Issue 50 of our Irish Criminal Law Update is now live for online subscribers. Designed to keep practitioners at the cutting edge of criminal law, this issue contains guidance on a case relating to alleged 'undue lenience' in sentencing.
An excerpt from the introductory section of this update reads:
'The Director of Public Prosecutions applied to the Court of Appeal pursuant to s 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1993 for a review of a sentence of three years’ imprisonment (suspended in its entirety) for possession of child pornography contrary to s 6 of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998, on the grounds that it was unduly lenient. The director submitted that the nature of the images together with the gravity of the offence and the sentencing court’s failure to have sufficient regard to the necessity for general deterrence gave rise to an error of principle in wholly suspending the sentence imposed...'
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