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Wig gang member has jail sentence cut at appeal
A THIEF involved in a gang who used wigs to disguise themselves before stealing from gym lockers in Salisbury has had his jail sentence cut following an appeal.
Mark Adam Goddard was part of a three-strong gang which targeted lockers at Parkwood gym in Salisbur and the former Rose Bowl in Southampton.
The three men were behind a string of bank card and driving license thefts, using them to take more than £28,500 from gym customers' bank accounts between February and May 2011.
The gang were caught in May 2011, when their car was stopped in Gloucestershire and a number of stolen identity documents were found on them, along with wigs that had been used as disguises.
Goddard also committed a series of similar offences in April 2011, netting £16,000 in and around Newport.
Goddard, of no fixed address, was jailed for seven years at Winchester Crown Court in November last year, after admitting theft, fraud, conspiracy to defraud and handling stolen goods.
But his sentence was cut to five-and-a-half years by judges sitting at the Criminal Appeal Court in London on Thursday, who said that the original term was too long.
Allowing the appeal, Mr Justice Saunders said that while the individual sentences for each group of offences were correct, the total was excessive.
Sitting with Lord Justice Pitchford and Mr Justice Spencer, he added: “We have arrived at the conclusion that the overall sentence passed was not proportionate.
“Insufficient attention had been paid to the effect of passing consecutive sentences and, in our view, the proper and proportionate sentence to pass for these offences was one of five-and-a-half years.”
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