Taking into account their age, the presence or absence of previous convictions, and the element of deterrence, sentences of seven and eight years’ detention were appropriate in the case of a group of young offenders who had entered very late guilty pleas to offences of false imprisonment and blackmail. They had held a 14-year-old boy against his will for some 36 hours, assaulting and threatening him while at the same time demanding £20,000 from his mother for his return.

[2012] EWCA Crim 1470