Criminal law – Sentence - Principles - Drug offence - Appellant acted as driver for heroin dealer - Appellant pleaded guilty and asked that four other offences be taken into account by sentencing judge - Whether Court of Criminal Appeal adopted impermissible approach to sentencing by means of staged approach - Whether staged approach to be preferred to instinctive synthesis of sentencer - Relevance of maximum available sentence - Relevance of quantity of drug.
Criminal law – Appeal - Prosecution appeal against sentence - Court of Criminal Appeal increased sentence from 2 years and 6 months to 8 years - Whether Court of Criminal Appeal was wrong to find that the original sentence was manifestly inadequate - Whether re-sentencing discretion miscarried.
Criminal law – Sentence - Re-sentencing - Further offences - Additional discrete sentence added to head sentence for further offences disclosed by offender - Whether such approach a breach of totality principle.
Criminal law – Sentence - Principles - Failure by trial judge and Court of Criminal Appeal to consider an obligatory requirement of sentencing statute in determining appellant's sentence - Whether sentencing discretion of trial judge and Court of Criminal Appeal miscarried because of such omission.
Words and phrases – "staged approach", "two-stage approach", "instinctive synthesis".
Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW) – Div 3 Pt 3, s 21A, s 31, s 32, s 34(1), s 101A.
Criminal Appeal Act 1912 (NSW) – s 5D.
Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW) – s 33(2).