Drunk who attacked servicewoman wins prison appeal

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A 20-YEAR-OLD who attacked a servicewoman in a drink- and drug-fuelled street attack has had his jail term slashed.

Christopher Brown, of Lang Avenue, Lundwood, kicked and punched Lucy Clarke when she stepped in to prevent an attack on Brown’s ex-girlfriend.

In November, he was jailed for 18 months at Sheffield Crown Court for assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH) and a common assault on his ex-partner, Stacey Moore.

But three senior judges, sitting at London’s Court of Appeal, said the sentence was too tough and cut it to 12 months.

Mr Justice Nicol told the court Brown had run into Miss Moore by chance while out in Barnsley in the early hours of Sunday, May 29.

After he hurled abuse at her, Miss Clarke stepped between them, but was punched to the ground and then kicked repeatedly about the body.

Miss Moore intervened, but was herself punched to the ground, before police arrived.

Miss Moore suffered bruises and lumps, but servicewoman Miss Clarke was more seriously hurt and was unable to go on an assignment in Kenya, which in turn prevented her taking a leadership and promotion course.

Brown already had a history of crime, which included affray, common assault and using threatening behaviour, said the appeal judge, sitting with Lord Justice Davis and Judge Stephen Kramer QC.

But his lawyers argued the injuries caused to Miss Clarke in the ABH offence were not so serious they could be described as “greater harm” and justifying an 18-month term.

Allowing the appeal, Mr Justice Nicol said: “We acknowledge the pain which these kicks and punches caused Miss Clarke and Miss Moore. However, we agree, when seen against the background of possible injuries the offence of ABH might entail, these didn’t come within the category of greater harm.”