Regina v Colhoun: CANI 1988

The Court affirmed a sentence of 10 years imprisonment for the armed robbery of andpound;50 from a small shop: ‘Since the judgment of this court in R -v- O’Neill there has been no diminution in the number of armed robberies. They are very serious crimes which put innocent members of the public in fear and this court desires to emphasize again that armed robbery is an offence which must be met by severe sentences which contain an element of deterrence.’


Hutton LCJ


[1988] 12 NIJB 16


Northern Ireland


CitedRegina v O’Neill CANI 1984
The court gave sentencing guidelines for offences of robbery. Gibson LJ said: ‘In circumstances such as obtain nowadays in Northern Ireland where firearms are frequently used to rob banks and post offices this Court would re-affirm that a sentence . .

Cited by:

CitedRooney and Others, Re Attorney General’s Reference (Number 1 of 2005) CANI 11-Nov-2005
The defendants had been convicted or armed robbery. The Attorney General appealed against the sentences saying they were too lenient. Rooney argued that his plea of guilty had been after an indication by the judge and the reference was misguided. . .
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Criminal Sentencing

Updated: 07 May 2022; Ref: scu.234982