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Bus stop killer wins sentence cut

Rickell Patterson
Rickell Patterson said he was trying to defend himself

A Nottingham teenager convicted of murdering a man at a bus stop has had his 14 year minimum jail sentence cut.

Rickell Patterson, 17, then of Norland Close, St Ann's, stabbed 40-year-old Timothy Smith in May 2007 after he bumped into Patterson's bike.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter but was convicted of murder.

But three judges at the Criminal Court of Appeal said the fact he had handed himself in and behaved in prison meant the term should be reduced to 12 years.

The original trial heard Patterson was riding his bike along the pavement and began a confrontation with Mr Smith over his bike.

After slapping the 40-year-old, a struggle ensued between the pair before Patterson produced the knife and stabbed him in the chest. He told police he had only intended to wound Mr Smith's arm.

The day after the murder he handed himself in and then led police to where he had disposed of the weapon.

The appeal heard that while behind bars, he had intervened in a riot at a young offenders' institution and acted to ensure the safety of staff, putting himself at risk.

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