A sentence of two weeks' imprisonment for a civil contempt of court that had been imposed to run consecutively to a term of 12 months' imprisonment for a number of criminal offences, was considered excessive where as a result of the rules on prisoners' early release, its effect was to increase the appellant's total term of imprisonment by two months.

CA (Civ Div) (Peter Gibson LJ, Brooke LJ, Robert Walker LJ)

22/08/2000

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