*Attorney General's Reference No 78/2013; R v Ali

Criminal law – Appeal. The defendant had raped the highly inebriated victim in circumstances where he had falsely portrayed himself as a taxi driver, lured her into his car and driven her to a secluded location to commit the offence. He received a sentence of seven-years-and-nine-months' imprisonment after a contested trial. The Attorney General applied for leave to refer the sentence as unduly lenient. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, in allowing the application held that on the circumstances of the case the sentence had been too short. The sentence was quashed and substituted with a sentence of ten years' imprisonment.

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