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Penzance attempted murderer, Raibeart Browne, gets jail sentence increased

By CMJohannaCarr  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

By Johanna Carr and Esme Ashcroft

Penzance attempted murderer, Raibeart Browne, gets jail sentence increased

Raibeart Browne has had his jail sentence increased

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A jealous Penzance builder who tried to kill his ex-wife’s new lover has had his jail sentence extended by three years.

Raibeart Browne, 70, has had the extra time added to the minimum term of his jail sentence at the Court of Appeal in London today.

The pensioner was given an indefinite sentence and told to serve a minimum of seven years after he was convicted of attempted murder at Truro Crown Court in July.

Today he had his minimum term increased to ten years.

The sentence was referred to the Court of Appeal by Solicitor General, Oliver Heald, QC, MP, because it was felt that it was unduly lenient.

Mr Heald said: “A lot of planning went into this attack. Browne went to the home of the victims armed with a knife and other weapons and his intention was to kill. This convinced me that the seven year minimum term was unduly lenient and should be looked at again by the Court.”

“I think this [extension] is much more in line with the sentence guidelines and what I would have expected.”

Mr Heald, who described the initial seven year minimum term as a “gross error”, also said that this result will set a precedent for future cases.

Browne, of Alexandra Road, became obsessed with his former wife Sally Gale after their 36-year marriage broke down.

He hunted her down and stabbed her new partner Mr Norrington on the doorstep of their Mount Hawke home on December 30, last year.

During his trial in July, he claimed that he acted in self-defence but the jury unanimously found him guilty of attempted murder.

Browne, who worked as a builder and is a former piper in the Queen's Own Highlanders, was also found guilty of three further charges: having an offensive weapon and breaching two restraining orders barring him from contacting Mr Norrington or Ms Gale.

The jury heard that he turned up at the house with a box containing fruit and vegetables, a rubber mallet and a kitchen knife, and cable ties in his pocket, and knocked on the door.

When Mr Norrington answered the door, Browne attacked, spraying chemicals into his eyes and stabbing him three times in the chest.

Browne’s appeal was the first undue leniency case permitted to be filmed in the Court of Appeal.

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