At least two attorneys are defending recent sentences by the courts, which several members of the public have criticized as too lenient.

Just last month the court sentenced a St Catherine man to six years in prison, after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter for stabbing an 80-year-old returning resident and her 58-year-old son to death.

Last week, there was public outcry when a man was sentenced to four years in prison after he pleaded guilty to having sex with a 12- year-old disabled girl.

Defence attorney, Peter Champagnie says in this case, the judge would’ve considered a number of mitigating factors.

Peter Champagnie, Defence attorney.

Meanwhile, Senior Deputy Director in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Sharon Millwood Moore, says judges also consider aggravating factors against the offender.

She says the guidelines are considered by the presiding judge, with regard to all the circumstances of the particular case.

Sharon Millwood Moore, Senior Deputy Director in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

They were speaking during Friday’s edition of Nationwide @ 5 with Tyrone Reid and Franklin McKnight.