Convicted rapist appeals £180,000 costs
|Leonard Miles Vandenborn|
Leonard Miles Vandenborn has appeared in Jersey's Royal Court, to appeal a cost order made against him last November.
He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment in June last year, after being found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault and one count of rape.
In November he was also ordered to pay the prosecution's cost of £180,000.
His defence lawyer, Advocate Steenson, said that figure was excessive in combination with the 12 year jail sentence, and should only be awarded in cases where a defendant had misconducted his trial.
Advocate Steenson said: "He simply defended himself robustly, rather than pursuing a defence devoid of merit."
As a result, he suggested, Vandenborn should not have to pay prosecution costs.
Acting for the Crown, Advocate Stephen Baker said the size of the cost order fell within the discretion of the trial judge, and was entirely normal.
A decision is expected later this week.