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Appeal Court Increases Sentence Of Worthing Man Convicted Of Racist Attack

28/04/2004

Brett Charlton has had his sentence extended to three years by the Appeal Court in London for slashing a man’s throat in a racist attack in Worthing, Sussex. The sentence will be concurrent from today with his sentence of three years he is serving for burglary.

Charlton, 27, was sentenced in January 2004 at Chichester Crown Court but, as he had spent five months on remand waiting for the trial, meaning he had served the mandatory half of his sentence, he was allowed to go free.

The victim, 17-year-old Alahassan Kamara, left Sierra Leone three years ago. He was attacked by Charlton who slashed him in the throat and shouted racial abuse at him. He needed 18 stitches in the wound.

“The attack by Charlton was a calculated and horrific attack and caused great pain and trauma for the victim and his family,” said Sarah Jane Gallagher, the County’s Chief Crown Prosecutor. “We believed that the crime, particularly as it was racially aggravated and carried a maximum sentence of seven years, warranted a greater sentence than the 10 months given to the defendant. We are pleased that the Appeal Court endorsed that view.”

For further information contact CPS Press Office 01273 765638.