Magistrate's wife must stay in jail

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A woman jailed for trying to protect her magistrate husband from a drink- driving charge had her sentence cut after the Court of Appeal was told that she lived in fear of her domineering partner.

But the judges dismissed a plea for her immediate release - instead reducing to six months a nine-month sentence imposed at Leeds Crown Court for perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice. Anne Bosomworth, 38, claimed to have been driving the couple's Range Rover when it crashed into a wall, but it was her husband, John, who had been at the wheel. He was jailed for 15 months.