A total sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment suspended for two years, imposed for a number of drug offences including the possession with intent to supply of a large quantity of Class B and C drugs, was found to be unduly lenient. However, the court declined to vary the sentence, citing the offender’s previous good character and exemplary work record.
A sentence of 12 years’ imprisonment was appropriate in the case of the first appellant, who had been convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery after taking part in the ram-raid of a bank and the theft from it of £108,000. Further, a sentence of nine years was justified in the case of the second appellant, who had pleaded guilty to the same offence.
Sentences of two years, 30 months, and 20 months’ imprisonment respectively were appropriate in the case of three offenders who had adapted a garage to operate as a commercial cannabis farm capable of producing 5.3 kg of cannabis with a wholesale value of £16,000.
A total sentence of 12 years’ imprisonment after trial was manifestly excessive for two separate ram-raid burglaries which had been professionally planned and executed, and which had involved the theft of automatic telling machines and the use of stolen vehicles. A total sentence of ten years’ imprisonment was substituted for the original term.
A sentence of five years’ imprisonment was appropriate in the case of an offender who had pleaded guilty to laundering just short of £100,000, that sum being the proceeds of crimes that the judge was entitled to conclude were drug offences.