Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2006] All ER (D) 230 (Apr)
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Latham LJ, Roderick Evans J and Sir Richard Curtis

Representation Kathryn Hirst (instructed by Christmas and Sheehan) for the first offender.
  Paul Douglas (instructed by Stuart Miller & Co) for the second offender.
  Rufus D'Cruz (instructed by Needham Poulier & Partners) for the third offender.
  Edward Brown (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the Attorney General.
Judgment Dates: 26 April 2006


Sentence - Custodial sentence - Seriousness of offence - Robbery - Attempting to choke with intent to rob - Aggravating factors - Young offenders - Whether sentences unduly lenient.

The Case

In the instant case, where the 16-year-old offenders were convicted of robbery and attempting to choke with intent to rob, having stripped, throttled, and robbed a friend of her jewellery, the judge had wrongly found that detention and training orders were appropriate. In the light of the aggravating factors, and allowing for double jeopardy, periods of three-and-a-half, two-and-a-half, and three-and-a-half years' detention would be substituted on the three offenders respectively.

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