Sellers v Podstreshnyy

Contempt of court – Appeal. Even where satisfactory arrangements had been put in place for the care of a young child for whom a defendant was the sole carer, the court had to recognise the effect of sentence on the relationship between the mother and child. A greater reduction ought to have been given in the appellant's sentence to reflect the problems that her imprisonment was clearly causing and the distress arising from those problems for both herself and her son. Accordingly, the Court of Appeal, Civil Division, reduced the sentence imposed on the appellant for three breaches of freezing orders, from nine months to six months for the first and second findings of contempt.

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