Humberside

Court frees jailed Hull man who 'acted in self defence'

A man who was jailed after he struck out in self defence against a gang of youths has been freed.

Robert Luke Gee, of The Circle, Hessle, Hull, was jailed for unlawful wounding after he punctured Stephen Rymer's lung with a pocket knife.

The appeal court has ruled he acted in self defence and repealed the 12-month jail term he was given in January.

Judge Mrs Justice Rafferty said Mr Gee, 47, and his family "had been harassed by Rymer for weeks".

Earlier on the day of the incident Mr Rymer had battered the Gee family's front door repeatedly, the court heard.

Later, while he was out shopping, Mr Gee was confronted by Mr Rymer and four others. The judge said he had tried to run away, but was cornered in Ellerby Grove, Hull.

When Mr Rymer charged at him, Mr Gee struck out with the pocket knife, puncturing his lung.

Mrs Justice Rafferty said there had been "significant provocation" and Mr Rymer was a "notorious nuisance locally".

Mr Gee's lawyers told the appeals court that the father of four was a "hard working family man" who had been forced to "uproot" because of these events.