||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 36 (Apr)
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Hooper LJ, Roderick Evans and Pitchers JJ
||Christopher Amis (assigned by the Registrar for Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||7 April 2005
Sentencing - Burglary - Handling stolen goods - Dwelling house burglary - Custodial sentence - Length of sentence manifestly excessive.
Where a defendant, aged 18 and with no previous convictions for burglary, had pleaded guilty before justices to one offence of dwelling burglary and one of handling stolen goods, in the circumstances of the instant case, the offence had fallen within the category of 'first-time burglary', albeit with aggravating features of high value of property and distress to the victim. The appropriate sentences were that of 18months' detention, as opposed to three years, for the burglary, and six month's detention for the handling, in place of two years.
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