New Sentencing Guidelines (the ‘New Guidelines’) for domestic, non-domestic and aggravated burglary offences will become effective from 1 July 2022. 

These New Guidelines introduce a new middle category governing both ‘culpability’ and ‘harm factors’ which will provide Judges and Magistrates greater flexibility when considering the appropriate sentence for a defendant following conviction.

In this article Sukhdip Randhawa of Kangs Solicitors comments on the New Guidelines. 

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The New Guidelines | Kangs Sentencing Guidelines Solicitors

When sentencing, courts determine the seriousness of the offence under consideration by reference to Tables which list a variety of detailed categories.

The first consideration is that of culpability for which there are three categories:

  • high culpability – which acknowledges targeting or significant planning by the defendant,
  • medium culpability and
  • lower culpability – which will recognise where the offence may have been committed upon impulse. 

Having decided upon the level of culpability, a court will then wish to take into account the extent of the harm caused by the defendant’s actions and, again, there are three categories to be considered:          

  • Category 1 – covers situations where violence has been used,  
  • Category 2 – for situations where the impact is less severe,
  • Category 3 – where there is limited or no impact on the victim, with lower value items being stolen.

Level of Sentencing

Courts will impose sentences ranging from three years imprisonment for the most serious offences reducing to a High Level Community Order for the most minor offences.

The same considerations will be adopted in relation to offences involving non-domestic burglary and aggravated burglary as well as those prosecuted under the Theft Act. 

Official Comment

Sentencing Council member, Her Honour Judge Rebecca Crane, said:

‘Burglary has a big impact on victims, often so much more than just a theft of property, especially when it occurs in a victim’s home, a sanctuary where they are entitled to feel safe.

As a result of feedback from the consultation we have made changes to the assessment of harm to help courts better assess the impact of these offences on victims.

We have also updated the format of the guidelines to introduce new middle categories for our culpability and harm factors, which give judges and magistrates greater flexibility in sentencing.’

How Can We Help? | Kangs National Criminal Defence Solicitors

If you are being investigated or have been charged with a criminal offence of any nature, it is essential that you seek immediate expert advice.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Team which will advise upon the allegations made against you and the appropriate course for you to adopt if you are required to attend for police interview or any hearings of any nature including those before a Magistrates’ Court or a Crown Court.

Our Team is available to meet at any of our offices in Birmingham, London or Manchester or alternatively, we are happy to arrange a meeting via video conferencing. 

Please feel free to contact any of the following:

Suki Randhawa
srandhawa@kangssolicitors.co.uk
0121 449 9888 | 020 7936 6396

Amandeep Murria
amurria@kangssolicitors.co.uk
0161 817 5020 | 020 7936 6396

Helen Holder
hholder@kangssolicitors.co.uk
0121 449 9888 | 0161 817 5020