A VIOLENT manipulative man who used a poker in an horrific and agonising attack on a 13-year-old girl has won a cut in his jail term.
Ciaron John Smith, 39, of Fartown Green Road, Fartown, Huddersfield, was jailed for 12 years at Bradford Crown Court last October after pleading guilty to having unlawful sex with the girl, abduction, making a threat to kill and causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
London's Criminal Appeal Court cut his jail term to 10 years, noting his guilty pleas - albeit entered late - and taking account of the total sentence imposed.
But Lord Justice Hooper, sitting with Mr Justice Leveson and Judge Michael Mettyear, increased the "extended" license period Smith must serve after his release from three years to five.
He can be returned to jail in this period if he steps out of line.
The judge said the most serious offence was in September 2002. The teenager had been reported missing and police found her in Smith's company, she being in agony after the poker attack.
Smith was assessed as posing a clear risk of causing harm, not only to the public but particularly to young girls.
The sentencing Recorder, who described Smith as violent and manipulative, said he had considered imposing a life term.