Sexual offences



England: CPS taken to task over declining rape prosecutions

The Crown Prosecution Service is "in denial" about declining rape prosecutions and convictions, the victims' watchdog has told The Times.

Published 19 September 2019

Court of Appeal: Rapist is refused application to appeal conviction for failure to comply with notification requirements

A man who was convicted of raping a 91-year-old woman in 2001 has had his application to appeal his conviction for failure to comply with notification requirements under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 refused.

Published 12 September 2019

Court of Appeal: Successive suspended sentences for 85-year-old sexual offender unduly lenient

A former police officer who was convicted of a number of sexual offences involving children has been sentenced to one year of imprisonment and two years on licence, after the Court of Appeal in Belfast found his suspended sentence to be unduly lenient.

Published 5 September 2019

Sexual offence cases taking average of two years to complete

Sexual offences cases in Northern Ireland took an average of nearly two years to be dealt with last year, according to new figures.

Published 5 September 2019

Sexual offence convictions most likely to be appealed but less likely to succeed

Convictions for sexual offences are the most likely to be appealed but among the least likely to be successfully overturned, according to new analysis by The Irish Times.

Published 2 September 2019

Court of Appeal: Man jailed for sexually assaulting a woman in his parents’ house loses appeal against his conviction

A 31-year-old man who was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman he met on dating app Tinder, but acquitted of rape and making threats to kill, has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Published 6 August 2019

Lawyers claim man's legal entitlement to anonymity breached by Google

Lawyers for a man acquitted of rape last year have told a court that his legal entitlement to anonymity is being breached by Google search results of his name.

Published 2 August 2019

Independent News & Media fined €111,000 for contempt over article which collapsed rape trial

Independent News & Media (INM) has been ordered to pay a fine of €111,000 for contempt of court in relation to an Irish Independent article which led to the collapse of a rape trial.

Published 1 August 2019

England: Suspected sex offenders should remain anonymous, says new Justice Secretary

Suspected sex offenders should remain anonymous until charged so long as they have a reputation to protect, Justice Secretary Robert Buckland QC has said.

Published 1 August 2019

Court of Appeal reserves judgment in case where wife asked judge not to jail husband who raped her

The Court of Appeal has reserved its judgment on whether to alter the sentence of a man who was jailed for three years after raping his wife, who asked a judge not to send him to prison.

Published 30 July 2019

Bar Council voices concern over proposals to provide legal representation for rape complainants

The representative body for barristers has voiced concern about proposals to offer independent legal representation to complainants in rape and sexual assault cases.

Published 23 July 2019

Supreme Court judge criticises 'inherently unfair' rape trial conduct

A Supreme Court judge has criticised the conduct of Irish rape trials for allowing denials from the accused to be read to the jury without cross-examination.

Published 10 June 2019

Lawyers argue rape victims 'could be prosecuted if they publish their own identity'

Lawyers for a convicted child rapist have told a High Court judge that rape victims are subject to criminal prosecution if they publish their own identity.

Published 31 May 2019

Lawyers contest 'legal basis' for rape victim to waive anonymity so rapist can be named

Lawyers for a convicted child rapist have contested a victim's request to waive her anonymity so that her abuser can be named.

Published 28 May 2019

Barristers hear from cancer patient Vicky Phelan and rape survivor Leona O'Callaghan at conference

Barristers heard from cervical cancer patient Vicky Phelan and rape survivor Leona O'Callaghan at a landmark conference on the experience of plaintiffs and victims in pursuit of access to justice through the legal system in Ireland.

Published 27 May 2019