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Swordman's appeal is rejected

PUBLISHED: 15:28 25 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:34 23 August 2010

Pc John Clarke with sword

Pc John Clarke with sword

A LONER who slashed a policeman s forehead with a Samurai sword has failed to convince judges he is not a dangerous criminal. Richard Skeates, 46, of St Hildas Way, Gravesend, appeared at the Criminal Appeal Court on Monday to argue his sentence was too

Richard Skeates

A LONER who slashed a policeman's forehead with a Samurai sword has failed to convince judges he is not a dangerous criminal.

Richard Skeates, 46, of St Hildas Way, Gravesend, appeared at the Criminal Appeal Court on Monday to argue his sentence was too harsh.

Skeates struck PC John Clark with the blade, part of a collection of martial arts weapons he had in his home, as police officers forced entry into his house in October 2007 following a breach of an anti-social behaviour order.

After his trail in May last year, he was sentenced to an indefinite imprisonment for public protection. He will not be freed until the parole board say he no longer poses a threat to society.

At the appeal court Skeates argued his sentence was too harsh as PC Clark's injury was not life threatening.

Mr Justice Beaston, sitting with Lord Justice Scott Baker and Mr Justice Mackay said Skeates led a "solitary life" He added: "Skeates attacked a police officer in the course of his duty.

"By its verdict, the jury disbelieved his defence and, in any event, he knew that they were police once they were in his living room. This application is dismissed." Skeates was also refused permission to appeal against his conviction.

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