New sentencing guidelines for courts in England and Wales will allow for much harsher sentences terrorism cases.
The Sentencing Council guidance for judges and prosecutors, which goes into effect on October 1, will reflect increases in maximum sentences and other reforms introduced by the Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 and the Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Act 2021.
The revisions include guidelines for sentencing criminals who meet the criteria for a “serious criminal prosecution”. terrorism Sentence” in the case of a conviction for preparing terrorist acts and explosive substances.
This new verdict carries a minimum sentence of 14 years behind bars, barring exceptional circumstances.
The guidelines will also reflect changes in the law that allow defendants to “encourage terrorism” to a maximum of 15 years in prison, up from seven years.
Those who view or download material online to use in an act of terrorism can now be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison under the new guidelines.
There is also an increase in the maximum sentence from 10 to 14 years for membership and aiding in terrorist offences.
Funding Guide terrorism Criminal offenses will now take into account the extent to which an offender knew that money or property was or could be used for that purpose.
High Court Judge Maura McGowan, a member of the Sentencing Council, said: “terrorism Fortunately, crimes are rare, but they are serious and can cover a wide range of factual circumstances, making them difficult and sensitive offenses to prosecute. For this reason, the Council has ensured that the guidelines are kept up to date and include additional guidance for those convicted.
“These revised guidelines will ensure consistency and transparency in sentencing these crimes.”
Justice Secretary Dominic Raab said: “These new guidelines will ensure penalties reflect the seriousness of crime and keep dangerous extremists off our streets longer.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/national/uk-today/20581013.tougher-court-sentencing-guidance-given-terrorism-cases/?ref=rss Stricter guidelines for court sentencing in terrorism cases