Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2007] All ER (D) 256 (Jun)
Neutral Citation: [2007] EWHC 1449 (QB)
Court: Queen's Bench Division

Davis J

Judgment Dates: 22 June 2007


Sentence - Mandatory life sentence - Murder - Minimum term - Secretary of state referring matter to High Court for it to set offender's minimum term - , Sch 22, para 6.

The Case

Sentence Mandatory life sentence. The shooting of the deceased by the offender in an incident described by the trial judge as cold-blooded and brutal, and for no obvious reason, save for a perception of revenge being sought, would have given rise to a minimum term significantly greater than the 14 years that had been recommended by the trial judge, had the offence been committed after the coming into force of the . However, in all the circumstances, there was no reason to depart from that recommendation. Accordingly, the offender's minimum term would be set at 14 years, less the 6 months and 20 days that he had spent in custody on remand.

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