Armed intruder fails in attempt to reduce his prison sentence

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A Bexhill man who terrorised a woman for information he wanted has been told by top judges he cannot complain about his jail term.

He was trying to track down a former business associate with whom he had developed an “obsession”.

Padraig Pearse Carty went to a house in Whatlington, near Battle, where he believed the man lived, armed with a screwdriver and a pen-knife.

But, when he discovered the business acquaintance had moved, he demanded a current address from the new homeowner.

The 59-year-old, of Chestnut Walk, was jailed for five years at Lewes Crown Court after he admitted aggravated burglary.

He challenged his sentence at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, with his lawyers arguing it was ‘too long’ for his crime.

But his complaints were thrown out by three of the country’s most senior judges, who said his punishment was ‘not excessive’.

The court heard Carty had developed “some sort of obsession” with the former business associate, after he felt he was unfairly treated in a deal.

He went to the house where he believed the man lived but discovered he had moved and a woman was living in the house.

Carty threatened her and demanded to know where the man had moved to, telling her he would come back and “get her” if she gave him a false address.

Challenging his sentence, his lawyers argued the term was over the top considering his mental health difficulties and the fact no harm was caused to the woman.

But, dismissing his appeal, Mr Justice Lewis said the sentence was justified given the serious nature of the offence.

Sitting with Lord Justice Laws and Mr Justice Openshaw, he added: “The judge was entitled to reach the conclusion he did in circumstances where Carty entered the victim’s house armed with a weapon.”