Practice and Procedure

ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S REFERENCE (NO. 78 OF 2003) sub nom R v M (2004)

PUBLISHED February 16, 2004

[2004] EWCA Crim 418

A sentence of two years' imprisonment for 17 counts of indecent assault on boys was unduly lenient, the judge should have imposed a sentence in the region of five years. Given the defendant had had an anxious time awaiting the present hearing a more generous allowance would be made and the sentence would be quashed and one of three years six months substituted, along with an extended licence period. An order disqualifying the defendant from working with children would be imposed as the judge had failed to do so.

CA (Crim Div) (Mantell LJ, Butterfield J, Judge David Hodson)