Kangs Solicitors has recently defended a seventy seven year old male client who admitted the crime of attempted murder of his wife.
It was clear from the outset that our client, who was a man of previous good character, had acted totally out of character and it became apparent that he was suffering a mental disorder at the time of the offence.
Sukhdip Randhawa of Kangs Solicitors outlines the circumstances of the matter.
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The Circumstances | Kangs Attempted Murder Defence Solicitors
- Our client and his wife had been married for thirty-eight years at the time of the offence.
- His wife is bedridden, has suffered ill health for many years and our client has been her sole carer throughout that period.
- A few months prior to the offence, our client tried to take his own life as the unfortunate result of the distress he endured expressing the difficulties he faced when caring for his wife at a time when he felt so unwell. He was discharged and returned home to continue caring for his wife.
- Two months later our client telephoned the Police stating “I have just killed her… my wife… it is a long story. She has been ill for some time… I have been ill and tried to look after her, but it has not worked out… I have just had to take it into my own hands.”
- When the Police and Emergency Services arrived at our client’s home his wife was found to have received life threatening injuries but, thankfully, she is now slowly recovering.
How We Assisted Our Client | Kangs Serious Crime Solicitors
- Having taken detailed instructions from our client on all relevant facts, including his mental health issues, the team at Kangs Solicitors obtained and examined his medical records.
- A very experienced consultant forensic psychiatrist was identified and instructed by the Kangs team and reports were prepared in preparation for the Guilty Plea which was entered once it had been established that our client was mentally fit to plead.
- The team at Kangs Solicitors was fully aware that on 22 July 2020 the Sentencing Council had published a new Guideline: ‘Sentencing Offenders with Mental Disorders, Development Disorders or Neurological Impairments’ which came into effect for those sentenced on or after 1 October 2020, irrespective of the date of the offence.
- The new Guidelines provide that the defendant’s mental illness at the time of the offence is a ‘specific mitigating feature’ which ‘significantly’ lowers the culpability of a defendant and a court must take into account the defendant’s mental state.
The Successful Outcome | Kangs Criminal Defence Solicitors
- Substantial mitigation was prepared and submitted to the court indicating that a sentence could be imposed substantially below that sought by the Prosecution because of the very substantial reduction in culpability brought about by our client’s mental disorder, which was severe at the time of the offence.
- The Judge, having considered the substantial mitigation documentation provided, sentenced our client to a period of three years imprisonment as against a potential period open to the Judge of fifteen years.
How Can We Help? | Kangs National Criminal Defence Solicitors
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