Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2005] All ER (D) 229 (Apr)
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Laws LJ, Owen and Wilkie JJ

Representation Andrew Downie (assigned by the Registrar for Criminal Appeals) for the first defendant.
  Julie Forsythe (assigned by the Registrar for Criminal Appeals) for the second defendant.
Judgment Dates: 19 April 2005


Sentencing - Indecent assault on a female - Custodial sentence - Young offender - Length of sentence not manifestly excessive.

The Case

The two defendants, aged 15 at the time of the offences, one of whom was the eight-year-old complainant's stepbrother, had, on separate occasions, indecently assaulted the complainant. In the circumstances of the instant case, the sentences imposed on each defendant of two years and three months' detention in a young offender institution could not be said to manifestly excessive or wrong in principle.

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