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'Predatory' sex case sentence review

Source BBC News@ tienganhvui.com


Snaresbrook Crown Court The case was heard at Snaresbrook Crown Court


The attorney general is seeking to increase the sentence of a sex offender whose 13-year-old victim was described as "predatory"


Neil Wilson received a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years after admitting sexual activity with a girl.


Attorney general Dominic Grieve is asking the Court of Appeal to decide whether the sentence is unduly lenient.


The trial's prosecuting barrister described the victim as "predatory" and "sexually experienced".


Wilson was sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London for engaging in sexual activity with a girl, making indecent images of a child and possession of extreme images of abuse.


During the hearing earlier in August, Judge Nigel Peters gave Wilson an eight-month suspended sentence - but later corrected it to 12 months for legal reasons.


He said the sentence had to take into account prosecutor Robert Colover's comments that the girl looked and behaved older than she was.


In a statement, the attorney general's office said Mr Grieve had "carefully reviewed" the case and decided to refer the sentence to the Court of Appeal.


"The case will in due course be heard by three Court of Appeal judges who will decide whether or not the sentence is unduly lenient and whether they should increase it," said the statement.


The case is expected to go before the senior judges in the next two months.





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