ABSENCE OF EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES TO JUSTIFY DEPARTURE FROM MINIMUM TERM

A judge had taken into account an offender’s ill health, his good character and the pressure under which he felt to hold firearms and drugs for others and was correct to find that those features, either taken individually or together, did not constitute exceptional circumstances to justify a departure from the five-year minimum term set by the Firearms Act 1968 s.51A.

[2010] EWCA Crim 1661