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R v (1) Mark Toth (2) Ryan Rance

Where the defendants embarked upon a violent and wide ranging conspiracy to commit robbery, their sentences should have reflected their role in the wider conspiracy as a whole.

13 October 2006

The Attorney-General referred as unduly lenient a sentence of five years' detention imposed on the defendant (T) and a sentence of four years’ detention imposed on the defendant (R) following their guilty pleas to conspiracy to commit robbery contrary to s 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977. T and R had been part of a wide-ranging and determined conspiracy to rob, the many other members of which had not been detained. A minimum of 54 offences were committed, some of which were violent robberies of the public in the street or in their cars. The conspiracy netted property worth approximately £350,000 and was in operation while T was on bail for a smash-and-grab burglary and during a period in which R had absconded during sentencing for other matters. The worst day involved the commission of 11 offences ranging from the theft of a vehicle to the robbery of a hotel safe, and culminated in the violent robbery of a couple in their car who suffered injuries from the use of a hammer by one o...

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