Monday, 8 August 2016

Court of Appeal allows publication of redacted judgment relating to Child C

On 21st June, Ellie Butler's parents - Ben Butler and Jennie Gray - were sentenced at the Central Criminal Court - see the Sentencing Remarks of Mr Justice Wilkie.   Ben Butler was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Ellie and the judge fixed his minimum term at 23 years (less days on remand).  He also received 5 years for Child Cruelty.  Those sentences are concurrent.  Jennie Gray was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for Child Cruelty and 24 months for Perverting the Course of Justice.  Her sentences are consecutive.

A post of 23rd June 2016 looked at Ellie's case and the Serious Case Review which took place following her death.

In 2014, care proceedings took place in the High Court relating Ellie's younger sibling - referred to as C.  The Court of Appeal (Lord Dyson MR, McFarlane and Burnett LJJ) has now ruled that a redacted judgment in those proceedings may be published.  It is available via the Judiciary website.

For further discussion of this see UK Human Rights blog 9th August 2016 

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