A woman who killed a father-of-two in Glasgow with a single punch following a struggle over his alcohol carry-out has had her jail term reduced on appeal.It all stems from some nice legal wrangling between the prosecution and defence:
Kayleigh Murray, 20, from Shettleston, admitted the culpable homicide of 29-year-old Paul Woods in the city's Maryhill Road on 28 July last year.
She was jailed for six years and nine months for the attack.
Appeal judges agreed the sentencing judge had been too harsh and cut her sentence to four-and-a-half years.
Sentencing Murray at the High Court in Glasgow, Lord Pentland told her: "It is clear that your conduct was entirely unprovoked, violent and persistent. It was aggravated by drink."Now, admittedly, it's Scotland. Different legal system. But I wonder if PC Harwood's legal team have seen it?
The judge also explained his sentence of six years and nine months by saying that Murray must have used "considerable force" when she punched Mr Woods.
But at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh, her defence QC Donald Findlay successfully attacked Lord Pentland's reasoning.
"His lordship has erred to the extent that one cannot say that this was a blow which must have been delivered with considerable force," said Mr Findlay.
"The fact of the matter is it was a single punch with a closed fist and it was certainly enough to cause him to fall backwards onto the road."