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R v C - Lenient Sentence Despite Short Notice
Lindsey Lobley represents client charged with stabbing and expertly mitigates his case to receive a fair sentence
The defendant had initially refused representation at the Police Station and Court when he faced serious allegations of inflicting grievous bodily harm but shortly before he was due to appear at the Crown Court instructed Miss Lobley to represent him having heard of her reputation whilst remanded into custody. He was confident that at short notice, she would apply for funding and obtain papers in his case and offer him appropriate advice. Once she had the papers Miss Lobley could see the evidence against the defendant was overwhelming and an early plea would significantly affect his sentence. The case involved the defendant slashing the complainants face and his stomach causing significant injury. Following carefully prepared mitigation, the defendant was sentenced to 4 years 8 months custody. The sentence was so lenient that the defendant was advised the Prosecution may appeal, but they did not. The case demonstrates how Miss Lobley is able to seize a case at short notice, quickly grasp the issues involved and within 5 days provide appropriate advice even when the consequences are significant. The defendant could easily have received a longer or extended sentence but she was able to mitigate with full instructions and receive and incredibly lenient sentence.