Court of Appeal quashes 10 month prison sentence for trainee police officer

On 27thApril 2023, the Court of Appeal (Stuart-Smith LJ, May J and the Recorder of Southwark) quashed a sentence of 42 weeks’ immediate imprisonment imposed on a trainee police officer following his guilty plea, at Portsmouth Crown Court, to possession of an extreme pornographic image. The Court substituted it with a sentence of 9 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months.  

The Court also provided general guidance in relation to the sentencing of offenders for possession of extreme pornographic images. 

Ryan Dowding appeared on behalf of the Appellant throughout the proceedings.

2nd May 2023