Category Archives: Law

Ascension hires a private eye service

A firm of private investigators in the UK has been hired by the Ascension Island Government. But it would take a good detective to glean many clues to the nature of the work involved. The Oxford-based agency’s website reveals little. … Continue reading

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£46,000 a year to make island finances more transparent

An adviser is being recruited to help deal with weaknesses in St Helena’s public services. The job will include making the island’s budget system more transparent. The £46,000-a-year role is to guide the modernising of public service on the island … Continue reading

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‘Unfit’ prison to close by 2015 amid human rights failings

Funding has been earmarked to close down St Helena’s “unfit” prison after years of warnings about its condition. But it could be three years before inmates can be moved to a new prison at Sundale, in Half Tree Hollow. A … Continue reading

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St Helena Online joins a campaign for transparency

Ignorance may be bliss, but it’s not good for democracy. St Helena’s elected councillors are making decisions that will set the course of the island’s future, but we are rarely told what they will talk about in advance. That means … Continue reading

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Island works to end heartache caused by sex offenders

Special efforts are being made to help sex offenders on St Helena avoid committing further crimes when they are released from prison. A sex offenders register could also be set up as part of changes to the criminal code, according … Continue reading

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No place to hide: why tackling sex crimes is so much more challenging on a small island

St Helena police are trying to find ways to help sex criminals avoid re-offending. But CATHERINE TURNER, prison visitor and human rights facilitator, says small islands face extra challenges protecting potential victims. And the offenders have rights too.    If a … Continue reading

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The lifelong cost of child abuse – and a plan of action

Child abuse ruins lives. St Helena’s Human Rights Action Plan says that the effects can last decades: Many who are abused or bullied self harm and/or attempt suicide. Members of the wider family may suffer stress-related illness. Those who work … Continue reading

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Three bailed in false-evidence case

St Helena Police have arrested three people on suspicion of committing perjury. The three are alleged to have made false statements in a recent court case. They were released on conditional bail and ordered to return to police headquarters on … Continue reading

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Trained lawyer ‘will add to faith in island courts’

St Helena’s first professional magistrate has said his arrival could give people “even further” confidence in the island’s justice system. John MacRitchie has been appointed to the new role of chief magistrate for five years. He will hear court cases, … Continue reading

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UK offers to help reduce offenders’ risk to island society

St Helena and other Overseas Territories are being offered help to deal with criminals who need specialist treatment to manage their behaviour – including sex offenders. The UK government’s White Paper says smaller territories often lack facilities to treat people … Continue reading

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