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Crowdfunding created to help Briton over alleged Trump shooting charge

12th Aug 2016

The mother of a Briton who allegedly tried to shoot Donald Trump at a campaign rally is crowdfunding to pay for legal costs to repatriate her son back to the UK.

Lynne Sandford wants to raise “at least £25,000” so that Saimo Chahal QC, Bindmans’ international human rights lawyer, can work on bringing Michael Sandford, 20, home to receive mental health treatment.

On 18 June, Mr Sandford was arrested in Las Vegas after allegations he attempted to grab a policeman’s gun at a Trump rally. He later told police he had wanted to kill the Republican presidential hopeful and had hoped he would die in the process. Sandford suffers from Asperger’s syndrome, severe depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). He is currently on suicide watch in a mainstream US prison ahead of his trial in August.

Mr Sandford has pleaded not guilty to three charges, and could face a 30 years in a US prison should he be convicted. His family hope that public contributions will mean that his mother and lawyers can visit him in prison and pay for ongoing legal fees in the UK and the US.

Chahal, joint head of public law and human rights at Bindmans, is no stranger to crowdfunded case,s having recently been instructed by junior doctors in a judicial review against the imposition of new employment contracts by the government.

Speaking on the Sandfords’ case, Chahal said: “This is a very sad and difficult time for Lynne and Michael and the consequences for Michael’s future life are very serious indeed if he has to serve a sentence in Nevada.”

“We hope to influence the legal process,” Chahal continued to say, “so Michael can be returned to the UK so that he can receive the medical treatment which he so badly needs.”

The crowdfunding campaign has amassed over £21,000 at the time of publication and ends later in August.