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IPCC: Norfolk police ignored warnings

Officers ignored repeated warnings from the ex-girlfriend of paedophile rock star Ian Watkins that he had sent her an indecent image of a child, the police watchdog has found.

Joanne Mjadzelics took a laptop three times to Doncaster Police Station between March and May 2012, but it was only on the last time that South Yorkshire Police officers looked at it and concluded the image was a close-up of an adult.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has investigated the force and found their inaction may have left a child at risk for several months.

The watchdog has concluded that three officers would have a case to answer for gross misconduct but as each has retired following 30 years’ service, no further action can be taken.

Australia highlights unfair court system for CSA victims

The court process is unfair and often traumatic for child victims of sexual abuse, the chair of the royal commission into institutional child sexual abuse has said.

In a speech delivered at a conference in Sydney on Wednesday, Justice Peter McClellan said that reliance on cross-examination in criminal trials, which was intended to help juries determine the truth of any particular witnesses’ claim, was damaging to vulnerable witnesses like children or victims of sexual abuse.

The royal commission is expected to recommend changes to the trial process when it hands down its final report on 15 December. Among the options being considered, McClellan said, are introducing to all states and territories the Queensland crime of persistent sexual offences, which does not require the victim to recall the details of specific incidents.

Miscarriages of justice in rape cases

The prosecution of “Sarah”, jailed for making a “false retraction” after years of marital rape and abuse, screams injustice (She accused her husband of rape – and ended up in jail, 27 November). Why was she prosecuted? Why wasn’t her sentence quashed? And why can’t her rapist husband, who kept the children and the flat, be prosecuted now before he reoffends?

You report that at least 30 women are in “similar positions”. We are involved with several women accused of false allegations of rape, and each suffered a miscarriage of justice: evidence not gathered or lost, and a traumatised woman accused of wasting police time, put in the dock and sentenced to two or three years.

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