Thug has jail term cut after robbery at house

Ryan Lenton (left with Thomas Brown) has had his jail sentence for robbery cut from ten years to seven and a half years by the Court of Appeal.
Ryan Lenton (left with Thomas Brown) has had his jail sentence for robbery cut from ten years to seven and a half years by the Court of Appeal.
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A Holbeach thug who was jailed for a violent raid on a man in his own home at night has had his sentence slashed.

Ryan Lenton (22) of Fleet Road, was handed a ten-year jail term at Lincoln Crown Court in January after admitting to robbery at a house in Grantham.

The violence here, although significant and serious, was not of a high level and Mr Boyce’s injuries were not the most serious in the context of cases of this nature.

Judge Melbourne Inman QC, Court of Appeal, London

But three Appeal Court judges cut Lenton’s sentence to seven-and-a-half years at a hearing on Tuesday when they decided the violence used “was not of a high level” to justify the original term handed down.

Lenton and his accomplice Thomas Brown, who also received a ten-year jail term after admitting the same offence, stormed into Kevin Boyce’s home in after midnight on August 1 2014.

The pair attacked Mr Boyce with a bottle and beat him to the head and body, before threatening to kill him if he told the police.

They also took the victim’s bank card, laptop, TV, £60 in cash, a pair of shoes and a boomerang, leaving Mr Boyce with head injuries and bruising to the ribs and arms.

During sentence, trial judge Michael Heath said: “This robbery was carried out at 3am when the unfortunate victim was at home where he lived on his own.

“It must have been the most dreadful experience.”

But while accepting that Lenton offered “no real mitigation other than his guilty plea”, Judge Melbourne Inman QC, Lady Justice Rafferty and Mr Justice William Davis said: “The violence here, although significant and serious, was not of a high level.

“Mr Boyce’s ordeal had been terrifying and lasted for at least an hour, but his injuries were not the most serious in the context of cases of this nature.

“We are satisfied that the judge took too high a starting point in sentencing Lenton.”