Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2007] All ER (D) 162 (Jan)
Neutral Citation: [2006] EWCA Crim 2455
Court: Court of Appeal, Civil Division
Judge:

Scott Baker LJ, Leveson and Davis JJ

Representation Andrew Stubbs (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 15 September 2006

Catchwords

Sentence - Custodial sentence - Seriousness of offence - Conspiracy to supply Class A drugs - Possession of prohibited firearms - Possession of ammunition - Conversion of criminal property - Whether totality of sentence manifestly excessive.

The Case

A total sentence of 13 years' imprisonment was not manifestly excessive, where the defendant had pleaded guilty to at the earliest opportunity to 11 offences of converting criminal property; conspiracy to supply a Class A drug, namely heroin; conspiracy to supply a Class A drug, namely cocaine; two offences of possession of prohibited firearms; and an offence of possession of ammunition. The judge had been perfectly entitled to pass consecutive terms for the money laundering offences, and had he not done so, the terms of the six years' imprisonment for the conspiracies to supply Class A drugs would indeed have been lenient and out of the bracket for that appropriate at that level of offending.

Practice Areas

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