||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 467 (Nov)
|| EWHC 2679 (QB)
||Queen's Bench Division
||29 November 2007
Sentence - Mandatory life sentence - Murder - Minimum term - Application for review - Whether minimum term to be varied - 22, para 3.
The offender, who had been found guilty of murdering the victim and sentenced to serve a minimum term of 15 years' imprisonment to satisfy the requirements of retribution and deterrence, succeeded in securing a reduction in his minimum term after applying for a review, pursuant to to the Criminal Justice Act 2003, on the grounds that the offence had occurred spontaneously, it had not occurred with the intention of interfering with the course of justice, the fact that he had played a lesser role in the fatal attack on the victim, and that he had completed the alcohol education programme, the enhanced thinking skills course and level one of English literature and mathematics courses whilst in prison.
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