QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL
B e f o r e :
|In the Matter of Laurence Philip Hughes (setting of minimum term)|
|And in the matter of a reference by the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to Criminal Justice Act 2003 s.273|
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Mr Justice Nicol :
"The killer was more pathetic than vicious. He was very possessive in his attitude to the victim and was emotionally incapable of coping with the possibility that the relationship should end. The final act was probably affected by the consumption of drugs. There is no obvious risk of re-offending. There is undoubtedly deep remorse."
Mr Hughes received the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment. The trial judge recommended that the period necessary for retribution should be fixed at 10 years. The Lord Chief Justice (Lord Taylor C.J.) endorsed the recommendation which was in turn adopted by the Secretary of State.
The Court agreed with Dr Lausch's opinions.
Representations made on behalf of Mr Hughes
Appropriate order if the offence had been committed after 18th December 2003
What term would have been imposed by the Secretary of State prior to 18th December 2003?