Webbe vs. R. v [2001] EWCA Crim 1217 02 May 2001

Considerations for Sentence for theft or Burglaries

Deliberations for sentencing:

“Either with a record of offences of dishonesty, or who engages in sophisticated law breaking, will attract a custodial sentence. It is in relation to the length of that sentence that the aggravating and mitigating features which we have earlier identified will come into play, as will the personal mitigation of the offender, who may appropriately, in accordance with Ollerenshaw [1991] 1 Cr App RS 65, be dealt with by a somewhat shorter sentence than might, at first blush, otherwise have seemed appropriate.”
“in relation to more serious offences, there will be some for which a sentence within the range of 12 months to 4 years will be appropriate and there will be others for which a sentence of considerably more than 4 years, up to the maximum, may be appropriate. In this regard, the factors to be taken into consideration will include whether an offence is committed in the context of a business, whether the offender is acting as an organiser or distributor of the proceeds of crime and whether the offender has made himself available to other criminals as willing to handle the proceeds of thefts or burglaries.” (See:  Webbe & Ors, R. v [2001] EWCA Crim 1217 02 May 2001.)

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