R v Serra and others, Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), 22nd October 2015

On Thursday 22nd October 2015, the Appellant, represented by Mr Jonathan Elystan Rees of chambers, was successful in appealing against his sentence of 4 years imprisonment which had been imposed in relation to his part in a conspiracy to supply cannabis resin. The Court of Appeal agreed with the Appellant that given the Appellant’s relative role in the conspiracy compared to others, the need to ensure a just relationship with the sentences of those others and the Appellant’s lack of relevant previous convictions, the starting point of 5 years before credit for guilty plea was too high. The sentence was reduced to one of 38 months.