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“Judiciary blind to reality of domestic violence” Jennifer McCann MLA

13 May, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA (West Belfast) Jennifer McCann has accused the judiciary of being 'blind to reality' in its sentencing policy for people convicted of domestic violence.

Ms Mc Cann said:

"It beggars belief that a judge sentenced a man from Coleraine to one year in jail for threatening to kill his wife. This man has a history of violence in this relationship yet he was given a ridiculously lenient sentence.

"Is it any wonder women who experience violent domestic attacks are reluctant to come forward and put themselves' through the ordeal of a trial if this is the outcome they can expect.

"A threat to kill charge in any other circumstances would have been treated much more seriously and received a more realistic sentence than this incident." ENDS

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