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Proceeds of crime – enforcement in EU member state

A recent appeal related to the proposed enforcement of a confiscation order made under POCA 2002 in another EU member state (Spain). D pleaded guilty to a number of drugs offences and a confiscation order was subsequently made.
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Procedure – CPR

There are procedural developments for practitioners to be aware of.

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Sentencing – terrorism

Stricter laws on terrorism are now in force, including new offences and new powers.

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Offences – upskirting

There is a new ‘upskirting’ offence with effect from 12 April 2019 under the Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019 which inserts a new s67A into the SOA 2003.

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Sentencing – serious drug offences

The appellant was involved with a serious operation on a commercial scale, so a starting point of 15 years was severe but could not be said to be manifestly excessive.
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Offences – assault; emergency workers

The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 follows the increasing number of assaults on emergency workers in the UK. 
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Proceeds of crime – benefit

The appellant’s criminal conduct was such that he had obtained the money and therefore benefited from it. 
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Defences – householder defence

The so-called ‘householder defence’ may be available where D believes someone had no right to be in the building or was there without authority – even if they were lawfully in the building initially.
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