Friday 2 December 2016

Two more challenges related to the striking down of a law on suspended sentences come before High Court

Published 26/04/2016 | 19:10

The High Court
The High Court

TWO more challenges related to the striking down of a law on suspended sentences have come before the High Court.

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It brings to nine the total number of challenges since Mr Justice Michael Moriarty ruled the law on the courts’ powers to revoke suspended sentences is unconstitutional.

The two new cases will join four others listed for mention before the court tomorrow afternoon.  

That will be after Mr Justice Moriarty has made formal orders in his judgment which are expected the clarify the scope of his decision.

The first of the two new cases concerns a man man given a three year suspended sentence in 2014 for assault.

He is seeking his release from prison after 18 months of it was activated when he was convicted of attempting to drive while drunk a year later.

In the second new case, a man given six years, with five suspended, for drugs and handling of stolen property offences had his sentence activated last December after he was convicted of a theft offence.

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