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Last Updated: Tuesday, 13 June 2006, 15:02 GMT 16:02 UK
Sentencing scandal?
Home Secretary John Reid
BBC Radio 4's Law in Action was broadcast on Tuesday, 13 June, 2006 at 1600 BST.

The Home Secretary, John Reid, has attacked the sentencing of a man who abducted and sexually assaulted a girl of three. Craig Sweeney was given a life sentence, but could be eligible for parole after just over 5 years in prison, once all of the various deductions for guilty pleas and time already spent in custody had been figured out.

So what does a life sentence actually mean? And are our judges too lenient? Criminal barrister Philip Katz QC gives his views.

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