Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2009] All ER (D) 164 (Aug)
Neutral Citation: [2009] EWCA Crim 1928
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Thomas LJ, King and Nicol JJ (judgment delivered extempore)

Representation Ian West (instructed by Freeman Johnson) for the defendant.
  Duncan Penny (instructed by Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 21 August 2009


Sentence - Custodial sentence - Detention for public protection - Attempted murder - Defendant with a history of violence against women strangling victim and attacking her with samurai sword to kill her - Defendant leaving victim to die and cutting off means of communication for help - Defendant pleading guilty and receiving sentence for public protection with minimum term of three years and four months - Whether term unduly lenient.

The Case

Sentence Custodial sentence. Court of Appeal, Criminal Division: A minimum term of 3 years and 4 months on a sentence for public protection imposed for the crime of attempted murder was unduly lenient given the aggravating features of the crime. A sentence of 4 years and 8 months' would be substituted.

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