Burglar and drug dealer sentence not increased by the Court of Appeal

6th February 2024

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3PB's criminal and regulatory barrister Graham GilbertGraham GilbertCall: 2015, pictured here, successfully resisted an application by the Solicitor General, Alex Chalk KC MP, to the Court of Appeal to increase his client, convicted burglar and drug dealer Otis Tomney's two-year suspended sentence as “unduly lenient”.

Otis Tomney, who was represented throughout the original burglary case and this sentence appeal by barrister Graham Gilbert, had over 120 previous offences for drug-dealing, burglary, and weapons offences. Graham was instructed by Kate Watts from law firm Wannops LLP.

Following the original Crown Court sentence from Portsmouth in November 2023, the Solicitor General referred the sentence to the Court of Appeal under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme. The Court of Appeal rejected the argument, so the sentence remained as a 2-year suspended one.