Attorney General's Reference (No 142/2015)

Criminal law – Child sex offences. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division held that a 3-year community order, with a supervision requirement for 2 years and a rehabilitation activity requirement for 30 days, for the offence of rape of a child under 13, contrary to s 5(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, had been unduly lenient. The recorder had been wrong to have deemed the case as exceptional in order to depart from the Sentencing Council's Definitive Guidelines: Sexual Offences. The sentence would be quashed and substituted for a term of 42 months' detention in custody.

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