Sturgeon’s political crisis deepens as she undermines her own gender laws

However, prominent critics such as MP Joanna Cherry and Ash Regan, a former minister who quit to vote against the plans, have continued to speak out against party policy.  Many more SNP figures are privately dismayed over Ms Sturgeon’s refusal to back down over an issue that opinion polling suggests puts her at odds with … Read more

UN urges Nicola Sturgeon to use ‘common sense’ when jailing violent sex offenders

Pauline McNeill, Scottish Labour’s justice spokesman said she would be asking for an urgent question at Holyrood demanding that Scott’s transfer be blocked and calling for a “policy review”. Ash Regan, a former SNP minister who resigned in protest at Ms Sturgeon’s gender reforms, said: “We need a new system where no male prisoners are … Read more

Serving Met police officer was raped by David Carrick

It had not previously been known that Carrick had raped one of his Met colleagues and will heap further pressure on the force, which has apologised for missing a string of opportunities to spot his offending. The woman, who has lifelong anonymity as the victim of a sex offence, revealed that Carrick attacked her at … Read more

SNP refuse to remove transgender rapist from female prison

Some supporters of the legislation denounced the attempts as transphobic “dog whistles”. However, Russell Findlay, the Tory MSP, said the Bryson case had highlighted “fundamental flaws” in the blocked legislation. He added: “It’s entirely inappropriate, unacceptable and wrong for this vile rapist to be housed in a female prison, which is bound to contain women … Read more

Ex-Met officer cleared of rape after saying sex acts with roadside stranger were consensual

A former Metropolitan Police special constable has been cleared of rape and misconduct in public office. A jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court acquitted 40-year-old Paul Hoile of three counts of rape, one of misconduct, and an allegation of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent. Jurors deliberated for four hours and 51 … Read more

Russian generals ‘systematically planned and ordered sexual violence’, says war crimes investigator

Reuters couldn’t independently corroborate the accounts. Some of the circumstances – including family members witnessing rape – feature in alleged attacks by Russians documented by a United Nations-mandated investigation body in a report published last month, which said victims ranged in age from four to over 80. In northern Ukraine’s Chernihiv region, a soldier in … Read more

‘Bondi Beast’ serial rapist finally unmasked as ‘dedicated family man’ Keith Simms 35 years later

Simms, who had worked as a gardener for a local council, a golf course, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the University of New South Wales, was eventually exposed as a serial rapist by forensic DNA technology which enabled investigators to locate him via male relatives. His DNA was found to be an exact … Read more

Footballer Mason Greenwood faces year-long wait for attempted rape trial

The 21-year-old forward is also accused of assault as well as controlling and coercive behaviour. All three charges relate to the same woman. Greenwood, who has been capped once for England, appeared at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester on Monday. He was granted bail, with conditions not to contact witnesses, including the complainant, and … Read more

Barrister misses rape hearing after travelling 150 miles to wrong Newport

A barrister missed a rape hearing after travelling 150 miles to the wrong Newport. Brad Lawlor, who attended Oxford University and achieved a first class degree, was due to attend the crown court in Newport, on the Isle of Wight, but instead travelled to South Wales. The barrister had embarked from London after picking up … Read more