“THIRD-STRIKE” OFFENCE

A judge had not been justified in going outside the relevant sentencing guideline to impose a seven-and-a-half-year prison term on an offender who had pleaded guilty to a “third-strike” drug-dealing offence. Given the offender’s previous convictions and the seriousness of the index offence, a six-and-a-half-year term was appropriate.

[2012] EWCA Crim 2600