Giles Fleming successful in Court of Appeal

12 March 2018

Drystone Chambers pupil Giles Fleming recently achieved a substantial reduction in sentence for a client who had pleaded guilty to an offence of ABH. The original sentence was 21 months imprisonment, despite the client's serious mental health difficulties: he was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder, and had a history of symptoms including delusions and hallucinations. Giles argued that the evidence showed these symptoms were recurring at the time of this offence, and played a key role in explaining the defendant's behaviour. The Court of Appeal agreed that the sentence imposed originally was manifestly excessive, and reduced it to 12 months. For more information on Giles' practice please contact the clerks via email: clerks@drystone.com