The Home Office has announced jail sentences for murders motivated by hostility to a transgender person. The starting point used by the judge to set the tariff or minimum term will double from 15 to 30 years.
Minsters say an amendment will be added to the Legal aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill. The Ministry of Justice later confirmed that the 30 year minimum would also apply for murders motivated by hatred towards a disabled person.
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke said: `Hate crimes are abhorrent, they leave sections of the society living in fear and risk of unprovoked violence. These proposals make clear offenders should be in no doubt that they face more severe sentences for these unacceptable crimes.
In September this year Leon Fyle, 23 was jailed for life for the murder of Destiny Lauren a pre-operative transgender person who worked as a prostitute. Fyle, who was convicted after a retrial, was given a 21 year tariff. The murder of Mslauren, who had been born Justin Samuels, was one of recent murders or transgender people.
There are no specific firgues for violence or hostility towards trans people but it is believed to be on the increase.
Source: BBC News