victim personal statement

victim personal statement

information given to a criminal court when it is considering sentence as to the views of the victim. Such statements are contrary to the basic principle for criminal justice, which is the state's response to the offender. They are not used in Scotland but, subject to guidance, are in use in England and Wales. The guidance there requires the statement to be in proper form, and great caution is to be exercised where the defence cannot check out what is in the statement. On the other hand, it can be used to help the offender, for example where sentencing the offender would distress the victim.
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"In 2001 we introduced the Victim Personal Statement, which enables victims to make the court aware of the practical, emotional or financial impact the crime has had on them.
Lyn Borland read out her own "Victim Personal Statement" so her attacker, Jamie Cardwell, could hear how she'd suffered over the past 17 months.
In a victim personal statement summarised in court, Ms Owen said it took nearly three weeks to recover from the injuries, and she has felt scared, anxious and vulnerable since.
Under a code introduced last year, victims are able to choose to explain to the court and offender how a crime has affected them by reading out a Victim Personal Statement which is taken into account by judges when determining the sentence.
"He says in a victim personal statement 'I was very scared of being hurt and of the knife and I am scared to go to the park now'."
In a victim personal statement read out at Cardiff Crown Court, the woman said: "[This offending] has affected my self-esteem and brought feelings of shame and embarrassment."
In a Victim Personal Statement the woman said the incident had had a long lasting effect on her and she had had many sleepless nights.
Speaking in a victim personal statement, she said: "This incident has caused me endless amounts of tears." Wilson began taking money when her own family debts built up and had planned to pay it back without ever being discovered.
"This includes keeping victims better informed about the progress of their case, making sure all victims are offered the chance to make a victim personal statement as well as ensuring more trials go ahead on the day they are supposed to.
In a victim personal statement, Mr Morris said he was "shocked" by the theft as he had known Jones for a number of years.
A moving victim personal statement from the second man, read in court, said: "He used my sexuality as a tool of manipulation and blackmail against me, at a time when I was living with the fear and turmoil of coming to terms with my sexuality."
In a victim personal statement she described how scared she had been and how her injuries had prevented her enjoying Christmas with her children to the full.
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