Court of Appeal Quash Custodial Sentence





Carolyn Taylor specialist Mental Health Criminal Solicitor at TV Edwards LLP, succeeded in obtaining permission to appeal out of time. Carolyn obtained psychiatric evidence which undermined the original custodial sentence of her client who can not be named due to court reporting restrictions. In a case which highlights the need for full psychiatric reporting before sentencing, the Court of Appeal quashed the original sentence and replaced it with orders under s.31/41 of the Mental Health Act 1983, for the client to be detained in hospital.