The Sunday Post (Dundee)

Sheriff rues short sentence


A BLUNDER meant the maximum sentence that could be imposed on Leyden was one year – and Sheriff Derek Hamilton was obliged to reduce that because of a guilty plea.

The sheriff said: “This is an appalling assault. Unfortunat­ely, the maximum I can give you is 12 months.”

Earlier this year it was revealed the number of offenders electronic­ally tagged after being convicted of domestic abuse had soared.

Statistics show there were 44 people sentenced to a restrictio­n of liberty order for domestic abuse in 2010-11, rising to 110 in 2014-15.

Separate figures show there were 59,882 domestic abuse incidents in 2014-15, compared with 58,439 in 2013-14.

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