By Gavin Mackintosh-
A man who violently robbed a vulnerable victim has today been jailed after the Solicitor General, Robert Buckland QC MP, referred his sentence for being too low.
Tommy Tremayne, 26, was in a drunken state when he behaved aggressively on the day of the attack, after he had been spoken to by police. His victim was a man with learning difficulties, who fled when Tremayne demanded money from him. The offender then chased him down, before the victim tripped and fell. While he was on the floor, Tremayne punched him, and bit off the top of his ear, leaving the victim with a permanent deformity.
Tremayne was originally given a very lenient sentenced in October to a 2 year community order at Taunton Crown Court. Today, his sentence has been increased to 3 years and 4 months immediate imprisonment. The original judgement was clearly too low and questions the professional competence of some judges in passing sentence. It should be quite obvious that a man who bites the top off a man’s ears after punching him deserves imprisonment.
Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General said:
“Tremayne had already been warned about his aggressive behaviour by police. Despite this he made no effort to moderate himself, ultimately resulting in his terrorising of a vulnerable victim. I am pleased that the Court of Appeal today decided that a custodial sentence is a more appropriate reflection of this crime.”