Practice and Procedure

R v CLIVE WOOD (2009)

PUBLISHED April 2, 2009

[2009] EWCA Crim 651

Although there was no express statutory link between the guidance concerning minimum term in relation to mandatory life sentence in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 Sch.21 and the principles to be applied to sentencing decisions in diminished responsibility manslaughter, there was no logical reason why, subject to the specific element of reduced culpability inherent in the defence of diminished responsibility, the assessment of the seriousness of the offence should ignore the guidance.

CA (Crim Div) (Lord Judge LCJ, Aikens LJ, Mackay J, Christopher Clarke J, Holroyde J)