Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2006] All ER (D) 43 (Oct)
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Judge:

Latham LJ, Owen and Gloster JJ

Representation Jacqui Vallejo (instructed by Tuckers Solicitors) for the offender.
  Parmjit Cheema (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the Attorney General.
Judgment Dates: 4 October 2006

Catchwords

Sentence - Imprisonment - Length of sentence - Possessing a prohibited firearm - Possessing ammunition without a firearm certificate - Possessing a prohibited weapon - Aggravating features - Whether sentence unduly lenient.

The Case

In the case of an offender who had pleaded guilty to three firearm offences and who was sentenced to 48 weeks in a young offender's institution, suspended for two years, the judge had been entitled to take a wholly exceptional course in the light of; compelling mitigation advanced on behalf of the offender; the fact that he had spent a substantial period in custody at the time of sentencing; and the fact that the judge had accepted, and had sentenced the offender on his basis of plea., which had not been challenged by the prosecution.

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