Caerphilly man who was jailed for at least two-and-a-half years to be released after serving almost 16 years

A man who was jailed for at least two and a half years in 2008 is to be released after spending almost 16 years in prison.

Leighton Williams was given an open-ended jail term for drunkenly attacking a man in a park in Caerphilly in 2007 when he was 19 years old.

The Court of Appeal changed his sentence on Thursday.

He was initially handed what is known as an imprisonment for public protection (IPP) sentence.

They meant prisoners could remain in detention after serving their minimum term if they were still deemed a serious risk to the public - but they were abolished in 2012.

Williams last year filed an appeal and three senior judges have now found in his favour, which means he will be immediately released.

He attended the hearing through a video link from HMP Parc, near Bridgend.

He wept after the judges gave their ruling, as Lord Justice Popplewell said it was "in the interests of justice" to allow the appeal.

"We will substitute a determinate sentence of five years' detention in a young offender institution, which will result in his immediate release," he said.

Williams was given the IPP sentence at Cardiff Crown Court in June 2008 for grievous bodily harm with intent.

His victim was left with a fractured jaw, cheekbone and eye socket after the attack.

Lord Justice Popplewell said the judge who initially sentenced Williams believed it was necessary due to a previous conviction for grievous bodily harm.

But he said the judge had not considered Williams' age at the time of the offence.

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More than 1,000 people remain locked up after being given an IPP sentence, despite their being scrapped more than a decade ago.

There have been calls for all prisoners serving IPP sentences to be resentenced, but the government has so far resisted those calls.