R v Lewinson

Sentence – Manslaughter. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, to a certain extent, allowed the defendant's appeal against a sentence of detention for life, with nine years' detention specified as the minimum term under s 82A of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000, for a single manslaughter conviction. In all the circumstances, whilst the adopted starting point of 24 years for an adult offender had not been manifestly excessive, the reduction of 25% to reflect the age and maturity of the defendant, as well as his capacity for change, had not been sufficient. Accordingly, the defendant's sentence was detention for life, with the specified minimum term reduced to eight years' detention (less time spent on remand in custody).

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