Holbeach ram-raider’s High Court appeal fails

Shane Boyton
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A Holbeach ram-raider’s bid to have his sentence cut has failed at the High Court.

Shane Boyton, 38, is serving five years and four months for commercial burglaries and theft.

Boyton, of Cottage Close, was convicted of two burglary counts at Lincoln Crown Court in August last year.

In one of the raids, he and an accomplice used a van to “ram through the shutter doors” of commercial premises, London’s Appeal Court heard.

They snatched goods worth around £10,000 - and the damage they caused cost £6,000 to repair.

But the trial judge had to “address his sentencing remarks to an empty dock” after Boyton failed to turn up in court.

Two months later, Boyton received a consecutive 12-month term at Cambridge Crown Court for a separate offence of theft.

Boyton challenged his total sentence at the Appeal Court, arguing it was far too harsh and ought to be cut.

But Judge Gregory Dickinson QC noted Boyton’s “appalling” previous record of crime.

He said the Crown court judge was entitled “to go to the top of the sentencing range, given this record”.

Judge Dickinson, sitting with Mr Justice Irwin and Sir Alan Wilkie, concluded: “This case is wholly without merit.”

The appeal was dismissed.