SUPPORT has been voiced in Government to draft a bill to increase the maximum sentence for those convicted of conspiracy to commit a murder. This crime has carried a maximum sentence of 10 years since 1861 and the Minister for Justice and Equality, Helen McEntee TD is pursuing an increase on that sentence from 10 years to a life sentence.
The crime of conspiracy to commit a murder is an incomplete attempt to commit a murder, with the individuals often being stopped before they can carry it out. It is understood that Minister McEntee’s proposal is a direct response to the issue of gangland crime in cities.
She said: “The message must go out to the thugs who perpetrate gangland violence: We will take all necessary action to stop you, bring you to justice and prevent you from leading our young into a life of crime and violence.
If passed, this bill will update the law, giving Judges the option to impose a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Government approval has also been secured for an amendment to the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Bill 2020. The amendment allows for the inclusion of the additional offences of:
Receiving training for terrorism
Travelling for the purpose of terrorism
Organising or facilitating travelling for the purpose of terrorism