||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 237 (Apr)
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Laws LJ, Owen and Wilkie JJ
||Harriet Seal (assigned by the Registrar for Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||Anita Saran (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
||19 April 2005
Sentencing - Theft - Offences involving breach of trust - Theft of mail by employee of Post Office - Custodial sentence - Length of sentence manifestly excessive.
In the circumstances of the instant case, the sentence of 18months' imprisonment was manifestly excessive for a defendant aged 20at the time of offences, where she had pleaded guilty to four counts of theft of mail, during her employment by the Post Office. Concurrent sentences of nine months' imprisonment would be imposed.
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