Tom Horder successful in Court of Appeal

29th November 2021

3PB's crime and regulatory barrister Tom Horder, pictured here, recently represented the Appellant in R v Badawi in an appeal against a 13-year sentence for rape (an 8-year term of imprisonment and 5-year extended licence period).

The sentencing judge had found the Appellant ‘dangerous’ on the basis of a previous acquittal for rape. In reducing the original term to a determinate sentence of 6 ½ years the Court of Appeal accepted Tom’s submission that a previous acquittal could not be considered an aggravating factor nor, in the circumstances here, a relevant factor when considering the issue of dangerousness.

You can read the full judgement - as reported on Bailii - on the case which was heard in front of the Lord Chief Justice, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb DBE and Mr Justice Henshaw.

To contact Tom, please email him on or contact his clerk Stuart Pringle on or by calling him on 01962 868884.