Case Study 1 – Client A

Client A’s offence was manslaughter of his best friend.  He had previously been involved in gang culture.

MALS first involvement with Client A came when they, together with partner agencies, attended a MAPPA meeting to discuss Client A.  It was decided that MALS mentors meet Client A at the hostel where he was staying as a condition of his licence . . . having initially met Client A with probation officers present, the MALS mentor then met Client A again by himself 3 days later.

Client A had a number of conditions to his licence: to reside where instructed by Probation; not to engage with named associates, and he was also excluded from the Knowsley area.  Client A was experiencing problems at the hostel by virtue of his smoking cannabis, arguing with staff and returning late back to the hostel.  Client A declared to the MALS worker he was bored.  Following discussions and discovering that Client A had an interest in keeping fit, the mentor and mentee starting attending a local gym together; this would last a number of months and built a strong relationship between the two of them.

Now living on the other side of the City from where he had been brought up, Client A was keen to move nearer his parents.  The MALS worker was able to use MALS contacts to arrange an interview with an organisation working with clients on release from custody.  He successfully secured a room for Client A there and he attended regular sessions, sometimes attending twice a week.  He also continued to  attend the gym with his mentor.  Client A’s cannabis use declined and he was engaging with his probation officer (who reserved special praise for MALS in creating the initial engagement).

Having been complying with his licence, engaging with MALS, and with his probation officer deeming there was no longer any risk, by the time of his next MAPPA it was decided that Client A could live with his mum, dad and sister.  Client A was also beginning to feel the confidence to tackle his dyslexia so an assessment appointment was made for him.

Unfortunately Client A didn’t attend the appointment and the mentor heard through other mentees that Client A was mixing with people he had met whilst in custody.  He was now engaging in troublesome behaviour with his new peer group.  Having missed a further appointment with MALS, Client A was arrested for breaching his exclusion zone order and in due course absconded.  Whilst on the run, Client A called his mentor to inform him that he would hand himself in but prior to doing so he was caught riding in a stolen car.