A KNIFE-WIELDING Sheffield thug who was jailed for a drunken early hours attack on his sister has failed to get his conviction overturned.
The Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge and two senior colleagues said the 18-month term given to Worrell Nelson, aged 54, of Washington Road, Sharrow, was perfectly fair.
Nelson had been jailed at Sheffield Crown Court in June after admitting possessing an offensive weapon and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Nelson’s offending arose out of a drunken attempt at reconciliation with his estranged sister, Eneta, when they bumped into each other while out in the city centre in March.
When she rebuffed his attempt, he became angry and abusive towards her, threatened to kill her there and then, and pulled out a penknife.
He waved the weapon towards her, causing a slash wound to her upper arm.
Nelson already had convictions for assault, making death threats, threatening behaviour, carrying an air weapon and a knife and admitted he routinely carried a penknife to cut cannabis.
A probation officer who assessed him recommended a supervised suspended sentence, but the crown court judge instead jailed him for 18 months.
His lawyers argued the sentence was wrong because it did not fit in with guidelines set down by the Sentencing Guidelines Council.
But, rejecting the appeal, Mrs Justice Macur sitting with Mr Justice Royce and Lord Judge, told the Court of Appeal the sentence was ‘unassailable’.