A man who was jailed for a racist attack and for carrying a knife has had his jail time reduced.

Alexander Hall, 33, of Downham Grove, Prestwich, launched an attack on his victim, who is of Asian heritage, in Whitefield on January 4 last year.

He was also convicted of carrying a knife in a public place on Milford Drive on June 8 that same year.

A court record said: “On June 8, 2021 at Bury you had with you, without good reason or lawful authority, in a public place Milford Drive an article which had a blade or was sharply pointed, namely a Stanley knife.”

Prosecutor Laura Broome explained that Hall was jailed for a total of 30 weeks at a hearing on March 23 this year, having pleaded guilty to his offences before the magistrate’s court just a few days previously on March 17.

At first he was given a sentence of 14 weeks for racially aggravated assault and 16 weeks for possession of a knife, to run consecutively.

But after this week’s appeal, in which he was defended by barrister Michael Lea, his sentence for assault has gone down from 14 weeks to eight weeks, while his sentence for possessing a knife will stay at 16 weeks.

This means his total sentence is now 24 weeks, six weeks less than before.