Attempted murder sentence of Raibeart Browne increased
- 13 December 2013
- From the section Cornwall
A man who attempted to murder his former wife's new partner has had his minimum prison term increased by the Court of Appeal.
Raibeart Browne, 70, was given an indefinite sentence with a minimum term of seven years in September after being convicted at Truro Crown Court.
He had denied trying to trying to kill Robert Norrington last December.
The minimum term has been increased to 10 years after judges ruled seven was unduly lenient.
Browne, from Penzance, went to Mr Norrington's home - which he shared with Browne's ex-wife, Sally Gale - and stabbed him in the chest.
His trial heard that Browne had become obsessed with his former wife of more than 35 years and had breached restraining orders forbidding contact with her.
He had also previously assaulted her, the court was told.
'Lot of planning'
His sentencing was referred to the Court of Appeal by Solicitor General Oliver Heald under the unduly lenient sentence scheme.
After it was increased, Mr Heald said he had referred the case because "a lot of planning went into this attack".
He said: "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."