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My name is***** contact details if required are *****@******.*** or XXXXXXXXX. i am asking your advice on behalf of my son Mark XXXXXXXX who at the moment is serving a seven year sentence at HMP Ranby, his prison number is ***** Mark had a serious industrial injury several years ago and has been on high medication for a number of years. Oxycontin120 I think is the name of the prescribed tablet and should be taken every twelve hours. A release date of March 2016 has been given to him. While on remand obtaining and receiving his correct medication was always difficult, and not received regularly or at the intervals prescribed, he was often in acute pain. Mark refused to appear at his trial and through not appearing and stating his case received a substantial sentence. Mark realises he was wrong in not appearing but has been told that he may have a case for review bearing in mind that he had not received his medication prior to his trial, or indeed many times during the weeks he was on remand. The staff at Ranby have indicated that by not receiving his medication at the times prescribed over a long period and specifically for the nineteen hours before his trial appearance would have a serious effect on his state of mind, and may be the cause for his decision not to appear as he should have done. My question to you is:- Is a review possible bearing in mind the limited information I have given you? I look forward to hearing from you. John XXXXXXX
Hello John my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
For now please let me know when his trial was? Did it last for a day or longer?
Sorry for delay. trial 8/05/14 lasted 2 days
Did he not have a conference with his Barrister beforehand?
Yes - the Barrister could not persuade him.
Did he tell the Barrister he had not taken medication?
I do not think so, but cannot confirm that until I speak to Mark.
i shall have to make arrangements for Mark to contact me are there any other questions you would like me to put to him at the same time?
I will have to ask him, hopefully when he rings me tomorrow.
Apologies for the delay in replying, Mark has just made contact.
Yes he did advise the Barrister twice, firstly the evening before the trial which was his first contact, secondly the morning of the trial,that the medicine was given to the escorting officer, and when received was long overdue.
Ok - so the Barrister knew. Did your son say he was unfit to attend trial?
No, I do not think so, but have asked Mark to contact me this coming wednesday, in case you have any further questions that require his confirmation.