R v Welsh and others

Sentence – Drug offences. Sixteen defendants appealed against the sentences imposed on them for their part in a conspiracy to supply large quantities of Class A drugs to crime groups for onward distribution. The Court of Appeal, Criminal Division, in dismissing the appeals, held that the judge had correctly used the descriptors within the sentencing guideline for leading, significant and lesser roles for the purposes of distinguishing between the roles played by different defendants. The sentencing exercise had received detailed consideration both of the facts and the approach to sentencing in the area.

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