Attorney General's Reference (Nos 070/2014 & 083/2014)

Criminal law – Conspiracy. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, considered an application by the Attorney General in respect of H, who had been convicted of three counts of conspiracy to defraud and one count of retaining a wrongful credit, and S, who had been convicted of two counts of conspiracy to defraud, and held their sentences had been unduly lenient given the extent and circumstances of the offending in what had been a profound misuse of the professional training of both men. Both men were legal professionals and had fraudulently obtained mortgages. H's sentence was varied to a concurrent term of six years and three months' imprisonment in respect of counts 1, 2 and 2 and a concurrent term of nine months' imprisonment in respect of count 4. S's sentences were ordered to run consecutively, with an overall term of three years' imprisonment.

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