Re Mason (application under para 3 of Sch 22 to the Criminal Justice Act 2003)

Sentence – Mandatory life sentence. The offender, when aged 14, had taken part in a gang attack on an individual, which had resulted in his death and he was given a tariff of 11 years. The present proceedings concerned the review of the minimum term. The Administrative Court held that the offender had only shown real signs of progress over the last nine months, but his progress, good though it was, could not be regarded as exceptional or unforeseen and a reduction in tariff could not be recommended.

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