Sentencing Guidelines - Personal Mitigating Circumstances – Exceptional Circumstances
Gary McDonald, John Keith McDonald and Stephen Gary Maternaghan, Attorney General's Reference (Number 1 of 2006) (AG REF 11-13 of 2005)
Guilty pleas - need to plead at earliest opportunity.
Thirty month imprisonment for offence of burglary - elderly victim - suspended sentence - exceptional mitigating circumstances - whether unduly lenient.
Making property available for use in connection with terrorism - whether sentence of 10 years manifestly excessive - weight given to the physical condition and personal history of the appellant.
Robbery of bank with imitation firearm - exceptional personal circumstance of appellant based on fact - ex police officer who had been subject to two terrorist attacks and had turned to alcohol.