Practice and Procedure

R V SMEETON (2004)

PUBLISHED March 9, 2004

[2004] EWCA Crim 581

A total sentence of three years for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, racially aggravated common assault and assaulting a police officer was not manifestly excessive. Given that the offences occurred in a hospital there had to be a considerable element of deterrence in deciding the length of any sentence.

CA (Crim Div) (Mantell LJ, Goldring J, Hunt J)