Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2014] All ER (D) 192 (Dec)
Neutral Citation: [2014] EWCA Crim 2683
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Judge:

Sir Thomas CJ, Openshaw and Lang JJ

Representation Richard Matthews QC and Jonas Milner (instructed by Elliot Mather LLP) for the defendant.
  Rex Tedd QC and Bernard Thorogood (instructed by Browne Jacobson) for Natural England.
Judgment Dates: 18 December 2014

Catchwords

Environment - Protection - Site of special scientific interest - Prosecution - Defendant being convicted of offences following damage to Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) - Defendant being fined £450,000 plus costs - Whether judge applying wrong legal test - Whether fine being disproportionate - , .

The Case

Environment Protection. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, dismissed appeals by a wealthy businessman against his conviction for offences under the and against his sentence, namely a fine of 450,000 plus costs. The court held, among other things, that as the defendant had maintained his plea of guilty in the circumstances that he had, he had accepted in clear and unequivocal terms that he had caused the operations that resulted the damage.

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