Skilling, R v, Court of Appeal - Criminal Division, October 09, 2018, [2018] EWCA Crim 2471

Resolution Date:October 09, 2018
Issuing Organization:Criminal Division
Actores:Skilling, R v
 
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No: 2018 01937 A3

Neutral Citation Number: [2018] EWCA Crim 2471

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL

CRIMINAL DIVISION

Royal Courts of Justice

Strand

London, WC2A 2LL

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

B e f o r e:

LORD JUSTICE SIMON

MR JUSTICE GOSS

RECORDER OF WINCHESTER

HIS HONOUR JUDGE CUTLER CBE

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R E G I N A

v

KEENAN MARK SKILLING

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MR MICHAEL J KNOWLES appeared on behalf of the Appellant

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LORD JUSTICE SIMON:

  1. On 4th July 2017, in the Crown Court at Manchester, the applicant (aged 24) pleaded guilty upon rearraignment to an offence of robbery. On 19th January 2018 he was sentenced by Mr Recorder Shaw to a term of five years and four months' imprisonment.

  2. A co-defendant, a man named Romeo Higgins, also pleaded guilty to the robbery. He was given a lesser sentence of four years and two months' imprisonment for reasons to which we will come.

  3. Leave to appeal that sentence has been referred to the full court by the single judge and we grant leave.

  4. On 6th May 2016 the victim of the robbery, David Mason, travelled from his home in Teesside to Manchester with his friend Tariq Latiff. The two men had gone to watch a boxing match at the Manchester Arena. After the match, Mason and Latiff went to a number of public houses and then to a casino in the city centre, before going to a McDonalds on Oxford Road at about 5 am on 7th May.

  5. CCTV footage from outside the McDonalds showed the appellant, accompanied by Higgins, engaging in conversation with Mason and Latiff. According to the prosecution evidence, the appellant asked Latiff if he needed a lift and Latiff handed him £40 in casino chips, on the understanding that he and Mason...

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