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Philip Goldberg represents 15 year old facing serious offences, identifying the vulnerabilities he faced and avoids a custodial sentence

Represented 15 year old boy of good character. Parents (both teachers) located Mr Goldberg through Chambers Directory when choosing their representation. The child was accused of kidnap, blackmail, assault and possession of a weapon. Mr. Goldberg used his vast experience to identify the possibility of post traumatic stress disorder as the defendant had been severely bullied at a previous school. PTSD was confirmed by a leading psychiatrist and was the single most important element of not only keeping the child out of prison but also persuading the Magistrates in the Youth Court to retain the case and impose a referral order which will be a sentence which will ultimately become spent on the defendants 18th birthday. This will enable him to continue with his schooling, go to university and pursue his chosen career in the military.