Fear of disobeying father is no defence to murder
Court of Appeal (Criminal Division)
“A boy aged 13 did not have any defence to a charge of murder on the ground that he was complying with his father’s instructions, which he was too frightened to refuse to obey.”
The Times, 6th June 2007
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Removing disparity in life tariffs reflecting age disparity of murderers
Court of Appeal
“Where two codefendants committed a murder jointly and one was aged just over 18 and the other just under, the sentencing judge, in fixing the minimum terms to be served, should adopt the starting point appropriate to each age and then move to a position where any sentence disparity was no more than a fair reflection of the age difference between the offenders.”
The Times, 5th June 2007
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