Bar glassing thug’s appeal thrown out
SENTENCE UPHELD: Five-year punishment was not harsh
Judges say that high sentence was justified for bar attack
A MAN who rammed a glass into the face of a clubber in an Ashford nightclub has failed to persuade judges that the fiveyear extended sentence he was handed was too harsh.
Ricky Moore, 21, of Bredgar Close, Stanhope, was drinking with friends at the town’s Liquid and Life nightclub, East Hill, on November 28 2005, when fellow reveller William Haines bumped into him at the bar.
Moore responded by picking up a glass and smashing it into his victim’s face, leaving him with a 3cm cut above his left eye.
Moore was grabbed by bouncers and arrested and, on August 29 last year, was jailed for three years, with a two-year extended licence period, at Maidstone Crown Court, after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assault by beating.
On February 21, he asked Lord Justice Hooper, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court with Mr Justice Stanley Burnton and Judge Brian Barker QC, to lower that sentence, claiming that it was too severe.
Lord Justice Hooper dismissed his application for permission to appeal, however, saying that his bad criminal record and the potential for worse injury to his victim meant that the high sentence imposed was justified.
“Ramming a glass into the face of anyone else is behaviour of the utmost gravity and this was aggravated by his previous convictions.
“It is argued that the sentence was too high given his early guilty plea and young age.
“But the judge was right to come to the conclusion that he did and this application is refused,” Lord Justice Hooper concluded.