Jean-Luc Cox robbery sentence increased by appeal judges

A man who was involved in a violent robbery has been jailed after appeal judges overturned his community order.

Jean-Luc Cox, 20, of Poole Park Road, Plymouth, was given a two-year community order in June after pleading guilty to a count of robbery.

Cox was part of a gang who raided a man's home over a £90 debt.

The community order was deemed "unduly lenient" in the Court of Appeal and he was sentenced to four and a half years.

'masked men'

The group of men forced their way into a man's home, dragged him from his bed in the early hours and beat him over the debt, Plymouth Crown Court previously heard.

Cox did not participate in the violence, but he searched the property and left with a computer console.

Lord Justice Davis, sitting with Mrs Justice Thirlwall and Mrs Justice Andrews, ruled that, given the "gravity" of the offence, it was "evident that a significant custodial sentence had to be imposed".

When Cox was originally sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court in June, he had been on remand for 18 months - the equivalent of a three-year sentence.

But Lord Justice Davis said it was wrong of the sentencing judge to "place such reliance on that so as to depart from the appropriate sentence which ought to have been imposed".

The appeal judges ruled that the "appropriate" sentence in his case was one of four-and-a-half years detention.

Lord Justice Davis said it was a "group attack at night by masked men", which required a custodial sentence of "significant length", which was "precisely what the other people involved received".

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