R v JH

Criminal law – Direction to jury. The defendant appealed against his convictions for indecency with a child, indecent assault and rape, and the sentences, totalling 13 years' imprisonment, imposed. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, held that the judge's summing up, particularly concerning the defendant's character, had not in any way rendered the convictions unsafe. However, the sentences on the indecency counts had been unlawful because there had been a statutory maximum of two years' imprisonment. The sentences of five years' imprisonment for the indecency offences would be quashed and substituted by concurrent sentences of two years' imprisonment, which would not alter the overall total sentence.

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