Sexual Offences in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • R v Hodgson
    • Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
    • 26 Set 1967

    Where the offence or offences are in themselves grave enough to require a very long sentence. Where it appears from the nature of the offences or from the Defendant's history that he is a person of unstable character likely to commit such offences in the future, and 3. Where if the offences are committed the consequences to others may be specially injurious, as in the case of sexual offences or crimes of violence.

  • R v Boardman
    • House of Lords
    • 13 Nov 1974

    The test must be—is the evidence capable of tending to persuade a reasonable jury of the accused's guilt on some ground other than his bad character and disposition to commit the sort of crime with which he is charged? The similarity would have to be so unique or striking that common sense makes it inexplicable on the basis of coincidence.

  • R v C (P)
    • Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
    • 26 Nov 2008

    Returning to the exercise of the court's discretion, or more accurately, its judgment, whether a sentence of imprisonment for public protection should be passed when the necessary criteria are established, the court is entitled to and should have in mind all the alternative and cumulative methods of providing the necessary public protection against the risk posed by the individual offender.

  • R v G (Secretary of State for the Home Department intervening)
    • House of Lords
    • 18 Jun 2008

    In many cases, there will be no reason to take any official action at all. But the message of sections 9 and 13 is that any sort of sexual activity with a child under 16 is an offence, unless in the case of a child who has reached 13 the perpetrator reasonably believed that the child was aged 16 or over. There are many good policy reasons for the law to convey that message, not only to adults but also to the children themselves.

  • DPP v P
    • House of Lords
    • 27 Jun 1991

    From all that was said by the House in Reg. v. Boardman I would deduce the essential feature of evidence which is to be admitted is that its probative force in support of the allegation that an accused person committed a crime is sufficiently great to make it just to admit the evidence, notwithstanding that it is prejudicial to the accused in tending to show that he was guilty of another crime.

  • R v K
    • House of Lords
    • 25 Jul 2001

    By contrast, the terms of sections 5 and 6 of the 1956 Act namely offences of having sexual intercourse with girls under 13 (section 5) and with girls under 16 (section 6) are inconsistent with the application of the presumption. The "young man's defence" under section 6(3) makes clear that it is not available to anybody else. The linked provision in section 5, dealing with intercourse with younger girls, must therefore also impose absolute liability.

  • R v Jones (Michael)
    • House of Lords
    • 14 Oct 2004

    The issues addressed in these cases were the result of two things: the increase in the maximum penalty for indecent assault from two years' imprisonment to 10, enacted by section 3(3) of the Sexual Offences Act 1985; and the practice of prosecutors to lay charges under section 14 when the time for doing so under section 6 had expired. In R v Hinton (1994) 16 Cr App R(S) 523 it did so because the section 6 time limit had expired.

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Books & Journal Articles
  • How the construction of women in discourse explains society’s challenge in accepting that females commit sexual offences against children
    • Núm. 9-4, Noviembre 2019
    • Journal of Criminal Psychology
    • 155-165
    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the way gender and gender roles are socially constructed by those who have experience of females committing sexual offences against children. Desig...
  • The Case for a Rational Reconstruction of Consent in Criminal Law
    • Núm. 70-2, Marzo 2007
    • The Modern Law Review
    This article argues for consistency in criminal law and the need for ‘rational reconstruction’ of the law where necessary to achieve this. It focuses Parliament's failure to respect the need for co...
    ...... consis- tency by passing a statutoryde¢nition of consent in the Sexual O¡ences Act 2003 which appears to applyo nly to sexual o¡ences. As a ...SEXU AL OFFENCES ACT 2003: CLARIFYINGTHE LAW Consent is de¢ned in section 7 4 of the ......
  • Supporting uniformed officers delivering therapy within a prison therapeutic community for sexual offenders
    • Núm. 15-4, Diciembre 2010
    • Mental Health Review Journal
    • 40-45
    HMP Grendon operates as a series of therapeutic communities (TCs), one of which is for sex offenders who have committed very serious sexual offences, many against children and young adults. Prison ...
    ...... operates as a series of therapeutic communities (TCs), one of which is for sex offenders who have committed very serious sexual offences, many against children and young adults. Prison officers, who form a significant part of the multidisciplinary staff team, have both ......
  • ‘An Unsolvable Justice Problem’? Punishing Young People's Sexual Violence
    • Núm. 30-4, Diciembre 2003
    • Journal of Law and Society
    This article addresses the paradox that whilst young offenders in general are increasingly diverted from formal justice, there continues to be resistance to the idea of diversion for those young pe...
    ...... diverted from formal justice, there continues to be resistance to the idea of diversion for those young people who commit sexual offences. It explores the ways in which tensions arising from this paradox are currently being played out within criminal justice systems in the United ......
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