A MAN who appealed against being jailed for two months for assaulting a train guard has had his sentence doubled.
Chester's Martin Williams, 23, hoped to have the sentence reduced - instead it was doubled to four months at Mold Crown Court on Tuesday.
He realised what was likely to happen during the appeal hearing and instructed his barrister to withdraw the appeal.
But Judge Huw Daniel, sitting with magistrates, refused the application, ordered the appeal proceed, and then increased the two months sentence to four.
It means the total sentence, including other offences, was increased from six months to eight.
Judge Daniel told Williams, of Chiltern Close, they were considering the whole case afresh and it had been decided it was one of those cases where they felt the sentence should be increased.
'The attack was on a public servant on a train when the appellant was drunk,' the judge explained.
'We regard that as a very serious matter. The victim is a person who deserves and requires the protection of the court.
'There are many attacks on people in that position and it has to be made quite clear the court will not tolerate this type of behaviour.
'He would have been well advised to have been content with the sentence he received at the hands of the magistrates.'
He said the bench considered there had been an under-sentence in view of the seriousness of the incident and the fact he originally claimed he had acted in self defence and went to trial on the issue.
Prosecutor Des Parry said Williams had been convicted of assaulting railway guard Adrian Harrison on the Holyhead to Bangor line.
When asked for his ticket, Williams became abusive. Mr Harrison went to the back of the train to contact British Transport Police, and on his return was deliberately tripped up by the defendant.
The guard was shocked and upset and had a day off work and others were inconvenienced because the train was late.
The judge said he could not understand what Williams was complaining about.
'He attacked a man in charge of a train. He attacked a public servant providing a public service and he complains about getting two months.'
The judge said the maximum for common assault was six months and he had to express a degree of incredulity that the defendant felt it should be reduced.
Williams, he said, did not appear to take responsibility for his actions and tried to distance himself from everything that he did. He had led a charmed life, sentence wise.
It was said on his behalf that he had benefited greatly from alcohol abuse programmes within the prison system.
It was clear he had not punched or kicked the guard and magistrates had found he had deliberately tripped him, something the defendant had claimed was an accident.
He had accepted responsibility for what he had done and had a £400 a week job to go to, from which he could pay compensation.