The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced it has appointed a “leading” criminal defence barrister to conduct an independent review of domestic homicide law.

Clare Wade QC will examine the need for reform, consider whether the law could better protect the public and whether sentences reflect the severity of the crime committed. 

The announcement follows an initial review carried out by the MoJ which looked at more than 100 domestic homicide cases, and analysed the sentences imposed and sentencing remarks, as well as information on the gender of perpetrators and victims and the method of killing. 

The initial review was carried out in response to concerns over sentences being handed down for murder...

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