Attorney General's Reference; R v Downing (2017)

Eight-year extended sentence for assault occasioning ABH and attempt to cause GBH with intent held unduly lenient – . The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, held that an extended sentence of 8 years, comprising a custodial term of 4 years and an extension period of 4 years, for an offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and an attempt to cause grievous bodily harm with intent, had been unduly lenient in all the circumstances. Accordingly, the sentence would be substituted for an extended sentence of 11 years, comprising a custodial term of 7 years and an extension period of 4 years.

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