Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2007] All ER (D) 274 (Jun)
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Pill LJ, Calvert-Smith and Lloyd Jones JJ

Representation Tristan Chaize (instructed by John Morley & Co, Rainham) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 22 June 2007


Sentence - Imprisonment - Length of sentence - Perverting the course of justice - Whether sentence manifestly excessive.

The Case

Sentence Imprisonment. Where the defendant, who had pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, having maintained for several days that he had been driving a car involved in a collision, which had in fact been driven by his son, appealed against a sentence of 12months' imprisonment, the appeal would be allowed. Regard had to be had to the fact that there had been a course of conduct designed to further the deception. However, in the circumstances the sentence was manifestly excessive. It would be substituted with one of six months' imprisonment.

If you are a LexisLibrary subscriber you can read more about this case here.