In an Attorney-General's reference, having had regard to the sentences imposed upon four offenders for offences of robbery, attempted robbery and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence, the Court of Appeal was of the conclusion that non-custodial sentences were unduly lenient having particular regard to the fact that the offences were committed on members of the public travelling on public transport. Accordingly, the Court of Appeal passed sentences of 12 months' detention on two of the offenders and six-month detention and training orders on each of the remaining two offenders.

CA (Crim Div) (Swinton Thomas LJ, Wright J, Tomlinson J)

07/06/2000

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