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Criminal Sentencing - From: 1960 To: 1969
This page lists 1 cases, and was prepared on 16 July 2015.Regina -v- Hodgson (1968) 52 Cr App R 113
The court stated that the exceptional circumstances required to justify imposition of a life sentence for an offence other than murder are present if three conditions. First, the offence or offences are in themselves serious enough to require a very long sentence. Secondly, it appears from the nature of the offences or from the offender's criminal history that he is a person of mental instability who, if at liberty, would probably re-offend and present a grave danger to the public. Thirdly, the offender will remain unstable and a potential danger for a long and/or uncertain period of time.
"When the following conditions are satisfied, a sentence of life imprisonment is in our opinion justified: (1) where the offence or offences are in themselves grave enough to require a very long sentence; (2) where it appears from the nature of the offences or from the defendant's history that he is a person of unstable character likely to commit such offences in the future; and (3) where if the offences are committed the consequences to others may be specially injurious, as in the case of sexual offences or crimes of violence."
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