A man who strangled a mum in the street in front of her seven-year-old son has had his jail term cut on appeal.
Gary Paul Jackson was drunk when he choked the woman until she passed out.
“Whilst the term for the assault was within the guideline range, we find that this was too high a sentence in all the circumstances.”Judge Simon Tonking
He then attacked a police officer when he was arrested.
The 44-year-old, of Cunliffe Street, Chorley, was jailed for 27 months at Preston Crown Court in November, after admitting assault causing actual bodily harm, assaulting a constable and breaching a suspended sentence.
His sentence has now been cut to 25 months by judges sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, who said the original term was “too long”.
The court heard Jackson attacked the woman in the street near her Chorley home at 9.30pm on July 25 last year.
He throttled her until she passed out and fell to the floor.
When she came to, she took her son and ran to a nearby pub for refuge.
Police were called and found Jackson was abusive and violent when they tried to arrest him. He tried to headbutt one officer before kicking him twice in the chest.
Jackson’s lawyers argued his sentence was over the top.
And, allowing his appeal, Judge Simon Tonking said the jail term was set “too high” and reduced it by two months.
He added: “Whilst the term for the assault was within the guideline range, we find that this was too high a sentence in all the circumstances.”