mrjonno wrote:Emmeline wrote:According to wiki, the mandatory sentence for 1st degree murder in the UK is life imprisonment with a minimum of 15 years served. The sentencing guidance for child rape shows a range of 8 - 13 years for child rape so it's lower. However, extreme cases can also carry a life sentence.
'1st degree murder' err don't think there is such a concept in the UK, the only two types of killing bar negligience is deliberately killing someone and killing someone when you only mean to hurt them (to a relatively low level, ie punching them a single time and they fall over and hit the pavement etc' which is manslaughter.
Yes I meant the UK term "murder" rather than "1st degree murder" (must have picked that up from films!). To clarify what I said above - the sentence for murder in the UK is life imprisonment with a tariff set on how many years they spend in prison before they can be considered for parole. The minimum tariff a judge can recommend seems to be 15 years at the moment (for age 18 or older). There's lots more information here if anyone wants to get more details: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov. ... elines.htm