An Afghan murderer who was allowed into Britain unchecked and then attacked two police officers with a hammer has had his sentence slashed in half by appeal judges.
Jamshid Piruz, 35, was handed a life sentence earlier this year after he launched a frenzied attack on the two officers in East Sussex.
He cornered PC Jessica Chick and lashed out wildly at her with the claw hammer before repeatedly hitting her colleague PC Stuart Young.
Both officers suffered injuries in the terrifying attack and thought they were going to be killed.
It later emerged Piruz had served time in jail for murder after brutally killing a woman in his flat.
Sentencing him for the attack on the police officers Judge Jeremy Gold said Piruz was a ‘very dangerous man’ from whom the public needed protecting.
Ordering him to serve a minimum of six years before being eligible for release he said: ‘You are potentially a very dangerous man and you are prone to outbursts of potentially fatal violence when stressed with little or no ability to control these outbursts.’
But last week appeal court judges slashed his minimum sentence to just three years.
The appeal court ruling means the convicted murderer could be back on the streets in less than 30 months.
Mr Justice Holroyde, sitting with Lady Justice Rafferty and Mr Justice Sweeney, cut his minimum term saying the crown court judge had not given him enough credit for his early guilty plea.
But Piruz did not enter an early guilty plea as the case had to be repeatedly adjourned.
It was adjourned twice as the court explored whether he was mentally fit to plead and then adjourned twice more as Piruz, who speaks fluent English, insisted on an interpreter being present in court.
It is the third sentence slashed on appeal by Mr Justice Holroyde in a little over two months.
Earlier this month Mr Justice Holroyde slashed the sentence of a hospital doctor who had sexually assaulted young girls.
Benjamin Brooks, 28, of Lytham, had his 28 month sentence reduced to 22 months after he claimed the stress of his job caused him to commit the crimes.
And in June Mr Justice Hoyroyde also slashed the 13-year sentence handed to high-rolling cocaine dealer David Gallagher, 57, to 12 years on appeal.
Jamshid Piruz attacked PC Chick and PC Young with a claw hammer during a break-in at a property near Crawley on 7 January 2016.
The court heard that after arriving in Britain in December 2015 to visit relatives, Afghan-born Dutch citizen Piruz had missed his return flight home from Gatwick Airport on 4 January, 2016.
He went on to be arrested and prosecuted for assault after he spat at a member of EasyJet staff who told him he would need to buy a new ticket.
After appearing in court and being ordered to pay compensation, he was released and went on to burgle garages in Crawley, where he stole tools including a hammer.
On 7 January police were called after a member of the public saw Piruz attempting a further break-in, which led to the attack on the officers.
He pleaded guilty at Hove Crown Court to burglary and two counts of attempting to cause GBH with intent and affray.
But the court was told Afghan-born Piruz had been previously jailed in the Netherlands after he had had brutally cut the throat of a woman who was a tenant in his flat in 2006.