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Rachel Kenehan could have her sentence increased for helping Jahmel Jones' killers
A UNIVERSITY lecturer who tried to help three killers evade justice after they shot dead a Southampton dad could have her jail sentence increased today.
Pierre Lewis, Jemmikai Orlebar-Forbes and Issac Boateng, were jailed for a total of 90 years in March for murdering rival drug dealer Jahmel Jones, who was gunned down in a flat in St Mary Street, Southampton, in April last year.
After the shooting Lewis’s girlfriend, Rachel Kenehan, allowed the three men to hide in her London flat for several days.
She also tried to destroy any forensic evidence on a pair of Lewis’s shoes by cleaning them with white spirit, and was jailed for three-and-a-half years.
Bosses from the Crown Prosecution Service said they felt the sentence was not enough and asked the Solicitor General to refer the matter to the Court of Appeal.
Today’s case will be heard by three High Court judges, headed by Lady Justice Rafferty.
If they agree with the Solicitor General they will have four options open to them – one of which is to increase the jail term.
Kenehan, 35, of Bow, east London, was a lecture/ researcher and a PhD student in criminology at the London Metropolitan University.
In September 2011 she met Lewis through a charity which provides a mentoring service for young men who have been released from jail.
Last year she helped Lewis, Boateng and Orlebar-Forbes, all from London, supply Class A drugs to addicts in Southampton.
On April 20 2013 the three men lured Mr Jones into an ambush in which he was shot and killed.
Shortly afterwards Lewis called Kenehan, who drove them to London and allowed them to stay in her home for the following four days.
But the men were caught and in March this year they were jailed by Mr Justice Keith after being convicted of murdering Mr Jones. They had previously admitted conspiring to supply Class A drugs.
Kenehan was jailed for conspiring to supply Class A drugs, assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice.
She had denied all the charges.
The judge told her: “If one was looking for stereotypes, you would be described as a gangster’s moll, but I think that would be too facile a description for you.
“You are a woman of many talents, hugely gifted with intellect, ambition and drive, with kindness, generosity and spirit who impressed the many people who spoke so highly of you during the course of the trial.
“You became infatuated with Lewis.”
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