SENTENCING

[2018] EWCA Crim 2464 [2018] EWCA Crim 2464

An eight-year extended sentence, comprising a five-year custodial term and a three-year extension period, was appropriate in the case of a 15-year-old who had been convicted of wounding with intent. The nature of the offence, the stabbing of a woman on the street at night, together with the offender’s lack of self-control and propensity for aggression meant that he was dangerous and an extended sentence was necessary to protect the public.

A life sentence with a minimum term of 11 years and 68 days was unduly lenient where an offender had killed his partner using two knives while under the influence of drugs, and was increased to a minimum term of 14 years and 190 days. However, it was not treated as a domestic violence case as there had been no history of domestic violence in the relationship.

[2018] EWCA Crim 2384 [2018] EWCA Crim 2384

A sentence of 16 years’ imprisonment was appropriate in the case of a man who had been convicted of conspiracy to sell or transfer prohibited firearms and ammunition.

A 32-month total sentence for an individual who had pleaded guilty to arson, destroying property and causing criminal damage did not adequately reflect the limited diminution of culpability caused by his mental health difficulties. The eight-month sentence for destroying property was made concurrent rather than consecutive, leading to a two-year total sentence.

The court quashed an 18-year minimum term attached to a life sentence imposed on an offender following his conviction for murder and replaced it with one of 21 years. Notwithstanding that the offender had taken a sword only a short distance outside the premises into the garden, he had taken a weapon to the scene and used it to kill within the meaning of para.5A of Sch 21 to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 such that a starting point of 25 years was appropriate.