Two people convicted of class A drug trafficking offences have had their sentences reduced on appeal.
Niall Skinner and Jas Dhaliwal represented the appellants at the Court of Appeal in R v Davies & McKeegans  EWCA Crim 301.
A Judge at Northampton Crown Court originally sentenced the appellants to 5 years’ imprisonment for two counts of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.
Niall Skinner’s client had 170 previous offences, including a previous conviction for supplying drugs. However, the Court of Appeal agreed that the offences did not warrant such a large movement from the starting point. His sentence was reduced to 3 years and 6 months.
Jas Dhaliwal’s client was serving a sentence of 5 years imprisonment for assisting a shooting in 2017. She had two previous convictions for supplying class A drugs, meaning the minimum 7 year sentence applied. However, Jas had successfully argued before the Crown Court that the minimum sentence would be ‘unjust’.
The Court of Appeal agreed that a further reduction was appropriate given the substantial delay in charging her, and the positive rehabilitation she had shown. The sentence was reduced to 3 years and 9 months.