Practice and Procedure

R v A (2009)

PUBLISHED October 9, 2009

[2009] EWCA Crim 2307

An 18-month detention and training order imposed following a guilty plea to an offence of grievous bodily harm was quashed and a 12-month detention and training order substituted where the offender had fled the scene of the incident and had denied the offence when he was arrested several weeks later, but had pleaded guilty in the Crown Court. The judge had failed to properly apply the definitive guideline relating to discounts for guilty pleas which required the court to apply an appropriate discount to the sentence determined as the starting point and to then make a further reduction to reflect time spent in custody on remand.

CA (Crim Div) (Rix LJ, McCombe J, Burnett J)