch' review of the entire police system, as well as concrete steps forward about what changes need to be made and how it will be properly funded. I’m not the only retired officer who thinks this needs to happen - I’m one of a group of 180 who are leading this campaign. We are called “Retired Officers Who Care”. The will be the first review of its kind since 1960. Policing and the demands placed upon it have changed radically since that time - especially with the rise in technology. The British public have a right to a police force which has the funding it needs to keeps us all safe and secure. Please sign this petition to help make this happen.  

Kevin Moore
376,965 supporters