By Gwendoline Butler
Girls are brutally murdered inside of a yr of one another. John Coffin, Commander of the Police, investigates. From the most hugely praised English crime writers, ideal for fanatics of Agatha Christie. pupil Amy Dean has disappeared along with her boyfriend Martin - a 12 months after Martin's former female friend Virginia used to be stumbled on crushed to dying. Then Amy's physique is located, encased in a crude wood field. the relationship among the 2 incidents turns out transparent – yet John Coffin, Commander of the Police, discovers that either women labored at celebrity court docket residence, a house for battered ladies and kids. Coffin is stressed – own – to untangle a sad net of homicide and lies.
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The very minor crime is the type of case suitable for a magistrates’ court but there is apparently more likelihood of a harsher punishment than one passed by the Crown Court so the system is abused. Louise Casey, the former government’s anti-social behaviour tsar, said: ‘In a time of spending cuts, we need to abandon some of the genteel traditions and niceties of the legal system. ’ [Daily Telegraph 3rd November 2010] Once a ‘not guilty’ plea is made it then requires a trial. Generally trials in the magistrates’ courts last a half-day or a whole day, some may take two or three days.
If magistrates, having heard the case, consider that their powers of sentencing are not great enough then the case can be sent to the Crown Court for a judge to impose a sentence. Did You Know? Did you know that if a defendant pleads guilty, they will get a third off the sentence that the court gives them. So if they are fined £90 they get a discount of a third which means they have a fine to pay of £60. Even if they change their plea on the day of a trial they will still get a discount. The amount of discount is reduced because they may have incurred the costs of witnesses coming to court, even though they will not have had to give their evidence.
Cracking Open A Coffin (John Coffin Mystery, Book 24) by Gwendoline Butler