Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2007] All ER (D) 63 (Aug)
Neutral Citation: [2007] EWCA Crim 1425
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Longmore LJ, Nelson J and Dame Heather Steel

Representation Hugh Southey (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 14 June 2007


Sentence - Murder - Mandatory life sentence - Minimum term - Reference to High Court for minimum term to be set - Appropriate minimum term - Two murders of women in context of history of physically abusing women - Judge setting total minimum term of 25 years, less period of custody on remand - Whether minimum term manifestly excessive.

The Case

Sentence Murder. Where the defendant had murdered two women in the context of a history of physically abusing women, and where he had received two mandatory life sentences in respect of those murders, a total specified minimum term of 25 years, less the 10 months and 11 days already served in custody on remand, could not be criticised. The judge had selected the right minimum term in the circumstances of the instant distressing case.

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