HM Advocate v Collins

Sentencing – Sexual offences. High Court of Justiciary: Allowing a Crown appeal against sentence in relation to a respondent who was convicted of five charges of indecent behaviour towards underage girls and charge of rape at common law— offences which he committed at secure residential units for children and young persons where he was employed as residential care worker—and who was sentenced to a cumulo sentence of 6 years' imprisonment, the court held that the sentence fell outside the range of sentences reasonably open to the trial judge and was unduly lenient, and it therefore quashed the sentence and substituted one of 10 years' imprisonment.

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