Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2009] All ER (D) 309 (Oct)
Neutral Citation: [2009] EWCA Crim 140
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Toulson LJ, McCombe and Clarke JJ

Representation Martin Hurst (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
  David Herbert (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
Judgment Dates: 21 January 2009


Sentence - Dangerous offenders - Imprisonment for public protection - Defendant attacking two women - Defendant suffering from mental illness - Defendant presenting a high risk of causing serious harm to members of the public - Judge finding defendant being sentenced to imprisonment for public protection with minimum custodial term of seven and a half years - Whether judge erring.

The Case

Sentence Dangerous offenders. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division held that, the minimum term of seven and a half years for wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and aggravated burglary had been excessive and an appropriate minimum term would have been one of five years, taking into account the defendant's plea of guilty.

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