||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 366 (Oct)
|| EWCA Crim 2540
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Field and Lloyd Jones JJ
||Matthew Kirk (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||12 October 2006
Sentence - Imprisonment - Length of sentence - Theft - Burglary - Vehicle stolen to carry out a burglary of a store - Ram-raid - Guilty pleas - Whether sentence manifestly excessive in all circumstances.
In the circumstances, where a defendant stole a motor-vehicle which resulted in the ram-raid of a store, and property to the value of 600 was stolen, a sentence of two years and ten months' imprisonment would be appropriate. A number of distinguishing features from the authorities existed in the instant case, which included the fact that there was an absence of planning and sophistication; the defendant had acted alone; the vehicle used to ram-raid the store was not chosen as being appropriate to the task; no violence to persons had been caused; and the value of the property which had been stolen was comparatively low.
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