Saddleworth Post Office robber has jail sentenced increased to life

A ROBBER who targeted post offices in Greenfield and Diggle as part of a spate of attacks has had his original six-year sentence increased to life by top judges.

JAILED: Peter Dentith

Peter Dentith, 37, admitted his part in the violent robberies in the villages, as well as other similar attacks across Greater Manchester between November 2013 and May 2014.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of armed robbery and was sentenced in June to six years and four months while other members of the gang were also jailed.

But the case was referred to the Court of Appeal by Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC as an unduly lenient sentence, given Dentith’s use of an imitation firearm and previous convictions.

The Court of Appeal found the original sentence unduly lenient and following a hearing substituted it with a mandatory life sentence with a notional determinate sentence of 10 years.

The sentence comes under sections 224A (life sentence for second listed offence) of the Criminal Justice Act.


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