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Saoirse Townshend successfully represents a 29 year old Polish man, sought pursuant to a European Arrest Warrant to serve a sentence of imprisonment of two years in Poland for burglary

27th February 2020

The Appellant submitted that the public interest in extradition was outweighed by the interference with his right to private and family life in the UK (Article 8 ECHR).

An important feature of the case was that the Appellant had served 15 months of the sentence whilst on remand in the UK. Expert evidence was adduced that he suffered from depression and that there was a risk of suicide. The Administrative Court (Steyn J) allowed the appeal and quashed the order for extradition, ordering the Appellant’s immediate release from custody.

Saoirse was instructed by Chris Stevens at Sonn Macmillan Walker.





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Year of Call: 2010