Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2012] All ER (D) 253 (Oct)
Court: Court of Appeal, Criminal Division

Toulson LJ, Openshaw J, Judge Morris QC (judgment delivered extempore)

Representation Adam Western (instructed by Hamer Childs, Worcester) for the defendant. 
  Tom Little (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the Attorney General.
Judgment Dates: 25 October 2012


Sentence - Imprisonment - Length of sentence - Offender pleading guilty to two pairs of offences - Each pair of offences consisting of robbery and possession of an imitation firearm - Offender being sentenced to two years' imprisonment concurrent for each pair of offences - Attorney General referring sentence to Court of Appeal - Whether sentence unduly lenient.

The Case

Sentence Imprisonment. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, held that concurrent sentences of two years' imprisonment for two offences of robbery and two offences of possession of an imitation firearm were unduly lenient and that, if concurrent sentences were to be passed, it was important to ensure that they reflected adequately the overall totality of the offences. Accordingly, the concurrent sentences of two years' imprisonment would be quashed and sentences of four years' imprisonment concurrent would be substituted.

If you are a LexisLibrary subscriber you can read more about this case here.