||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 80 (Jan)
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Davis LJ, Blake J and Judge Cutler (judgment delivered extempore)
||Richard Thompson (instructed by Robinsons Solicitors, Hull) for the defendant.
||Mark Kendall (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service, Appeals Unit) for the Crown.
||16 January 2014
Sentence - Appeal - Mandatory sentence - Defendant pleading guilty to one count of possessing a disguised firearm - Defendant suffering from depressive and delusional mental disorders - Defendant sentenced to mandatory minimum term of five years' imprisonment - Defendant appealing - Whether exceptional circumstances rendering sentence manifestly excessive - .
Sentence Appeal. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, dismissed a defendant's appeal against the mandatory minimum sentence of five years' imprisonment for possessing a disguised firearm contrary to s5(1A)(a) of the . It was held that there was no evidence of exceptional circumstances in the present case which justified a departure from the minimum mandatory term. Accordingly, the judge had been held not to have erred in sentencing.
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