Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2007] All ER (D) 168 (Mar)
Neutral Citation: [2006] EWCA Crim 2429
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Sir Igor Judge P, Goldring and Henriques JJ

Representation Anthony Metzer (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
  Janet Pitt-Lewis (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 4 October 2006


Sentence - Imprisonment - Length of sentence - Causing grievous bodily harm with intent - Child destruction - Whether sentence manifestly excessive.

The Case

Sentence Imprisonment. Where the defendant had been convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and child destruction, and sentenced to life imprisonment on both counts with a specified term of 41 months and 77 months' imprisonment respectively, the sentence could not be regarded as manifestly excessive. The attack had been of great ferocity and the violence to the victim had been widespread upon her body. Moreover, when the defendant had attacked her he knew she was pregnant. There was no doubt why the judge had found that there had been no exceptional circumstances. It was a decision he had been plainly entitled to reach.

Practice Areas

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