We looked yesterday, 20th October 2014, at the case of Robert Cerqua who was convicted of the murder of his twin bother last New Years Eve. The case was adjourned overnight and on 21st October, Robert was sentenced to life imprisonment.
This is a mandatory sentence, the question being how long the tariff should be. We found out a little bit more about Robert’s background – he “had served previous prison sentences for offences of battery and affray relating to domestic incidents involving his former partners. He also had previous convictions for motoring offences and criminal damage“.
We predicted that the tariff would be in the region of 13-14 years. How did we do? The sentencing remarks haven’t been published yet, but from the news reports, the tariff was actually set at 13 years, so pretty much what we expected. It is, in the circumstances of sentencing for murder, a (relatively) humane way of bringing this tragic case to a close.