Bar glass­ing thug’s ap­peal thrown out

SEN­TENCE UP­HELD: Five-year pun­ish­ment was not harsh

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

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.

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