Drug dealer has jail sentence reduced

The London Appeal Court, where judges cut Hornby's jail term.
The London Appeal Court, where judges cut Hornby's jail term.
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A drug dealer has had his jail term cut on appeal after top judges ruled his punishment was “manifestly excessive.”

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.

Hornby, of Ingleton Drive, was jailed for 40 months at Preston Crown Court on September 4 after pleading 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 police found 95.28g of cannabis and 14.11g of amphetamine at Hornby’s house.

Mr Justice Griffith Williams said: “The high purity of the amphetamine indicated his close links to the original source.”

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

Granting his appeal, Mr Justice 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.”