Hi. Thank you for your question. My name is Jo and I will try to help with this.
I am really looking for as much help as you can offer as a custodial sentence will have such a huge impact on our family, especially my autistic son. If you could any advice as to anything else that would lessen the sentence he receives I would be grateful.
In the first incident, two boys confronted my Son. One of them hit my Son so my Son punched the boy. He has damage to his two front teeth. My Son was not aware that he caused this damage, and he only hit him one but as he cannot mentally face trial, he will not be giving his account to the court.
In the second incident, the CPS are stating that my Son was not the initiator of a fight which broke out. They say that acted in self defense but used too much force in defending himself. He became involved trying to separate two people fighting and then punched a boy. The CCTV shows that my Son made one stamp motion on the floor and are saying that he stamped on the boy. The CCTV does not show that my Son stamped on the boy, or that any contact was made with him, but it does show the one stamping motion. The boy had bruises but no serious injuries.
What type of evidence will help to reduce the sentence? Does the time spent on police bail get taken into account?
They were two separate incidents which happened on the same night approx half hour apart. Bail conditions were not to go within the City Centre where the incidents happened, not to be drunk in a public place and to sleep and eat at our home address every night and not to correspond with the other defendant