Sussex

Court of Appeal judges raise Sussex robber's jail term

A career criminal from West Sussex who attacked an 88-year-old in her home has had his sentence increased.

James Beaney, 33, from Bognor Regis, was handed a five-year prison term for robbing Lady Rosemary Griffin at her cottage in June last year.

The Attorney General Dominic Grieve had made a submission that Beaney's sentence was "unduly lenient".

Judges at the Court of Appeal quashed the original term and replaced it with a new sentence of eight years.

'Appalling record'

The court heard Lady Griffin, the widow of the late Admiral Sir Anthony Griffin, was punched in the face during the robbery.

She was knocked to the floor by the force of the blow and suffered a fractured left thigh bone.

Her attacker wrenched two rings from her fingers worth more than £5,000.

Beaney, who was described as a "career criminal with an appalling record", was originally jailed at Chichester Crown Court in January.

The Court of Appeal considered that if he had not admitted the offence a sentence of a least ten years would have been appropriate.

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