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Threats man has jail term reduced.

A JEALOUS lover who appeared at his ex's window clutching a knife has had his potentially lifelong sentence shortened on appeal.

Andrew William Hodgson, 45, of Westdale Road, Thornaby, was jailed indefinitely for public protection for making threats to kill, possessing a knife and possession of cannabis at Teesside Crown Court in December 2010.

The punishment meant repeat offender Hodgson, inset, would only be released if a parole board believed he was not a danger to the public.

Three senior judges sitting at London's Court of Appeal yesterday overturned the open-ended jail term in favour of a four-and-half-year sentence, half of which Hodgson will serve behind bars before qualifying for automatic release.

Judge James Goss QC, sitting with Lord Justice Moore-Bick and Mr Justice Kenneth Parker, said Hodgson had previous convictions for harassment, assault and criminal damage against his victim and her family from 2004.

But the couple got back together following those convictions and had an "on-off relationship" until 2010, the court heard.

In July that year, a drunken Hodgson phoned his ex, vowing to kill her and any man he saw her with, then turned up at her home and held a knife up to the living room window, the judge said.

Hodgson was later arrested at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton, where he was abusive to staff.

The sentencing judge found Hodgson warranted an indefinite term because he was "capable of going over the edge" and was a "significant risk of causing serious harm".

But Hodgson's lawyers claimed the punishment was "manifestly excessive" considering no one had been physically injured in any of his offences.

Judge Goss overturned the sentence agreeing Hodgson was not dangerous enough to deserve it.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 21, 2012
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