A court has given a second chance to a young woman who had admitted to stealing cash from students’ bags at the University library. Amber-Ann Zammit, a 23-year old from Ħamrun, currently unemployed, had been charged with theft in February after CCTV footage showed her making off with small amounts of cash, left with students’ personal belongings inside the university library pigeonholes. Zammit had pleaded guilty upon her arraignment and was released on bail until a pre-sentencing report could be drawn up. That report had subsequently been submitted to the court, allowing magistrate Charmaine Galea to hand down judgment. The woman was found guilty upon her own admission. In its considerations on punishment, the Court took into account the accused’s early guilty plea, her cooperation with the police as well as the Probation Officer’s recommendations. It also took into account Zammit’s criminal record and the fact that she had committed the thefts … [Read more...] about Court gives second chance to woman who admitted stealing cash from students’ bags
The second chance
opinion Alice Marie Johnson Opinion contributor Published 11:09 PM EST Jan 24, 2019 A year ago, I was sitting in a federal prison in Alabama as a nonviolent offender, hoping that my prayers for mercy from a life sentence would be heard. This weekend, I will speak at a conference in Palm Springs, California, organized by the Seminar Network. Founded by Charles Koch, the group of philanthropists works to remove barriers preventing people from realizing their full potential. How was my transition from prisoner to inspirational speaker possible? I owe a debt of gratitude to President Donald Trump, whose clemency led to my release from prison in June after I had served 21 years separated from my family and loved ones. And I am also thankful for people like Kim Kardashian West, Jared Kushner, Mark Holden of Koch Industries, Brittany Barnett, co-founder of the Buried Alive Project, and many others who … [Read more...] about Trump granted clemency, giving me a second chance. Others deserve the same.
Jamie Carragher says Liverpool can't afford to panic in the title race, but thinks the Reds only have one chance of finishing above Manchester City. Liverpool slipped below City and down to third in the table over the weekend when they drew at Arsenal and both City and Chelsea won significantly kinder fixtures at home to Southampton and Crystal Palace respectively. Jurgen Klopp's men are still unbeaten in the league this season, but Carragher says they might have to wait until the New Year to gain an advantage over City as they seek to overhaul them. "It will have been disappointing for Liverpool to concede that goal (to Arsenal)," said Carragher on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football coverage of Huddersfield versus Fulham. "But I think Liverpool supporters, myself included obviously, need to just relax a little bit. You'd think Liverpool had lost the league after the game at the weekend because it's "ah it's two points dropped! Man City are going two points clear! There's a long way to … [Read more...] about Carragher reveals “the only chance” Liverpool have of winning the league
First-time offenders for lower level crimes are to get a second chance on Teesside as part of a new scheme. The Divert "deferred prosecution scheme" will be piloted in January to give first-time shoplifters a reprieve from a criminal record - if they go on a rehabilitation course. Offences including drug possession, criminal damage and some violent crimes would fall under the programme when it is rolled out fully in April 2019. Figures showing more than a third of offenders in Middlesbrough , Hartlepool , Stockton and Redcar and Cleveland go on to commit another crime were unveiled at Tuesday's Safer Stockton Partnership. Project manager Simon Smart told the panel the voluntary scheme would cut these numbers and reduce low-level offending by offering early support. Deferred prosecution schemes have been operating in Scotland for a number of years and the Metropolitan Police, in London, is also rolling out a similar programme. Under the scheme, first time offenders are given a … [Read more...] about Second chance for first-time offenders to dodge a criminal record
A CHARITY set up by England rugby legend Lawrence Dallaglio is aiming to promote positive change for disadvantaged teenagers in the West Midlands. The West Midlands branch of BNP Paribas – based in Solihull – will fund the scheme which will be rolled out to schools in the region. The ‘Dallaglio RugbyWorks’ charity was founded to support young people excluded from mainstream education. It aims to help them achieve sustained schooling, employment or training by leveraging rugby’s ‘values of discipline, respect and commitment’. A charity spokesperson says it has helped hundreds of young people throughout the UK by providing an intensive, three-year development programme based on those values. Dallaglio said: “Young people on our RugbyWorks programme are three times more likely to pass Maths and English Level 2 and twice as likely to still be in education, employment or training 12 months after leaving school. “I am looking forward to … [Read more...] about Dallaglio helps give teens second chance