Stabbing thug’s sentence is cut

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A THUG jailed for a brutal stabbing which left his victim with horrific injuries has had two years cut off his prison sentence after a judge said it was “excessive”.

Hemin Mahamed Ali, aged 29, of Pearson Place, Meersbrook, was locked up for 12 years in March after he was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The Appeal Court in London heard Ali and an accomplice ambushed their victim, Hemen Russool, in the climax of a long-running dispute in Spital Street, Sheffield, in November last year.

Mr Russool fought back but was left with devastating injuries, including a deep laceration to the left arm, a stab wound in his side, and damage to both ears.

During his trial, Ali claimed he had acted in self-defence, but judge Mr Justice Cooke said this claim was rejected by the jury.

The judge said the violence was premeditated, adding: “This was a sustained attack by two knifemen which continued when their victim was on the ground”.

But Mr Justice Cooke went on to conclude that Ali’s jail term was excessive, cutting it to 10 years, of which Ali must serve half before qualifying for automatic release.