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'Disproportionate' mandatory minimum sentence breached man's Charter rights, court rules

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 @ 9:54 AM | By Ian Burns

The British Columbia Court of Appeal has ruled the mandatory minimum sentence in the case of a man convicted of a sexual offence against a minor to be “grossly disproportionate” and in violation of his rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The man, identified only as J.L.M., was convicted in 2012 on one count of communicating with a person under the age of 18 years for the purpose of obtaining sexual services after paying his 16-year-old niece $150 to masturbate him.

The offence carries...