YEP Says (Sept 18) : Victims should be treated equally

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CHILD sexual abuse is amongst the most horrible of crimes and society rightly expects that its perpetrators are dealt with severely by the courts.

The effect on victims is always uppermost in the mind of any judge when sentencing offenders, as was apparent yesterday when the Criminal Appeal Court upheld a jail term imposed on a Yorkshire man that was longer than it would have been had his victims not been Asian. There may be a degree of disquiet at what could be perceived to be a two-tier sentencing policy. Courts must be careful not to leave any impression that some victims matter more than others.

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