Practice and Procedure

R v PAUL HOPE (2013)

PUBLISHED January 17, 2013

[2013] EWCA Crim 187

A discount of 20 per cent in a determinate sentence for affray was increased to 25 per cent despite an overwhelming case against a prisoner who had committed the offence in prison and had a violent criminal record. The judge had not had the benefit of the judgment in R. v Caley (David) [2012] EWCA Crim 2821, (2013) 177 J.P. 111 holding that the public benefits of reducing a sentence for a guilty plea applied just as much to overwhelming cases as to less strong ones.

CA (Crim Div) (Richards LJ, Swift J, Holroyde J)