Aneurin Brewer successfully appeals sentence of detention in The Court of Appeal

August 3, 2022

On 2 August, Aneurin successfully represented UT in The Court of Appeal, reducing his sentence of 44 months’ for two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs by 11 months’ to 33 months’.

UT was arrested in Exeter in February 2020 operating a county lines drugs phone supplying class A drugs to drugs users in Devon over a period of 3 months. That matter took some two years to be sentenced due to delays arising from COVID. In that time UT received sentences of 18 months’ for an offence of violent disorder and 27 months’ for possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin with respect to his separate operation of a drugs line in Hackney. In February 2022, UT was eventually sentenced to 44 months’ for his offending in Devon which as a result of the delays in effect ran consecutively to the two earlier sentences.

On Appeal, the Court, presided over by Lord Justice Holroyde, Vice President of the Court of Appeal, agreed with Mr Brewer’s submissions that in a difficult sentencing exercise the learned Judge had failed to give sufficient discount to allow for the totality of the cumulative effect of the earlier sentences which the appellant had served whilst awaiting sentencing. In addition, considering his youth and other personal mitigating circumstances the Court reduced the sentence by 25%.

Aneurin Brewer was instructed by Canel Halil of Emery Halil Brown.