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The Treatment of Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1989

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Increase in maximum term of imprisonment for certain offences

12.—(1) In section 52 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861(1) (indecent assault on a female) for the words “two years” there shall be substituted the words “ten years”.

(2) A person guilty of attempting to commit rape shall be liable on conviction on indictment to imprisonment for life; and accordingly the following statutory provisions shall cease to have effect, namely—

(a)section 1 of the Attempted Rape, etc., Act (Northern Ireland) 1960(2);

(b)Article 5(3)(d) of the Criminal Attempts and Conspiracy (Northern Ireland) Order 1983(3).

(3) In section 2 of the Attempted Rape, etc., Act (Northern Ireland) 1960 (assault with intent to commit rape) for the words “for a term not exceeding seven years” there shall be substituted the words “for life”.

(4) In section 20(1)(a) of the Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1968(4) (cruelty to persons under 16) for the words “two years” there shall be substituted the words “ten years”.

(5) This Article does not affect the punishment for an offence committed before it comes into operation.

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