Thomas Blazquez, former CPS clerk, jailed for murder

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Introduction 

It’s not been a great day for lawyers in Court, with a prominent barrister being found guilty of Perverting the Course of Justice. Much more seriously (and less in the public eye) was the case of Thomas Blazques. Mr Blazques was a long standing clerk at the Crown Prosecution Service before taking voluntary redundancy in 2012.

 

Facts

In September of last year for reasons that are unclear (he told a psychiatrist that “he killed the grandmother ‘to teach her a lesson’ after she twice refused to pay him back £30 he lent her”), he “went to her home armed with a nylon rope, duct tape, a knife and a sandwich for lunch … After tying her up and stuffing a large handkerchief into her mouth he dragged her upstairs.

He then rained heavy blows on her head and face, leaving her with a broken nose and cuts to her scalp, as well as multiple rib fractures.

Mr Blazquez then locked himself in the bathroom and cut his wrists. At trial he admitted the killing, but said that it was manslaughter because of diminished responsibility. The jury today (1st May 2014) rejected that unanimously and found him guilty of murder.

 

Sentence

There is only one sentence for murder – life imprisonment. The question for the Judge is the length of the ‘tariff’ – the minimum period of time that the person will have to spend in prison before they can be considered for release. In this case the Judge set it at 18 years*.

Here, the starting point is 15 years. The Judge noted that the victim was vulnerable because of her age and was in her own home. There was also a brutal and senseless attack. These factors outweighed the mitigating features – the fact that this was not planned and Mr Blazquez was not intending to kill her initially.

One thing that is not clear is whether there was any mental illness that would mitigate the offence (it was out of character, particularly for a 52 year old man with no criminal history). It would appear surprising if not, but this is not mentioned.

 

Comment

Without knowing more details, it is not possible to give a fully informed comment. On the face of it, this is one of those cases where a Judge could give a tariff of 13-19 years without much difficulty, depending on his or her assessment of the case.

On the bare facts, it would seem to me to be a little high (I would have thought 16 years would have been more in fitting with the statutory scheme), but certainly not manifestly excessive on the face of it. The Court of Appeal would no doubt say that it was the Judge who heard the case who was in the best position to assess the proper sentence (they might even say that about people like me who offer commentary from a distance). An appeal is likely, because there is no point in Mr Blazquez not appealing, but I doubt it will be successful.

 

 

*Please note that this sentence was added later following comments below the line.

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I'm a lawyer who works for myself. Legal geek, maths freak, general dullard and jack of all trades. Here’s a few views on law and occasional musings on life. Usual caveats about not relying on anything I say etc applies.

6 thoughts on “Thomas Blazquez, former CPS clerk, jailed for murder

  1. JG

    Dan, you don’t actually mention the tariff that was set – it makes it a little difficult to know whether or not to agree with you about its severity of lack thereof!

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  2. antonynostroANTHONY DOBSON

    THE MANOR IN WITCH THIS POOR OLD LADY WAS BRUTALLY MURDERD,REFLECT’S HIS VEIW OF THE VICTIM,LIKE A PEICE OF RUBBISH DISGARED IN A TRASH CAN! HE NEVER SAW HER AS A HUMAN BEING,THE FACT THIS WAS A PREMEDITATED MURDER IS EVEN MOORE CHILLING,IT IS APARENTLY CLEAR BLAZQUEZ SEE’S ALL BENEATH HIM AS SUBHUMAN AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS,
    MUDERING A DEFENSELESS OLD LADY FOR £30.00,A CPS CLERK NO DOUBT HE WASN’T SHORT OF A FEW RUBLE’
    I’M NOT BEING SLANDEROUS TO ANY PARTICULAR CITY,BUT THIS CRIME COULD HAVE BEEN COMMITED BY A CRACK HEAD,DRUG ADDICT ?
    THE CUTTING OF HIS WRIST’S WAS MERELY TO LESEN THE SEVERITY OF THE CRIME,AND TO GIVE HIM AN ACE TO PLAY IN THE COURT ROOM,A DIMINISHED RESPONSEABILTY ACE
    THANKFULLY THE LEARNED JUDGE SAW THROUGH THIS CHARADE AND I HOPE HE GET’S THE FULL TARRIFF?

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  3. E barclay

    I was at the trial and its a pity that hanging has been abolished. He (blasquez) deserves his 18 years and much more for the evil that he committed.

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  4. Andrew

    No, it is not a pity that hanging has been abolished. Capital punishment degrades the society where it happens: Texas and China and North Korea being obvious examples.

    Reply

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