EWCA Crim 2009
A sentence of four years was manifestly excessive for an offence of child abduction as the offence had been relatively short, with no sexual touching and was not pre-meditated. A sentence of three years was appropriate. The Crown Court had no power to make an order disqualifying the defendant from working with children, under Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 s.28, as abduction by a stranger was not a qualifying offence. The secretary of state was invited to exercise his powers and amend the omission and, in the interim, prosecutors should consider an alternative charge of kidnap, which was a qualifying offence.
CA (Crim Div) (Judge LJ, Hallett J, Treacy J)