South Yorkshire killer’s jail term cut on appeal

Convicted - Nathan Wingfield.
Convicted - Nathan Wingfield.
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A killer involved in a botched robbery which ended in tragedy when a father was fatally shot on his own doorstep has had his jail term cut by judges.

Nathan Paul Wingfield was part of a three-man gang who went to the home of Tyron Woodhead, in Wath.

Mr Woodhead was shot in a struggle as he tried to defend his home and died later.

Wingfield, aged 24, of Hyde Park, Doncaster, was locked up for 25 years at Sheffield Crown Court in March after admitting manslaughter and a separate robbery.

But his sentence has now been cut to 22 years at London’s Criminal Appeal Court.

The court heard Wingfield, along with 30-year-old Stephen Rodgers, from Thurnscoe, who was jailed for 21 years after admitting manslaughter, and a third man who remains at large, went to Mr Woodhead’s home on Doncaster Road on September 20 last year.

Wingfield knocked on the front door and, when the victim answered, Rodgers and the other man – who was holding the gun – came out from their hiding places.

Mr Woodhead charged towards the man holding the gun and a struggle followed, during which the victim was shot.

He died in hospital a month later after suffering a heart attack while undergoing surgery.

Wingfield and Rodgers pleaded guilty to the killing on the basis they were involved in the plot to rob Mr Woodhead, but did not know there was a gun and did not foresee he would suffer grievous or fatal injury.

The separate incident of robbery Wingfield admitted involved an attack on a woman who was left so terrified she had moved home.

Wingfield’s lawyers argued his jail term was too long in light of his admission of guilt, his relative youth and the fact that, unlike Rodgers, he had never been to prison before.

Allowing the appeal, Mr Justice Irwin said the original sentence was ‘manifestly excessive’.

He added: “Taking into account the process of co-operation, his age and the distinction between him and Rodgers, we conclude that the appropriate sentence for manslaughter is one of 17 years.”

The five-year term for the robbery, ordered to run consecutively, remains making a total of 22 years.