Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2006] All ER (D) 31 (Apr)
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Andrew Smith J and Judge Goddard QC

Representation Alexandra Price-Marmion (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 4 April 2006


Sentence - Custodial offence - Seriousness of offence - Unlawful wounding - Defendant stabbing ex-partner - Defendant having mental health problems and young children - Whether judge erring in refusing to impose community order.

The Case

A sentence of 12 months imprisonment would be quashed and substituted with a community order of 3 years, with a mental health treatment requirement, for an offence of unlawful wounding, where the defendant was a young mother with mental health problems and young children. She had stabbed her ex-partner, the children's father, with a 3-inch knife, leaving a cm to cm cut, with minimal bleeding.

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