Jail term cut for knife attacker

A THUG jailed for at least six years for stabbing a man in the stomach had his minimum term slashed.

Thomas Edward Moustafa, 27, was angry after being arrested and bailed in relation to a separate incident when he turned on Steven Adlington in Retford last July.

He admitted having an offensive weapon and wounding with intent to cause GBH and was given the six-year minimum term at Nottingham Crown Court in December.

But on Tuesday three judges at the Court of Appeal said the term was too harsh and cut it to four years.

Giving judgment Mr Justice Foskett said Moustafa had been very close to causing a fatal injury, but his offence was not at the very top end of wounding cases.

The court heard Moustafa, of no known address, was on bail in relation to another matter when he was arrested on 19th July last year.

Angry after his release, he went to a friend’s house and got a knife, before going to Mr Adlington’s home and attacking him. He slashed at him and stabbed him in the stomach.

Sentencing him, the crown court judge said he had not caused a life-threatening injury. He said it was a matter of luck rather than judgment which had prevented him from killing Mr Adlington.

At appeal, his lawyers argued the six-year term he must serve before applying for release was ‘manifestly excessive’ as it was not the most serious kind of wounding offence.

Moustafa’s minimum term was cut to four years, but he will only be freed if he can convince the Parole Board he is no longer a serious risk to the public.