GUILTY PLEAS

[2017] EWCA Crim 1439 [2017] EWCA Crim 1439

A sentence of three years’ imprisonment was appropriate for an offender who had pleaded guilty to breaching a sexual offences prevention order. The offender was an entrenched paedophile who had groomed two women, buying Christmas presents for their children and accepting photographs of the children from them. He clearly represented a real and ongoing danger to children. However, it was relevant that the photographs had been given to him rather than him procuring them and that after six weeks he had handed them back to the mother who gave them to him.

[2017] EWCA Crim 1398 [2017] EWCA Crim 1398

A total sentence of two years and six months’ imprisonment was appropriate following pleas of guilty to burglary and theft of a car. The offender had entered the house of his ex-girlfriend without permission, threatening her with a screwdriver and taking her car keys before stealing her car. The burglary came within Category 1 of the definitive guidelines and was seriously aggravated by the offender’s appalling criminal record and the domestic violence element of the offence.

[2017] EWCA Crim 1273 [2017] EWCA Crim 1273

A sentence of two months’ imprisonment for bringing a controlled drug into a prison was appropriate despite the fact that the offender was a carer for her disabled daughter and grandchild. The judge had also been entitled to activate part of the offender’s suspended sentence for a different offence and order it to run consecutively.

[2017] EWCA Crim 1243 [2017] EWCA Crim 1243

The court emphasised the importance of properly structuring the extension period to the length of a period of disqualification from driving as required by the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 s.35A and s.35B, and in accordance with the guidance in R. v Needham (Paul Maurice) [2016] EWCA Crim 455.

[2017] EWCA Crim 1151 [2017] EWCA Crim 1151

An extended sentence of 18 years and five months, which included a custodial term of 13 years and five months, was appropriate in the case of the appellant, who had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob and to three offences of having an imitation firearm with intent.