Practice and Procedure

ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REFERENCE (NO.71 of 2009) sub nom R v S (2009)

PUBLISHED October 8, 2009

[2009] EWCA Crim 2857

A sentence of one year's imprisonment suspended for two years with a two-year supervision requirement imposed on an offender for five counts of sexual assault was unduly lenient and was increased to 15 months' imprisonment. There had been no justification for departing from the Sexual Offences Act 2003 Definitive Guideline and the judge had erred in not giving reasons for doing so.

CA (Crim Div) (Moses LJ, Openshaw J, Judge Rook QC)