British fraudster has WA jail term trimmed

A British man who faces deportation from Western Australia after being imprisoned over a fraud involving almost $530,000 has had his jail term trimmed.

Christopher Skelly, a former director of mine site crushing and screening company C&G Group Industries, was sentenced in April to three-and-a-half years behind bars after a jury found he deceitfully caused an invoice factoring firm to provide the cash.

But the WA Court of Appeal ruled on Tuesday it was unfair the forgery of a form - an offence Skelly had not been charged or convicted of - was deemed an aggravating factor by the sentencing judge and accordingly reduced his term by six months.