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Court of Appeal reduces Friskies fine by £350k

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In R v Friskies Petcare UK Ltd Case no.99/5226/W5, 10 March 2000, the Court of Appeal reduces a fine from £600,000 to £250,000 for breaches of health and safety legislation that resulted in the death of an employee. The court accepts both grounds of the appeal: the sentencing judge had taken into account an aggravating factor that he should not have; and a smaller fine was more consistent with other fines for similar offences. The decision applies to, and elaborates on, some of the sentencing criteria set out in the 1998 Court of Appeal decision in R v Howe & Son (Engineers) Ltd [1999] 2 All ER 249, and provides guidance for the conduct of future cases.