Scottish Conservatives call on ministers to back sentencing plan

The Scottish Conservatives and Liam are calling on Ministers to back one of Lord Bracadale's proposals to take into account the exploitation of vulnerable people during the sentencing of offenders.

The introduction of a general aggravation covering exploitation and vulnerability would give courts the ability to increase sentences for criminals who target victims because of their age or disability, based on perceived vulnerability.

Liam said: "It is entirely proper that targeting a victim based on their vulnerability should be considered when sentencing that criminal.

"Criminals must know that they will be additionally punished for such callous and inhuman behaviour. "Victims and their families should know that the sentencing reflects their additional suffering.

"We are therefore urging the Scottish Government, in the strongest possible terms, to ensure that those who target the most vulnerable of our society, with criminal intent, are punished accordingly."

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