'Bully' wins appeal against sentence
A serial criminal who battered and robbed a frail woman in her home has won his appeal against being jailed indeterminately.
Although senior judges described Edward Cambridge as a "bully" who targets vulnerable victims, they overturned the decision to impose "a sentence of last resort".
Setting aside the five-year indeterminate term, they instead ordered him to serve 10 years with an extra three years on licence.
Ruling that the 23-year-old does pose a significant risk to the public, Lord Justice Gillen said: "There is an air of gathering momentum about this violent offending." Cambridge's latest victim, a 58-year-old woman who suffered from spinal problems, arthritis and asthma, was attacked in June 2013.
He broke into her apartment at sheltered accommodation in north Belfast, demanded money and her bank account details before launching the attack.
The Court of Appeal heard Cambridge repeatedly punched her about the head. Cambridge, formerly of Green End in Newtownabbey, later pleaded guilty to robbery and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Lord Justice Gillen decided that while the robbery and assault were serious they did not merit an indeterminate sentence. He instead imposed an extended custodial sentence of 10 years plus another three years on licence.
It means Cambridge will only be eligible for release after serving five years in prison if the Parole Commissioners are satisfied he does not pose a significant risk of serious harm to the public.