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Armed Forces Act 2006

Section 195: Suspended sentences: powers of SAC

404.This section applies where a CO has activated a suspended sentence of service detention under section 193. Its effect is that the offender can appeal against the order activating the sentence, and the order can be reviewed under section 152, as if the order were a punishment awarded for the original offence.

405.Where the CO activated the suspended sentence upon finding the offender guilty of another offence, under subsection (2) an appeal against that finding or the punishment awarded for that offence counts as an appeal against the activation order, and an appeal against the order counts as an appeal against the punishment. Under subsection (4) the SAC can quash the activation order or substitute an order activating the sentence for some other period, whether shorter or longer than that for which the CO activated the sentence; but the orders made and punishments awarded by the SAC, in combination, must be no more severe than those made or awarded by the CO.

406.If a CO finds an offence proved and has power to activate a suspended sentence but does not do so, and the offender appeals, subsection (5) enables the SAC to activate the suspended sentence—but only if the activation order, in combination with the punishments awarded by the SAC, is no more severe than the punishments awarded by the CO.

407.If a CO activates a suspended sentence on the basis that the offender has been convicted of a civilian offence, and the offender appeals, subsection (8) enables the SAC to quash the order or to substitute another order under section 193 which is no more severe. Subsection (9) provides that when substituting such an order, the SAC must take account of any period of the suspended sentence already served by the offender.

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