Sentencing – offender with mental illness

December 2023/January 2024 | Crime
Important procedural errors were made in sentencing an offender who suffered from severe schizophrenia. An eight-week prison term suspended for 12 months was imposed, together with a restraining order, after pleading guilty to harassment of a previous partner. At issue was whether the sentencing judge failed to give appropriate consideration to the effects a prison …
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