A LOUT who pointed a fake gun at park rangers trying to stop swimming in a South Yorkshire reservoir has had his sentence cut by a third on appeal.
Adam Boyce, aged 29, of Low Road, Conisbrough, near Doncaster, was handed a three-year sentence at Sheffield Crown Court in July after he admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
But his prison term was cut to two years after judges sitting at London’s Court of Appeal, ruled the sentence ‘manifestly excessive’.
The court heard park officers went out in a dinghy on Good Friday to discourage swimming in the reservoir at Thrybergh Country Park, near Mexborough.
When the rangers approached Boyce’s group, they were jeered and had stones thrown at their boat, before Boyce pointed the imitation gun at them.
Thinking the weapon was real, the petrified park staff ducked down and one of them used his mobile phone to take a photo of Boyce, which was later used to identify him, the court heard.
Boyce told police he found the fake pistol by the lakeside and had only pointed it at the men as a practical joke but agreed the stunt would have frightened the rangers.
Lawyers for Boyce said his three-year jail term was ‘manifestly excessive’ considering he owned up to the offence, had no relevant previous convictions and had never been to prison before.
After hearing their claims, Mr Justice Globe, sitting with Lord Justice Pill and Mr Justice Royce, cut Boyce’s prison stretch by a third to two years.
He said: “The mitigating factors and the personal circumstances justify a reduction to sentence.”