We recently successfully appealed a sentence imposed by Aylesbury crown court for alleged historic sexual offences.
Through careful planning and with expert attention to detail, we were able to show that the original sentence handed down was manifestly excessive in a relation to an historic sex case.
Our client – a man in his late 60s with no previous convictions recorded against him – had pleaded guilty to two historic sexual assault offences against his stepson’s partner.
Despite strong mitigation and clear Sentencing Guidelines, the judge at Aylesbury crown court imposed an immediate prison sentence of 27 months, calling him a ‘dirty old man.’
Believing that to be wrong in law and fighting for our client, we immediately lodged an appeal against the sentence.
Recognising the importance of the appeal, the case was expedited by the court and permission was given by the single judge who acknowledged that our concerns had considerable merit.
When the appeal was determined on 4th December, it was successful. Recognising the time that our client had already served in prison, the 27 month sentence was reduced to 5 months, resulting in his immediate release from prison.
If you are accused of a sexual offence, seeking the right type of advice and expert legal representation is vital to ensure the best possible outcome in your individual case.
It’s extremely important to ensure you appoint an experienced criminal defence solicitor with expertise in historic and present sexual offence law. Contact us for advice and assistance or to discuss your specific case.