Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2012] All ER (D) 109 (Aug)
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Davis LJ, Treacy and Slade JJ (judgment delivered extempore)

Representation Richard Bardell (instructed by Howard and Co, Barnsley) for the wife.
  Robert Sandford (instructed by Peace Revitt) for the husband.
  The Crown did not appear and was not represented.
Judgment Dates: 17 August 2012


Sentence - Appeal - Reckless arson - Wife giving instruction to burn property an lying to police - Husband backing story - Wife being charged with arson - Husband being charged with perverting course of justice - Wife sentence to five years imprisonment - Husband being sentenced to three years imprisonment - Husband and wife appealing sentence - Whether sentences manifestly excessive

The Case

Sentence Appeal. Th Court of Appeal, Criminal Division held that the judge had taken too high starting points in sentencing a wife and husband for arson with reckless endangerment and perverting the course of justice and therefore the sentences of five years and three years would be reduced to four years and one year respectively.

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