ABSENCE OF JUSTIFICATION FOR DETENTION FOR PUBLIC PROTECTION

Sentences of three years’ imprisonment imposed on two offenders aged 14 and 17 following their pleas of guilty to offences of robbery involving the use of a knife and elements of sexual degradation and sexual terror did not reflect the true gravity of the offences and were unduly lenient. Both offenders had terrible criminal records and were undoubtedly dangerous, but detention for public protection was not warranted because the absence of a release date might be a disincentive to progress. Extended sentences of 13 and 14 years’ detention were substituted.

[2012] EWCA Crim 1806