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Court Of Appeal Reduce Drug Dealers’ Sentence

Court of Appeal Reduce Drug Dealers’ Sentence

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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 [2021] 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.

A report of the case can be found here.

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