Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2010] All ER (D) 277 (May)
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Pitchford LJ, Rafferty J and Judge Goldstone QC (judgment delivered extempore)

Representation James Hill QC (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 27 May 2010


Sentence - Imprisonment - Length of sentence - Manslaughter - Defendant sentenced to eight years' imprisonment - Whether sentence manifestly excessive.

The Case

Sentence Imprisonment. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, allowed the defendant's appeal against a sentence of eight years' imprisonment imposed following her plea of guilty to manslaughter, where the judge had sentenced based on an innocent error in interpreting the basis of plea. It was held that the appropriate starting point in all the circumstances was 8 years and not 12 years as the judge had found. Applying the appropriate discount the sentence was reduced to six years' imprisonment less time spent in custody.

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