Practice and Procedure

ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REFERENCE (NO.67 OF 2008) sub nom R v SE (2009)

PUBLISHED January 20, 2009

[2009] EWCA Crim 132

A sentence of 12 months' imprisonment suspended for two years with a supervision requirement imposed on a female offender who had pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual activity with a boy and one count of offering to supply a controlled drug was unduly lenient. The offence required immediate imprisonment and the suspension period was therefore lifted. The sentencing guidelines did not differentiate between gender and the judge had been wrong to conclude that the boy had seduced the offender.

CA (Crim Div) (Lord Judge LCJ, Pitchford J, Roderick Evans J)