The State's Perspective on Crime

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This essay will discuss the procedures during the process of crime investigation and trial from the perspective of State. To fully show the concept and proper measures, the example of case “R. v Bieber” will be used. The case discussed will also aid in analysis an incident of non-citizen trial in the UK. Davis Francis Bieber, an US citizen, moved to United Kingdom in September 1996, under a false identity of Nathan Wayne Coleman. He was on the run from US Police Department, being accused, with supporting evidence, of hiring a hitman who killed Markus Mueller, a colleague of Bieber, and attempted to kill Michelle Marsh, Bieber’s former girlfriend. For years he successfully evaded police search until 26th December 2003 in Leeds. The defendant was spotted by two police constables, Ian Broadhurst and Neil Roper in a car, black BMW with suspicious registration plates. They asked the defendant to accompany them to the police car, where they confirmed that the car has been stolen and called in for backup, as the defendant made them uneasy. Upon arrival of Officer James Banks, they attempted to arrest Bieber, but the defendant pulled out a 9 mm handgun and fired at them four times: one of the bullets went through PC Broadhurst’s chest, two bullets hit PC Roper, one in his shoulder and one in his abdomen, and one bullet went through Banks radio. Instead of immediately fleeing the scene, the defendant fired again at PC Broahurst, now laying defenceless on the ground, shooting him in the head. After that, Bieber ran off, stealing, while threatening, Rover belonging to Mr Stephen Wright. PC was pronounced dead upon his arrival to hospital. Investigation of every crime is divided into certain stages – crime scene analysis, gathering an... ... middle of paper ... ...e that Bieber’s appeal was used as an example in numerous similar cases, both in United Kingdom and outside, showing the universality of the law applied. Works Cited Ashworth, A. 2010. The criminal process. 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2010. Bohlander, M. 2009. The Remains of the Day-Whole Life Sentences after Bieber. Journal of Criminal Law, 73 (1), pp. 30-47. Delmas-Marty, M. 1992. The European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights. Dordrecht: M. Nijhoff. Jackson, A. and Jackson, J. 2004. Forensic science: an introduction. Harlow: Prentice Hall 2004. Jackson, J. and Bekerian, D. 1997. Offender profiling. Chichester, UK: Wiley. Joyce, P. 2006. Criminal justice. Portland, Or.: Willan Pub.. Westlaw UK. 2012. Westlaw UK - Online legal research from Sweet & Maxwell. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 15 Nov 2013].
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