Paul Rooney successful at the Court of Appeal

Mar 2, 2022

Paul appeared at the CoA Criminal Division today, to argue that a sentence imposed in relation to PWITS class A drugs was manifestly excessive.

In October 2021 Mr Black, a man of previous good character, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 28 months immediate custody by HHJ Singh at Durham Crown Court. When considering the sentencing guidelines, HHJ placed the appellant into the category of ‘Significant role’, despite powerful mitigation advanced by Paul, to demonstrate that the correct category should have been ‘Lesser role.’

Paul drafted comprehensive grounds of appeal highlighting how the Judge had fallen into error. Paul successfully reasoned that in all the circumstances of the case, the correct category when considering culpability should have been ‘Lesser role’, the effect of which was to reduce the starting point appreciably.

The CoA, chaired by Lord Justice Males, agreed with Paul’s submissions and quashed the original sentence. It was replaced by a 20-month suspended sentence order.

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