Saturday 21 October 2017

It's doubtful that killer Bayley would receive a shorter jail term in Ireland

Remy Farrell

IT is a feature of modern media that disparate and unrelated events from opposite ends of the globe can coincide in such a way as to give rise to comparison and comment that is sometimes unmerited and often ill-informed.

The life sentence handed down to Adrian Bayley for the murder of Jill Meagher and the publication by AdVIC (Advocates for Victims of Homicide) of research in relation to homicide cases is perhaps a good example.

There is a perception that those who are sentenced to life imprisonment in Ireland will only ever serve a brief period in custody before being released. This perception is frequently contrasted with the position in other countries where a minimum period of imprisonment is set by the sentencing judge. Inevitably there is comment to the effect that our system is somehow softer or more lenient.

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