Sentencing Guidelines - Life Sentences – Tariff Rulings

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46 judgments

22 September 2008

R v James Junior McKinstry Craig

Murder - 13 year old female victim - extensive injuries - concealed body - body found 5 years later - no acknowledgment of guilt - no account of what he did - higher starting point - tariff fixed at 21 years.

[2008] NILST 13
Kerr LCJ
03 September 2008

R v John Smith

Murder - multiple stabbing - 19 year old male victim - denied involvement under interview - admitted stabbing but not murder at trial - defence of diminished responsibility not accepted by jury - armed himself with knife - higher starting point - self-restraint may have been lowered by consumption of drugs and alcohol - tariff fixed at 16 years.

[2008] NILST 9
Kerr LCJ
17 July 2008

R v Christopher McMillan

Murder - robbery - extensive injuries - 46 year old male victim - very serious case - use of weapon - attempt to hide body - scant evidence of remorse - denied involvement under interview - bragged to friends - tariff fixed at 17 years.

[2008] NILST 8
Kerr LCJ
26 May 2008

R v Nicholas Evans

Murder - 17 year old male victim - terrorist crime - victim targeted because of religion - foreknowledge of intention to kill - use of a knife - previous record - very serious case - scant evidence of genuine remorse - asserted innocence throughout trial - tariff fixed at 20 years.

[2008] NILST 12
Kerr LCJ
19 May 2008

R v William Murphy

Murder - 78 year old male victim - extensive and multiple injuries - burglary - higher starting point - left victim to die - denied guilt - tariff fixed at 17 years.

[2008] NILST 7
Kerr LCJ
19 May 2008

R v William Campbell

Murder - 54 year old male victim - beaten to death - shocking, extensive and multiple injuries were inflicted - higher starting point - attempted to avoid responsibility - victim's family deprived of any insight - no genuine remorse - tariff fixed at 17 years.

[2008] NILST 6
Kerr LCJ
01 April 2008

R v Victor Graham

Two Murders - confessions to police - refusal to answer questions in main trial as to truth of statements - politically motivated terrorist crimes - planned - use of firearms - vulnerable and defenceless victims - appeal on the basis of inadmissibility of confessions dismissed - higher starting point - very serious case - assessment by Sentence Review Commissioners - tariff fixed at 22 years.

[2008] NILST 14
Kerr LCJ
01 April 2008

R v Andrew Neville Browne

Terrorist murder - male victim - higher starting point - identified victim as a target - planned and organised the murder - no true remorse for crime - tariff fixed at 20 years.

[2008] NILST 11
Kerr LCJ
06 March 2008

R v Stephen Geoffrey Irwin

Multiple counts of terrorist murder - firearms used - politically motivated - targeted because of religion - meticulously planned - ruthlessly executed assassinations - professional killings - higher starting point - plea of guilty - no compelling evidence of remorse - tariff fixed at 30 years.

[2008] NILST 5
Kerr LCJ
04 March 2008

R v William Sloan

Murder - 39 year old male victim - course of a burglary - sustained and vicious attack - higher starting point - attack planned - relevant criminal record - expressed remorse, though not at trial - tariff fixed at 19 years.

[2008] NILST 10
Kerr LCJ
27 February 2008

R v Trevor James Leslie McKeown

Murder - 18 year old female victim - terrorist crime - politically motivated - targeted because of religion - killing was planned - firearm used - appalling record - very serious case - tariff fixed at 22 years.

[2008] NILST 3
Kerr LCJ
24 January 2008

R v John Kerr

Murder - multiple stabbing - several weapons used - intoxicated 21 year old female victim - offender lying under interview and at trial - degree of premeditation - higher starting point - stated remorse to be treated with caution - tariff fixed at 16 years.

[2008] NILST 2
Kerr LCJ
23 January 2008

R v Robert William Molyneaux

Terrorist murders of two men - killed because of religion - planned to some extent - firearms used - higher starting point - terrorist murders, victims; one victim killed partly to prevent his giving information - plea of guilty - suggestion of remorse - tariff fixed at 18 years.

[2008] NILST 1
Kerr LCJ
16 August 2007

R v George Robert Armstrong

Murder - male victim - burglary - attack planned - weapon used - accepted that offender intended only to inflict grievous bodily harm rather than to kill - higher starting point case - tariff fixed at 17 years.

[2007] NILST 9
Kerr LCJ
02 April 2007

R v David John Thompson

Murder - intoxicated 27 year old male victim - died 55 days later - unprovoked and pitiless attack - not a lower starting point case - prisoner's record displayed an aggressive and violent propensity - remorse not evident at trial - progress while in prison - tariff fixed at 15 years.

[2007] NILST 1
Kerr LCJ
14 March 2007

R v Adrian Michael Gerard Wilson

Murder - 83 year old widow - burglary - beaten and stabbed - gratuitously violent - house deliberately set on fire - higher starting point - criminal record - progress while in prison - accepts responsibility for stabbing victim - tariff fixed at 15 years.

[2007] NILST 7
Kerr LCJ
12 March 2007

R v Bernard Anthony Noel Wiggins

Murder of two men - extensive multiple injuries - guilty plea four days into trial - not a lower starting point case - degree of planning - armed with iron bar - pressure on co-defendant - reservations about claimed remorse - unfortunate background - claim of provocation - tariff set at 20 years.

[2007] NILST 6
Kerr LCJ
23 January 2007

R v Martin Murphy

Murder - female victim - previous relationship - claimed provoked - sustained attack - multiple stab wounds - obsession with victim - vulnerable personality - higher starting point - medical condition - mature age - tariff fixed at 13 years.

[2007] NILST 3
23 January 2007

R v Liam John McBride

Murder - 48 year old victim - stabbed 26 times - ex-girlfriend's mother - higher starting point case - planned attack - armed with a knife - preceded by a number of attacks on her - subject of an exclusion order - broke into home - handcuffed two sisters - fully mature - claimed remorse viewed with caution - divergence of medical opinion as to the effect of personality disorder - denied guilt - tariff fixed at 17 years.

[2007] NILST 4
Kerr LCJ
19 January 2007

R v Dean Michael Woods

Murder - 26 year old male victim - ambushed in alleyway - not a normal starting point case - intended to carry out a violent attack - armed himself - aimed blows at the victim's head - young age - previous convictions - tariff fixed at 15 years.

[2007] NILST 3
Kerr LCJ

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