Jail appeal over ex-boyfriend attack rejected

A FATHER who had his daughter’s ex-boyfriend given a beating in the back of a van has lost an appeal against his jail term.

Barry Moore, 36, and pal Martyn Brown, 29, attacked 17-year-old Luke Quelch after he and Moore’s daughter split up, London’s Court of Appeal heard.

Moore, of Cotmanhay and Brown, of Heanor, both in Derbyshire, each got 12-month sentences at Derby Crown Court in November last year after they admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Mr Justice Silber, sitting with Britain’s top judge, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, and Mr Justice Maddison, today rejected claims that they should have got lighter sentences.

The judge told the court Mr Quelch had been in a relationship with Moore’s daughter, but the young couple had a stormy telephone conversation in March last year.

Mr Quelch spotted Moore looking for him when he came out of college later that day, and made a run for it, the judge said.

He was stopped in a car park by Brown before being knocked to the ground and put in the back of a van.

The judge said Moore then drove the van while Brown punched and kicked Mr Quelch.

Mr Quelch, who suffered minor injuries, said Moore told him ‘not to look at or talk to his family again’, the court heard.

After the pair’s arrest, Moore told police he was protecting his daughter.

Sarah Porter, for Moore and Brown, told the court ‘lessons had been learnt’ by the men, but the judge had imposed over the top sentences after overestimating the seriousness of the offence.

The three judges rejected those claims and upheld both 12-month terms.

Mr Justice Silber said: “In our view, the factor which distinguishes this case and leads to a higher sentence being imposed is the potent factor of the abduction of Quelch and the detention of him in the van where he was being attacked.

“This was an unprovoked attack committed by two men, partially in a public place, and must have been terrifying for the young victim.”