Life sentence quashed by Court of Appeal

14 July 2022

Matthew Stanbury

The Court of Appeal has quashed a life sentence imposed on Paul Crerand in 2006.

In doing so it substituted a hospital order with a limitation direction under s.41 MHA 1983. The appeal was brought after fresh evidence came to light that Mr Crerand had been suffering from mental illness at the time of his offending.

The judgement in the case can be read here.

Mr Crerand was represented by Garden Court North’s Matt Stanbury instructed by Tom Battarbee of Youngs Law.

Our criminal defence and appeals team specialises in historical cases with a mental health angle.

Matthew Stanbury, a multi-disciplinary practitioner, is ranked in both the UK Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. Matt’s day-to-day practice is split between inquests and civil claims, usually involving actions against the police. He also frequently accepts instructions an public law cases focusing on judicial reviews on behalf of prisoners, bereaved families and cases with a civil liberties angle. He has acted as leading junior in the criminal and civil jurisdictions, including in the Court of Appeal. He has also appeared in a number of recent cases in the Supreme Court.

 

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