Date lodged: 1 February 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that sentencing for housebreaking is (a) appropriate and (b) acts as a deterrent.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 24 February 2017
Sentencing in criminal cases including for housebreaking is a matter for the court. The Scottish Government does not comment on nor intervene in any specific cases.
Housebreaking is generally prosecuted under the common law with maximum penalties up to life imprisonment available depending on the level of court in which a case is prosecuted.
The independent Scottish Sentencing Council has recently published its first Business Plan for the period up to September 2018. Included within this Plan is a future commitment to consider preparing sentencing guidelines in the area of property theft during the Council's next business planning period.