Lucy Frazer, the Solicitor General, has welcomed a decision made by the Court of Appeal that a sentence handed to Anthony Fearn was “unduly lenient” and should be lengthened.
Anthony Fearn, 34, together with another male, entered the home of a member of the public at night without permission. Once inside the offender struck the victim in the face, causing a fracture to his cheekbone and stealing his money.
Fearn was sentenced to a Community Order of 2 years with a drug rehabilitation requirement for 6 months in Bolton Crown Court in April this year. After the Solicitor General referred the sentence as unduly lenient, the Court of Appeal increased it to 876 days’ imprisonment.
Frazer said in a statement:
“The offender had already benefited from 3 sentences aimed at treating his addiction, which were not enough to stop him reoffending. The Court of Appeal agreed that an immediate custodial sentence was correct in this instance.”