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R v Sekhon

Criminal Procedure - Confiscation orders - Postponement - Failure to adhere to procedure - Confiscation orders set aside - Postponement fundamental to exercise of jurisdiction to make confiscation orders - Criminal Justice Act 1988, ss 71, 72 - Criminal Justice Act 1993, ss 27 to 35 - Proceeds of Crime Act 1995, ss 1 to 10

7 February 2003

The first appellant pleaded guilty, before HHJ Wood at the Newcastle Crown Court in September 1998, to an offence of conspiracy to cheat the public revenue. The offence occurred between 1 August 1994 and 30 November 1995. The case arose from the importation or diversion on a large scale of alcoholic goods on which no duty had been paid. The relevant statutory scheme in this case was the Criminal Justice Act 1988 as amended by the Criminal Justice Act 1993. The sentencing hearing was adjourned until December 1998. In advance of the sentencing hearing the judge and the appellant were notified by the prosecution that this was a suitable case in which to proceed under Part VI of the 1988 Act. On 17 December 1998, the prosecution opened the facts and on the following day sentence was passed. Counsel for the prosecution then raised the question of confiscation in open court. The confiscation hearing was adjourned to 19 February 1999, when the judge found exceptional circumstances and postpon...

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