The Court of Appeal has reserved decision in the case of a man who believes his punishment is too harsh for multiple armed robberies, including a bank holdup.

Two years ago 29-year-old Sean Frampton was given 11 years behind bars – which was three years longer than agreed upon in a deal between the Defence and the Crown. In a very rare move, the judge rejected the plea arrangement and sentenced Frampton to the 11 year term.

Judge James Walsh said the eight year term wasn’t long enough – and he told the lawyers then to go back to the books. Frampton was masked and armed with a knife when he held up four convenience stores and a Churchill Square bank in St. John’s.

Frampton believes the judge’s sentence was too long. The appeals court will hand down a decision at a later date.