Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2006] All ER (D) 163 (Apr)
Neutral Citation: [2006] EWHC 781 (QB)
Court: Queen's Bench Division

Royce J

Judgment Dates: 11 April 2006


Sentence - Mandatory life sentence - Murder - Minimum term - Reference by Secretary of State to set minimum term - , Sch 22, para 6.

The Case

In the circumstances, taking into account guidance issued by the Lord Chief Justice, on 10 February 1997, the starting point for the offence of murder committed by the offender would have been 14 years. Taking into account the aggravating and mitigating factors of the offence, namely the offender's determination to kill the deceased and the offender's low intelligence, there was nothing to justify a reduction in the minimum term below that starting point. Accordingly, the appropriate minimum term would be 14 years from which would be deducted the period spent on remand, namely 14 months and 9 days.

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