12:07 10 March 2022
Police and the Suffolk Crime Commissioner have questioned whether reducing the sentence of a Kesgrave teenager who shot his friend in the face ‘sends the right deterrent message’.
Tim Passmore has admitted he was “surprised” by the Court of Appeal’s decision to reduce Jacob Talbot-Lummis’s sentence by six years for attempted murder.
Talbot-Lummis was 15 when he drove his father’s car to Friends Walk, Kesgrave on September 7, 2020.
Armed with his grandfather’s shotgun, he waited about an hour before shooting the victim, also 15 at the time, in the face from less than 5 feet away.
Judge Martyn Levett sentenced Talbot-Lummis to 24 years in prison with an extended license term of five years at Ipswich Crown Court in November last year.
However, on Tuesday, three senior Court of Appeal judges reduced the sentence for attempted murder to 18 years in prison with a five-year license extension.
At the hearing in London, Talbot-Lummis’ lawyer Diana Ellis QC argued that the sentencing judge failed to properly consider the amount of the teenager’s mitigation, including his youth, his “dysfunctional” upbringing and the bullying he said he faced. his victim.
Lord Justice Holroyde, sitting with Judge Julian Knowles and Judge Cotter, said the trial judge was “in the best position to assess the evidence”, but continued: “What he did not address, however , was the full effect the bullying, whatever its level, may have been on the caller.”
At the original sentencing hearing, Judge Levett said he did not accept “that there was intimidation of the scale or degree suggested”.
Reacting to the decision, Mr Passmore said: ‘I have no idea what additional evidence – if any – has emerged at the appeal hearing to substantiate this decision, but I must say I am surprised , especially since the appellate judges said the trial judge was in the best position to weigh the evidence.
“This was a callous and brutal crime, made all the more shocking by the age and violent intent of the perpetrator and I wonder if this sentence reduction sends the appropriate deterrent message to other offenders.
“I can only hope that the punishment will be enough for Jacob Talbot-Lummis to truly appreciate the seriousness of his actions.
“Finally, the focus should rightly be on victims of crime, which I believe in this case the original tariff clearly delivered.”