Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2005] All ER (D) 415 (Nov)
Neutral Citation: [2005] EWCA Crim 3115
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Judge:

Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers CJ, Cresswell and Mackay JJ

Representation Courtenay Griffiths QC (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant in the first appeal.
  Sona Uppal, solicitor advocate (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the first defendant in the second appeal.
  John Coffey QC and Philip Marshall (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the second defendant in the second appeal.
  Mark Wyeth and Joseph Stone (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the third defendant in the second appeal.
  John Coffey QC and Abdullah Al-Yunusi (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the fourth defendant in the second appeal.
  Simon Denison (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown in the second appeal.
  Peter Rowlands (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant in the first application.
  Anthony Orchard (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown in the first application.
  Jeremy Richardson QC (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant in the second application.
  Paul Worsley QC (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown in the second application.
Judgment Dates: 30 November 2005

Catchwords

Sentence - Life imprisonment - Minimum period of imprisonment - Guidance - Statutory starting points - Whole life orders - Effect of guilty plea on whole life order - Criminal Justice Act s 269, Sch 21.

The Case

The court heard together a number of appeals, and applications to appeal, against sentence, which raised issues relating to minimum terms in cases of mandatory life sentences (s269 and Sch21 of the ), and gave assistance in respect of the application of the statutory guidance, whole life orders, and the effect of guilty pleas on such orders.

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