A JEALOUS builder from Penzance who subjected his former wife to a year of harassment before trying to kill her new lover could have his jail term increased.
Raibeart Browne, 70, who was convicted in July of attempting to murder Robert Norrington in a frenzied knife attack, was handed and indefinite sentence and told he would have to serve a minimum of seven years in prison.
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.
The appeal will be heard on Friday morning at the Court of Appeal, in London, where Browne’s sentence could be increased.
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.
At the sentencing, Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, said he was satisfied that Brown posed a significant risk to members of the public and in particular Ms Gale and Mr Norrington and
imposed an indeterminate jail term.
Browne was told he would serve a minimum of seven years before being eligible for release but that a parole board would have to be satisfied that he was no longer a threat to the public before he was freed from jail.