n Child Abuse Research in South Africa - Guidelines on sentencing in child sexual abuse cases

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-1383



The sentencing discretion of courts is controlled by guidelines from courts of appeal and prescribed minimum mandatory sentences. This article analyses the guidelines from the Supreme Court of Appeal in S v Abrahams 2002 (1) SACR 116 (SCA) regarding the role of the presiding officer during sentencing, information on the effect of child rape, understanding and interpretation of the harm suffered by the child and the relevance of sentences before the introduction of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 105 of 1997.

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