Regina v A and B: CACD 1999

Lord Bingham CJ discussed the effect on sentence of the defendant having provided information of assistance to the police: ‘If the information given is accurate, particularised, useful in practice, and hitherto unknown to the authorities, enabling serious criminal activity to be stopped and serious criminals brought to book, the discount may be substantial.
Where, by supplying valuable information to the authorities, a defendant exposes himself or his family to personal jeopardy, it will ordinarily be recognised in the sentenced passed. For all these purposes, account will be taken of help given and reasonably expected to be given in the future.’ If a defendant is convicted and sentenced without giving information to te police or without expressing a willingness to do so, then the Court of Appeal will not usually take account of information that is subsequently supplied after sentence, because it is a reviewing court, not one with original jurisdiction so far as sentencing is concerned.
Lord Bingham CJ
[1999] Cr App R S 52
England and Wales
Cited by:
AppliedRegina v R (Informer: Reduction of Sentence) CACD 28-Jan-2002
After conviction, but before sentence, the defendant had co-operated with the police in providing information about crimes other than the one for which he had been convicted. Further information had been given after he had been sentenced. He . .
CitedRegina v Z CACD 26-Jun-2007
The defendant appealed against his sentence for conspiracy to supply large volumes of prohibited drugs, the consecutive sentences totalling 18 years. The defendant had provided information to the police which had resulted in the recovery of . .
CitedRegina v K CACD 12-Apr-2002
The defendant appealed a sentence of 26 years for conspiracy to supply heroin. . .
CitedAXN v The Queen CACD 27-May-2016
The defendant argued that greater note should have been taken on his sentencing to allow for the assistance he had given to the police after his arrest.
Held: The current accepted practice is that the text of the letter from the police to the . .

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Updated: 01 June 2021; Ref: scu.183440