A landmark Court of Appeal Judgement has ruled meth dealers could have their sentences reduced by upto 30% if they can prove addiction caused their offending.
The Court considered three issues related to current sentencing practices: the role of the defendant in meth dealing, the defendant's relevant personal circumstances (especially addiction) and the desire for minimal sentences for meth offenders.
The judgment aims to give more flexibility of a lesser sentence for those who take a lesser role in meth offending, particularly those who offend because of vulnerability because of addiction or mental health or deprivation. The commercial dealers who do so willingly will be hit hard.
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