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Tag: Attorney General reference

12 January 2021

AG Reference: A timely warning on the problems caused by delay for child defendants, the ‘cliff edge’ of turning 18 and uncertainty in sentencing

The Attorney General sought leave to appeal as unduly lenient a sentence of a two year Community Order with a 200 hour unpaid work requirement which was passed by a Crown Court following a young person’s (KM) conviction for an offence of aggravated burglary committed when he was 16.  The Court of Appeal granted leave and upheld the appeal, increasing the sentence to one of three and a half years’ detention in a young offender institution.