A DRUG dealer who burst into a house filled with cannabis plants and blasted a man with a shotgun has won a cut in his 14-year jail term.
Balkar Singh, 27, of Scotgate Road, Honley, Huddersfield, was jailed at Bradford Crown Court in November last year after he pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine, having an offensive weapon, unlawful wounding and burglary.
But Lady Justice Smith, sitting with Mr Justice Butterfield and Mr Justice Hedley at the Appeal Court in London, today cut Singh's sentence to 11 years - ruling the original term was "manifestly excessive".
The judge said Singh had first been arrested in November 2004 when a known drug dealer was seen entering his car.
Two vehicles were then searched and Singh's car was found to contain 218 grams of heroin - worth £11,500 - and 16 grams of crack cocaine, with an estimated street value of £1,500.
A search of his home then revealed a further 25 grams of crack, a bullet-proof vest and an extendable baton. Singh was arrested and released on bail.
Two months later, on January 29, 2005, Singh broke into a home and tried to steal some of the large number of cannabis plants that were there, but was chased away.
However, he returned later the same night and burst into the house armed with a shotgun.
In the melee that followed, Singh accidentally let off the gun, hitting a friend of the homeowner.
Lawyers on Singh's behalf argued the "totality" of the sentence meted out was simply too long.
And, agreeing to cut the jail term to 11 years, Lady Justice Smith said: "These offences were extremely serious.
"However, we are persuaded that the sentence here was somewhat too long in all the circumstances of the case."