Sentence imposed for firearms offence was unduly lenient

By: Ciaran Joyce BL

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Court of Appeal allows appeal of unduly lenient sentence of six years imprisonment with two suspended imposed for threats to kill and possession of a sawn-off double-barrelled shotgun, and substitutes a sentence of five years' imprisonment simpliciter, on the grounds that there was no basis for departing from the presumptive minimum under firearms legislation.

Criminal law – sentencing – undue leniency – whether a sentence of six years' imprisonment with two suspended imposed for threats to kill and possession of a sawn-off double-barrelled shotgun was unduly lenient – s. 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1993 – there was no basis for departing from the presumptive minimum – sentence of five years' imprisonment simpliciter substituted – appeal allowed.

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