Thursday 19 January 2017

Strong message sent as sex offender back in jail

Published 01/08/2014 | 02:30

Yesterday, Sarah Jane O'Callaghan, defending, told Judge Mary Ellen Ring that the trial was likely to take two weeks
Yesterday, Sarah Jane O'Callaghan, defending, told Judge Mary Ellen Ring that the trial was likely to take two weeks

THE immediate return to jail of convicted sex attacker Anthony Lyons is a vindication for his young victim and the public interest. Confidence in the administration of justice in respect of sexual crimes is persistently fragile as our high attrition or drop-out rate of sexual violence cases attests. Sentencing is just one element of the complex process of holding sexual offenders to account. But it matters hugely in maintaining public confidence in the criminal justice system.

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Yesterday, the Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) quashed as unduly lenient a six-month jail term imposed on Lyons who will now serve at least another 14 months behind bars.

In doing so, it sent out a strong message of deterrence.

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