Sentencing Guidelines - General Sentencing Issues

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4 judgments

19 June 1998

Attorney General's Reference (No 1 of 1998) (McElwee)

Unduly lenient sentence - dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm; driving without insurance; driving whilst disqualified; and drink driving - previous bad record of driving offences - whether right to make a custody probation order - guidance of use of this sentencing power.

[1998] NIJB 64
Carswell LCJ
16 March 1998

R v Philip Coates

Robbery and possession of firearm with intent - deterrent sentences for armed robbery of bank.

Coates 230697
MacDermott LJ
16 March 1998

R v McShane

Dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified - discount for guilty plea - when maximum sentence may be imposed on a guilty plea.

[1998] NIJB 64
Kerr J
06 March 1998

R v Baker and Another

Custodial sentence - seriousness of offence - offence so serious that only custodial sentence can be justified - appellants pleading guilty to charge of burglary and sentenced to six months' imprisonment - whether custodial sentence appropriate.

[1998] NI 130
MacDermott LJ