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R v C - Successful Appeal Against Excessive Sentence

Sara Lyle successfully challenges manifestly excessive custodial sentence imposed by Leeds Youth Court. On appeal, the sentence was reduced to a Youth Rehabilitation Order

Sara Lyle was instructed to act on behalf of this defendant aged 16years of age.  He was charged with two allegations of dwelling house burglary of which he had an established record of previous convictions for like offences.  Despite having a fantastic report from the Youth Offending Service the Magistrates sentenced him to a DTO for 10months.  For one of the burglaries he was sentenced to 6 months in custody and the other 4 months in custody to run consecutively.  Sara Lyle felt that this sentence was manifestly excessive in the circumstances of this defendant and with his consent pursued an appeal against sentence at the Crown Court.  Sara Lyle conducted the appeal herself and following representations, the Judge and the Magistrates reconsidered the sentence and imposed a Youth Rehabilitation Order for 2 Years with supervision and 91 days of intensive supervision and surveillance.  A curfew was also imposed for a period of 6 months between the hours of 9pm and 7am.