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Gravesend bouncers' sentences increased to 10 years

Two Gravesend bouncers have had their sentences increased to 10 years after three Court of Appeal judges ruled their original sentences unduly lenient.

It comes after customer Shivan Saeed was left battered and bleeding and in need of more than 50 stitches after being stabbed in the head. Fellow clubber Sarwar Kadir was also beaten up.

Alex Jetha and Denis Thompson had their sentences for committing grievous bodily harm with intent referred to the court by the Attorney General’s Office under the ‘unduly lenient sentence’ scheme.

Nightclub bouncer Alex Jetha

Alex Jetha, of Vicarage Road, Strood, was originally sentenced to five years, now doubled to 10 years.

Denis Thompson, of Malyons Road, Lewisham, south-east London, saw his sentence increase from six to 10 years.

It comes after the pair appeared in court in June this year for a vicious attack on two customers.

Their group had been ejected from The Grove nightclub in the early hours of November 11, 2012. There was an argument and a scuffle.

Prosecutor Mark Seymour said the group left but returned to get some food at a nearby burger van.

The bouncers then drove after them to Rose Avenue. There, the doormen went over to the victims’ car, and its front windows were smashed.

Nightclub bouncer Denis Thompson

Jetha used a knife. Thompson used a baton. Both of the victims were punched, struck and kicked. They sustained injuries requiring hospital treatment.

In particular one of the victims was stabbed and slashed by Jetha with a knife to the head.

The Law Officers have the power to refer sentences to the Court of Appeal that they consider to be unduly lenient.

The Grove Nightclub, The Grove, Gravesend.

This is a high threshold and is reserved for sentences which are more than simply lenient. A sentence will only be unduly lenient if it falls significantly below the sentence that any judge could reasonably have imposed.

Even then, the Court of Appeal has a wide discretion as to whether it should actually increase a sentence in a case.

The Law Officers only take decisions whether or not to refer cases to the Court of Appeal after careful consideration of all the facts and circumstances of the case, the relevant case law and any guidelines from the Sentencing Council.

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