UK to Mandate Criminals Attend Sentencing Following Public Outcry

UK to Mandate Criminals Attend Sentencing Following Public Outcry

The UK government announced plans to amend the law, compelling serious offenders to be present during their sentencing hearings. This decision comes after public uproar over nurse Lucy Letby’s absence from court during her sentencing for the murder of seven infants.

Under current regulations, while neglecting to attend can be deemed contempt of court, there is no provision to forcibly ensure attendance. The proposed changes would permit custody officers to employ “reasonable force” for compliance, with non-attendees risking an additional two-year prison sentence.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak confirmed the introduction of this legislation in the upcoming autumn, receiving backing from the main opposition Labour Party.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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