Court of Appeal allows out of time appeal against Detention for Public Protection

Farrhat Arshad represented IH who, in September 2007, had been sentenced to Detention for Public Protection for five offences of robbery committed when he was 15. IH was sentenced to the indeterminate sentence a week after his 16th Birthday. The application for leave to appeal was made 15 years out of time.

The extension of time and leave to appeal was granted by the Single Judge. The Court of Appeal (Lord Justice Holroyde, Sir Nigel Davis) today quashed the sentence of Detention for Public Protection. The Court accepted the arguments made that the sentencing judge (Mr Justice Butterfield) had not given reasons for rejecting an Extended Sentence and had erred in imposing a Sentence of Detention for Public Protection on a 16 year old, given the facts  of the case. IH had spent 10 years in custody before his first release. Farrhat was instructed by Natalie Shotter of Youngs Solicitors.