Month: June 2017

Fred Talbot Jailed for Historic Sex Offences

Former TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been jailed for a total of four years for historic sex offences.

Historic sex offences

The 67 year old was a biology teacher at a Manchester school at the time of the offences. Talbot sexually assaulted the boys on various camping trips to Scotland. The attacks took place in two different locations – one near Moffat in southern Scotland, and one on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness. The offences took place between 1978 and 1981 and were against boys aged fifteen to seventeen.

Trial

During his trial, the court heard from a number of witnesses – all men now in their 50s – who spoke of how Talbot abused his position of trust.

One man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he was sexually assaulted after a trip to a pub had left him ‘very much worse for wear’. Another victim told the court he was sexually assaulted by Talbot on an excursion to the Caledonian Canal in 1979. He described the attack as having left him ‘petrified’.

Ian Brown, 54, former front man of Manchester band the Stone Roses, also gave evidence at the trial. Although not a victim of Talbot himself, he told the court how he would never forget how Talbot had invited one of his young friends to sleep in his tent on a school camping trip.

Sentencing

Sentencing Talbot at Lanark Sheriff Court, Sheriff Nikola Stewart told the former ITV presenter he had taken advantage of the innocence of his victims.

Talbot was jailed for a total of four years after being charged with seven historic sex offences. His sentence will commence on 14 August, after he has finished serving a previous five-year jail term for the indecent assault of two 14-year-old boys.

Sexual assault & abuse compensation claims – expert advice

If you have been affected by any instance of physical sexual assault or abuse or by any instance of non-physical sexual abuse, contact us today. We offer expert advice on sexual abuse claims, and we guarantee your confidentiality at all times. For further information, and to discover how we could help you, begin a conversation with our experienced and friendly team. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: BBC News

Brothers Admit Domestic Abuse of Mother & Sister

Two men have been jailed after it was discovered that they had subjected both their mother and sister to over a year of domestic abuse.

‘Unimaginable’ abuse

25 year old Faisal Hussein and his younger brother Arbaaz Ahmed, 19, gave their family members just £1 a month to buy sanitary products and would not let them turn on the taps in their home. They were forced instead to wash using a small bucket of water.

Judge Jonathan Rose told Bradford Crown Court that the brother’s assault of their sister, 30, was ‘almost unimaginable to any decent human being’. He went on to say that the mother and sister were ‘essentially slaves’.

Sustained attack

The court heard how the two men used an array of weapons during the sustained and repeated assault on their sister, including the buckle of a belt, a wooden spoon and a shoe.

On the day of the attack, May 16 this year, the sister was ordered into the living room were the two men proceeded to slap her head and face repeatedly. Ahmed then struck his sister with the metal buckle of a belt, before hitting her with a wooden spoon so hard it broke in two. Hussein went on to strike his sister with a shoe.

The pair then kicked their sibling to the floor, where they continued to punch and kick her. Hussein and Ahmed eventually kicked her out of the house and a member of the public alerted police after seeing the woman in a distressed state.

Sentencing

Hussein and Ahmed, both of Bradford, admitted assaulting their sister Ruhee Hussein.

The brothers also admitted using controlling and coercing behaviour on her and their mother, Nasara Hussein, 53, between January 1, 2016 and May 16, 2017.

Furthermore, both were made the subject of a five-year restraining order prohibiting them from contacting the complainants.

Criminal injury compensation claims – expert advice

Criminal injury compensation may be available if you have experienced physical trauma or psychological trauma as a result of a violent crime. Speaking to a member of our team about your criminal injury may be the first time that you have spoken to anybody about your experience – this is common among our clients. We guarantee complete confidentiality throughout your criminal injury claim.

We understand that if you have been subjected to an act of violence, your thoughts will turn to making a full recovery – compensation will likely be the last thing on your mind.

There is, however, a government scheme that provides compensation to those who have been victims of violent crime. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is governed by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

If you would like expert advice on this type of case, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: Mail Online

Criminal Injury | Man’s Ear is Bitten Off in Attack

A 22 year old man was the victim of criminal injury when he had his ear bitten off in an early morning attack near a petrol station.

Violent attack

Ryan Harrison was left with life changing injuries after being assaulted by an Esso forecourt in Rugely, Staffordshire. The attack took place at around 2am on 27 May this year. Unfortunately, even after a total of thirteen hours of surgery Ryan’s ear could not be reattached.

His family are now appealing for witnesses to the attack. Ryan’s aunt, Kerry Ball, told a local newspaper:

‘We urge people to come forward with information, no matter how big or small, if they think it could help in any way possible.

‘We cannot allow people capable of such a thing to be on our streets.

‘Ryan needs justice as this is a life-changing incident.

‘We would never wish this on others and, while they are still walking the streets, there is a risk of it happening again.’

Witness appeal

Witnesses saw three men near the area after the attack, one of which had blood on his clothing.

Staffordshire police confirmed the arrest of a 21 year old male, from Bloxwich, West Midlands, on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. However he was later released. A spokesperson for the force added:

‘We received a call just after 2.35am on Saturday May 27 to reports that a 22-year-old man being seriously assaulted on the forecourt of the Esso Service Station on Western Springs Road, Rugeley.

‘The victim, from Rugeley, received serious injuries to his ear and was taken to hospital in Nottingham.’

Witnesses or anyone with information should call Staffordshire Police on 101.

Criminal injury compensation claims – expert advice

Criminal injury compensation may be available if you have experienced physical trauma or psychological trauma as a result of a violent crime. Speaking to a member of our team about your criminal injury may be the first time that you have spoken to anybody about your experience – this is common among our clients. We guarantee complete confidentiality throughout your criminal injury claim.

We understand that if you have been subjected to an act of violence, your thoughts will turn to making a full recovery – compensation will likely be the last thing on your mind.

There is, however, a government scheme that provides compensation to those who have been victims of violent crime. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is governed by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

If you would like expert advice on this type of case, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: Mail Online

Man Falls Through Fragile Roof in Workplace Accident

Image of multiple hard hats in pigeon holes

A groundwork company based in Stranraer has been fined after a worker suffered a workplace injury when he fell over seven meters through a fragile roof.

Workplace accident

McKeown Groundworks Limited had sub-contracted the 42 year old worker to carry out roof repairs on a barn at Whitley’s Farm in Stranraer. Stranraer Sherriff Court heard how on the day of the incident, 24 May 2016, the man arrived at the farm to carry out the roof repairs. However, as he walked along the roof he stepped on a light panel which gave way under his weight. The worker then fell over seven meters to the ground below.

As a result of the accident at work, the worker sustained a compression fracture of the lower back.

Health and Safety Executive investigation

The Health and Safety Executive launched an investigation into the incident and found that the firm relied only on the experience of workers themselves to avoid injury when working at height. There was no adequate supervision in place.

Furthermore, the work in question had not been planned suitably, and so there were no control meaures in place to prevent this type of accident.

Sentencing and fines

McKeown Groundworks Limited, registered office at King Street, Castle Douglas, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4 of the Work at Height Regulations 2015. The company was fined a total of £12,000.

Helen Diamond, HSE Inspector, said after the hearing:

“McKeown’s failings resulted in serious injuries which could have easily been prevented had the company planned the work at height. Planning the work at height would have included an assessment of the risks and ensuring that suitable and sufficient measures were in place to prevent falls from height.

“Work at height is the biggest single cause of fatal and serious injury in the construction industry, particularly on small projects.”

Accident at work compensation – expert advice

Compensation may be available if you have been injured in a workplace accident that wasn’t your fault. More information can be found via our ‘Accidents at Work’ page.

To begin your injury at work claim, contact us today. Remember, we offer you a FREE no obligation-consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email info@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: Health & Safety Executive

Business Owner Fined after Man is Injured On-Site

The owner of a fencing business has been prosecuted after a member of the public was injured at the company’s premises.

Incident

George Hallas was visiting Acorn Fencing in Whittington Hill to buy fencing materials. Chesterfield Justice Centre heard how Mr Hallas was moving the materials when an Acorn employee driving a fork lift truck reversed into him.

Injuries

As a result of the incident, Mr Hallas sustained fractures to his ankles, feet and legs.

HSE investigation

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation into the incident and found the owner of Acorn Fencing to be at fault for the accident. Michael James Bend had failed to put a safe system of work in place which adequately segregated vehicles and pedestrians.

Sentencing and fines

Michael James Bend, of Tapton View Road, Chesterfield pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The business owner was fined £3,032 and ordered to pay costs of £1,627.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Martin Waring said:

“This incident could have been prevented had Mr Bend implemented a safe system of work and properly informed his employees.”

Personal injury claims – expert advice

If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, Hampson Hughes Solicitors could help you to secure maximum personal injury compensation. If you would like advice on making a claim, call us today on 0800 888 6888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk.

Source: Health & Safety Executive

£3,025 Damages Secured for Rear-End Collision

Image of a Female Driver Making Phone Call After a Road Traffic Accident With Head In Hands.

Our Road Traffic Accident team recently secured personal injury compensation for a client who sustained severe whiplash injuries in a non-fault accident.

Rear-end collision

At the time of the incident our client was stationary in her vehicle when the defendant failed to stop. As a result, the defendant collided with the rear of her vehicle.

Whiplash injuries

Our client sustained whiplash injuries to her neck, back and shoulders. She also suffered from discomfort to her knee and her foot. Our client reports that her usual activities of cooking, cleaning, shopping and driving were restricted for a number of weeks following the crash.

Settlement

On this occasion, Hampson Hughes Solicitors managed to secured a total of £3,025 in compensation for our client.

Road traffic claims – specialist advice

If you have suffered whiplash as a result of a non-fault road traffic accident, contact us today. Whether you have been injured as a driver, passenger, pedestrian or cyclist, we could help you secure maximum compensation.

Call 0800 888 6888 or send an email to info@hampsonhughes.com