Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2007] All ER (D) 312 (Jun)
Neutral Citation: [2007] EWCA Crim 1473
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Thomas LJ, Aikens J and Dame Heather Steel

Representation Dominic Bell (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
  Michael Burrows (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 26 June 2007


Sentence - Reduction - Information given to authorities - New statutory regime permitting courts to give discounts for sentences to offenders giving information to authorities - Offences committed and sentences imposed before commencement of statutory provisions - Whether statutory provisions or common law governing question of reduction of sentence - .

The Case

Sentence Reduction. The new statutory provisions of the containing a scheme permitting a court to give discounts for sentences to offenders who gave information to the authorities or who offered to do so, could not apply to a case where both the offences and sentences had taken place before the Act had come into force. Moreover, the statutory regime would only apply following a plea of guilty by a defendant. Where the new statutory provisions did not apply, the common law principles applied.

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