World War II veteran freed on appeal

09.09.11 | |

85-year-old decorated World War II veteran Norman Scarth who was jailed for six months in July for recording court proceedings has been freed by the Court of Appeal, counsel Amos Waldman was instructed on behalf of the appellant. 

Scarth was jailed for six months at Bradford Crown in July after being found in contempt of court, having recorded proceedings on an audio device hidden in a pen. 

Today three Judges quashed the sentence reducing the sentence to 12 weeks, resulting in his immediate release from Armley prison in Leeds. Having heard evidence relating to Scarth's mental health Lord Justice Pitchford said: "Having had the benefit of information about the background, which was not available to the judge... we are quite satisfied that the public interest is not served by the continued imprisonment of this 85-year-old man."

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