Spalding pool cue thug gets jail sentence cut

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.
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A Spalding thug who attacked two men with a pool cue, leaving one with “life-changing injuries,” has had his jail term cut on appeal.

“Dangerous” Ryan Stanberry (20) carried out the “vicious and wholly unprovoked” assault on Luke Armstrong and Daniel King in the Black Swan pub in Spalding on March 7 this year.

CCTV showed him picking up a pool cue and smashing it over the back of Mr Armstrong’s head.

Stanberry, of Johnson Avenue, was handed eight-and-a-half years behind bars at Lincoln Crown Court in April after he admitted wounding with intent and inflicting actual bodily harm.

He was ordered to serve four-and-a-half years on extended licence after his release for public protection.

Stanberry, who claimed he had mistakenly believed the victims were involved in a dispute with his father, had previous convictions for battery.

On Thursday, 20 November, three senior judges at London’s Appeal Court cut his jail term to seven years but upped his extended licence period to five years.

Lord Justice Jackson, sitting with Mrs Justice McGowan and Judge Simon Tonking, said: “We think that, despite the gravity of these offences, the judge ought to have made, but did not make, some allowance for the youth of Stanberry and the necessity that he be rehabilitated.”