||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 105 (Apr)
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
May LJ, Forbes and Davis JJ
||John Dunning (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||Andrew Semple (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
||7 April 2006
Sentence - Life imprisonment - Discretionary life sentence - Arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered - Whether judge erring in imposing life sentence.
In all the circumstances of the instant case, where the defendant was convicted of two counts of arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered and one count of arson, having set fire to paper in the letterboxes of three neighbour's property for inexplicable reasons and with unknown motivation, the judge had erred in imposing a life sentence. A sentence of five years' imprisonment would be imposed.
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