MORE than 100 criminals were given longer prison terms last year following complaints the original sentence was too soft, official stats showed yesterday.
A total of 102 offenders faced tougher punishments under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme in 2015, figures from the attorney general’s office show.
Sex offences and robbery accounted for more than half of the cases where jail terms were beefed up.
Under the ULS scheme members of the public can ask the attorney general to examine sentences they believe to be very low or unduly lenient.
The scheme is reserved for certain types of case including murder, rape, robbery and some child sex crimes.
Only one person needs to ask for a sentence to be reviewed and anyone can make a request.
Government law officers may then ask the Court of Appeal to look at the sentence.
The punishment can be kept the same, increased or the court can issue guidance for future cases.
Children’s protection charity the NSPCC said it was “worrying” that some sentences for child abuse “appear to be too lenient.”