Attorney General's Reference (No 115/2015)

Firearms – Possession. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division held that a sentence of three years and six months' imprisonment for possession of a prohibited firearm, contrary to s 5(1)(aba) of the Firearms Act 1968, had been unduly lenient. Exceptional circumstances, pursuant to s 51A(2) of the Act, had not existed to justify a departure from the five-year mandatory minimum term.

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