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Tougher violent crime sentences

From today, offenders will receive life terms if they commit a second serious offence for crimes such as rape, armed robbery and inflicting grievous bodily harm. It is part of a series of new sentences and criminal offences that have come into force.

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The new offences and sentences introduced

From today, a series of new offences and sentences come into effect under the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

They include:

  • ‘Two strikes’ - Mandatory life sentence for people convicted of a second very serious sexual or violent offence
  • New Extended Determinate Sentence - sentence for dangerous criminals convicted of serious sexual and violent crimes with no automatic release from prison halfway through their sentence.
  • Knife possession - Anyone who uses a knife or offensive weapon to threaten and endanger others will face a mandatory custodial sentence.
  • Dangerous driving - causing serious injury by dangerous driving will carry a maximum five year custodial sentence.

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