Thugs who terrorised a family of four during an armed raid in Sheffield have had their jail terms reduced after appealing against the length of their sentences.
Ajay David Rowding and Kallum Andrew Flowers, both 23, were each jailed for 12 years at Sheffield Crown Court in May.
The violent pair admitted raiding the home of Clare and Steven Foster in High Green, Sheffield, in November last year, and - in recognition of the danger they posed to society - also had five-year extended licence periods added to their sentences.
Rowding also received a three-month consecutive sentence for contempt of court after hurling a cup of water at the judge and court staff when he was originally sentenced in Sheffield.
But after a hearing at London’s Court of Appeal, Lord Justice McCombe, sitting with Mr Justice Griffith Williams and Judge James Goss QC, reduced the 12 year terms to nine year sentences, ruling that their original tariffs were ‘excessive’.
The court heard the pair were guilty of a ‘horrific attack’ in which a family was held hostage for nearly an hour.
The raiders fled with jewellery, electrical goods and other items, worth a total of £30,000.
Rowding threatened to slice the throats of Mr and Mrs Foster’s children with a bread knife and to butcher their pet dog.
He also told Mrs Foster, who was 34 weeks’ pregnant at the time, that he would cut her unborn child from her stomach.
Lawyers for Rowding, of Wincobank, and Flowers, of Broomhall, challenged their sentences with claims they were too harsh in light of their youth and guilty pleas.
Lord Justice McCombe said although the pair were ‘clearly very dangerous men,’ the judge who originally sentenced them adopted ‘too high a starting point’ when fixing the jail tariffs in light of their guilty pleas and sentencing guidelines.