Robbery Offences Guideline Consultation

Robbery Offences Guideline Consultation

The Sentencing Council has released a consultation seeking views on new guidelines for the sentencing of robbery offences, which includes commercial robbery (theft from businesses). The Sentencing Council are looking to update the Sentencing Guidelines Council’s (SGC) definitive guideline for robbery published in 2006. The proposals make it clear that those committing robberies where the offender uses or even threatens to use a knife or a firearm will attract the longest sentences, alongside those where a firearm has been used or threatened.

In ACS' submission, ACS supports the Sentencing Councils revised sentencing guidelines for robbery and the assessment of harm and culpability and welcomes the sentencing guidelines recognition not only the loss of financial sums, but also the impact on retailers, their staff and the community they serve. However, ACS calls for operation disruption in store to be included in the harm factors for sentencing.

 

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ACS' submission: