Legal aid: indefensible cuts | Observer editorial

PUBLISHED February 2, 2014

Alex Kelly died, aged 15, in 2012, by hanging himself with his laces. He was serving a 10-month sentence in a young offender institution, for burglary and theft from a vehicle. At six, he had been taken into care having been repeatedly raped by a relative (not his father), leaving him profoundly emotionally damaged. The serious case review into his death found failings by a number of professionals.

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