March 17 2011

In the story “Rape survivor decries judge’s controversial decision” (March 10, page 3), The Uniter we wrote that Parliament had legislated a mandatory minimum sentence of three years jail time for cases of serious sexual assault in 2007.
In fact, Parliament simply legislated against the use of conditional sentences in sexual assault cases. The minimum of three years is established in case law, namely the Alberta Court of Appeal case of R v. Sandercock.
The Uniter regrets the error.