Child sex offenders will face longer sentences under plans to punish them for their intentions.
The sentencing council has proposed that offenders who are caught before committing a sex attack should face tougher jail terms depending on the severity of the crime they intended to commit.
This would mean longer sentences for offenders even if they were intercepted by police or in a sting operation before they could engage in any sexual activity.
Previous guidelines from 2013 had been interpreted in some cases to allow lower sentences where there was no physical assault or meant that the absence of actual harm to the child was treated as a mitigating factor.
However, Justice Minister Chris Philp said: “Vile predators who seek to sexually abuse children deserve punishments that reflect the true severity of their crimes, including the harm intended.”
And it seems to abolish the idea of free will as well. Will they go through with it? We dunno, because they’ve got free will, haven’t they? The only certainty that someone will do something is when they do.
And, of course, if we’ve not got free will then there’s no point in punishing crime, is there – it’s just the universe what made them dun it, innit?