Jo Morris succeeded in her application at the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) to reduce a sentence imposed upon a vulnerable man on the basis that the original sentences should have been concurrent not consecutive and offended against the principle of totality.
The appellant pleaded guilty to offences of breach of a restraining order, threats to kill and threats to cause criminal damage. He had been subject to a suspended sentence. The suspended sentence was activated in full and all counts had attracted twelve months custody to run consecutively.
In reducing the sentence, Mr. Justice Haddon-Cave mentioned that the appellant had been ‘very ably represented by Ms. Morris whose succinct written submissions [had] been most helpful’.
The original sentence of four and a half years was quashed to be replaced with one of three years.