A sentence of three years and nine months’ imprisonment was appropriate in the case of a man who had been convicted of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
ACTUAL BODILY HARM
A total sentence of 20 months’ imprisonment was appropriate for an offender who pleaded guilty to three counts of assault with intent to resist arrest and two of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, arising out of separate events. One of the actual bodily harm offences involved driving a vehicle at the victim; such reckless driving warranted an 11-month disqualification from driving.
A judge had not erred in imposing a total sentence of 14 years’ imprisonment, comprising an extended sentence and consecutive determinate sentences, following an offender’s guilty pleas to serious sexual and violent offences against a vulnerable 17-year-old girl. However, the authorities indicated that it was better practice for the determinate sentences to be imposed first, followed by the extended sentence, and the court emphasised the importance of counsel assisting the judge in such sentencing tasks.
The court emphasised the importance of sentencing judges delivering their sentencing remarks in open court. Transparency in the working of the criminal justice system was integral to the maintenance of public confidence in that system.
Sentences of seven years’ detention were appropriate in the case of two young offenders who had pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm after launching a sustained and brutal attack on two gay men.