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'Road rage' killer's appeal win
Eugene Warwood
Warwood has expressed his remorse to Mr Trimmer's widow
A grandfather who killed the brother of Hollywood star Deborah Kerr in a "road rage" attack has had his jail sentence cut by one year by the Court of Appeal.

Eugene Warwood, 55, of Redditch, Worcs, punched Edward Trimmer, 78, shattering his jaw in Birmingham in 2004.

Mr Trimmer, a retired journalist, hit his head as he fell to the floor and later died of a brain haemorrhage.

Judges agreed the original jail term of three-and-a-half years imposed in August last year was excessive.

Aggravating factors

They said mitigating factors should have been taken into account such as Warwood's age, his early guilty plea, a disability he had from an industrial accident and "the fact that the offence was out of character".

Ted Trimmer
Ted Trimmer was the younger brother of Deborah Kerr

However, they agreed there were aggravating factors such as the offence arising out of road rage and that Warwood had struck an elderly man.

Mr Justice Gross said: "Having anxiously considered the matter and having regard for the various matters of mitigation we are driven to conclude that the sentence cannot stand."

Mr Trimmer, from Kings Norton, Birmingham, was the younger brother of Kerr who appeared in films such as From Here To Eternity and The King and I.

He had a wife, a daughter and other relatives who had been "devastated by his tragic, violent and totally unnecessary death," said the Recorder of Birmingham Judge John Saunders, QC, when he passed the original sentence.

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