Justice came back to strike a violent robber who raided a Grantham man’s home – but now he has won a cut in his sentence on appeal.
Thomas Brown, 29, of no fixed abode, was jailed at Lincoln Crown Court on January 8 last year, along with fellow raider, Ryan Lenton, formerly of Grantham but more recently living in Fleet Road, Spalding.
Both got 10 years’ imprisonment after admitting robbery.
The duo stormed into the terrified man’s home in Manthorpe Road, where he lived alone, at around 3am one morning in August last year.
A bottle was used to threaten him, Judge Paul Batty QC told London’s Appeal Court, and “some violence was also done” to him.
His ordeal lasted around an hour, Lincoln Crown Court heard prior to their conviction in January last year.
The victim’s bank card, a laptop worth £350, a £70 hard drive, television worth £180, around £60 in cash, a £30 pair of shoes and an ornamental boomerang were stolen.
The victim, who was threatened with death if he went to the police, suffered head injuries and bruising to the ribs and arms.
As reported by the Journal at the time, Lenton had his sentence reduced to seven-and-a-half years at the Court of Appeal in June last year, after judges ruled his punishment was too tough.
They said the violence used was “significant and serious” but “not of a high level” and the victim’s injuries “not the most serious in the context of cases of this nature”.
In court on Wednesday, lawyers for Brown argued he should get the same reduction.
Judge Batty said: “There is, in truth and reality, nothing to choose between Brown and his co-accused. There is force in the submission that there ought to be parity between the two defendants.”
The judge, who was sitting with Lord Justice McCombe and Mr Justice Blake, reduced Brown’s jail term from 10 years to seven-and-a-half years.