Attorney General's Reference; R v Doherty (2016)

Sentence – Sexual offences. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, held, on a reference by the Attorney General under s 36 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988, that a three-year community order with certain requirements attached, for a category 2B offence of assault by penetration under the relevant sentencing guideline, had been unduly lenient. In the circumstances, the community order was quashed and a term of two-and-a-half years' imprisonment was imposed.

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