Harleys murder raid man appeal allowed

Crack addict Leon Sobers has been allowed to appeal against his conviction for the murder of Janet Fleming, judges ruled today.Sobers was handed a double life sentence in 2001 after the robbery of a Stoke Park pub turned into the vicious murder of a young single mum.

CRAZED crack fiend Leon Sobers has been allowed to appeal against his conviction for the murder of Janet Fleming, judges ruled today.

Sobers was handed a double life sentence in 2001 after the robbery of a Stoke Park pub turned into the vicious murder of a young single mum.

Judges at the Court of Appeal in London today granted leave to appeal against the life term imposed for murder.

Mr Justice Jack told the court how Sobers, of Birkfield Drive, Ipswich, held up Harley's Pub in December, 2000, with fellow crack addict Damien Duberry.


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Duberry, of Morland Road, Ipswich, left the pub when barmaid Miss Fleming disturbed the raid.

He pistol whipped her and knocked her to the ground before kicking and stamping her to death.

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Nigel Lithman, QC, for Sobers, said his client should be given leave to appeal because he remained in the pub while the frenzied attack took place outside.

Lord Justice Mantell agreed with Mr Lithman's application but warned him it was an "unenthusiastic" approval.

He said the summing up of Mr Justice Moses in the original Norwich Crown Court trial was "unimpeachable."

But agreed his interpretation of the law was less concrete.

Sobers was just 23 when he received the double life term.

He still faces a lengthy prison stint for his role in the violent pre-Christmas raid.

But now he has hopes, however slim, of removing the stain of Janet Fleming's murder from his name.

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