Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2008] All ER (D) 159 (Jun)
Neutral Citation: [2008] EWHC 1160 (QB)
Court: Queen's Bench Division
Judge:

Teare J

Judgment Dates: 12 June 2008

Catchwords

Sentence - Mandatory life sentence - Murder - Minimum term - Application for review of minimum term - Whether minimum term to be varied - .

The Case

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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