Stone King Partner Matthew Graham, who heads the firm’s Criminal Law Team, was interviewed by online news publication The Canary for an article about the National Law Enforcement Database Service and the implications of the deletion of more than 400 thousand police documents in January 2021.

He said:

“Any significant loss of police data could have very serious implications for domestic violence cases. A known history of call outs, cautions or convictions often makes an important difference to the nature and outcome of an investigation.”

He added:

“The courts completely rely on the criminal record that comes from the police of a suspect or offender when considering bail, sentence or other orders. It should never be up to a victim to tell the police about the perpetrator’s history, if they even know it.

The full article can be read here.