Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2006] All ER (D) 08 (Sep)
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Scott Baker LJ, Jack and Mitting JJ

Representation David Smith (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 4 September 2006


Sentence - Imprisonment - Length of sentence - Supplying Class A drugs - Defendant pleading guilty and spending two years on remand - Defendant assisting prosecution - Disparity in sentence - Whether sentence manifestly excessive.

The Case

In a case where a defendant, a major distributor of heroin, had pleaded guilty to two counts of supplying a Class A drug, and had spent two years in prison on remand awaiting sentence after he had assisted the prosecution by giving evidence against his co-defendant, the sentence of 30 months' imprisonment had been manifestly excessive and would be quashed and substituted by a sentence of 18 months' imprisonment.

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