ABSENCE OF INTENTION TO KILL

A judge had erred in imposing a sentence of life imprisonment with a minimum term of 30 years for murder where he had failed to make a discount in the sentence to reflect that the murder was not premeditated. The only enterprise premeditated by the offender had been robbery and he might have shared an intention to facilitate escape by inflicting grievous bodily harm as was necessary for that purpose.

[2008] EWCA Crim 969

A minimum term of 11 years and three months was set following a conviction for murder where there were no aggravating features under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 Sch.21 para.10 but there were mitigating features, including an absence of intention to kill, the offender’s age and that the offender had made exceptional progress following his conviction.

[2006] EWHC 473 (QB)