Sentencing of informant – The appellant submitted he did not receive sufficient credit for his mitigation which warranted a greater reduction in the sentence passed because he had provided valuable information and intelligence to the authorities over a significant period. His efforts and the information supplied were expressly held in high regard by his handlers. The text provided in confidence describes the benefit to the authorities of the information received as being valuable.
Held: ‘This material was of significant utility to the prosecuting authorities, as it led to seizures and assisted in the identification of perpetrators, including corrupt customs officials. We consider that a greater allowance should have been made for the notable assistance he provided, and that the payments made to the applicant should not have had a significant impact on the credit afforded to him in the sentence passed. This is not a strict mathematical exercise. We substitute a shorter sentence of imprisonment.’
Lord Justice Fulford VP, 2 anonymised Justices
 EWCA Crim 1474
England and Wales
Updated: 30 October 2021; Ref: scu.668588