Belgian journalist Georges Ruggiu, who admitted that he had no defence against charges that his broadcasts helped incite the murder of 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda in 1994. Ruggiu, on trial before a United Nations court, now faces a 20-year jail sentence.
Law professor and detective fiction fan Jacques Viguier. Despite his profession and hobby, Viguier failed in his attempt of the perfect murder. Viguier claimed that he had been jogging when his wife disappeared. Unfortunately he had never jogged, owned no running shoes and police found his wife's blood on his socks, in his car and the house. Viguier also made calls from his phone while he said he had been out and police found his wife had been due to visit a divorce lawyer that day. Viguier was found guilty.
Victims of domestic violence. A magistrate made clear to a man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend the seriousness of the matter when he ordered him to make recompense. Peter Gove conditionally discharged David Tucker and then added: "As the prosecution had made no application for costs I order that you buy the lady a box of chocolates and a bouquet of flowers of not less than £10 in value." After being criticised by women's groups, Gove said it was "only a suggestion".
Solicitors, who face spot checks on their legal advice if the Lord Chancellor Lord Irvine agrees with a new survey that found many vulnerable people feel they receive second-class legal service. The Consumers'Association found a lack of trust among young people and poor access to buildings for people with disabilities. The association is calling on the Government to undertake regular "mystery shopping sprees" to ensure advice is consistently good.