QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION
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MR JUSTICE BEAN
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"The term of the Detention and Training Order may not exceed the maximum term of imprisonment that the Crown Court could, in the case of an offender aged 21 or over, impose for the offence."
Strictly speaking, this section does not apply in the present case since the offence was only triable summarily. But the section reflects the view of Parliament, in accordance with long-standing elementary principles of sentencing, that it cannot be right to impose on a young offender a more severe sentence than could have been imposed on an adult who had committed the same offence. As Mr Southey for the appellant puts it, the youth of a defendant before the criminal courts is a mitigating factor, not an aggravating one.