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Criminal Injury Compensation Secured Following Attack

Our team of dedicated personal injury solicitors recently secured criminal injury compensation for a client who was injured in an unprovoked attack while at work.

Incident

On the day of the incident, the claimant had intended to car share with a colleague – the defendant – on their morning journey to work. However, when our client arrived at their colleague’s house, they were not ready to leave.

Our client then called his employer to enquire as to what actions should be taken next. The Claimant was told to continue to work without his colleague, so he did.

Attack

On the journey to their place of work, our client received a threatening text from the defendant that read:

“Watch what happens.”

That same day, the Defendant approached our client at their place of work, and proceeded to physically attack them. The claimant was head butted, punched and kicked in the face by the defendant.

Injuries

As a result our client sustained lacerations to his face above his eye which required four stitches, as well as losing a tooth. Four other teeth were also damaged in the attack and extensive dental care was needed.

Successful outcome

On this occasion Hampson Hughes Solicitors secured a total of £608 in criminal injury compensation for our client.

Criminal injury compensation – 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.comm.

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.”

Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in handling abuse and criminal injury claims in a considerate and compassionate manner.

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6888 or email info@hh-law.co.uk

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Source: Guardian

New Guidelines: Questioning of Vulnerable Witnesses

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New guidelines relating to vulnerable witnesses have been developed by the legal profession.

Witnesses under pressure

The new guidelines mean that vulnerable witnesses, including children and those with learning difficulties, will not be subject to unnecessarily harsh questioning in court.

The decision comes following a number of instances whereby witnesses have been put under too much pressure in court, including the case of Frances Andrade – a professional violinist who committed suicide four years ago after giving evidence of sexual assault.

Last year, it was also ruled that a judge can limit the cross-examination of a witness’s credibility if this has already been discussed, after a case in which a woman was questioned for almost a week about her past.

Free training programme for advocates

Following the new guidelines, legal bodies such as the Crown Prosecution Service, the Law Society, and the Bar Council amongst others, are offering a free training programme for those who deal with serious sexual offences.

Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, chair of the Bar Council which represents barristers, said:

“Giving evidence can be difficult or intimidating, especially for vulnerable witnesses, and what they have to say is often vital to the outcome of the case.

“Using specific techniques for cross-examination helps vulnerable witnesses to feel more secure and means that they are more likely to give their best and most accurate evidence. That is in the interests of the witnesses themselves and the interests of justice.”

Miss Doerries added:

“Since a ruling in 2015 there has been a clear prohibition on unnecessarily repetitive cross-examination, and in cases involving vulnerable witnesses, the length and nature of cross-examination must be agreed in advance at a hearing.

“This training programme takes us a step further by developing less intrusive questioning techniques and adapting them for children and vulnerable adults.”

Sexual abuse – expert advice & support

If you have been affected by any instance of physical sexual 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: 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

Teenager Arrested on Suspicion of Assault

A teenage girl has been arrested after a video in which she is seen assaulting another school girl was shared on social media.

Incident

The footage, which was posted on Snapchat and later on Facebook, shows the victim – a 13 year old – being repeatedly kicked and punched while her attacker is cheered on by onlookers. The attack, which lasted 25 minutes, took place on the afternoon of Monday 26 September in Tamworth, Staffordhisre.

Police arrested a 15 year old girl on suspicion of assault in relation to the attack on Wednesday 28 September, after they viewed the footage.

A school attended by three pupils thought to be involved condemned the behaviour in a statement which read:

“This was a disgusting and vicious assault that took place away from school on Monday evening and involved three students.

“Despite this taking place away from school, we have not hesitated in taking the firmest action possible against those who perpetrated it and those who stood by and encouraged it.

“We are assisting the police with their enquiries and will ensure that all those who behaved so appallingly are brought to justice.”

According to officers from Tamworth’s local policing team, the victim is at home and recovering after sustaining minor injuries during the attack. A spokesperson said:

“The victim’s mother is fully supportive of Staffordshire Police’s investigation. Officers are treating the matter seriously and taking positive action and the victim’s mother is fully supportive of Staffordshire Police’s investigation.

“The victim was treated in hospital for minor injuries and is recovering at home safe and well.”

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; Mirror