New sentencing guidelines for sexual offences – which place a greater emphasis on the impact upon victims – have been welcomed by a leading criminal defence lawyer.
The new proposals may lead to tougher sentencing and will take into account not just the physical act of the defendant, but also the effect the crime has had on the victim.
Judges will be able to jail a defendant convicted of a one-off rape for a maximum of 19 years. The current guidelines state this is only available to those defendants who have committed more than one rape.
The new guidelines recognise the tactics employed by a defendant, such as grooming or targeting vulnerable people, as well as abusing a position of trust, will be considered as an aggravating feature.
The use of modern technology such as filming the act on a smart phone and sharing the content with others, via the internet or otherwise, will also be considered as an aggravating feature.
Nick Freeman, aka Mr Loophole, said: “I applaud the new guidelines as they place an emphasis on the emotional impact such offences have upon victim the victims and take into account developments of modern technology.
“The new guidelines will enable judges to impose longer sentences which truly reflect the gravity of the crime.”
For Further Information, please contact:
Nick Freeman, Freeman & Co, on 0161 236 7007
David Simister, Different PR, on 0845 389 26 26 / 07870 550 760