ABORTION

The court determined that the failure to provide exceptions to the law in Northern Ireland prohibiting abortion in respect of fatal foetal abnormality at any time, and pregnancies due to sexual crime up to the date when a foetus became capable of an existence independent of its mother, was contrary to the ECHR art.8.

[2015] NIQB 96

A conviction for procuring a miscarriage contrary to the Offences against the Person Act 1861 s.59 was unsafe as the offence was not one created under s.59 and the particulars of the offence also did not reflect the terms of the section.

[2010] EWCA Crim 1949

A sentence of 30 months’ imprisonment concurrent on fourteen counts of father-daughter incest over a long period of time and resulting in pregnancy was unduly lenient and was substituted with a term of four years. The sentencing judge had adopted an incorrect approach when he reduced the custodial term to reflect the extended licence period ordered.

[2001] EWCA Crim 1163