Regina v Wilkinson: CACD 1983

A discretionary life sentence should be reserved for the most exceptional circumstances, and for the most part for offenders who were incapable of being dealt with under the Mental Health Act 1959, ‘yet who are in a mental state which makes them dangerous to the life or limb of members of the public’ and in respect of whom ‘It is sometimes impossible to say when that danger will subside’.


Lord Lane CJ


(1983) 5 Cr App R (S) 105


Mental Health Act 1959

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CitedSturnham, Regina (on The Application of) v The Parole Board of England and Wales and Another (No 2) SC 3-Jul-2013
From 4 April 2005 until 3 December 2012, English law provided for the imposition of sentences of imprisonment for public protection (‘IPP’). The Court addressed the practical and legal issues resulting from the new system.
Held: The decision . .
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