||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 109 (Apr)
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Auld LJ, David Owen and Hedley JJ
||Karim Khalil QC (assigned by the Registrar for Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||Christopher Donnellan (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
||12 April 2005
Sentencing - Manslaughter - Custodial sentence - Diminished responsibility - Length of sentence manifestly excessive.
In the circumstances of the instant case, where the defendant had pleaded guilty to manslaughter by reason of diminished responsibility, a greater than normal reduction to that which might normally be allowed on account of the defendant's guilty plea should have been given. The appropriate sentence had been that of four-and-a-half years' detention. The sentence of six years would be quashed.
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