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.