Andrew Bridgen questions Solicitor General about unduly lenient sentences for causing death by dangerous driving

16th November 2017

Andrew Bridgen questions the Solicitor General about concerns of unduly lenient sentences handed down to people convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.

Sentencing

11. What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the unduly lenient sentence scheme. [901876]

The number of sentences considered by the Attorney General and me has more than doubled since 2010, from 342 to 837 requests last year. We took 190 of those cases to the Court of Appeal in 2016, and the Court agreed to increase the sentences of 141 offenders.

A number of my constituents are concerned at what they see as unduly lenient sentences handed down to some people who have been convicted of causing death by dangerous driving. Will my hon. and learned Friend confirm how many such sentences have been reviewed and increased?

The offences of causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving under the influence of drink and drugs are in the regime, and since the beginning of 2015 eight cases of that nature have been referred to the Court of Appeal, five sentences have been increased and one is currently pending, even today.

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