Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2006] All ER (D) 225 (Apr)
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Langstaff J, and Judge Stewart QC

Representation Campaspe Lloyd-Jacob (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 25 April 2006


Sentence - Custodial sentence - Seriousness of offence - Being knowingly concerned in illegal importation of Class C drugs namely diazepam - Sentencing judge having regard to authority on cannabis before change in classification from Class B to Class C - Whether increase in maximum sentence for importation of Class C drugs affecting only cannabis - Whether sentence wrong in principle.

The Case

By making the maximum sentence for the importation of all Class C drugs 14 years, Parliament had not intended to distinguish between cannabis and diazepam. The increase in sentence related to the importation of all Class C drugs, and it reflected the extreme seriousness with which Parliament viewed offences of that type.

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