*Attorney General's Ref No. 76/2013; R v Ashar and another

Sentence – Appeal. The defendants, IA aged 84 and TA aged 68, were husband and wife and had both been sentenced, amongst other things, to two counts of trafficking a person into the United Kingdom for exploitation and received concurrent sentences of five years' imprisonment. IA had also been sentenced to 13 counts of rape and received concurrent sentences of 13 years' imprisonment. Accordingly, TA had received a total sentence of five years' imprisonment and IA a total sentence of 13 years' imprisonment. The judge at the contested trials had applied a reduction in the sentences of approximately one-third primarily due to the ages and ill health of the defendants. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, in allowing the Attorney General's application to refer the sentences, held that those sentences were unduly lenient. The sentences were quashed and TA received a total sentence of six years' imprisonment whilst IA received a total sentence of 15 years' imprisonment.

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