22 August 2007
Court of Appeal increases loan shark's sentence
The Court of Appeal has increased the prison sentence of Birmingham loan shark Lee Reece Walker.
In April, the individual was sentenced to three and a half years in jail for a number of offences, including kidnap, blackmail, counterfeiting, assault and loan sharking.
However, he will now be imprisoned for six years and nine months, following an appeal by Birmingham City Council.
Councillor Neil Eustace, chair of the public protection committee, was pleased with outcome, saying: "The punishment should fit the crime and I was disappointed with the initial sentence, considering the violence and intimidation used by Walker.
"The fact that the Court of Appeal has seen fit to increase his prison sentence shows how serious this case is."
This should send a clear message to anyone who believes they have the right to threaten people into giving them money, he added.
Mr Walker pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court on April 16th to a number of counts, including seven counts of unlawful possession of trademarked goods under the Trade Marks Act 1994.