Jail term cut for Plymouth mugger who said sorry
A THUG who said sorry after he mugged a dog-walker at knifepoint has had his sentence cut.
Mark Railton, 26, of Mainstone Avenue, was jailed for 45 months in July after admitting assault causing actual bodily harm in relation to the February 2012 attack.
Railton and an accomplice ambushed the victim as he was walking two dogs in Taunton, London's Appeal Court heard. They distracted him by asking for a cigarette and Railton demanded cash and threatened to harm the dogs.
The victim tried to get past the two men, but Railton's accomplice came up from behind and put a knife to his throat. They frisked him and stripped him of his phone before fleeing. "Curiously they both then apologised for what they had done," said Judge Neil Ford QC.
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Railton's case reached court as he challenged his sentence, which Judge Ford, sitting with Lord Justice Richards and Mrs Justice Thirlwall, cut to three years. He said the original term was too long in light of Railton's remorse and guilty plea.