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What guidance have the courts recently given on the sentences to be imposed on offenders found guilty of handling stolen goods?

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Published on LexisPSL on 23/06/2016

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What guidance have the courts recently given on the sentences to be imposed on offenders found guilty of handling stolen goods?

Handling stolen goods

This Q&A covers the offence of handling stolen goods and the offence under section 22 of the Theft Act 1968. It also considers the guidance published by the Sentencing Council on handling stolen goods and on reported case law from the Court of Appeal Criminal Division, as cases before the Magistrates’ and Crown Court are not formally reported. There is also additional consideration of offences which may be committed in connection with handling stolen goods, and how these may be treated for sentencing purposes.

Following summary conviction, the maximum penalty is six months’ imprisonment or a fine or both. For trial on indictment, the maximum penalty is 14 years’ imprisonment. The sentencing guidelines derive from the Court of Appeal’s decision in R v Webbe with an increasing scale for sophisticated or professional offences. For further information on the offence, see Practice Note: Handling stolen goods.

The Sentencing Council gave guidance effective from February 2016 on a Theft Act 1968, s 22 offence. For further information, see Offences: Handling stolen goods.

For case law on the sentencing of the offence of handling stolen goods, see:

  1. R v Francis

  2. R v Harwood

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