A prisoner was entitled to have the period of time spent serving a sentence for an unrelated offence taken into account when the period relating to custody time limits was calculated. The Crown Court had no inherent common law power to suspend the running of the time of the custody time limit.The Crown Court had erred in ruling that the regime for custody time limits did not apply to a defendant who was serving a prison sentence and that an application for an extension of custody time limits, made during that period, was premature.

DC (Rose LJ, Smith J)

02/12/1999

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