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Old 18-06-2013, 07:20
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More from the Judge's sentencing remarks...

....I have come to the following conclusions:
1. Taken individually some of the offences do not cross the custody threshold

2. However several of the offences, in my judgement more than your counsel has submitted, do cross the custody threshold, and those in each of Counts 6, 15 and 16 do so significantly because of their facts and the ages of the children involved.

3. Taken together the cumulative result of your offending is such that a custodial sentence is appropriate as the starting point for all of the offences.
Having come to the conclusion that the offending taken as a whole crosses the custody threshold, as I have, I then have to determine whether the mitigation in your case is sufficient to justify retreating back over the custody threshold and to decide what the appropriate penalty should be.
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