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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

Latest Violent Crime Figures Published

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According to recorded police figures for England and Wales, violent crime * has risen by a total of 24% in the 12 months to June compared to the previous year.

However, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the 24% increase in violent crime was essentially a result of increased coverage and improvements to recording practices. Yet the ONS did conclude that there had been “a small but genuine increase in some categories of violent crime”.

Violent crime figures for July 2015 – June 2016

The number of murders committed in England and Wales increased to 681, a rise of 20% compared the previous year. This is the highest recorded level in five years. However, the murder rate does include the 96 individuals who lost their lives at Hillsborough in 1989 after the official inquests came to an end this year.

When the 96 Hillsborough deaths are excluded, the data shows 584 people were killed in England and Wales in the year to June – just 3% rise on the previous 12 months. This works out as 10 people in every million, which is lower than a decade ago (14 per million).

Police figures confirm that the number of reported sexual crimes, including rape and sexual assault, has increased by 14% compared to the previous year. Police and prosecutors believe that the rise in reported cases indicates that people are more willing to report sexual attacks after recent high profile historical cases have come to light, such as the Jimmy Saville sexual abuse scandal.

The figures also show a 9% rise in knife crime and a 7% rise in gun crime, the latter mainly due to an increase in offences involving imitation weapons and BB gun-type air pistols.

Decrease in Overall Crime

This latest report on crime in England and Wales by the ONS includes offences recorded by the police, as well as the results of the independent Crime Survey for England and Wales.

Figures from the Crime Survey show that the overall crime rate actually decreased by 1%. The survey estimated there was a total of 6.5 million incidents in the 12 months to June compared with the previous year.

Estimates from the Crime Survey also showed the proportion of adults who were victims of sexual assaults in the previous year had not changed considerably.

The ONS also published its second ever estimate for online crime, including fraud and computer misuse offences. In total, 5.6 million incidents were recorded.

John Flatley of the ONS said:

“Violent crime covers a wide spectrum from minor assaults, harassment and abuse that result in no physical harm to the victim through to incidents of wounding and murder.

“The latest figures present a complex picture, with the crime survey for England and Wales estimating similar levels of violent crime to that seen in recent years, but the number of offences recorded by the police increasing.

“We think the rise in the police figures is due to a combination of factors. First, the expansion of the police series to cover new harassment offences. Second, a greater proportion of incidents reported to the police being recorded as crimes.

“At the same time, the crime survey has shown a greater proportion of victims of violent crime reporting to the police. Finally, it appears there has been a small but genuine increase in some categories of violent crime.”

*The term violent crime covers a wide range of incidents from minor assaults, harassment and abuse that may not result in any physical harm to the victim, to incidents of wounding and murder.

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: Guardian; BBC News; Guardian

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

Rugby Player Jailed for Grievous Bodily Harm

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A 25 year old rugby player has been jailed after he kicked an opponent so hard that he was left disfigured.

Incident

Members of Derby based Leesbrook Rugby Club were scheduled to play against Nottingham side Paviors on 3rd October 2015.

However when 35 year old David Smith scored a try for Paviors, John Scowby – captain of the Leesbrook side – proceeded to kick Smith in the head with such force his face caved in.

Derby Crown Court heard how Scowby stood over his victim and said “Take that” before delivering the blow, afterwards telling Smith “I owed you”.

Disfigured

Mr Smith has been left disfigured by the attack and has already had major surgery. He now faces a further £10,000 in dental bills. In a victim impact statement, Smith said:

“Everyone now associates me with my disfigured face and not the good player that I was.”

Sonal Ahya, prosecuting, said:

“Without warning or provocation, the defendant kicked Mr Smith in the mouth, saying, “Take that”. One of his front teeth dropped out, there was blood everywhere, his gums and teeth were concaved.”

Sentencing

When questioned by police, Scowby described the incident as an “accident” but later admitted grievous bodily harm.
Alwyn Jones, defending, added:

“It was a moment of madness – out of character.”

Scowby, a 25 year old construction worker, was jailed for a total of 16 months.

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: Daily Mail

Singer Chris Brown Arrested for Assault

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American R&B singer Chris Brown has been arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Incident

A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said that police had been called to Brown’s property at around 3am PST on Tuesday morning after a woman called police for help.

Lt Chris Ramirez of the LAPD told reporters that they received a call early on Tuesday from outside the residence in the Tarzana neighbourhood. However, Lt Ramirez did not say what assistance the woman required.

Calls to representatives for Brown were not immediately returned.

2009 Attack

This is not the first time the singer has been in trouble with law enforcement – he spent six years on probation after pleading guilty to attacking his girlfriend at the time, Rihanna, in 2009.

Police were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance in the early hours of 8th February, where Rihanna was found with multiple contusions to her face. The couple had been on their way to a Grammy Award after-party and were travelling in Brown’s car.

According to a police affidavit, an argument began when Rihanna discovered a text message from another woman on Brown’s mobile phone.

Brown then attempted to push Rihanna out of the car. He choked her and punched her repeatedly. When Rihanna pretended to phone her assistant for police help, Brown threatened to kill her.

Brown originally claimed he was innocent; however he entered a last minute deal at a Los Angeles court and pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault, avoiding a prison sentence.

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: The Guardian; The Guardian

Pregnant Woman Attacked on North London Street

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A woman has described her ordeal as she was attacked and robbed by a young man on a London street in June this year, while she was in labour.

Incident

Patience Chukwu was on her way to hospital when she took her mobile phone out of her bag to call her sister and birthing partner. However, as she did so, a young man on a bicycle approached her and grabbed her phone.

During the attack, Ms Chukwu – who was experiencing contractions at the time, was dragged down the street and repeatedly punched in the head as she tried to shield her stomach.

Immediately after the attack, members of the public came to Ms Chukwu’s aid and called the police. Once police arrived, the 40 year old was questioned by an officer about the incident and a second officer timed her contractions while they waited for an ambulance.

Ms Chukwu said of the incident:

“He was pulling me, dragging me with the bike, I was pleading. I said: ‘Please, I’m in labour, as you can see I’m heavily pregnant.’ He didn’t want to listen, he didn’t want to stop, he was trying to ride the bike.

“He was hitting me to let go but I refused to let go.”

Calling her attacker a ‘coward’, she added:

“He really wanted to hit my tummy because the level of which his hand was coming would have landed on my stomach. So I shielded my baby, with my hand and I bent down, the blow went to my eyes and everything became so dark.

“I couldn’t see so I let go … and the boy started pedalling away.”

Distress to Mother & Child

The commotion and shock of the incident caused her unborn child to become distressed, with midwives unable to detect the baby’s heartbeat. The child was rushed to intensive care following an emergency cesarean. Ms Chukwu has expressed that she feels responsible for her son’s distress:

“I saw all the wires connected, I felt so responsible that my baby was going through that. I felt that if I had not run after the man or held on to him, being dragged by him, my baby might not have gone through that stress.

“But I was told even if I didn’t go after the boy or hold him, the shock alone that my phone was snatched unexpectedly is also enough for the baby to go through that same shock, that stress.”

Since the attack, two month old Ozil suffers with painful seizures on a daily basis. His mother, who suffered with depression and anxiety prior to the attack, is now even more afraid to walk down the street and fears using her phone in public. She said:

“I don’t feel safe, I don’t feel free going out now.

“I’m so afraid of people coming towards me … And no matter how important the call is, if I have a phone call, if my phone is ringing as long as I’m outside I don’t pick it [up].”

“Now if I see someone coming, especially a man on a bike, I will look for another alternative route to take.”

Police Investigation

The attacker has been described as ‘a short black man of medium build between 18 and 20 years old, with shaven hair and brown eyes’. He was apparently wearing a hooded grey top at the time of the attack and is described to have ‘a slim face with pronounced cheek bones and a rough, pock-marked complexion’.

The attack took place at around 9am on Sunday 26 June on Leadale Road, North London. Anyone with information regarding the attack on is asked to contact the investigation team on 07795 122 325 or 101 and request Hackney CID, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Criminal Injury – Expert Advice

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: The Guardian

Man Set on Fire in Stockton-On-Tees

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A man in his 20s was set on fire by a group men this week in Stockton-On-Tees.

Incident

The incident, which police are classing as a homophobic hate crime, occurred whilst the victim was walking through the grounds of a church. A group of four men approached the 20 year old and asked him questions about his sexuality.

He ignored the group and continued on his journey, however one of the men approached him from behind. The offender proceeded to spray aerosol on the back of the victim’s legs and then set him alight.

The victim was treated for serious burns, which required skin grafts, at North Tees University hospital, according to police.

The incident occurred at 3am on Wednesday 20 July and Cleveland police are urging any witnesses to come forward. A statement released by the force read:

“The man who lit the aerosol is described as white, in his early 20s, medium build, with short blond hair. He was bare-chested and wearing jogging bottoms. Officers are treating this as a homophobic hate crime and are asking anyone with information to come forward and call police on 101.”

Criminal Injury – Expert Advice

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: The Guardian

Insufficient Evidence to Charge Poppi Worthington’s Father

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided that the father of thirteen month old Poppi Worthington will not face criminal charges.

Sexual Assault

Poppi was found with serious injuries in her home in December 2012 and later died in hospital in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

A judge at the time, Mr Justice Peter Jackson, ruled that the injuries were caused by sexual assault at the hands of her father, Paul Worthington. Judge Jackson went on to say:

“Shorn to its essentials, the situation is one in which a healthy child with no medical condition or illness was put to bed by her mother one evening and brought downstairs eight hours later by her father in a lifeless state and with troubling injuries.”

He added:

“Careful assessment of the meticulous pathological and paediatric evidence has clearly established that the injuries were the result of trauma from outside the body.”

Not Enough Evidence

Mr Worthington was arrested at the time of the toddler’s death and questioned on suspicion of sexual assault. However, prosecutors made the decision that there was not enough evidence to “to provide a realistic prospect of conviction”, and he was not charged with any offence.

Following this, the CPS said they would review Poppi’s case. However, the organisation announced this week that after examining the original files, they also came to the conclusion that there was not enough evidence for a conviction.

A spokesperson for the CPS said that it was not their business “to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for the criminal [courts] to consider”.

Agency & Police Failings

Following the decision from the CPS, the Chief Constable of Cumbria Police issued an apology to the toddler’s family:

“I would like to make a full and heartfelt apology to Poppi’s family and all those who loved her.

“Deficiencies in the initial police investigation contributed to the fact that, almost four years after her death, the cause still remains unascertained”.

In 2014, the police force referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Judge Jackson established that for nine months after Poppi’s death, ‘no real investigation’ was carried out by the force. The judge underlined numerous basic errors, such as police failing to gather items for forensic analysis and not securing the scene of the potential crime.

In June this year it was determined by a serious case review, that a total of six official agencies had missed significant signs that Poppi might have been at risk. The agencies at fault included child safe-guarding experts, health workers and mid-wives.

Speaking of how Poppi was let down by those who should have been looking out for her, a spokesperson for the NSPCC said:

“Nothing can change the circumstances which led to her tragic death, but justice cries out for someone to be brought to book for the terrible way she suffered.”

A second inquest into the child’s death is due to take place in the autumn of 2016.

Sexual Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

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 6 888 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: The Guardian

Upper Tribunal’s Landmark Ruling

In a landmark ruling, a 28 year old man born with severe learning difficulties after his mother was raped by her own father, has won the right to claim compensation.

The mother of the man, who for legal reasons is identified as Y, was abused by her father from the age of 11. Y was born after his mother had been raped by her biological father. As a result, Y suffers from a number of debilitating conditions. His conditions include issues with his hearing and sight, epilepsy and severe learning difficulties.

Judge Levenson

This decision by the Upper Tribunal comes 5 years after an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) was rejected. This application argued that a crime of violence had directly contributed towards the personal injury sustained by Y. A further appeal to the First Tier Tribunal was also rejected.

However, Judge Levenson of the Upper Tribunal quashed the original decision, referring the case back to CICA for further analysis.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

The CICAs argument is based on the use of the phrase ‘personal injury’, whereby given its true meaning is the injury of a person. It claims that as the applicant was not a legal ‘person’ at the time the crime was committed against his mother, it is impossible to identify an injury.

The CICA also claims that that if the crime had not been committed, Y would not have existed in the first place. Its case was put forward by Ben Collins QC, who stated that ‘harm caused before birth which has consequences after birth cannot be treated as an injury to a living person’. This is mirrored in the ruling made by the Court of Appeal concerning children born with foetal alcohol syndrome.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

However, Judge Levenson argued that Y is eligible for a pay out under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS), as the scheme provided for compensation to be payable to “an applicant”.

He went on to say:

“Clearly, at the time of the claim the applicant is a person,

“There is no provision in the scheme that the applicant must have been ‘a person’ at the time that the crime of violence was committed.

“In everyday terms and in common parlance, it seems to me that he has suffered injuries.

“Those injuries have been sustained in, and are directly attributable to, a crime of violence.”

‘Landmark ruling’

Greg Neill, head of Abuse & Criminal Injuries here at Hampson Hughes Solicitors and member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL), said:

“This is a landmark ruling for individuals such as Y, those suffering from a genetic disorder as a result of a criminal act, who despite their often severe disabilities would otherwise be offered no hope of receiving compensation for their condition.

“I am hopeful that the ruling will encourage more testing of other CICA grey areas, which could potentially open more doors for claimants in the future.”

Criminal Injury – Expert Advice

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.

However, we are here to offer you professional & friendly advice if and when you need it. We will provide you with the expert legal representation you deserve.

If you or someone you know would like expert advice on the type of case outlined above, please contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6 888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com

Source: BBC News

Mother & Partner Found Guilty of Son’s Murder

A 31 year old mother and her civil partner have been jailed this week for the murder of her 2 year old son.

Liam Fee was found dead at the home of his mother, Rachel Fee (nee Trelfa), and her civil partner, Nyomi Fee, 29, in Fife in March 2014.

The toddler was found with a ruptured heart caused by severe blunt trauma. Doctors added that he looked as though he had been in a car crash, such were the extent of his injuries. Double fractures of his thigh bone and arm were also discovered. In total, more than 30 injuries were found on Liam’s body.

Denial

Both Rachel & Nyomi immediately denied killing Liam, instead accusing another child in their care of their son’s murder. Livingston High Court heard how the couple told a 999 operator that the other child had strangled Liam, putting his hand over his mouth to keep him quiet.

The ambulance technician first to attend the scene following the emergency call, James Graham, told the jury that Nyomi Fee had shouted at the other young boy:

“You tell these men what you’ve done.”

Mr Graham added:

“He just stood there with a look to say, ‘I don’t know what I’ve done but it must be bad.’”

The child in question is one of two young boys who also suffered terrible abuse at the hands of the two women.

Police interviews

The two surviving boys were questioned by both a specially trained officer and a social worker as part of a ‘complex and challenging investigation’. Over the course of several interviews with the primary school children, who had been in the house on the day of Liam’s murder, it became clear to investigators that they had no involvement in his death.

During the interviews, it also became apparent that they had been abused by the two women themselves. Throughout the seven week trial, the jury watched over 20 hours of video footage in which the children detailed the harrowing abuse they had been subjected to.

One of the boys explained that the women would not allow him to use the toilet during the night and so he would often wet the bed. As punishment, he would be forced to stand under a cold shower for prolonged periods of time.

He also described how the women would call him ‘pudding hands’, in reference to how swollen his hands became after one particular incident were he was tied up with cable ties & locked in a man-made cage overnight.

The other child told police how the women had tied him naked to a chair, leaving him in a room filled with boxes containing snakes and rats overnight. He also described how he was once made to stand in a cold shower for a whole day.

Surviving children now ‘thriving’

The two surviving children, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are now “thriving”, attending school and “doing really well”, according to DI Rory Hamilton of Police Scotland’s major investigation team east.

DI Hamilton has praised the courage shown by the boys. He added:

“Details of Liam’s murder and the abuse carried out by the two women emerged during the course of interviews with two other boys in their care.

“During joint interviews with specially trained detectives and officials from Fife council, the evidence began to build towards a picture of horrendous abuse which directly contributed to the version of events being put forward by the two accused being utterly discredited.”

Conviction

Rachel and Nyomi Fee were convicted of a total of eight charges. As well as Liam’s murder, the couple were found guilty of assaulting the toddler in the two years prior to his death. They were also found guilty of four charges relating to the abuse of the other two children. The couple are due to be sentenced on 6 July.

Failure to prevent abuse

Questions are now being asked as to why the abuse of three young children was allowed to continue without any intervention from authorities – in particular Fife Council, its social work department, the NHS and Police Scotland. It has been reported that concerns were raised about Liam Fee’s welfare on around three separate occasions and yet no action was taken.

Staff at the nursery Liam attended alerted social services after they spotted that he had sustained a number of injuries and had lost weight. His childminder also voiced her concerns, as did neighbour Patricia Smith – whose child attended the same childminder. Mrs Smith apparently phoned social workers after seeing the Fee’s in the street. During the encounter, Liam was in his pram and Mrs Smith recalled how she did not know if he was sleeping or dead, such was his demeanour.

A senior social worker in Fife admitted to jurors that Liam ‘fell off their radar’ when an employee took time off due to illness and no one else was reassigned to Liam’s case.

Significant case review

A significant case review has now been set up by Fife’s Child Protection Committee (CPC) – the body representing all the agencies involved.

Former lead paediatrician for child protection in Edinburgh, Professor Jacqueline Mok, will head the review. Professor Mok will interview all staff members who were involved in the circumstances leading up to Liam’s death, as well as reviewing all records relating to the case.

Douglas Dunlop, the vice chairman of Fife’s CPC, has said:

“The circumstances of supporting families in situations such as this can be complex and there were a range of agencies involved in supporting Liam and his family and the details of that will be looked at through the Significant Case Review.”

Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in handling abuse 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: BBC News; The Guardian; BBC News