R v Mudd

Criminal law – Appeal. The appellant's appeal against sentencing, following guilty pleas to a number of offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2003, would be allowed as the facts of the plea before venue hearing showed that the appellant had not been represented by his usual legal representative and he had failed to indicate a plea during that hearing. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, held that there would be a departure from the sentencing judge on that point as it had not been clear that feature concerning representation had been before the judge. The judge had also been wrong to limit the credit for the guilty pleas to 25%. Instead, exceptionally, it ought to have been a one-third reduction. The sentence of 24 months' detention would be quashed and substituted with a sentence of 21 months' detention in a young offender institution.

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