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Published 26/03/2013

By any definition they were very different crimes. A Newry-born actress, Aoife Madden, was jailed for four years and eight months for taking part in a risible fraud to pocket £2.8m in VAT and film tax credits.

Belfast paedophile Colin Shaw who abducted and sexually abused a 10-year-old girl was jailed for just two years, ordered to spend another four on licence and walked free from court because of time served on remand. The two court cases were heard in different jurisdictions – the fraud in London, the assault on the young girl in Belfast. Yet it is difficult to reconcile the sentences handed down. The family is considering an appeal against Shaw's sentence and most would support a review of it.

By any definition they were very different crimes. A Newry-born actress, Aoife Madden, was jailed for four years and eight months for taking part in a risible fraud to pocket £2.8m in VAT and film tax credits. Belfast paedophile Colin Shaw who abducted and sexually abused a 10-year-old girl was jailed for just two years, ordered to spend another four on licence and walked free from court because of time served on remand. The two court cases were heard in different jurisdictions – the fraud in London, the assault on the young girl in Belfast. Yet it is difficult to reconcile the sentences handed down. The family is considering an appeal against Shaw's sentence and most would support a review of it.

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