*Attorney General's Reference (No 11/2014); R v W

Sentence – Murder. The defendant was convicted of murder of her 11 month old son and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 14 years. The Attorney General brought a reference, pursuant to s 36 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988, on the basis that the proper balancing of the relevant factors should have led to an increase above the 15 year starting point indicated by Sch 21 to the Criminal Justice Act 2003. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division held that the aggravating features of the case considerably outweighed the available mitigation so that the sentence passed by the judge had been unduly lenient and substituted a minimum term of 17 years.

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