Murderer's wait over robbery sentence
KILLER Leon Sobers today faces another wait, to see if his jail term for robbery will be reduced from a life sentence.After his appeal against the murder conviction had been dismissed yesterday, and he had been led away, he was brought back into the grand oak-panelled courtroom.
KILLER Leon Sobers today faces another wait, to see if his jail term for robbery will be reduced from a life sentence.
After his appeal against the murder conviction had been dismissed yesterday, and he had been led away, he was brought back into the grand oak-panelled courtroom.
He heard the Crown Prosecution Service point out that his life sentence for robbery had been made in error - and should be quashed and reconsidered.
The court heard that a life sentence had been imposed as it was Sobers' second serious offence, after he had inflicted grievous bodily harm in 1998.
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But a legal technicality says robbery only counts as a 'serious offence' if firearms are used, and Sobers - who carried a knife at Harley's - had no conviction for firearms.
The court yesterday decided to grant Sobers leave to appeal against the sentence, and adjourned that appeal to a date yet to be decided - in at least three weeks' time.
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Sobers, who appeared in a grey sweatshirt with white stripes down the sleeves, waved and grinned at his supporters in the public gallery as he returned to prison.
His mum Stephanie declined to comment about the day's decisions as she left court.
Even if the latest appeal is successful, Sobers' life imprisonment for murder must to be served.