Knights v Secretary of State for Justice

Sentence – Imprisonment for public protection. It could not be said that in consequence of the duration of the appellant's length of sentence (eight years in total, for an offence requiring a two year sentence) and the legislative change regarding imprisonment for public protection that the trial judge had wrongly exercised her discretion in relation to arts 3, 5 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The Court of Appeal Civil Division so held in dismissing the appellants appeal against the length of his detention for a sentence pronounced prior to the Legal Aid and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

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