SENTENCING

A 16-year extended sentence for the rape of an ex-partner was neither manifestly excessive nor wrong in principle where the judge had been entitled to conclude that the offender was dangerous and a post-sentence report documented no change in mentality. There could also be no proper complaint about a concurrent 12-year sentence imposed for a second count of rape against the same victim.

[2018] EWCA Crim 1180 [2018] EWCA Crim 1180

A sentence of 18 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, imposed on an offender following his guilty plea to an offence of possessing heroin with intent to supply was unduly lenient. However, the court declined to interfere with the sentence given that the offender was making significant progress in combating his own drug addiction.

[2018] EWCA Crim 1156 [2018] EWCA Crim 1156

A sentence of four years’ detention for three counts of possession of

[2018] EWCA Crim 1003 [2018] EWCA Crim 1003

A judge had failed to have proper regard to the sentencing guidelines for children and young people when sentencing an 18-year-old for an offence of manslaughter committed when she was 17. The sentence imposed of nine years’ detention did not reflect the age, immaturity and resultant culpability of the offender at the date of the offence, and was reduced to five years’ detention.

[2018] UKSC 23 [2018] UKSC 23

The Supreme Court interpreted the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Commencement No. 5, Transitional Provisions, Savings and Amendment) Order 2003 art.4(1). It had not been Parliament’s intention that, if any of the offences on which a defendant had been committed pre-dated 24 March 2003, none of the offences, not even those committed after that date, could be treated as candidates for confiscation orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 s.156.