Four thugs caged for a “cynical, violent and cowardly” raid on two elderly brothers at their Langford farm have convinced top judges to slash their sentences on appeal.
John Leonard William Smith, 37, Alfred Stanley, 33, Albert Thomas Smith, 37 and Joseph Thomas Upton, 40, left 76-year-old Edward Heathcote and his brother, George, 69, “terrified” after raiding their farm last year.
John Smith, of Wisbech, and Stanley and Albert Smith, both of Sandy, were each jailed for 13 years and six months at Luton Crown Court in May, after they pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery. Upton, of Wisbech, received the same sentence after he admitted conspiracy to rob.
Lawyers for the four argued that the raid had involved no “extreme violence”.
Three senior judges at London’s Appeal Court upheld the challenges, cutting Upton’s jail term to 10 years and two months and the others to ten years and six months.