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Burglar who was chased off by semi-naked, Celtic FC baseball bat-wielding pub landlord has jail sentence cut

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A BURGLAR who attacked a landlord in his Selhurst pub during a raid has had his sentence reduced by High Court judges.

Michael Ryan, 41, was jailed in June for six years and eight months for burgling The White Horse in Selhurst and for wounding then-landlord Danny Foley.

He and his brother John Ryan, 42, had targeted pubs across London for their fruit machines.

He hit Mr Foley with a spade after the publican had warded them off with a commemorative Celtic baseball bat, causing his forehead to open and blood to come out.

Michael Ryan has had his overall sentence cut to five years and 11 months after judges said the 30-month part of the sentence for wounding Mr Foley was too harsh.

He will now serve just 21 months for the attack.

Mr Foley, now landlord of The Tower in Redhill, said the news was "absolutely ridiculous".

He added: "I am disgusted, it makes a mockery out of the justice system. These are habitual criminals who keep getting little sentences and getting out again."

Both Ryan brothers have a string of previous convictions, mainly relating to pub burglaries. John Ryan was jailed for 30 months for three counts of burglary in October.

Burglar who was chased off by semi-naked, Celtic FC  baseball bat-wielding pub landlord has jail sentence cut


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