Getaway driver has prison sentence cut

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A GETAWAY driver in an armed robbery at Hopton Post Office has had his prison sentence cut by judges at the Court of Appeal.

Adam Michael Ray Fairbrass, 29, waited outside while accomplice Trevor Summers waved a handgun and knife at the postmistress who was shaking in terror and who handed over around £1,000, the court heard.

Both men were jailed for eight years with Summers, who has previous convictions for a dozen previous robberies, also given four years of extended licence conditions when he is eventually released.

But lawyers for Fairbrass, of Redden Court Road, Harold Wood, Romford, successfully argued that, given Summers’ previous convictions, there needed to be a greater distinction between the sentences for the two men.

Fairbrass, the court heard had previous convictions for assault and carrying a weapon but not for robbery.

The court heard the robbery took place in July 2010. Fairbrass was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court in January having pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob.

He appealed against his sentence and had it cut by a year by Mr Justice Owen and Mr Justice Griffith Williams at the appeal hearing last week.

Mr Justice Griffith Williams said: “Those who play their different parts in a conspiracy to rob are responsible for the overall offending.

“While the learned judge was correct to not differentiate between the respective roles in the robbery, we are persuaded that there is some force in the submission that the judge should have reflected the greater culpability of Summers by reason of his previous convictions.”

“In our judgment, the appropriate sentence in the appellant’s case is one of seven years’ imprisonment.”