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Thug's sentence cut bid fails

PUBLISHED: 16:28 07 October 2009 | UPDATED: 11:42 12 August 2010

A KNIFE-wielding thug who stabbed a man in a busy town centre has failed to win a cut in his jail term on appeal.  Jerome Fowler, 20, of Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, lashed out at Abdi Mohamed and left him with a punctured lung, following a row in Croyd

A KNIFE-wielding thug who stabbed a man in a busy town centre has failed to win a cut in his jail term on appeal.

Jerome Fowler, 20, of Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, lashed out at Abdi Mohamed and left him with a punctured lung, following a row in Croydon in October 2007.

He was not arrested until four months after the attack - and told police that he normally carried a knife for his own protection and that "everyone carried a knife these days".

He later admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent at Croydon Crown Court and was jailed for seven years.

On Monday his legal team appeared at London's Criminal Appeal Court before Lord Justice Moses, sitting with Mr Justice Openshaw and Judge Peter Rook QC, in a bid to win him time off his sentence.

But Mr Justice Openshaw, who gave the court's judgement on the appeal, said that Fowler's response in the row with the "unarmed" Mr Mohamed was "disproportionate".

Dismissing the appeal, he said it was clear the sentencing judge had taken into account Fowler's youth.

He concluded that given the "prevalence of knife crime" the seven-year jail term should be upheld.

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