Attorney General's Reference (No 89/2014);

Criminal law – Sexual activity. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, on an application by the Attorney General, substituted a sentence of three years' imprisonment, in circumstances where the offender had been convicted of inciting his granddaughter, a child under the age of 13, to engage in sexual activity contrary to s 8(1) of the Sexual Offences Act, and had been given a community order. The court held that, in the circumstances, there were no exceptional factors which might have permitted the Recorder to justify a sentence outside the guideline range.

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