COURT: Husband wins appeal against jail sentence

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AN ‘OBSESSED’ thug who attacked his former wife just weeks after he was spared jail for harassing her has had his prison sentence cut on appeal.

Kenneth Andrew Fuller, aged, 51, of Water Slacks Road, Woodhouse, Sheffield, repeatedly breached a restraining order designed to keep him away from his former spouse, Sandra.

He received a suspended sentence for the breach after promising to avoid his ex-wife, but reneged on his vow to steer clear when he assaulted her just a few weeks after walking free from the dock.

Having read a report stating Fuller never intended to steer clear of his victim, and that he had ‘manipulated’ the court to secure his freedom, a judge later jailed him for three years and four months at Sheffield Crown Court. But his jail term was cut to less than three years on appeal – despite a statement from his ex-wife saying she is petrified of him.

Mr Justice Irwin told the Court of Appeal Fuller took the couple’s break-up badly and harangued his ex until he was convicted of harassment by Rotherham magistrates in June 2010 and made the subject of a restraining order, which he breached on five occasions.

A statement from Mrs Fuller, a community carer, said the domestic violence she suffered almost drove her to suicide, and she feared no court order would stop her ‘obsessed’ ex hunting her down. But lawyers for Fuller, who has a string of previous convictions for violence, argued his sentence was ‘manifestly excessive’.