David Walbank KC is once again the most widely read contributor to New Law Journal

February 24, 2023

Now twice in succession, David Walbank KC’s fortnightly ‘Crime Brief’ column has been the most widely read item in the online edition of New Law Journal.

His two most recent articles, published on respectively 27 January 2023 and 10 February 2023, both headed the leader board of the magazine’s most popular articles: click [here] to see the announcements that they were the ‘Most Read On NLJ Online’.

The more recent of those two columns was about R v Collins; R v Lewis & Anr [2023] 1 Cr App R (S) 4, in which the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) faced up to the vile behaviour of two Metropolitan Police officers in the hours immediately following the brutal murder of two sisters, who had been stabbed to death in a park in Brent in North-West London. The two uniformed officers had been ordered to guard the crime scene and were stationed on the innermost police cordon. However, they proceeded instead to take photographs of the victims and circulate the images amongst fellow police officers and friends.

After they pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office and were sentenced to 2 years 9 months’ imprisonment, their applications for leave to appeal against sentence were referred by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals to the full court.

To read David’s full article, with his explanation and analysis of the Court of Appeal’s decision, click [here].