Appeal victory for ‘beefy’ thug who knifed man

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A BEEFY thug who stabbed an amateur boxer in the heart after coming off worse in a fight has had his jail term cut on appeal.

‘Very large’ William Edward Lowe, aged 45, was ‘trying to wind up’ boxer Gwyn Wale and ‘offered to fight him’ before the pair engaged in fisticuffs in Brampton, near Rotherham, London’s Appeal Court heard.

Mr Wale was much smaller but, as a trained boxer, was ‘getting the better of the fight’ and had knocked out Lowe’s two front teeth - before the bigger man pulled out a screwdriver and began stabbing his opponent.

Mr Wale suffered two life-threatening wounds, one of which pierced the sac of his heart, causing it to fill with blood.

Lowe, of Edward Street, Great Houghton, Barnsley, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and was jailed for four years at Sheffield Crown Court in March.

Now appeal judges have cut his term to three years, two months. They ruled the attack ‘amounted to the use of excessive force in self defence’.