Barry Bennell lodges grounds of appeal (and BBC gets the law wrong)

Barry Bennell lodges grounds of appeal (and BBC gets the law wrong)

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We looked at the case of Barry Bennell when he was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment on 19th February 2018.

At the time, we commented that although it was an extremely lengthy sentence, it was unlikely that he would get very far in the Court of Appeal.

Well, hopefully we will find out as it was reported on 10th April 2018 that he is trying to appeal his sentence. We will keep an eye out.

Incidentally, in the BBC report it is described as a ’31 year sentence’ – this is due to the operation of s236A Criminal Justice Act 2003 (see here for what that means).

Unfortunately, the BBC say in their report “The 64-year-old is due to serve 15 years of his sentence in custody, with the rest on licence.“. As we said on the last occasion, that is wrong. He is due to serve somewhere between 15 and 30 years in custody depending on the outcome of an application to the Parole Board.

Here’s our overview of how the appeal system works.

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