Everytime I go away am told ohhhh be careful its a bad place. I'll just say I walked from Longsight once and everyone should back off. :lol:Manchester more dangerous than New York said American gunman
An American visitor who fired a handgun in Manchester persuaded a court that he was carrying the weapon because the city was more dangerous than his native New York.
Three judges at London's Criminal Appeal Court heard that Bruce Anthony Lee, 22, was intimidated by the "hostile" and "alien" environment while staying in the Longsight district and also chose to wear a bullet-proof vest.
He was in Manchester last December for the funeral of a cousin who had been killed in a gang battle.
Lee, who has no previous convictions, claimed he found the gun in a bush and fired it towards a police officer who was chasing him through the Ardwick housing estate.
He was jailed for five years at Manchester Crown Court in April and recommended for deportation.
That sentence was criticised as "unduly lenient" by the Attorney General, Baroness Scotland QC.
Zoe Johnson, a barrister representing the Attorney General, asked the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips, Mrs Justice Dobbs and Mr Justice Underhill to increase it.
She said officers "require the protection of the courts, now more than ever".
But the application was refused after Lee's barrister, Michael Goldwater, pointed out the dangers lurking in Manchester.
"(Lee) was thrust into an alien environment and, though it pains me to say this as a Mancunian, New York is a very law-abiding city these days, whereas Manchester is rife with gun crime," the barrister said.
Mr Goldwater also submitted that, whilst the sentence was lenient, it was not unduly so as Lee had pleaded guilty to firing the gun in the general direction of the officer, with intent to frighten, not to injure or kill him, although he accepted that someone could have been hurt.
Lord Phillips said: "The facts of this case are unusual. Here the intention to which he pleaded guilty was simply a momentary use of the firearm with intent to frighten.
"In all the circumstances, we think that Mr Goldwater's assessment of the position is accurate.
"While this is undoubtedly a lenient sentence, it is not an unduly lenient one, calling for the intervention of this court."