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Criminal Sentencing

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

It is with a heavy heart that I present this petition on behalf of my constituent, Mrs. McPhee, and more than 7,000 signatories. When a Member of Parliament receives such a substantial petition, which was signed over the course of a few days, it must be readily apparent that the people of the constituency feel let down, disillusioned and angry. As the Member of Parliament for Glenrothes, I endorse the petition in full, and trust that the Secretary of State for Justice will give it his fullest consideration.

The petition states:

The Petition of Mrs. Elizabeth McPhee and others,

Declares that the sentence of six years imprisonment for the two men convicted of the murder of Mr. Ryan McPhee, aged 17, on 4th July 2007 is far too lenient. The reality is that these people will serve about three years in prison.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Justice to instruct a review of sentencing guidelines in the light of the sentence given to the men convicted of the murder of Ryan McPhee.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

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