Regina v Bonellie Regina v Hughes and Regina v Miller – Times Law Reports

Posted July 15th, 2008 in law reports, murder, sentencing by sally

Regina v Bonellie Regina v Hughes and Regina v Miller

Court of Appeal

“For a murder to involve sadistic conduct, so as to merit a 30-year starting point in determining the minimum term of the mandatory life sentence, the conduct had to involve a significant degree of awareness of pleasure in the infliction of pain, suffering or humiliation.”

The Times, 15th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

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Lockyer Service Review into Indeterminate Sentenced Prisoners – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 15th, 2008 in press releases, sentencing by sally

“Maria Eagle has made a statement about the publication of the Lockyer Service Review into Indeterminate Sentenced Prisoners.”

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Ministry of Justice, 14th July 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Father threw girl at moving car – BBC News

Posted July 15th, 2008 in news, sentencing, wounding by sally

“A father who threw his four-year-old daughter ‘like a doll’ against a moving car, has been given a two-year suspended jail sentence.”

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BBC News, 14th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Definitive Sentencing Guideline – Causing death by driving – Sentencing Guidelines Council

Posted July 15th, 2008 in dangerous driving, press releases, sentencing by sally

“On 15 July 2008 the Sentencing Guidelines Council published its definitive guideline ‘Causing death by driving.'”

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Sentencing Guidelines Council, 15th July 2008

Source: www.sentencing-guidelines.gov.uk

Judges urged to get tough on dangerous drivers who cause death – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2008 in dangerous driving, news, sentencing by sally

“Motorists convicted of causing death by dangerous or careless driving may face tough penalties under new guidelines published today for England and Wales.”

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The Guardian, 15th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Magistrates should be banned from handing out custodial sentences – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 14th, 2008 in magistrates, news, sentencing by sally

“Magistrates should be banned from handing out custodial sentences to help ease overcrowding in prisons, an influential report says.”

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Daily Telegraph, 13th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Community punishments can be pointless, says judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 14th, 2008 in community service, news, sentencing by sally

“A judge has said there was no ‘point’ in community punishments if offenders were given nothing to do and were ‘sitting around’.”

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Daily Telegraph, 11th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Fatal drink driver was on phone – BBC News

Posted July 11th, 2008 in alcohol abuse, news, road traffic offences, sentencing by sally

“A drink-driver who killed a woman when she crashed into her broken-down car while using a mobile phone has been jailed for six years.”

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BBC News, 11th July 2008

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Death assault officer spared jail – BBC News

Posted July 11th, 2008 in assault, news, police, sentencing by sally

“A policeman has been given a three-month suspended jail sentence for assaulting a man who later died.”

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BBC News, 11th July 2008

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Firework blaze pair spared jail – BBC News

Posted July 11th, 2008 in arson, news, sentencing, young offenders by sally

“Two teenagers who set fire to a home in Oxford while a family of four slept upstairs have been spared a jail term.”

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BBC News, 11th July 2008

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July 21 ringleader’s fiancée jailed for aiding escape – The Guardian

Posted July 11th, 2008 in aiding and abetting, news, sentencing, terrorism by sally

“The fiancée of the ringleader of the failed July 21 bombings was today jailed for three years for helping him to escape London dressed in a burka.”

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The Guardian, 11th July 2008

source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sentencing Commission Working Group Report – Ministry of Justice

Posted July 11th, 2008 in press releases, sentencing by sally

“The Sentencing Commission Working Group set up by the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice in December 2007 has issued its final report.”

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Ministry of Justice, 10th July 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

OAP jailed for neglecting horses – BBC News

Posted July 11th, 2008 in animal cruelty, news, sentencing by sally

“A pensioner has been jailed for eight weeks and banned from keeping horses for two years after pleading guilty to animal neglect charges.”

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BBC News, 10th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Pc samurai sword attacker jailed – BBC News

Posted July 11th, 2008 in dangerous offenders, news, sentencing, wounding by sally

“A man who attacked a police officer with a samurai sword has been given an indeterminate jail sentence, to protect the public.”

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BBC News, 10th July 2008

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We’re out of touch on knife crime, says top judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 10th, 2008 in news, offensive weapons, sentencing by sally

“Courts are out of touch with Britain’s knife crime epidemic, the country’s top judge has admitted. ”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

We need tougher sentences for knife crime, says Britain’s top judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 9th, 2008 in news, offensive weapons, sentencing by sally

“The independent body which advises judges and magistrates on sentencing has failed to keep pace with the scale of Britain’s knife crime crisis, the Lord Chief Justice has said.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Burglary ‘does not deserve jail’ – The Times

Posted July 9th, 2008 in news, sentencing, theft by sally

“Unpaid work or a curfew could be a better way of punishing ‘less serious’ thieves, sentencing advisers recommend.”

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The Times, 9th July 2008

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Dangerous Offenders – Sentencing Guidelines Council

Posted July 9th, 2008 in dangerous offenders, news, sentencing by sally

“On 14th July 2008, the dangerous offender provisions in the 2003 Act are amended as a result of the implementation of relevant provisions in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008. The Guide for Sentencers and Practitioners issued by the Sentencing Guidelines Council in September 2007 as an addendum to its Guideline Judgments Compendium has also been amended. The Guide brings together the statutory provisions and relevant case law for the assistance of both the judiciary and practitioners: it is not a Council guideline. As well as incorporating the effect of the new provisions into the text, a new Annex F reproduces sections 225-229 of the 2003 in amended form, including the new schedule 15A. A brief summary of the effect of the new provisions is also included for ease of reference.”

Dangerous Offenders – Guide for Sentencers and Practitioners (PDF)

Sentencing Guidelines Council, 9th July 2008

Source: www.sentencing-guidelines.gov.uk

Legal Opinion: The debate on prison sentencing is now on a knife edge – The Indepdent

Posted July 9th, 2008 in news, sentencing, special report, violence by sally

“The call for automatic prison sentences to combat violence on our streets has become deafening in the past few weeks. But, pleads Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, politicians mustn’t act until they have considered the evidence.”

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The Independent, 9th July 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Judge jails kill threat murderer – BBC News

Posted July 8th, 2008 in murder, news, sentencing by sally

“A judge has jailed a murderer who 24 hours earlier had threatened to escape custody and kill him.”

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BBC News, 8th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk