Crown Appeals sentence of granny basher – “manifestly inadequate and wrong in principle”

The Crown is appealing the pathetic sentence handed down by dud judge Phillippa Cunningham on a scum granny basher.

It’s a real shame a long drop off a short rope isn’t available anymore.

The Crown has appealed against a sentence of home detention for a man who attacked an 81-year-old woman, breaking her hip and disabling her for the rest of her life.

Darren Murphy Fidow was 18 and on bail facing burglary charges when he robbed Patricia Sutcliffe at a Massey shopping centre in 2011.

Fidow ran up behind Mrs Sutcliffe as she walked to her car and tackled her to the ground before wrenching her handbag off her badly broken arm.

Mrs Sutcliffe, now 83, was in hospital for more than three months, is in constant pain and can no longer walk without a crutch. 

Last month Judge Phillippa Cunningham sentenced Fidow to nine months’ home detention for the attack. The maximum penalty for aggravated robbery is 14 years’ jail but he is serving his home detention at a drug and alcohol treatment facility.

However he could still serve jail time – which Mrs Sutcliffe supported.

The Herald can reveal that on Monday the Crown filed a notice of appeal regarding Fidow’s sentence.

“The grounds of appeal are that the sentence is manifestly inadequate and wrong in principle,” said Crown Law spokeswoman Jan Fulstow.

When can we have a system where judges are held accountable for their dud decisions?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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