Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2006] All ER (D) 105 (Apr)
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

May LJ, Forbes and Davis JJ

Representation John Dunning (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
  Andrew Semple (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 7 April 2006


Sentence - Life imprisonment - Discretionary life sentence - Arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered - Whether judge erring in imposing life sentence.

The Case

In all the circumstances of the instant case, where the defendant was convicted of two counts of arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered and one count of arson, having set fire to paper in the letterboxes of three neighbour's property for inexplicable reasons and with unknown motivation, the judge had erred in imposing a life sentence. A sentence of five years' imprisonment would be imposed.

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