London, WC2A 2LL
B e f o r e :
MR JUSTICE WILLIAM DAVIS
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|JASON WESLEY EDWARDS|
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"If he had pleaded guilty and admitted being in a leading role the most of sentence which could have been passed, according to the guidelines, is something in the region of a starting point of eight and a half years, that is 102 months, and he would be entitled to a reduction for a plea of about a third of that which would have taken it down to five years and 10 months.
There is no such reduction due in this case. He has gone to every length he can and sought to persuade his lawyers to extend and prolong these proceedings as far as possible by making requests for up to 120,000 pages of other people's phone records. So not only has he shown no remorse, he has done all he can to throw dust in the court's eyes.
So if you had pleaded it would have been a starting point of eight and a half years and a finishing point of about five years and 10 months. That credit insofar as I am concerned, has really exhausted by his obfuscatory, dishonest and obstructive conduct of these proceedings.
I must nonetheless leave some credit behind so the sentence of the court is one of eight years' imprisonment."