Thornton and another v Director of Public Prosecutions – WLR Daily

Posted February 2nd, 2010 in appeals, judiciary, law reports, sentencing by sally

Thornton and another v Director of Public Prosecutions [2010] WLR (D) 17

“When assessing whether an indication by convicting justices as to the type of sentence which a defendant was likely to receive from a different sentencing judge gave rise to a legitimate expectation on the part of the defendant that the sentencing judge would in fact pass sentence in accordance with such an indication, the sentencing judge needed to consider whether the justices had complied with their duty pursuant to s 172 (1)(b) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to have regard to sentencing guidelines when carrying out a function relating to the sentencing of offenders.”

WLR Daily, 1st February 2010


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