||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 04 (Sep)
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Richards LJ, Collins and Jack JJ
||R Porson (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||1 September 2006
Sentence - Imprisonment - Length of sentence - Supplying Class A drug - Defendant buying drug on behalf of undercover police officer - Defendant not a supplier - Whether sentence manifestly excessive.
In a case where a defendant bought drugs at the request of an undercover officer, operationg a drugs sting, the sentence of three years' imprisonment was manifestly excessive in the light of the fact that the defendant had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity, and there had been no evidence to suggest that he had supplied drugs to other persons, or that he was a supplier of drugs. The sentence would be quashed and substituted by a sentence of two years' imprisonment.
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