Man ‘ter­rorised’ vic­tims – and gets sen­tence dou­bled

Bristol Post - - NEWS -

A YOUNG man who “ter­rorised” vic­tims in the Bris­tol area has had his sen­tence dou­bled.

On June 5, Aaron John Scrase, right, at­tacked a driver with a wrench af­ter try­ing to steal his Porsche with an ac­com­plice from a drive in St Hi­lary Close.

His de­fence lawyer, Derek Perry, had told Bris­tol Crown Court that it was a “crazy night”.

The pair stole a Mini in the early hours of the next day, and used this to rob a cy­clist of his be­long­ings in Ju­lian Road.

On an­other oc­ca­sion, Scrase stole al­co­hol from a shop on a petrol sta­tion fore­court and, when a mem­ber of staff in­ter­vened, joined his ac­com­plices in punch­ing and kick­ing him. He was also sen­tenced for sep­a­rate of­fences of car theft and a bur­glary at a newsagents.

The 20-year-old, of Vic­to­ria Street in Red­cliffe, was orig­i­nally handed one year and 11 months de­ten­tion in a Young Of­fender In­sti­tu­tion back in Au­gust.

How­ever, the Court of Ap­peal has deemed the sen­tence to be un­duly le­nient af­ter a re­fer­ral from the Solic­i­tor Gen­eral, Robert Buck­land QC MP.

On Tues­day, Scrase’s sen­tence was in­creased to four years and six months de­ten­tion.

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