*R v Howe

Criminal law – Appeal. The case concerned the sentencing of a defendant to 12 years' detention following conviction for the offence of encouraging or assisting suicide pursuant to s 2(1) of the Suicide Act 1961 (the offence), and his appeal against that sentence. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, in its judgment, provided guidance on the relevant factors a court would have to take into consideration when dealing with cases concerning the offence. On consideration of the specific facts of the present case, the defendant's sentence of 12 years was quashed and substituted with a sentence of 10 years' detention in a Young Offender Institution.

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