||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 55 (Mar)
|| EWCA Crim 2733
||Court of Appeal, Criminal Division
Hallett LJ, David Steel J and Judge Goddard QC
||M Lahiffe (assigned by the Registrar of Criminal Appeals) for the defendant.
||P Zinner (instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service) for the prosecution.
||12 October 2007
Sentence - Custodial sentence - Imprisonment for public protection - Attempting to meet a child following sexual grooming - Defendant attempting to groom and meet 12-year-old girl - Defendant sentenced, inter alia, to imprisonment for public protection - Whether imprisonment for public protection appropriate
A sentence of imprisonment for public protection in respect of the defendant, who had attempted to groom what he thought was a 12 year old girl for sex, was quashed and substituted by a sentence of four years' imprisonment. In all the circumstances, there as a risk of the defendant's future, but not such a significant risk of serious harm from specified serious offences. It would be a condition of being released on licence that the defendant participate in the internet sex offender treatment programme. A sexual prevention order, pursuant to s104 of the was also made. The order of being placed on the offender register would remain, as would the disqualification from working with children indefinitely.
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