EWCA Crim 1552
There was no disparity in the sentences imposed on three defendants aged 16, 19 and 24 following guilty pleas to robbery. The 16-year-old, who had no previous offences, had received a two-year community rehabilitation order with a six month curfew and 60 days attendance at an ISSP programme, whereas the 19-year-old, also with no previous offences, had received a custodial sentence of four years' detention. The court was entitled to show mercy to a young offender, particularly one who was less involved than the adults with whom he was to be sentenced.
CA (Crim Div) (Hallett LJ, Mackay J, Judge Chapman)