Clare Dowse has successfully appealed the sentence of her 20-year-old client, who was originally found to be a 'dangerous offender' and sentenced to an extended sentence of 14 years following a trial at Basildon Crown Court.
The Appellant had been convicted of a s18 wounding with intent, following a stabbing at a party in Tilbury. He received an extended sentence of 11 years' detention plus a three-year licence extension from the trial judge.
Clare achieved a substantial reduction to the sentence by successfully arguing that the sentence was manifestly excessive overall, having been wrongly categorised under the sentencing guidelines, and in particular that in all of the circumstances the trial judge was wrong to have found the Appellant to be a dangerous offender.
The Court of Appeal agreed, and quashed the finding of dangerousness and therefore the extended sentence. The Court also agreed that the offence had been wrongly categorised, and reduced the term of detention to nine years.
The solicitor in the case was Tahmina Majid of Tahmina & Co, Grays
24 December 2018