Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2008] All ER (D) 97 (Aug)
Neutral Citation: [2008] EWCA Crim 1336
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Moore-Bick LJ, Goldring and Mackay JJ

Representation Michael Evans (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 3 June 2008


Sentence - Imprisonment - Length of sentence - Manslaughter - Defendant drug addict accidentally slashing arm of victim - Whether sentence manifestly excessive.

The Case

Sentence Imprisonment. Where the defendant had pleaded guilty to manslaughter and had been sentenced to three years and nine months' imprisonment, the sentence was manifestly excessive and would be reduced to two-and-a-half years. Whilst the death of the victim had been tragic, the defendant had not intended to kill him, nor had he intended to harm him in any way. His conduct had been foolish and reckless to a criminal degree; however, it had not been motivated by malice.

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