HM Advocate v SSK

Sentencing – Sexual offences. High Court of Justiciary: Allowing a Crown appeal against sentence in relation to a respondent who was convicted of seven charges involving sexual offences against two former partners and their children, including using lewd practices, indecent assault and anal rape, and on whom the trial judge imposed an extended sentence of 7 years, with a custodial element of 5 years' imprisonment, the court held that the sentences selected had been unduly lenient, the judge having afforded too much weight to the adult complainers' past sexual experience and the existence of prior and continuing sexual relationships, and an extended sentence of 12 years with an overall custodial element of 8 years was appropriate.

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