AN INITIAL decision on a review of the jail sentences given to two women over the death of toddler Star Hobson is expected within a week.

The Attorney General is currently examining the sentences handed to Savannah Brockhill and Star's mother Frankie Smith last month under the unduly lenient sentence scheme after a referral was made following the conclusion of the case.

Savannah Brockhill was jailed for life with a minimum term of 25 years for the murder of 16-month-old Star on September 22, 2020.

Meanwhile, Star’s mother, Frankie Smith, was jailed for eight years for causing, or allowing, her death.

Both were jailed at Bradford Crown Court on December 15 following a seven-week trial.


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Under the rules of the scheme, the Attorney General's Office has 28 days from the date of sentence to make a decision on this case - meaning the law officers have until 5pm on January 11.

They will decide whether to send the matter to the Court of Appeal, who can make a decision about the sentence.

The Court of Appeal may decide that the sentence: should stay the same; is unreasonably low and may increase it; or refuse to hear the case.

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A spokesperson for the Attorney General’s Office said: “We have received a request for these sentences to be considered under the Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme. The Law Officers have 28 days from sentencing to consider the case and make a decision.”

Brockhill must serve a minimum of 25 years in jail before she is considered for release; she may never be released and will be on licence for the rest of her life if she is.

She murdered Star by inflicting a severe blow to the 16-month-old's abdomen, lacerating a main vein and causing her death within minutes.

Smith was in the next room at the time, but allowed a violent woman who she knew had assaulted Star in the past unsupervised access to her daughter which resulted in her being killed.

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