Sentencing Guidelines - Life Sentences – Tariff Rulings

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4 judgments

10 February 2005

R v Gerard Patrick Stewart [2004] NICC 23

Murder and attempted murder - 18 year old female victim - stabbing - fled scene - previous record for violence - higher starting point - killed to let prisoner escape - failure to respond to previous sentences - youth (20) - personality difficulties - tariff fixed at 17 years.

[2005] NILST 4
Kerr LCJ
31 January 2005

R v Ian Alexander Quinn

Murder - 76 year old female victim - burglary at night - armed with a knife - sustained, vicious attack - sexual assault - socially withdrawn psychopath - higher starting point - age (18) - guilty plea - tariff fixed at 22 years.

[2005] NILST 3
Kerr LCJ
31 January 2005

R v Kenneth Henry Callaghan

Rape and murder - 22 year old female victim - broke into home - multiple blows to head by blunt metal instrument - initially denied offence - confessed when confronted by evidence - claimed the attack was the result of a psychotic episode - no supporting evidence - higher starting point - age - belated plea of guilty - tariff fixed at 21 years.

[2005] NILST 2
Kerr LCJ
04 January 2005

R v Samuel David Joseph Cummins

One of several men who attacked male victim after night out at nightclub - higher starting point - concerted, savage, merciless attack - substantial sentence for the retribution and deterrence aspects - no tangible evidence of genuine remorse - conceivable did not intend to kill - tariff fixed at 15 years.

[2005] NILST 1
Kerr LCJ