Air rage client avoids immediate custodial sentence
Quentin represented LW, a gentleman accused of three offences relating to an air rage incident on a Flybe flight from Amsterdam to Manchester in 2016.
LW pleaded guilty to various a public order offence, a racially aggravated public order offences and assault. At an early hearing in the Magistrates Court the District Judge committed the matter to the Crown Court as he felt that his powers of sentencing (a total of 12 months custody) were insufficient to deal with LW. Following this hearing LW dispensed with his legal team and instructed Quentin under the Direct Public Access scheme.
Quentin prepared for and conducted the sentencing hearing at the Crown Court, drawing the Court’s attention to important facets of the case that lowered the culpability and important previous decisions of the Court of Appeal which framed the sentencing process.
As a result of Quentin’s submissions LW escaped an immediate custodial sentence. He received a suspended sentence order- a five-month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months with 40 hours of unpaid work in the community and was ordered to pay £1500 in compensation. This sentence is far below the maximum that could have been passed in the Magistrates Court.
This high profile matter was covered in all major news publications: