Attorney General's Reference (No 34/2014); R v Jenkin

Sentence – Minimum period of imprisonment. The Attorney General brought a reference concerning the offender's sentence of life imprisonment, with a minimum term of six years, less time spent on remand, for the manslaughter of his mother and sister. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division held that, if the court chose to work with the currency of minimum terms, it did not need to have regard to early release provisions. As the ultimate sentence imposed by the judge had been unduly lenient, a minimum term to 13 years and four months would be substituted.

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