Sentence appeal for Sheffield boxer is ‘hopeless’

Bradley Hinkler - appeal failed
Bradley Hinkler - appeal failed
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An amateur Sheffield boxer jailed for a brutal attack which killed a father-of-two has lost a challenge to get his 16-year minimum term cut.

Thomas Gower, aged 26, was uncownscious before he even hit the ground after he was punched by 21-year-old thug Bradley Hinkler outside the Alibi bar just before Christmas 2010.

Last August, Hinkler, of Kilvington Road, Woodthorpe, was convicted of murdering the dad and causing GBH to his friend, Richard Howard, and told he must serve a minimum of 16 years behind bars.

Relatives and supporters of the young boxer subsequently rallied around, raising cash to fund an appeal, and the challenge was heard at London’s Court of Appeal.

But it took Lord Justice Hooper, Mr Justice Cranston and Judge Peter Rook QC just five minutes to decide Hinkler’s appeal case was ‘hopeless’.

The court heard Mr Gower, who was originally from Grimsby, had been out with friends in Sheffield on the night of December 18, 2010.

An altercation broke out in the Alibi bar, on Holly Street, during which Hinkler threw a punch, before the groups left and went out into the street.

Outside, Hinkler first attacked Mr Howard, knocking him out with a single punch, before turning on Mr Gower, a completely innocent party.

Holding his hands up in a non-confrontational way, Mr Gower tried to back off, then turned to run, but Hinkler chased and punched him.

The boxer’s attack was so severe Mr Gower was unconscious before he hit the ground.

He suffered a broken jaw and fractures around the eye socket and died on Boxing Day after suffering swelling to the brain.

Hinkler argued the crown court judge had been wrong to add three years to his 13-year minimum term for the murder to take account of the GBH on Mr Howard.

But in a short judgment, Lord Justice Hooper said the argument was ‘hopeless’ and rejected his application to appeal.