*Attorney General's Reference (No 21/2015);

Sentence – Suspended sentence. The offender, aged 77, had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity to ten counts of indecent assault, contrary to s 14(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 and was sentenced to two years' imprisonment, suspended. The offending had taken place during the late 1960s and early 70s, when the complainants were both under the age of 14. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, held that the judge had made too great an allowance for the mitigating features and had paid insufficient attention to the current guidelines. The suspension was removed and the offender was ordered to serve an immediate custodial sentence of two years' imprisonment.

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