The defendant had set fire to a terraced house by pouring petrol through the letter box in a revenge attack. The occupier of the house escaped to call the fire brigade but a tenant was overwhelmed by smoke fumes and died. The Appellant had offered to plead guilty to manslaughter but that offer had been rejected.
Held: There was particular personal mitigation available to him. Having regard to what it called ‘unusual mitigating factors’ the sentence of 15 years imprisonment was quashed and one of 12 years substituted for it.
 2 Cr App R (S) 113
England and Wales
Cited – Jones, Regina v CACD 30-Nov-2005
The court considered appeals against tarriffs set for defendants convicted of murder in the light of the schedules to the 2003 Act.
Held: ‘The guidance given by Schedule 21 is provided to assist the judge to determine the appropriate sentence. . .
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Updated: 07 May 2022; Ref: scu.235491