Sentencing Guidelines - Offences
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First instance sentencing remarks - making a false instrument contrary to Section 1 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 - falsification of documents required for EU and domestic compliant export of pigs - export of livestock - procedures not followed - ECHR art 6 - 2 years imprisonment suspended for 3 years.
Death resulting from two stab wounds to front of chest - 'deliberate and substantial violence' - no penalty for late plea in circumstances - appropriate in certain circumstances to go outside the range of 8 to 15 years on contest for cases falling outside upper range of gravity identified in Magee - 13 years not excessive on a plea.
Appeal against sentence - causing grievous bodily injury by dangerous driving, causing death by dangerous driving, no insurance.
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.
Application for leave to appeal against a sentence imposed at Newry Crown Court in 2005 - whether sentence manifestly excessive - manslaughter - 9 years imprisonment and 3 years probation - whether provocation or self defence - alcohol and drug misuse - guidance on sentence after a not guilty plea - guidance on aggravating factors - application for leave to appeal dismissed.
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.
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.
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.
Robbery - youth offender - consecutive or concurrent sentences.
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.
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.
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.