Star Hobson: Mother's jail sentence referred to Court of Appeal for being 'unduly lenient'
By SEAMLESS DAILY
12 January 2022
the jail sentence handed to the mother of murdered toddler star hobson has been referred to the court of appeal after it was deemed "unduly lenient", the attorney general.
Last month, Frankie Smith was jailed after being convicted of causing or allowing her daughter's death.
Sixteen-month-old Star was murdered by Smith's partner Savannah Brockhill who was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 25 years.
"I can only challenge a sentence if it is not just lenient but unduly so, such that the sentencing judge made a gross error or imposed a sentence outside the range of sentences reasonably available in the circumstances of the offence.
Braverman said she had concluded that she could not refer Brockhill's sentence.
"The threshold is a high one, and the test was not met in this case."
A life "marked by neglect, cruelty, and injury" During a two-month trial late last year, prosecutors said that Star was taken to hospital from the flat where she lived with her mother on 22 September 2020, but her injuries were "utterly catastrophic" and "unsurvivable".
A "fatal punch or kick" had caused the toddler to lose half the blood in her body and caused internal injuries, with force similar to that seen in a car crash, she said.
Prosecutors described how the injuries that caused Star's death involved extensive damage to her abdominal cavity 'caused by a severe and forceful blow or blows, either in the form of punching, stamping or kicking to the abdomen '.
After five referrals to social services, what opportunities were missed to save Star Hobson?
Star's great-grandfather, David Fawcett, said despite family members feeling Smith's sentence was "too lenient", his grand-daughter would have to live with the death of her child "for the rest of her life".
in each case, brockhill and smith managed to convince social workers that marks on star were accidental, or that complaints were made maliciously by people who did not accept their relationship.
Ms Braverman MP said : "This is a tragic and extremely upsetting case and my thoughts are with all those who loved Star Hobson.
'This vulnerable and innocent child was subjected to continued physical abuse, and her mother, Frankie Smith, allowed it to happen.
social services missed five opportunities to stop star's killers in the months before her death on 22, 2020, the court heard.
Suella Braverman said the shocking case was 'tragic and extremely upsetting' and announced she has referred it for appeal judges to reconsider the sentence given to Frankie Smith, 20.
Halfway through the seven-week trial, Smith pleaded guilty to eight instances of child cruelty.
A local review of Star's death is due to be published in January after at least five safeguarding referrals were made to Bradford council.
It will feed into a national one ordered by the government after the murder of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.
"This case will have caused upset to anyone who read about it, but my job is to decide if a sentence appears to be too low based solely on the facts of the case.
Smith, who was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child, will only serve two-thirds of her sentence in custody and is due to be released in just four years due to time spent on remand.
Devastated friends and family criticised the mother's jail term after the hearing at Bradford Crown Court.
I just can't believe she could do something like that to a baby girl.
Jurors heard that Smith's family and friends had growing fears about bruising they saw on the little girl in the months before she died and made a series of complaints to social services.
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