Two Muslim rapists who mocked the judge during a horrific 'gang rape' of a woman have had their sentences cut after three senior judges ruled they are not 'dangerous'.
Rezgar Nouri, 27,of Preston,and Mohammed Ibrahim,24,were sentenced indefinitely after being found guilty of assaulting the 24-year-old in Preston in June 2011.
Lord Justice Hooper,Mr Justice Silber and Mr Justice Hamblen were informed on how the men 'came across' the woman before inviting her to a flat where Ibrahim then held her down while another man raped her.
Soon after,Ibrahim then raped her before Nouri 'grabbed' her and 'dragged' her into a bedroom and raped her,judges were told.
Incredibly,despite the overwhelming substantiation,they decided at the Royal Courts of Justice,on the Strand in London,there was 'insufficient evidence' that the animals should be defined as 'dangerous'.
They said Judge Anthony Russell QC had been incorrect to judge that 'imprisonment for public protection' was obligatory and impose a jail sentence which gave the ‘men’ no automatic right of release.
They permitted the men's appeal against an indeterminate sentence and then revoked the initial sentence and gave each a 12-year term.
The court had heard earlier how the woman had lost her friends when she was rather inebriated, in the early hours after visiting a host of bars and clubs.
After meeting the two,her next memory was of waking up totally naked with the three men nearby before the horrendous ordeal commenced.
When it was over she then left the flat before it dawned on her that she had left her phone behind.She was allowed back in.Nouri then attacked her again and raped her before shoving her out of the flat,judges heard.
Mr Justice Hamblen said that before 'imprisonment for the public protection' could be enforced, courts had to be satisfied that there was a 'significant risk' to the public of serious harm through the 'commission of further specified offences'.
He added:'There was insufficient evidence to justify the finding of dangerousness made and an imprisonment for public protection should not therefore have been imposed.'
Both men admitted rape at Preston Crown Court in November last year.