Richard Barradell successfully responds to Attorney General’s Reference.

Richard Barradell successfully responds to Attorney General’s Reference.

25 November 2021

On 23rd November 2021, the Attorney General referred the case of Steven Bennett to the Court of Appeal to argue that the sentence was unduly lenient.

The Appeal was heard by Sir Julian Flaux The Chancellor of the High Court, Lord Justice Dingemans and Lady Justice Andrews in Court 6 at the Court of Appeal in London. Steven Bennett had been sentenced by His Honour Judge Berkson at the Crown Court sitting at Chester in September 2021 to a total of five years imprisonment for two counts of Causing Death by Dangerous Driving from an incident on the M56 in September 2019.

After submissions and argument relating to three distinct grounds of appeal advanced on behalf of the Attorney General, the Court declined to find in favour of any of the Attorney’s arguments and accordingly the Attorney’s General’s Reference was refused and the appeal dismissed. Steven Bennett’s five year sentence was not increased.

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