Dirty protest man’s sentence shortened

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A MAN who scrawled “do not lie” in excrement on the walls of a police cell had his sentence cut by top judges.

Christopher David Higgins, 25, was handed a total three-year jail term at Preston Crown Court in July.

He was punished for a string of offences – including handling stolen goods, possessing cannabis with intent and criminal damage.

Higgins, of Scott Road, Morecambe, staged his protest after he was arrested on suspicion of drug offences, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies told London’s Appeal Court.

Police found he had smeared the words on his cell wall in protest at his arrest. A specialist cleaner had to be called in.

Higgins’ handling offence involved receiving a bike stolen from an autistic boy, left “devastated” by the theft.

He had also been caught in possession of cannabis with a street value of more than £2,000, the court heard.

Higgins’ case reached the Appeal Court as he claimed his sentence was too harsh.

Mrs Justice Davies, sitting with Lady Justice Sharp and Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, agreed he should have received more credit for his guilty pleas, and cut Higgins’ sentence to two years and seven months.