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Suella Braverman called the shocking case “tragic and extremely disturbing” and announced that she was referring it to appellate judges to reconsider the sentence handed down to 20-year-old Frankie Smith.
No appeal will be filed against the sentencing of Smith’s girlfriend, Savannah Brockhill, 28, who will spend at least 25 years behind bars after being found guilty of murdering the 16-month-old boy last month.
Causes of death
Smith, who was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child, will only serve two-thirds of her sentence in custody and must be released in just four years due to the time she spent in pretrial detention.
Devastated friends and family criticized the mother’s prison sentence after the Bradford Crown Court hearing.
Social services missed five opportunities to arrest Star’s killers in the months leading up to her death on September 22, 2020, the court heard.
The Attorney General has now intervened in hopes that the judges will increase the time he will spend behind bars.
In a statement, Ms Braverman said: “I can only challenge a sentence if it is not only lenient but improperly so, so that the sentencing judge made a serious mistake or imposed a sentence outside the range of sentences reasonably available in the circumstances. of the case”. offense.
“The threshold is high, and the test was not met in this case.”
The Attorney General has asked the Court of Appeals to increase the “unduly lenient” eight-year prison sentence of Star Hobson’s mother.
The sentence of Frankie Smith’s girlfriend, Savannah Brockhill, who will spend at least 25 years behind bars for murder +8, is not appealed
No appeal is filed against the sentence of Frankie Smith’s girlfriend, Savannah Brockhill, who will spend at least 25 years behind bars for murder
Social services missed five opportunities to arrest Star’s killers in the months leading up to her death on September 22, 2020, a court heard
Prosecutors described how the injuries
Prosecutors described how the injuries that caused Star’s death involved extensive damage to her abdominal cavity ‘caused by a severe and forceful blow or blows, either in the form of punching, stamping or kicking to the abdomen’.
Jurors also heard there were other injuries on her body from her which meant that ‘in the course of her short life, Star had suffered a number of significant injuries at different times’.
Prosecutor Alistair MacDonald QC said there had been two fractures to Star’s right leg of her ‘caused by forceful twisting’.
He also described a fracture to the back of the skull and bruising to Star, ‘much of which is considered to be non-accidental in origin’.