Man’s sentence reduced by two years on appeal

Court news.
Court news.

A man who tried to kill a pub doorman in the town centre has had his jail term reduced by two years in the Court of Appeal.

Michael Barrow attempted to stab a member of staff working on the door at the John Logie Baird in Havelock Road in July 2013.

The 46-year-old, of Milward Road, was jailed for 13 years at Lewes Crown Court in May this year.

He had been found guilty of attempted murder.

Barrow’s jail term was yesterday (THURS) cut to 11 years by judges sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, who said the original term was too long.

Barrow was removed from the Wetherspoon’s owned public house on Saturday July 6 for being drunk.

He went home but returned a short while later with a 10-inch kitchen knife and repeatedly tried to stab a doorman.

Fortunately the victim only suffered bruising to his hand after Barrow was restrained by other staff drinkers in the pub and then by police who arrested him at the scene of the attack.

His lawyers argued his jail term was over the top in light of the relatively minor injury suffered by the victim.

They also said the crown court judge didn’t take enough account of his mental health issues when passing sentence at the time.

Allowing the appeal, Mr Justice Goss said the original term was “excessive” and reduced it by two years.

Sitting with Lord Justice Leveson and Mr Justice Green, he added: “We can not overlook the mental health difficulties of the appellant.

“Fortunately, the injury caused was of a very minor nature indeed - however frightening this incident must have been for the victim.

“Having considered all of the mitigating and aggravating features in this case, we have come to the conclusion that 13 years was excessive.

“In the circumstances, we consider the sentence should have been one of 11 years.”