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Penzance builder who stabbed ex-wife's new lover has jail sentence increased
7:00am Sunday 15th December 2013 in News
A jealous Penzance builder who subjected his wife's new lover to a frenzied knife attack has had his jail sentence increased.
The Court of Appeal has increased the minimum term on the life sentence of Raibeart Browne from 7 years to 10.
Raibeart Browne attempted to murder his former wife’s new partner Robert Norrington, breaching a restraining order which was put in place after a previous assault on his ex-wife Sally Gale.
He stabbed Mr Norrington on the doorstep of a Mount Hawke property on December 30, 2012.
On 27 September 2013 Browne was sentenced to life, with a minimum term of seven years imprisonment, at Truro Crown Court.
This sentence was referred to the Court of Appeal by the Solicitor General, Oliver Heald QC MP under the unduly lenient sentence scheme, who today increased it to ten years.
Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General said: “Raibeart Browne could not come to terms with the breakup of his marriage and began a campaign of persecution towards his ex-wife which culminated in the attempted murder of her new partner.
“A lot of planning went into this attack. Browne went to the home of the victims armed with a knife and other weapons and his intention was to kill. This convinced me that the seven year minimum term was unduly lenient and should be looked at again by the Court.”