Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2007] All ER (D) 206 (Jun)
Neutral Citation: [2007] EWHC 1438 (QB)
Court: Queen's Bench Division

Tomlinson J

Judgment Dates: 20 June 2007


Sentence - Mandatory life sentence - Murder - Minimum term - Application for review - Appropriate minimum term - Criminal Justice 2003, Sch 22, para 3.

The Case

Sentence Mandatory life sentence. Where the offender, a prostitute, had been convicted of the murder of the deceased, a Syrian banker who had allowed her to stay at his flat, where he had been stabbed 28 times, her minimum term would be set at 14 years' imprisonment less the nine months and 19 days spent in custody on remand. The starting point for determining the minimum term in the instant case was 15 years. There was no reason to reduce the minimum period below 15 years and, therefore, no good reason to reduce it below the 14 year term in fact imposed by the Secretary of State, as it was not open to the court to order that the early release provisions should apply after a longer period than that notified.

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