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Chris Henley KC secures reduction of 6 years to minimum term in arson murder case appeal


This was a harrowing and extremely grave case. Jamie Barrow set fire to his neighbour’s flat in the early hours of the morning, by pouring petrol through the letter box, causing the deaths of a mother and her two daughters, aged three and one. Following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court, he was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 44 years. Today, the Court of Appeal agreed with Chris Henley KC‘s submissions that the minimum term was manifestly excessive, ‘out of kilter with other comparable cases‘, and failed to take sufficient account of the ‘appellant’s mental health issues‘. 

Chris was instructed by Lisa Sawyer of VHS Fletchers Solicitors, and led Andrew Wesley of VHS Fletchers Solicitors.

The Judgment can be viewed here.



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