R v Nelson and another

Sentence – Firearms offence. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, in dismissing the second defendant's appeal against sentence, held that his extended sentence of 16 years' imprisonment before an application for parole could be applied for, with an extended licence period of 3 years, was not manifestly excessive in all the circumstances for one count of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life. However, in allowing the first defendant's appeal against sentence, the court held that his total sentence of 12 years' imprisonment, for one count of assisting an offender and one count of possession of a prohibited firearm, was manifestly excessive as, on the facts, there had been a degree of overlap between the two offences. Accordingly, his total sentence was reduced to one of nine years' imprisonment.

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