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Dangerous offendersU.K.

1Maximum sentence for certain offences to be life imprisonmentU.K.

(1)In section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883 (making or possession of explosive under suspicious circumstances)—

(a)in subsection (1), for the words from “guilty” to the end substitute “ guilty of an offence ”, and

(b)after that subsection insert—

(1A)A person who is guilty of an offence under subsection (1) is liable, on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for life.

(1B)Where a person is convicted of an offence under subsection (1) the explosive substance is to be forfeited.

(2)In section 54(6)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2000 (penalty on conviction on indictment of offence involving weapons training for terrorism), for “imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years” substitute “ imprisonment for life ”.

(3)In section 6(5)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2006 (penalty on conviction on indictment of offence involving training for terrorism), for “imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years” substitute “ imprisonment for life ”.

(4)The amendments made by this section apply only in relation to an offence committed on or after the day on which they come into force.

(5)Where an offence is found to have been committed over a period of 2 or more days, or at some time during a period of 2 or more days, it must be taken for the purposes of subsection (4) to have been committed on the last of those days.

Commencement Information

I1S. 1 in force at 13.4.2015 by S.I. 2015/778, art. 3, Sch. 1 para. 1

2Specified offencesU.K.

(1)Schedule 15 to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (specified offences for purposes of Chapter 5 of Part 12 of that Act) is amended as follows.

(2)After paragraph 22 (offence under section 3 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883) insert—

22AAn offence under section 4 of that Act (making or possession of explosive under suspicious circumstances).

(3)For paragraph 64 (accessories and inchoate offences: violent offences) substitute—

64(1)Aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the commission of an offence specified in the preceding paragraphs of this Part of this Schedule.

(2)An attempt to commit such an offence.

(3)Conspiracy to commit such an offence.

(4)Incitement to commit such an offence.

(5)An offence under Part 2 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 in relation to which an offence specified in the preceding paragraphs of this Part of this Schedule is the offence (or one of the offences) which the person intended or believed would be committed.

(4)For paragraph 65 (attempt or conspiracy to commit murder) substitute—

65(1)An attempt to commit murder.

(2)Conspiracy to commit murder.

(3)Incitement to commit murder.

(4)An offence under Part 2 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 in relation to which murder is the offence (or one of the offences) which the person intended or believed would be committed.

(5)Omit paragraph 92 (offence of keeping a brothel under section 33 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956).

(6)After that paragraph insert—

92AAn offence under section 33A of that Act (keeping a brothel used for prostitution).

(7)For paragraph 153 (accessories and inchoate offences: sexual offences) substitute—

153(1)Aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring the commission of an offence specified in this Part of this Schedule.

(2)An attempt to commit such an offence.

(3)Conspiracy to commit such an offence.

(4)Incitement to commit such an offence.

(5)An offence under Part 2 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 in relation to which an offence specified in this Part of this Schedule is the offence (or one of the offences) which the person intended or believed would be committed.

(8)The amendments made by this section apply in relation to a person sentenced for an offence on or after the day on which they come into force, whenever the offence was committed.

(9)But subsection (8) does not apply for the purposes of the provisions referred to in subsection (10).

(10)For the purposes of sections 225(1)(a) and 226(1)(a) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and sections 219(1)(b) and 221(1)(b) of the Armed Forces Act 2006, the amendments made by subsections (2) and (4) apply only in relation to a person sentenced for an offence that was committed on or after the day on which they come into force.

(11)Where an offence is found to have been committed over a period of 2 or more days, or at some time during a period of 2 or more days, it must be taken for the purposes of subsection (10) to have been committed on the last of those days.

Commencement Information

I2S. 2 in force at 13.4.2015 by S.I. 2015/778, art. 3, Sch. 1 para. 2

3Schedule 15B offencesU.K.

(1)Part 1 of Schedule 15B to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (offences under the law of England and Wales listed for the purposes of sections 224A(1) and (4), 226A and 246A of that Act) is amended as follows.

(2)After paragraph 3 (offence under section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861) insert—

3AAn offence under section 28 of that Act (causing bodily injury by explosives).

3BAn offence under section 29 of that Act (using explosives etc with intent to do grievous bodily harm).

3CAn offence under section 2 of the Explosive Substances Act 1883 (causing explosion likely to endanger life or property).

3DAn offence under section 3 of that Act (attempt to cause explosion, or making or keeping explosive with intent to endanger life or property).

3EAn offence under section 4 of that Act (making or possession of explosive under suspicious circumstances).

(3)After paragraph 8 insert—

8AAn offence under section 54 of the Terrorism Act 2000 (weapons training).

(4)In paragraph 9, for “the Terrorism Act 2000” substitute “ that Act ”.

(5)After paragraph 40 (offence under section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006) insert—

40AAn offence under section 6 of that Act (training for terrorism).

(6)Part 4 of Schedule 15B to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (offences under the law of Scotland, Northern Ireland or a member State other than the United Kingdom listed for the purposes of sections 224A(4) and 226A of that Act) is amended as follows.

(7)In paragraph 49, for “An offence” substitute “ A civilian offence ”.

(8)After paragraph 49 insert—

49AA member State service offence which, if committed in England and Wales at the time of the conviction, would have constituted an offence specified in Part 1 or 2 of this Schedule.

49BIn this Part of this Schedule—

  • civilian offence” means an offence other than an offence described in Part 3 of this Schedule or a member State service offence;

  • member State service offence” means an offence which was the subject of proceedings under the law of a member State, other than the United Kingdom, governing all or any of the naval, military or air forces of that State.

(9)For the purposes of section 224A of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and section 218A of the Armed Forces Act 2006, the amendments made by this section apply only in relation to a person sentenced for an offence that was committed on or after the day on which they come into force.

(10)For the purposes of section 226A of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and section 219A of the Armed Forces Act 2006, the amendments made by this section apply in relation to a person sentenced for an offence on or after the day on which they come into force, whenever the offence was committed.

(11)For the purposes of section 246A of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, the amendments made by subsections (2) to (5) apply in relation to a person serving an extended sentence imposed on or after the day on which they come into force, whenever the offence in question was committed.

(12)Where an offence is found to have been committed over a period of 2 or more days, or at some time during a period of 2 or more days, it must be taken for the purposes of subsection (9) to have been committed on the last of those days.

Commencement Information

I3S. 3 in force at 13.4.2015 by S.I. 2015/778, art. 3, Sch. 1 para. 3

4Parole Board release when serving extended sentencesU.K.

(1)Section 246A of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (release on licence of prisoners serving extended sentences under section 226A or 226B) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (2) (automatic release at the end of requisite custodial period), for the words from “unless” to the end substitute if—

(a)the sentence was imposed before the coming into force of section 4 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015,

(b)the appropriate custodial term is less than 10 years, and

(c)the sentence was not imposed in respect of an offence listed in Parts 1 to 3 of Schedule 15B or in respect of offences that include one or more offences listed in those Parts of that Schedule.

(3)In subsection (3) (release following Parole Board direction), for “If either or both of those conditions are met” substitute “ In any other case ”.

Commencement Information

I4S. 4 in force at 13.4.2015 by S.I. 2015/778, art. 3, Sch. 1 para. 4

5Minor amendmentsU.K.

(1)In section 224A of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (life sentence for second listed offence), at the end insert—

(12)Where an offence is found to have been committed over a period of two or more days, or at some time during a period of two or more days, it must be taken for the purposes of subsections (1)(b) and (4)(a) to have been committed on the last of those days.

(2)In section 232A of that Act (certificates of conviction), for “section 224A” substitute “ sections 224A and 226A ”.

(3)In section 218A of the Armed Forces Act 2006 (life sentence for second listed offence), at the end insert—

(8)Where an offence is found to have been committed over a period of two or more days, or at some time during a period of two or more days, it must be taken for the purposes of subsections (1)(c) and (5)(a) to have been committed on the last of those days.

Commencement Information

I5S. 5 in force at 13.4.2015 by S.I. 2015/778, art. 3, Sch. 1 para. 5

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