Rape victims still pay for phones held by police
Mobile phone companies have been accused of profiteering by charging rape victims hundreds of pounds while their phones are seized by police during investigations. Victims are asked to hand over their phones so that police can search them for evidence that could be used to apprehend and prosecute the offender. It has emerged that some phone companies have refused to cancel contracts or pause monthly payments while the phones are held by police. Officers took two phones from one victim in 2014 but the case did not go to court until last year. Sandy Brindley, of Rape Crisis Scotland, told The Sunday Post: “To profit from these serious and traumatic situations is deeply unethical, yet we hear time and time again that survivors waste hours…
Crimes committed by sex offenders double in a year
THE number of sex offenders convicted of crimes such as rape and murder has more than doubled over the past year. New figures show that 112 Registered Sex Offenders (RSOs) committed either Group 1 or 2 crimes – the most serious categories – in 2018/19. That compared to just 51 in 2017/18 and is the highest number in a decade, sparking concerns that dangerous offenders are slipping through checks. Group 1 crimes are serious violent offences such as murder, culpable homicide and attempted murder and Group 2 crimes are sex offences such as rape, attempted rape and sexual assault. The latest Scottish Government report also shows there were 5,629 RSOs in Scotland who were either in custody or being managed in the community at the end of March.
Sheku Bayoh: Final decision due on police prosecutions
The family of a man who died in police custody more than four years ago is to learn if nine police officers will face prosecution over his death. Fife father-of-two Sheku Bayoh, who was 31, died in 2015 after being restrained by police in Kirkcaldy. In October 2018, his family were told no criminal charges would be brought against police officers in the case. That decision has been reviewed and the family will meet the Lord Advocate on Monday to hear a final ruling. At the time of the decision last October, the family vowed to seek a review of the case.