Dangerous Driving: Sentencing

Attorney General written question – answered on 24th July 2018.

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Photo of Colleen Fletcher Colleen Fletcher Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Attorney General, how many sentences imposed for causing death by dangerous driving his Department has considered under the unduly lenient sentence scheme in each of the last five years; on how many occasions in each of the last five years he has referred such sentences to the Court of Appeal; and how many of those sentences have been extended by the Court of Appeal as the original sentence imposed fell outside the range of sentences that could reasonably have been imposed in the circumstances of the case.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General

The numbers of sentences for death by dangerous driving offences that have been successfully referred to the Court of Appeal as unduly lenient in the last five years are as follows:

Year

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018 to date

Sentences referred to the Attorney General’s Office

11

15

20

35

16

Sentences referred to the Court of Appeal by the Attorney General’s Office

0

2

2

8

3*

Sentences increased by the Court of Appeal

0

2

2

4

1

* This figure includes the case of Robert Brown which was referred to the Court of Appeal in July 2018 and in which it has reserved judgement.

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