||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 190 (May)
|| EWCA Crim 195
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Gage LJ, Underhill J and the Recorder of Winchester
||David Pojur (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||Matthew Barnes (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the Crown.
||12 January 2007
Sentence - Imprisonment - Length of sentence - Conspiracy to pervert course of justice - Defendant being accused of sexual grooming - Sustained campaign to intimidate complainant and complainant's mother - Whether sentence manifestly excessive.
Sentence Imprisonment. In the instant case, the sentence of seven-and-a-half years' imprisonment, the judge having taken a ten-year starting point before credit for the defendant's guilty plea to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, was not manifestly excessive where the defendant had recruited others to a sustained, prolonged and sophisticated campaign to intimidate a 15-year-old girl and her mother, the girl having made a truthful allegation against the defendant of sexual grooming.
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