Attorney General's Reference (No 122/2015)

Criminal law – Rape. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, held that a sentence of three years' imprisonment for an offence of rape, contrary to s 1(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, had been unduly lenient. The judge had not identified sufficient mitigation to depart from the sentencing range, as prescribed by the Sentencing Council's Definitive Guidelines: Sexual Offences. The sentence would be quashed and substituted for a term of five years and six months' imprisonment.

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