Regina v William Hardy: An Illustration of Sentencing Practice before the Crown Court
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All supporting documentation for the case, along with a transcript to accompany the plea in mitigation, is available in the Documentation section.
Please note that since this sentencing exercise was filmed, the Sentencing Council has issued revised sentencing guidelines for offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003. These came into force on the 1st April 2014. Had Mr Hardy have been sentenced under the 2014 guideline for a s 9 SOA 2003 offence, he would probably face a slightly longer sentence of imprisonment, possibly up to three years. For details on current practice and the latest legislation, please refer to the 2017-2018 edition of Criminal Litigation.
All video material - Oxford University Press, 2018.