Client convicted of ABH - Suspended Sentence.Non-custodial sentence - no prison
Case study summary
Having been convicted of a serious assault charge against his former partner, our client faced a custodial sentence. The case had been transferred to us after he was convicted. We gathered reports and references on his behalf, ensuring that he avoided prison.
Our client was convicted of a serious charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. At trial, he used a different firm of solicitors and was subsequently convicted. After trial, he decided that he needed specialist lawyers to help him prepare for his sentencing and instructed our firm.
This case was particularly challenging as we were given a short amount of time to prepare as and the circumstances of the case were particularly serious. He had burnt his partner with hot metal and this left her with a visible injury. When we spoke with him, it was clear that his mental health was suffering at the time of the offence.
We put forward a clear plan of action, obtaining character references and a psychological report which confirmed that he had a form of PTSD. Using our material, the hand-selected advocate was able to provide clear and persuasive mitigation in court detailing our client’s history of abuse and previous good character.
The court was persuaded to suspend his sentence he was able to continue living his life outside of prison.
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