Practice and Procedure

ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REFERENCE (NO.45 OF 2008) sub nom R v B (2008)

PUBLISHED August 19, 2008

[2008] EWCA Crim 2019

A sentence of 12 months' detention imposed for possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of ammunition without a firearms certificate was unduly lenient and was replaced with a sentence of three years' detention. The fact that the offender had been only 16 and had committed the offences in order to protect himself did not amount to exceptional circumstances.

CA (Crim Div) (Gage LJ, Treacy J, Bean J)