Practice and Procedure

R v AH (2013)

PUBLISHED February 5, 2013

[2013] EWCA Crim 344

Where doubt was raised as to an offender's age prior to sentencing, the judge should adjourn proceedings for a proper age assessment to be carried out. Accordingly, a sentence of 12 months' detention for possession of a false identity document was wrong in principle where a judge had sentenced the offender on the basis that he was over 18 but he was actually 15 at the time. A four-month detention and training order was appropriate.

CA (Crim Div) (Aikens LJ, Irwin J, Edwards-Stuart J)