Category: Criminal Injuries

Man Drives into Police Cordon after Being Stabbed in London

A man drove into a police cordon in East Dulwich, South London yesterday after being stabbed.

Stabbing victim

Police were investigating a car crash when the victim, a man in his 20s, drove through police tape desperate for help. The man was ‘covered in blood’ when he got out of his vehicle, after narrowly missing officers reopening the road, Lordship Lane.

One witness, 27 year old James Stott, said:

“I though the car was going to hit a police officer then it came to a really sudden stop and a man got out covered in blood.

“The next minute he was on the floor getting treated. It looked like he’d been stabbed in the stomach.”

Investigation

A police spokesperson confirmed that detectives are working to investigate how the man sustained his serious injuries. They added:

“Enquiries continue to establish how and where the man came to sustain his injuries.

“It is not linked to the original collision that officers were dealing with.

“No arrests, enquiries continue.

“Officers from Southwark investigate.”

Scotland Yard said the victim was in a critical condition at a hospital in South London.

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: Evening Standard

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

Criminal Injury | Man Prosecuted for Scalding Incident

A man has been prosecuted for causing criminal injury after he poured a kettle of boiling water over another man during an altercation over drugs.

YMCA attack

Liverpool Crown Court heard how both James Wishart, 30, and Mohammed Mohammedi had been staying at the YMCA on Leeds Street in Liverpool city centre on the day of the incident, 22 October 2016.

The court heard how Mr Mohammedi, who along with Wishart was staying at the hostel due a substance abuse problem, was in his room talking to another man. Wishart then knocked on the door and was invited into the room by Mr Mohammedi. Henry Riding, prosecuting, told the court that this was when Wishart began to ask for money, before accusing the other of stealing his drugs.

As Mr Mohammedi attempted to calm him down, Wishart turned the kettle on, saying that he wanted a cup of tea. The argument continued and Wishart picked up the kettle and poured boiling water all over Mr Mohammedi’s head. He then proceeded to pour the scalding water over his arms and back.

The victim tried to flee the room but he was restrained at first by Wishart and another resident, before he was then hit by Wishart.

Mr Mohammedi was admitted to hospital following the attack, where he was treated for 9% burns to his neck, shoulder, arm and ear.

Liverpool Crown Court

In court Mr Riding did not try to suggest that Wishart had put the kettle on in order to scald Mr Mohammedi, however he added that pouring boiling water over someone could be liked to an acid attack. He went on to say that the kettle was used as a weapon.

Liverpool Crown Court heard how the victim did not wish to make a victim statement and that his burns were ‘healing very well’.

Jeremy Coleman, defending, said his client was remorseful and glad to hear his victim’s burns were superficial and healed well. Mr Coleman said it was fortunate the injuries, which also included cuts to the face, were not more serious. However, Judge Rachel Smith said she had to assess the harm that could have been caused by his actions.

She said:

“This defendant is extremely lucky that by tipping a kettle of boiling water over his victim he didn’t cause potentially life changing injuries, and/or cosmetic injuries that could have lasted throughout his victim’s life.”

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: Liverpool Echo

14 Year Old Boy Victim of Criminal Injury in St Helens

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Four teenagers have been arrested and released on bail after a 14 year old boy was the victim of criminal injury when he was attacked and stabbed by the ‘gang’ in St Helens last week.

Victim of criminal injury

Police were called to the scene after the teenager called for help from eye witnesses.

Officers sealed off Parr Stocks Road, St Helens, just after 11pm on Friday 31 March. The victim remains in a stable condition in hospital after receiving medical attention for a stab wound injury to his torso.

Arrests

A 17 year old boy was arrested on 2 April on suspicion of assault, but has since been released on bail.

Three more teenagers, aged 19, 18 and 16, have also been arrested on suspicion of assault. However, police have again confirmed that they have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Witness account

Kate Rigby, who lives directly facing the scene of the incident, told the ECHO newspaper:

“I was watching TV upstairs and came down to make a brew. I heard shouting outside and looked out to see four lads.

“One of them was on top of another in the middle of the road. I started shouting that someone was getting battered.

“I went outside and the three boys crossed the road and ran off. There was another lad there then, banging on windows, shouting someone’s been stabbed.”

Miss Rigby added she then went over to the teenager and said the wound looked serious.

She said:

“He told me he was only 14 and was really scared.

“I screamed for someone to get police and ambulance here and stayed with him until they came. He kept saying ‘what’s wrong with my belly’.”

Police appeal for witnesses

Anyone who may have information which could help the police is asked to contact detectives on 0151 777 6041, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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 Injury 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: Echo

Criminal Injury: Former Soldier Jailed for Attack

A 25 year old ex-soldier has been jailed for 16 months after he bit off a man’s ear in October 2015.

Halloween Attack

Geraint Jones was out with friends on Halloween night when someone ‘pushed and shoved’ him in a pub in his home town of Aberystwyth, mid-Wales.

Cardiff Crow Court heard how he moved onto another bar, The Academy, before he purposefully went back into the pub in which he had been pushed to look for the man who did it.

He mistakenly identified Gwynant Jones as the man who had pushed him and bit into his ear, severing part of it.
The court heard Gywnant’s earlobe was found on the floor by a barman but could not be reattached.

Judge Geraint Walters said to Jones:

“You now accept that in your state of drunkenness you misidentified that man. The man that you chose therefore as your victim was wholly innocent of any wrongdoing.”

Addressing the ear biting, the judge said said:

“You don’t need me to tell you that that is the most savage use of force. I can’t personally claim to understand why you behaved as you did. There was something almost clinical in the use of force.”

The judge went on to say he had asked himself why Jones, who is studying international history and politics with the intention of becoming a diplomat, had committed the offence in the first place. He added he believed reasons “ran much deeper” than anything that had been said in court so far.

Guilty plea

The court was told how Jones pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on Gwynant Jones in November 2016, but denied causing grievous bodily harm with intent. A jury found him not guilty of the latter offence in court last month.

James Hartson, defending, asked the judge to suspend Jones’ sentence so that he may continue to study after being offered the chance to return to Aberystwyth University to complete his degree. He added:

“The defendant is deeply ashamed and remorseful.

“In fact he is appalled by his actions. Even when giving evidence to the jury he admitted that what he did was disgusting and disgraceful.”

Judge Walters said the effects on the victim were ongoing and that surgery to reconstruct his ear had so far been unsuccessful.

“I am prepared to accept that the severing of the ear was as a result of you gripping the ear forcefully with your teeth and in some part because others tried to pull you apart from your victim.

“The reality is, none of that is a comfort to your victim.”

The judge added he had deliberated not handing Jones a custodial sentence, but that he had an obligation “as far as the public is concerned”.

Criminal injury – expert legal 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 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 Injury Compensation Scheme is governed by the Criminal Injury 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: Guardian

Domestic Abuse Victims: Two Year Wait for Compensation

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The latest government statistics show that domestic abuse victims have to wait an average of nearly two years to receive compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

The CICA is the government body that awards compensation to people who have been blameless victims of violent crimes, both physical and mental.

The CICA customer charter states that applicants can expect to wait up to twelve months to receive compensation. However, according to the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), its most recent figures revealed that it takes an average of 612 days, or 20 months, for the CICA to pay out.

Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat leader, expressed his concern over the delays:

“It is truly sickening that victims of domestic violence are treated with such utter disregard.

“Domestic violence is still horribly common, and the fact that so many women, and some men, suffer from these crimes and are then let down by the government in their time of need, is an indication of the shamelessness of this Tory government. These delays must end immediately and this department must be properly resourced. No excuses are acceptable.”

Delay could be ‘beneficial’

Justice minister Phillip Lee revealed the statistics in a written answer to Fiona Haggart, Labour MP and a member of the all-party parliamentary group on domestic violence. Lee added that more than 230 victims received compensation in 2016, with a minimum payout of £1000. The average payout for a domestic abuse victim if £7,500.

Lee went on to say that in some cases a delay could prove beneficial to the victim, as it would allow assessment of long-term implications of any injuries or mental health issues:

“In some complex cases, where medical treatment is ongoing or the level of recovery is unknown, it may be in the best interests of an applicant not to settle their claim until the long-term implications of an injury can be properly assessed.”

Attempts to improve efficiency

According to the MoJ, CICA has developed an online portal and increased staff levels by around 15% in order to improve efficiency.

Since November 2016, victims have had the option to give declarations online or verbally agree to a statement over the phone. CICA said this method would reduce the time between a declaration and a decision.

Recently the government have moved to reduce the amount of stress felt by domestic abuse victims when it comes to dealing with the legal process. Following the acquittal of Ched Evans, former Sheffield United footballer convicted of rape in 2011, based on evidence given by his accuser’s former partner’s a campaign was launched by women’s rights and victim support groups. The campaign has led to new legislative measures preventing victims from being interrogated in court by former partner’s.

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Source: Guardian

Gun Crime in Merseyside Prompts Crimestoppers Appeal

The rise in gun crime in Merseyside has prompted the charity Crimestoppers to launch a campaign aimed at combating the issue.

Man shot in Wavertree last night

Only last night, a 26 year old man was shot and killed outside a chip shop in Wavertree. A 19 year old man, thought to have been with the victim at the time of the shooting, was admitted to a nearby hospital with gunshot wounds. His condition is thought to be serious but not life threatening.

An eye witness at the scene told the Liverpool Echo:

“He had about nine shots in him and I held my hands with pressure over the wound while another girl pumped his chest”

Merseyside police have confirmed they will hold a press conference at 12.30pm today.

Gun crime in Merseyside

Since April 2016, there has been 77 firearm discharges across Merseyside (excluding last night’s incident). 3 of those incidents resulted in fatalities, while 28 resulted in non-fatal injuries. The year before saw fewer incidents with a total of 60 discharges, two deaths and 11 injuries.

Crimestoppers campaign

The Crimestoppers campaign to tackle gun crime in Merseyside, which starts today, was prompted by the death of 44 year old Thomas Baker. Mr Baker was killed last week outside a gym in the Old Swan area of Liverpool and he was, at the time, the third gun crime fatality in nine months.

The campaign is aimed at areas most affected by gun crime in Merseyside, including Speke, Bootle, Norris Green, Wavertree and Old Swan. A van with a digital screen will drive around those areas, broadcasting ’emotive imagery’ to passersby. The campaign will also involve targeted social media advertising.

Gary Murray, Crimestoppers’ regional manager, said:

“We want to appeal to local people to tell us who is responsible for these crimes, without fear of repercussion, but we also need to find out where these guns are being stored so that the police can make our streets safer.

“We know that picking up the phone or logging on to our site is probably one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do. But in 28 years, we have never broken our promise to the public that those who contact us will always remain anonymous.”

Latest gun crime figures

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show a 2% rise in firearm offences in the UK for the year ending March 2015. This is the first increase in gun crime in a ten year period, with a total of 7,866 offences taking place. 19 of those offences involved fatalities.

Criminal injury – expert legal advice

Criminal injuries 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 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: Liverpool Echo; Guardian

Office for National Statistics: Domestic Abuse Figures

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New figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that incidents of domestic abuse account for one in every ten crimes recorded by police.

1/3 of all violent crimes

Domestic abuse offences also account for a third of all reported violent crimes, according to the latest Crime Survey for England and Wales.

Areas in which domestic abuse is most common are the West Midlands, with 7.33 cases in every 100 adults, and Wales with an average of 7.07, whilst London is the least likely place for an offence to take place with just 4.57 cases in every 100 adults.

The report also confirms that there are more domestic homicide cases involving males killing females than cases where the female was the killer.

Domestic Abuse in England & Wales April 2015 – March 2016

1.8 million adults aged 16 – 59 experienced domestic abuse in the last year

1.2 million (64%) of those victims were female

651,000 (36%) were male

• A violent attack occurred in 78% of incidents

• Of those 1.8million adults, 1.03million reported the crime to police

• In 41% of all cases reported, police concluded that a domestic abuse incident had occurred

Offenders were charged in 70% of cases referred to the Crown Prosecution Service by police

• Offenders pleaded guilty in 68% of those cases referred to the CPS

• Meaning 91% of recorded ‘successful cases’ in the last year were due to guilty pleas

Domestic homicide figures

Another topic the survey looked into was domestic homicides, which account for a third of all murders in England and Wales. According to the ONS, there have been 432 cases of domestic murders between April 2012 and March 2015. 315 (73%) of those victims were female while 27%, or 117, were male.

Of women killed by a current or ex-partner, 97% were killed by a male compared to women being the offender in a third of cases in which a male was murdered by a current or former partner.

Commenting on the figures relating to domestic abuse, Lucy Hastings, of the charity Victim Support said:

“It is harrowing to learn that last year, nearly 2 million adults experienced domestic abuse, including one in eight women aged 16 to 19.

“That the prevalence is so high among this age group demonstrates the importance of high-quality sex and relationships education being available to equip young people with the tools they need to understand healthy relationships, make safe choices and know how to seek advice and support.”

While Louisa Rolf, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead on domestic abuse, said:

“The better our data, the better we understand domestic abuse as a crime and the more we can do to support victims and prevent harm, which is what really matters.

“However, this is only the first phase of a wider project and caution must be taken when interpreting the data or trying to make direct comparisons across different organisations, methodologies and points in time. For now, it should be used to stimulate thought rather than draw conclusions.”

Ms Rolf added that the statistics “do not currently represent the extent of our commitment to tackling domestic abuse and the scale of the challenge we face. It is still far too acceptable in society”. She went on to say:

“Reports to the police are continuing to rise, and the gap between experienced crime and recorded crime is narrowing. It is good to see more victims having the confidence to come forward and start to take back control from those who seek to control and intimidate them. Domestic abuse is a serious crime and never the fault of the victim. We are here to help.”

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Source: Guardian

Two Arrested after Stabbing of 15 Year Old Schoolboy

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A 15 year old schoolboy has been left in a critical, but stable, condition after he was stabbed at his school.

The teenager was outside City of Birmingham School when two young males chased him back inside. The attack took place just after 1.30pm on Thursday 10 November.

Police have confirmed that two boys, aged 16 and 17, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Superintendent Mark Payne said the investigation so far has been ‘fast paced’:

“We are working closely with the school and if anyone has any information then I am urging them to speak to police or to call us as a matter of urgency.”

It has not yet been confirmed if the two teenagers arrested also attend City of Birmingham School, which is the main pupil referral unit for Birmingham that, specialising in helping children with a range of behavioural issues.

Criminal Injuries – Expert Advice

Criminal injuries 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 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 victims or their families who have been the innocent victims of violent crime. The Scheme is called the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme and 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 on 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com.

Source: BBC News