Yob fails in bid to cut sentence

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A YOB has failed in a bid to get his sentence reduced for a public order offence.

Ashley Duff was given a four month curfew at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court after an angry outburst at the police. He shouted and swore at the officers as they were dealing with an incident that was nothing to do with him in April Square, Landport.

The police ended up using their batons to tackle the 24-year-old.

Unemployed Duff, of Arundel Street, Landport, initially denied doing anything wrong but he pleaded guilty to the public order offence just before his trial was about to start.

The court heard he has a string of previous convictions including offences against the police. He took his case to Portsmouth Crown Court to appeal the sentence but Judge Sarah Munro QC, sitting with two magistrates, ruled the sentence was the right one.

Judge Munro told him: ‘Your record and the facts of this offence entirely merit the sentence which was passed by the magistrates and we are going to dismiss this appeal against sentence.’ No order for costs was made because he has no money to pay.