Category Archives: Youth crime

Old enough to know better? The minimum age of criminal responsibility

The documentaries “The Bulger Killers: Was Justice Done?” broadcast by Channel 4 and “James Bulger: A Mother’s Story with Trevor McDonald” aired by ITV, marked the 25 year anniversary since Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, both 10 years of age at the time, were convicted of murder. These documentaries served as a reminder not only […]

Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh comments on Jon Venables’ sentencing in The Daily Mirror and Liverpool Echo

Jon Venables, one of the killers of toddler James Bulger, has been jailed for possessing child abuse images for the second time. He admitted charges of making indecent images of children and one of having a “sickening” paedophile manual. Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh, Associate at Corker Binning, commented: “Jon Venables was convicted after pleading guilty to three […]

Sentencing Children and Young People: Is it really black and white?

Today the Sentencing Council published a new Definitive Guideline on Sentencing Children and Young People. It is already being hotly debated in the press. One aspect of the controversy is that of race. One paragraph buried within the Definitive Guideline, which will come into force on 1 June, addresses race directly. When sentencing, paragraph 1.18 requires […]

Youth sexting: updated position on self-taken indecent images and social media

In September 2015, the issue of police discretion in cases of teenage “sexting” investigations came briefly to the attention of national media and the public following the decision of a Manchester mother to publicise her son’s case. Her son, who was not named, was investigated by his school following the discovery that naked self-taken images […]

Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh’s article on youth “sexting” published in Criminal Law & Justice Weekly

Youth sexting: updated position on self-taken indecent images and social media In September 2015, police discretion in cases of teenage “sexting” investigations came into focus following the decision of a school to investigate a male student after discovering he had sent naked self-taken images via Snapchat to other students. The personal details of those involved […]

Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh discusses underage sexting and police discretion in the Daily Mail

Teenager is victim of ‘Soham Law’ after sending nude picture. The schoolboy’s actions will remain on file for a century because police can decide who they prosecute but not what they record, legal experts say. He committed a crime by creating and distributing an indecent image of a child. It does not matter that he […]

The Trouble with Sexting

A story published today across the media highlights the growing problem of teenagers engaging in “sexting” and the potential for significant ramifications on their lives and careers. In the present case, a mother of a 14 year old boy has spoken out, with the support of the Criminal Bar Association, after her son (A) was […]

The Trouble with Sexting: Danielle Reece-Greenhalgh published in The Times, The Barrister, Criminal Law & Justice Weekly and Crimeline

A story published today across the media highlights the growing problem of teenagers engaging in “sexting” and the potential for significant ramifications on their lives and careers. In the present case, a mother of a 14 year old boy has spoken out, with the support of the Criminal Bar Association, after her son (A) was […]