||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 159 (Jun)
|| EWHC 1160 (QB)
||Queen's Bench Division
||12 June 2008
Sentence - Mandatory life sentence - Murder - Minimum term - Application for review of minimum term - Whether minimum term to be varied - .
In a case where the offender stabbed the victim to death, in circumstances where the trial judge had opined that the offender had set out with rape or murder or both in mind, he had to serve a minimum term of 20 years, less 9 months, to satisfy the requirements of retribution and deterrence. There had been a high degree of premeditation and no mitigation of any note, and although progress had been madeby the offender in prison it had not been so exceptional as to have any significant effect on the minimum period to be served.
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