Sunday, 7 June 2009

Yob who 'found God' has sentence for brutal attack on homeless man reduced

A teenage thug who nearly battered a homeless man to death in Fishbourne has had his prison sentence cut after good behaviour and 'finding God'.
Oliver Skeggs was part of a gang who nearly killed 40-year-old Paul Vickers as he slept on a bus shelter on the A259 in Fishbourne in July 2007. 

In June last year he was sentenced at the Old Bailey to serve a minimum of 13 years in prison for attempted murder and robbery.

But now three senior appeal judges have cut his minimum term by 18 months.

The judges heard of his good behaviour and his efforts to turn his life around through Christianity. 

Skeggs had even given a talk about his experiences to an audience which included Cherie Blair.

quedula wonders if this would have worked the other way round. Would an offending christian who had "found" atheism or humanism have had his sentence reduced?

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