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Pilot wins right to divorce Brazilian wife in UK

An easyJet pilot whose wife refused to return from Brazil to England after a holiday in her homeland has won his legal fight to have their divorce settled in British courts, according to The Telegraph.

Silvana Cattin left her husband, Jean, and refused to return to England with their children after a row several days into a Brazilian holiday.


Judge comments that ‘need’ is not relevant in ‘big money’ divorce settlements

Last Friday, Lord Justice Thorpe gave a warning about the ex-wives of rich husbands who think they ‘need’ large financial settlements in the wake of their divorces, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The judge made the remarks as he presided over an appeal case in London, together with Lords Justice Rimer and Elias, in which a multi-millionaire hotel owner, 50-year-old Andrew Davies, is trying to cut a £2.75m divorce pay-out previously awarded to his ex-wife, 39-year-old Debra Davies.


Justice was a witch in the 1600s

As today is Halloween we thought we’d do something a bit different and have a look at the witch trials of the past, to show that while the justice system does have some creases in need of ironing, things used to be a great deal worse.

The most famous UK trial is the Pendle witch trial of 1612, in which twelve people from Pendle Hill, Lancashire, were charged with murdering a total of ten people by using witchcraft.


UK Government told child benefit cuts may be discriminatory

The Telegraph reports that the Institute of Chartered Accounts for England and Wales has informed the Government that cutting child benefit for higher earners through the tax system could break European law.

From January 7th 2013, parents earning between £50,000 and £60,000 will lose some of their child benefit on a sliding scale; while any household where one person earns more than £60,000 will lose entitlement to child benefit altogether.


Informal sperm donor must pay child support 13 years later

Mark Langridge, 47, was shocked to be told by the Child Support Agency (CSA) recently, that he must pay £26 a week child support for two children he fathered as a favour to a lesbian couple, as yet unnamed, who were his friends years ago.

The Daily Mail reports that Essex-resident Langridge and his long-term partner, Shaun Keeble, met the women in a gay nightclub in Southend in 1997.


Politician obtains shocking figures on crimes committed by bailed offenders

Keith Vaz, Labour MP for Leicester east and Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, has obtained statistics from the Ministry of Justice, via a parliamentary question, relating to the number of crimes committed in England and Wales by those released on bail.

The Daily Mail reports that last year around three offenders per month were convicted of murder, while already on bail for another crime. Going back over the past 12 years, 436 murders have been committed by someone out on bail. Overall, 180 crimes are committed by bailed offenders every day.


Comedian Boyle wins libel case against Daily Mirror

Comedian Frankie Boyle has won a defamation case against the Daily Mirror after the newspaper described him as racist in an article published in July last year, according to the BBC.

Boyle was awarded £50,650 by a High Court jury after deciding that the description was libellous, and another £4,250 for allegations that he had been “forced to quit” comedy show ‘Mock the Week’.


Two men jailed for possessing legal drugs in landmark case

Two men have made legal history by becoming the first to be convicted for possessing a large quantity of legal drugs; namely, powdered caffeine and paracetamol mixed together.

According to the Daily Mail, 23-year-old Anthony Woodford, from Harlow in Essex and 44-year-old David Lewison, from west London, were both sentenced to eight years in jail at Canterbury Crown Court last Friday.


Victim of subprime mortgage collapse launches class action against banks

A 68-year-old American woman who suffered a home re-possession, Annie Bell Adams, has launched a class-action lawsuit in New York against 12 banks, including Barclays, Lloyds, Bank of America and RBS, according to The Daily Mail.

Adams, along with four other complainants, claims the banks manipulated the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) in such a way that her mortgage (which was directly linked to the rate) was far more expensive than it should have been.


Cat-lover who continued to claim benefits after inheriting £50,000 cleared of fraud

Yesterday, a cat-loving woman was cleared of four charges of making false statements or concealing her true financial capital to obtain £22,000 in benefits, between 2005 and 2011, at Gloucester Magistrates Court.

According to the Daily Mail, she was acquitted even though she appeared to have hidden a £50,000 inheritance from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and her local council, while continuing to claim pension credits.


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