Sentence for sexual abuse of daughters was not unduly severe

By: Ciaran Joyce BL

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Court of Appeal dismisses appeal against the severity of a total sentence of ten years' imprisonment imposed for rape and indecent assault in the Central Criminal Court, where the appellant had sexually abused his daughters over a period of time, finding that the overall sentence was not unduly severe, and the sentencing judge gave a generous level of reduction taking account of the mitigating factors and the need for proportionality.

Criminal law – sentencing – appeal against the severity of a total sentence of ten years' imprisonment imposed for rape and indecent assault in the Central Criminal Court – s.2 of the Criminal Law (Rape) Act, 1981 – complainants were daughters of the appellant – sentence was not unduly severe – appeal dismissed.

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