Penknife and pepper spray attacker in Willesden store sees prison sentence reduced

A 43-year-old man who stabbed a shopper in a Willesden store with a penknife after claiming staff had short-changed him has seen his sentence reduced.

Clement Morgan, of Pound Lane, Willesden, saw an eight-year jail term cut to six at the Court of Appeal yesterday after judges ruled he’s been dealt with too harshly.

The court heard how Morgan entered Food & Wine in High Road in October and got into an argument with staff because he believed they hadn’t given him the right change.

He punched one worker and was hit himself, Lord Justice Aikens said.

Morgan then went home to fetch a Swiss Army knife and a pepper spray which he used on staff when he returned, the court was told.

He wounded another man who entered the shop to calm the fracas leaving the victim in need of 15 stitches in his arm, it was said.

Morgan was identified by CCTV and arrested.

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He pleaded guilty at Harrow Crown Court in January to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possession of a prohibited weapon and was sentenced to eight years jail.

Lord Justice Aikens allowed his appeal after finding that the starting point the sentencing judge must have taken before applying a discount for his guilty pleas must have been more than 10 years, and that was “manifestly excessive.”