Simon Russell Flint QC represented his client, a 15 year old boy, in the Court of Appeal. The boy was sentenced to six years after removing a shotgun and ammunition from his father’s gun cabinet and taking them into his school in Nuneaton.
Hallett LJ ruled that the boy was suffering from severe anxiety and depression at the time of the offence and that his welfare was just as important as public safety.
Social workers recommended that the boy be released under a supervision order and a comprehensive rehabilitation programme and Hallett LJ, with two other senior judges, ruled that they were ‘satisfied that it would be appropriate, once we are informed that the arrangements are in place, to follow the recommendations made’.
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