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Government to review domestic homicide sentencing

The Westminster government is to seek the public’s views on changes to sentencing guidelines for murders committed when a relationship ends.

Proposals include making 25 years in jail the starting point for domestic homicide when there is a history of controlling or coercive behaviour.

Views will also be sought on the intention to bring greater recognition to domestic homicide’s specific circumstances by creating the statutory aggravating factors of killing at the end of a relationship, the use of excessive violence, and a history of coercive or controlling behaviour.

In addition, the consultation will cover the suggested creation of a statutory mitigating factor where the killer had been subjected to coercive or controlling behaviour.

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