Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2007] All ER (D) 108 (Sep)
Neutral Citation: [2007] EWCA Crim 1901
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Sir Igor Judge P, Simon J and the Recorder of Sheffield

Representation Taryn Turner (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 21 June 2007


Sentence - Discretionary life sentence - Minimum term - Attempted rape - Judge imposing sentences of life imprisonment - Judge fixing notional determinate term at ten years and recommending minimum term of five years - Whether life imprisonment justified - Whether judge entitled to fix notional determinate sentence at ten years.

The Case

Sentence Discretionary life sentence. In the instant case, in the light of the defendant's inability to control his sexual urges, the fact that he had subjected the complainant to a sexual and brutal attack, meant that the judge had been entitled to impose sentences of life imprisonment, and fix his notional determinate term at ten years, on two counts of attempted rape.

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