MP steps in to help victim

Monday 20th June 2022 3:00 pm

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AN MP has urged the government to look into the case of a man who told the Wellington Weekly News he was “in fear of his life” after the man who threatened to kill him wasn’t sent to prison.

Christopher David Farrand was sentenced to 28 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, after being found guilty at Taunton Deane Magistrates Court earlier this year of threatening to kill James Rashbrook.

Farrand has since appealed against the conviction and the case is to be heard at the crown court early in August.

Farrand is on bail on the condition he does not contact ‘in any way’ the victim, who has since been moved to the Wellington area from Bishops Lydeard by the council.

Mr Rashbrook said he believes a threat to kill offence can carry a far heavier sentence. He added: “I am still in fear of this man although I feel safer living in Wellington.”

Mr Rashbrook has been in touch with local MP Rebecca Pow and she has “written to the government” hoping they will look into the case.

Mr Rashbrook said: “To think I have had to go to my MP to get something done. I’m also very grateful for the story written about me by the WWN. It is the only way I have been able to get any satisfaction.

“This man should have been dealt with in the crown court in the first place where he could have faced a much tougher sentence. At the moment this is never ending for me. I am a registered disabled man and registered vulnerable.

Mr Rashbrrok said he thought the decision from the magistrate to suspend a six-month jail term because of a belief he can be rehabilitated is a “miscarriage of justice”.

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