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Govt seeks legal advice on ‘sentencing in attempted murder cases’

The Gibraltar Government is taking advice on whether the law on sentencing in attempted murder cases needs to be amended, Parliament was told yesterday.

According to Justice Minister, Neil Costa, the Government has noted the recent judgements handed down by the Court of Appeal, as a result of which two sentences relating to the offence of attempted murder were subsequently reduced.

“The Government is taking advice as to whether the law on sentencing in such cases requires amendment further to these judgements, and, if so the form of such amendment,” Mr Costa said during a question and answer session.

The issue had been flagged up by the Leader of the Opposition, Daniel Feetham, who asked if the Government intends to reform those laws given that the legislation in Gibraltar is currently ‘more lenient’ than in England and Wales.

Prisoners in Gibraltar are eligible for release on parole after serving a third of their sentence, whereas in the UK they must serve at least half.



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