Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2006] All ER (D) 211 (Apr)
Neutral Citation: [2006] EWHC 369 (QB)
Court: Queen's Bench Division

Field J

Judgment Dates: 12 April 2006


Sentence - Murder - Mandatory life sentence - Minimum term - Setting - Appropriate minimum term - , Sch 22, para 6.

The Case

Where the offender had murdered the victim out of frustration at his inability to gain immediate access to the victim's bank account, and in order to steal from her, the appropriate term to be served before early release would have been 16 years, if the murder had committed after the coming into force of the relevant provisions of the . As the offender was an 'existing prisoner' who had not been notified by the Secretary of State of a minimum period, the minimum term would be 14 years, as that was the term that the Secretary of State would have been likely to have set.

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