Star Hobson’s mother has sentence for allowing toddler’s death increased

Frankie Smith was originally jailed for eight years at Bradford Crown Court but the Court of Appeal increased it to 12 years.

15 March 2022

The mother of Star Hobson has had her prison sentence for causing or allowing the 16-month-old’s death increased by the Court of Appeal.

Frankie Smith, 20, was jailed at Bradford Crown Court in December last year for her role in the death of her daughter, who was killed by Smith’s former partner, Savannah Brockhill.

Star died after she was taken to hospital in September 2020, having suffered “utterly catastrophic” and “unsurvivable” injuries at Brockhill’s hands.

Star Hobson death court case
Frankie Smith has had her eight-year prison sentence for causing or allowing the death of her daughter, Star Hobson, increased to 12 years at the Court of Appeal (West Yorkshire Police/PA)

Brockhill, 28, a bouncer and security guard, was found guilty of Star’s murder, while Smith was found guilty of causing or allowing her death and handed an eight-year prison sentence.

Smith’s sentence was referred to the Court of Appeal by the Attorney General’s Office under the unduly lenient sentencing scheme.

On Tuesday, three senior judges increased her sentence to 12 years’ detention.

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