||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 107 (Sep)
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Hooper LJ, Nelson and Maddison JJ
||Tom Little (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the first defendant.
||Jeremy Ornstin (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the second defendant.
||Alan Kent (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the prosecution.
||17 September 2008
Sentence - Imprisonment - Length of sentence - Violent disorder - Defendants being ring-leaders in attack on supporters of rival football team - Forty months' imprisonment - Whether sentence manifestly excessive.
Sentence Imprisonment. The appeal of two defendants, supporters of a football team who had been the ring-leaders in an attack on supporters of a rival football team, against sentences of 40 months' imprisonment respectively for violent disorder was dismissed. Having regard to authority, the nature of violence involved and where there was evidence of previous football misconduct, a starting point of five years was appropriate for defendants who had been in the position of ring-leaders. In those circumstances the sentence could not be said to be manifestly excessive.
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