Drug dealer has jail term cut on appeal

London's Court of Appeal.

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A drug dealer has had his jail term cut on appeal after top judges ruled his punishment “manifestly excessive.”

“Street dealer”, Darren James Hornby, 37, was caught with stashes of cannabis and high purity amphetamine at his home in Lancaster during a police raid on July 20 last year.

Hornby, of Ingleton Drive, Lancaster, was jailed for 40 months at Preston Crown Court on September 4 last year, having pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis and amphetamine with intent to supply.

Lord Justice Jackson, Mr Justice Griffith Williams and Judge Brian Barker QC, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, slashed Hornby’s term to 32 months.

The court heard that cops found 95.28g of cannabis and 14.11g of amphetamine at Hornby’s house.

However, Hornby’s lawyers successfully argued he was not given enough credit for his guily plea.

Allowing his appeal, Mr Justice Griffith Williams said: “In our judgement the starting point ought to have been four years.

“Allowing discount for his guilty plea results in a sentence of 32 months imprisonment. “We therefore quash the sentence of 40 months and substitute a sentence of 32 months.”

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