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Jail term cut for thug who hit driver

PUBLISHED: 16:50 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 23 August 2010

A MAN jailed for head-butting a bus driver has had his sentence cut by almost a third. Ben Wakefield, 23, of Medhurst Gardens, Gravesend, attacked the driver, Choli Ali, on October 20, 2008, while trying to steal the day s fares. Wakefield, who was dru

A MAN jailed for head-butting a bus driver has had his sentence cut by almost a third.

Ben Wakefield, 23, of Medhurst Gardens, Gravesend, attacked the driver, Choli Ali, on October 20, 2008, while

trying to steal the day's fares.

Wakefield, who was drunk at the time, then threw a pint glass at the bus windscreen before running off.

Appearing at the Criminal Appeal Court in London on Tuesday, Wakefield had his five-year sentence, imposed at Maidstone Crown Court in September last year, reduced to three years.

Sir Anthony May, Mr Justice Andrew Smith and Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, heard that Wakefield, who was an

alcoholic, was under the

influence of drink or drugs at the time of the incident.

He later wrote a letter of

apology to Mr Ali and has since addressed his addiction, the judges were told.

Mr Justice Smith, giving the courts judgement and allowing the appeal, said: "The offence was aggravated because the

victim was a bus driver doing a public service.

"However, Wakefield is

entitled to credit for his late guilty plea and the sentence of five years was simply too long.

"We consider that the proper sentence is one of three years.

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