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50 free 'lifers' renew sentence row
14/06/06
The row over the sentencing of dangerous criminals has gained fresh momentum after it emerged that more than 50 "lifers" have been released in the past six years.

The Home Office revealed that 53 criminals sentenced to life have been let out of jail on licence since 2000. One was freed and then sent back to jail, only to be freed again, according to Minister Gerry Sutcliffe.

He said the main reason for release was that the individuals had served their minimum term and the risk to the public was "acceptable".

The revelations were expected to put more pressure on the Government over the "appropriate" sentencing of the worst offenders.

The judiciary has been locked in a war of words with politicians after the Home Secretary criticised an "unduly lenient" sentence given to a convicted paedophile.

John Reid spoke out just hours after Craig Sweeney, 24, of Newport, south Wales, was jailed for life, but in the knowledge he could be released in five years and 108 days.

The Home Secretary said he would contact Attorney General Lord Goldsmith with a view to having the sentence referred to the Court of Appeal.

Sweeney snatched a three-year-old girl from her home as her mother spoke on the phone. He then took her back to his accommodation in Newport where he subjected her to a horrific sexual ordeal.

Sweeney was only caught after overturning his car between Hungerford, Berkshire, and Marlborough, Wiltshire, with the child inside.

The girl's family immediately criticised the sentence which they said was an "insult". They said there were "grave failings" in the criminal justice system. Her distraught mother said the incident had left her feeling worse than if there had been a death in the family.

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