Torture Case Verdict To Be Reviewed

by Gopalan on  January 27, 2010 at 10:37 AM Medico Legal News   - G J E 4
 Torture Case Verdict To Be Reviewed
The verdict on two brothers charged with brutally torturing two other young boys is being reviewed in the UK, following criticism from various quarters.

The brothers, 11- and 12-year-olds, were handed indefinite terms last week with a minimum tariff of five years over an incident  in Edlington, near Doncaster, last April. The indeterminate sentences for public protection are known as IPP sentences, and the convicts cannot be released unless the authorities are convinced they pose no threat to the society.

Still many believed they had got away relatively lightly, given the barbaric torture they had inflicted on a hapless duo.

Attorney General Baroness Scotland will now look at the sentences to see if they were "unduly lenient."

The Attorney General is required to look at cases if asked to do so by a member of the public.

Some child welfare campaigners had asked Lady Scotland to examine the case.

Speaking at the weekend, Michelle Elliott, founder of charity Kidscape, said she would be appealing for the sentence to be increased.

She said: "I think for them and their families, victims need to have a clear 10 years."

Dr Elliott, a psychiatrist, said the attackers could pose a risk to society for many years.

Pressure group Phoenix Survivors, which campaigns for justice for victims of childhood sexual abuse, said it had already appealed over the minimum tariff "on the grounds that it is unduly lenient".

If Lady Scotland decides the sentences were too soft, she will refer them to the Court of Appeal and ask the judges to consider upping the terms.

They will look again at the case and can decide to change the terms or leave them as they are.

A spokesman for the Attorney General's office said: "We have called for the papers in the case following a request that the Attorney General calls it in."

Source: Medindia

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