The Court of Appeal has today increased the sentence of Rachel Kenehan from 3 Â½ to 5 yearsâ€™ imprisonment for conspiring to supply Class A drugs, assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice. The sentence had been referred by Solicitor General Oliver Heald QC MP.
Kenehan, a lecturer/researcher and a PhD criminology student at the London Metropolitan University helped her drug dealer boyfriend Pierre Lewis cover up the murder of a rival dealer.
Speaking after the hearing today, the Solicitor General Oliver Heald QC MP said:
â€œRachel Kenehan made a decision to become involved in a violent criminal gang and her crimes included drug dealing as well as assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice.Â These are serious crimes and ones which I felt were not reflected in the 3 Â½ year sentence she received.
â€œI asked the Court of Appeal to look at this sentence and I am pleased that they have increased it to 5 Â½ years.Â I hope this renewed sentence offers a degree of comfort and public assuranceâ€
Kenehan met Pierre Lewis in 2011 through a charity which provides a mentoring service for young men who have been released from prison. She became his mentor and girlfriend. Between March and April 2013, she helped Lewis and his co-accused, Isaac Boateng and Orlebar Forbes, supply class A drugs to drug addicts in Southampton.
In April 2013 the three lured a rival drug dealer into an ambush in which he was shot and killed. Shortly after the murder Lewis called Kenehan who drove the three men to London and allowed them to stay in her home for the following four days. She also tried to eradicate any forensic evidence on a pair of Lewisâ€™ trainers by cleaning them with white spirit.
On the 3 March 2014, at Winchester Crown Court, Rachel Kenehan was sentenced by Mr Justice Keith to 3 yearsâ€™ imprisonment for conspiring to supply Class A and 6 monthsâ€™ for assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice; making a total sentence of 3 Â½ years.