EWCA Crim 2501
The assessment of the seriousness of an offence involved a broad judgment of overall criminality and even a definitive sentencing guideline was not to be approached as if each offence could be put into a fixed and inflexible compartment. The recommended starting point for setting the notional determinate sentence for the gravest cases where a defendant was under 18 was 13 years, with a sentencing range of 10 to 16 years. In the instant case, a minimum term of 16 years and three months was reduced by nine months to reflect an element of remorse.
CA (Crim Div) (Lord Chief Justice, Owen J, Christopher Clarke J)