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Stalking and non-fatal strangulation have become standalone criminal offences following the commencement of a wide-ranging law which also increases the maximum sentence for various offences and introduces new protections for victims. Almost all of the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act

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Northern Ireland's leading animal welfare charity has called for tougher sentences for animal abusers after a man who kicked a cat to death received only three months' imprisonment. Mark Carson, 44, this week lost an appeal against his three-month sentence in Coleraine County Appeal Court. He previo

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Judges imposed sentences of less than three months' imprisonment in twice as many cases last year as five years earlier, according to new figures. A total of 994 sentences of three months or less were handed down in 2022, making up 20 per cent of all custodial sentences, The Irish Times reports. Thi

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A wide-ranging bill introducing new standalone offences of stalking and non-fatal strangulation, increasing the maximum sentence for various offences and introducing new protections for victims has completed all stages in the Oireachtas. The Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, which de

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The maximum sentence for assaults on gardaí, prison officers, soldiers and emergency workers is set to be increased to 12 years' imprisonment under government plans. The government will propose an amendment to the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill to significantly increase the

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Sentences handed down by judges in the south of England are more likely to be referred back to the courts as unduly lenient as those handed down by their northern colleagues, according to new research. Of all the sentences handed down in England and Wales from the start of 2020 to the end of 2022, a

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