Criminal solicitors in London and nationwide, should be aware threats to kill is a specified offence for the purposes of section 226A (extended sentence for certain violent or sexual offences) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.
All good Criminal Solicitors should be aware of the case of K Ritson  EWCA Crim 152 on threats to kill. The Sentencing Council provides guidance on the categories of cases for sentencing purposes, for allegations of threats to kill. Those Sentencing Council Guidelines (SCG) can be found here.
The Sentencing Council Guidelines state that one of the elements that can make this is a case with higher culpability is where the threats is accompanied with "significant violence".
In the case of Ritson, it was held that it was open to the sentencing Judge to determine that acts of violence the day before the threat was close in time to satisfy the higher culpability.
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