||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 376 (Apr)
|| EWCA Crim 361
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Wilkie J, the Recorder of London and Judge Peter Beaumont QC
||Daniel Frier (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||29 January 2008
Sentence - Imprisonment - Length of sentence - Blackmail - Defendant pleading guilty to offence of blackmail - Offence relating to telephone threats made in relation to money belonging to defendant's girlfriend - Judge imposing sentence of three years' imprisonment - Whether sentence manifestly excessive.
Where the defendant had pleaded guilty to an offence of blackmail, in circumstances where he had made threats in relation to money belonging to his partner over the telephone, a sentence of three years' imprisonment was held to be manifestly excessive on the basis that the judge had taken too high a starting point. Accordingly, that sentence was quashed and substituted with one of two years' imprisonment.
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