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Court of Appeal increases sentence in Yeovil manslaughter case

Kristian Bailey
Kristian Bailey

A 28-year-old man convicted of manslaughter following the death of a man in Yeovil has had his sentence increased for being unduly lenient.

Kristian Bailey – who was convicted in January 2019 for the manslaughter of Joseph ‘Joe’ Jennings – has had his sentence increased from six years to eight years in prison after Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP referred it for being too low.

Mr Jennings was found by an ambulance crew with multiple injuries in the stairwell of flats at Great Western Terrace at about 11.15pm on Saturday 14 July 2018.

Joseph 'Joe' Jennings
Joseph ‘Joe’ Jennings

Sadly he died at the scene despite attempts to save him.  A forensic post-mortem examination confirmed he’d suffered nine knife wounds, one of which was fatal.

Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General said: “Taking into account the seriousness of this offending, increasing the length of the sentence was necessary for justice to be done. I am pleased the Court of Appeal agreed and I hope that this brings some comfort to the victim’s family.”