Regina v Hawkins: CACD 22 Apr 1998

The defendant appealed against a sentence of six years imprisonment for arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered. He had set fire to his flat in a tower block. The neighbour was an elderly housebound lady. The offence was very serious, but nobody was hurt, and the sentence was out of line with other sentences for similar offences, and was reduced to four and a half years.


Lord Justice Judge, Mr Justice Mitchell And Recorder Of Birmingham His Honour Judge Peter Crawford Qc


[1998] EWCA Crim 1277


Criminal Damage Act 1971 1(2) 3


England and Wales

Criminal Sentencing

Updated: 11 October 2022; Ref: scu.154151