UK – Judges weaken rules on paedophiles
Paedophiles have won unsupervised access to their own children because it would breach their human rights to keep them apart, judges have ruled.
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Bryan Hall, now aged 54, was caught when he took a bin bag full of child pornography magazines, photographs and CDs to his local tip in 2009. Police traced him from a housing benefit letter left in the same bag
The Court of Appeal has torn up powers which previously allowed judges to ban convicted paedophiles from unfettered access to their families.
The ruling, issued after a legal challenge by a group of men convicted of using the internet to view child pornography, significantly weakens the ability of the criminal courts to place restrictions on paedophiles.
It means judges cannot impose blanket bans on men and women convicted of child sex offences spending time with their own children because they breach the right to a “family life”.
The development comes amid a review by ministers of the way the Human Rights Act has had a “chilling effect” on British law.
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