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Wembley man jailed for tear gas burglary attack in Marlow loses appeal

PUBLISHED: 08:00 03 January 2015

Leon Falconer was jailed for 10 years (Pic credit: Thames Valley Police)

Leon Falconer was jailed for 10 years (Pic credit: Thames Valley Police)

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A Wembley man who was jailed for carrying out a terrifying burglary where he used CS gas to scare his victims has lost his appeal to have his conviction quashed.

Leon Falconer, of Wellspring Crescent, was sentenced to 10 years for the attack in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, which left four people “deeply traumatised”.

In January last year he was convicted of aggravated burglary at Aylesbury Crown Court.

Last week at London’s Appeal Court, Falconer’s lawyers challenged both his conviction and his punishment.

However Judge Carey, sitting with Lady Justice Rafferty and Mr Justice Foskett, threw out his conviction appeal, saying: “We see no force in any of the submissions made”.

“Physical and psychological harm was caused to the victims,” said the judge, who added that they suffered “intense physical pain”.

Also rejecting his sentence challenge, he added: “The sentencing guidelines were correctly applied; he can have no complaint about the 10-year sentence.”


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